„Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.“
— Viktor E. Frankl Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist, and Holocaust survivor 1905 - 1997
Man's Search for Meaning
„I've seen my own death in dreams like this and it's helped me appreciate life more. I've also seen my own life in dreams and it's helped me appreciate death more.“
— Marilyn Manson American rock musician and actor 1969
The Long Hard Road Out of Hell
„Every day I discover
more and more
It’s enough to drive one mad.
I have such a desire
to do everything,
my head is bursting with it.“
— Claude Monet French impressionist painter 1840 - 1926
— Eleanor Roosevelt American politician, diplomat, and activist, and First Lady of the United States 1884 - 1962
„I have a lot of work to do today;
I need to slaughter memory,
Turn my living soul to stone
Then teach myself to live again.“
— Anna Akhmatova Russian modernist poet 1889 - 1966
The Complete Poems of Anna Akhmatova
„What is this thing called life? I believe
That the earth and the stars too, and the whole glittering universe, and rocks on the mountains have life,
Only we do not call it so--I speak of the life
That oxidizes fats and proteins and carbo-
Hydrates to live on, and from that chemical energy
Makes pleasure and pain, wonder, love, adoration, hatred and terror: how do these things grow
From a chemical reaction?
I think they were here already, I think the rocks
And the earth and the other planets, and the stars and the galaxies
have their various consciousness, all things are conscious;
But the nerves of an animal, the nerves and brain
Bring it to focus; the nerves and brain are like a burning-glass
To concentrate the heat and make it catch fire:
It seems to us martyrs hotter than the blazing hearth
From which it came. So we scream and laugh, clamorous animals
Born howling to die groaning: the old stones in the dooryard
Prefer silence; but those and all things have their own awareness,
As the cells of a man have; they feel and feed and influence each other, each unto all,
Like the cells of a man's body making one being,
They make one being, one consciousness, one life, one God.“
— Robinson Jeffers American poet 1887 - 1962
The Selected Poetry
„Do one thing at a Time, and while doing it put your whole Soul into it to the exclusion of all else.“
— Swami Vivekananda Indian Hindu monk and phylosopher 1863 - 1902
„If you don't watch it people will force you one way or the other, into doing what they think you should do, or into just being mule-stubborn and doing the opposite out of spite.“
— Ken Kesey novelist 1935 - 2001
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
„The hole in one's heart gets filled by others around you. Friends won't flock to someone who abandons the memory of his friends and gives up on the world just because things don't go the way he wants them to. That won't help fill the hole in your heart. And people won't help those who run away and do nothing. As long as you don't give up, there will always be salvation.“
— Hatake Kakashi fictional character in the Naruto manga and anime series
„A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert.“
— Andrew Carnegie American businessman and philanthropist 1835 - 1919
„My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style“
— Maya Angelou American author and poet 1928 - 2014
„Sometimes when I'm alone
Cause I am on my own.
The tears I cry are bitter and warm.
They flow with life but take no form
I Cry because my heart is torn.
I find it difficult to carry on.
If I had an ear to confide in,
I would cry among my treasured friend,
but who do you know that stops that long,
to help another carry on.
The world moves fast and it would rather pass by.
Then to stop and see what makes one cry,
so painful and sad.
and no one cares about why.“
— Tupac Shakur rapper and actor 1971 - 1996
— William Ewart Gladstone British Liberal politician and prime minister of the United Kingdom 1809 - 1898