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Quotes - June 2016

Alexei Muravsky

“All our knowledge has its origin in our perceptions.”

- Leonardo da Vinci, Notebooks


“Like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, like a bird from the snare of the fowler, free yourself.”

- Oldboy (2003), via Proverb 6:5


“If it rattles like a snake, if it slithers like a snake, it’s a snake. You don’t have to get bit to know it’s a snake.”

- Curtis Jackson Sr., via 50 Cent


“On really hot days in the tropics you can pour tepid water down your throat ‘till you taste it at the back of your mouth, and you are just as thirsty. It is not liquid the body needs then, but curiously enough, salt. The special rations we had on board included salt tablets to be taken regularly on particularly hot days, because perspiration drains the body of salt.”

- Thor Heyerdahl, Kon-Tiki


“Myself when young did eagerly frequent doctor and saint, and heard great argument about it and about: but evermore came out by the same door as in I went.” [1]

- Omar Khayyam, via Maksim Samartsev


“Every line of serious work that I have written since 1936 has been written, directly or indirectly, against totalitarianism and for democratic Socialism… It seems to me nonsense, in a period like our own, to think that one can avoid writing of such subjects. Everyone writes of them in one guise or another. It is simply a question of which side one takes and what approach one follows. And the more one is conscious of one’s political bias, the more chance one has of acting politically without sacrificing one’s aesthetic and intellectual integrity.”

- George Orwell, Why I Write


“One thing I think I do well is I make everybody feel safe, and so that’s really important to me, because when you make people feel safe they start telling you the truth… If you do not have self-awareness, which is what I do think I have, and I think a lot of people don’t have it, the only way you can gain it is by other people giving you the data points, but most people won’t tell you the truth, so it’s up to you to create the environment, for somebody to tell you the truth. ‘This is the most important question I will ever ask you in your life, you need to tell me the truth, my intuition is you’re not going to want to tell me the truth, but you have to understand that I’m okay with it, I’m in the right mind space for this – I need the truth’. And then ask them ‘what do you think I’m good at and bad at’; of what they truly think you’re good at, of what they truly think you’re good and bad at, and then gather that data.”

- Gary Vaynerchuk, ‘Self-Awareness: Know Yourself’ & ‘Self-Awareness Part 2: The Key to Success’ via YouTube


“Michael had fallen prey to that curse of the young; he knew only what he didn’t want. A life driven by avoidance is like a team trying not to lose. Like a skydiver trying to land anywhere but in that one tree over there. Like the travelling salesman who can sleep in the barn so long as he doesn’t. Like two naked lovers in Paradise free to do anything except.”

- Mark Winegardner, The Godfather Returns


“And for anyone who considers Roman history carefully it is clear how much religion helped in the commanding of armies and in inspiring the plebians, and keeping men good, and making the wicked feel shame. Thus if one were to debate about the prince who Rome owed the most, I think Numa would sooner obtain the first place. For where there is religion one can easily introduce arms, but where there are arms, but no religion, the former can only be introduced with difficulty.”

- The History of Rome Podcast, '003a- The Seven Kings of Rome' via Niccolò Machiavelli


“The progress of the campaign is recorded on the column erected in Rome to commemorate the close of the Marcomannic Wars. In spite of its triumphal purpose, the engraved scenes that spiral around the monument paint a grim picture of brutal fighting, devastation and execution. ‘Spiders are proud of catching flies,’ Marcus notes mordantly, ‘men of catching hares, fish in a net, boars, bears, Sarmatians’ (10.10). The gruesome vignette that opens Meditations 8.34 (‘a severed hand or foot, or a decapitated head’) may well reflect Marcus’ own experience.”

- Meditations, Marcus Aurelius, Introduction by Gregory Hays


Notes:

1. Yahoo Answers helped me with this quote's meaning. Feel like it was on the tip of my tongue, but given the time it was written in, in addition to the translation may have muddled the message. Or I just need to read more, and continue to grow to able to understand...

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