„Who is the happier man, he who has braved the storm of life and lived, or he who has stayed securely on shore and merely existed?“

—  Hunter S. Thompson, "Security" (1951); excerpted in Outlaw Journalist: The Life & Times of Hunter S. Thompson (2008), page 15
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—  David Gemmell British author of heroic fantasy 1948 - 2006
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„He who writes poetry is not a poet. He whose poetry has become his life, and who has made his life his poetry — it is he who is a poet.“

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„The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.“

—  Muhammad Ali African American boxer, philanthropist and activist 1942 - 2016
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„Contrary to what is usually thought, it is the man of excellence, and not the common man who lives in essential servitude. Life has no savour for him unless he makes it consist in service to something transcendental.“

—  José Ortega Y Gasset Spanish liberal philosopher and essayist 1883 - 1955
Context: The mass-man would never have accepted authority external to himself had not his surroundings violently forced him to do so. As to-day, his surroundings do not so force him, the everlasting mass-man, true to his character, ceases to appeal to other authority and feels himself lord of his own existence. On the contrary the select man, the excellent man is urged, by interior necessity, to appeal from himself to some standard beyond himself, superior to himself, whose service he freely accepts.… Contrary to what is usually thought, it is the man of excellence, and not the common man who lives in essential servitude. Life has no savour for him unless he makes it consist in service to something transcendental. Hence he does not look upon the necessity of serving as an oppression. When, by chance, such necessity is lacking, he grows restless and invents some new standard, more difficult, more exigent, with which to coerce himself. This is life lived as a discipline — the noble life. Chap. VII: Noble Life And Common Life, Or Effort And Inertia

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