Words of the Dead


As one ventures through history in the form of the written word, parcels of wisdom are discovered that help to simplify the author's intended message. Our world has changed, where the citizenry finds news in the form of memes, which are often supreme falsities. Our schools have failed us, they taught us the basics for survival, but we were promised we could thrive with our educations, we were promised better lives than our parents had. But laziness, apathy, narcissism, greed, they plague our society; citizens are more interested in the lives of famous people they will never know, than in the lives of their neighbors, or even their children. I attempt, with my writings, to express the failings of this modern world, not as despair, but as direction to move forward. But I know I am no one, I am not Socrates, Plato, or Aristotle, I am not Marcus Aurelius, I am not Baruch Spinoza, nor Frederick Nietzsche, or Albert Camus. These, and many more, are the people who influence my thought, and my art, with their words. And I hope these quotes are an inspiration to you as well. 

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Is a democracy, such as we know it, the last improvement possible in government? Is it not possible to take a step further towards recognizing and organizing the rights of man? There will never be a really free and enlightened State until the State comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its own power and authority are derived, and treats him accordingly.
— Henry David Thouroe: Civil Disobedience

But even democracy ruins itself by excess-of democracy. Its basic principle is the equal right of all to hold office and determine public policy. This at first glance is a delightful arrangement; it becomes disastrous because the people are not properly equipped by education to select the best possible rulers and wisest courses.
— Will Durant: The Story of Philosophy
Men who are governed by reason, that is, men who, under the guidance of reason, seek what is useful to them, desire nothing for themselves which they do not also desire for the rest of mankind, and therefore they are just, faithful and honorable.
— Baruch Spinoza: Ethics

This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never all dried out at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal sunset, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.
— John Muir: Unpublished Journals

Impatience, the mother of stupidity, lauds brevity. Impatient people lack the time for gaining complete knowledge of a particular thing... Such as the human body, yet they try to embrace God, which contains the universe, weighing it and cutting it into countless parts as if they wish to study its anatomy.
— Leonardo DaVinci: Notebooks of Anatomy

I like too many things and get all confused and hung-up running from one falling star to another till I drop.
— Jack Kerouac: "Sal" On the Road

Courage is the knowledge of that which inspires fear or confidence in war, or in anything.
— Niches