If you do not know

The world will ask you who you are, and if you do not know, the world will tell you.

~ Carl Jung

Society does not exist

Society exists only as a mental concept; in the real world there are only individuals.

~ Oscar Wilde

Teach them

If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.

~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Always pass on good advice

I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing to do with it. It is never of any use to oneself.

~ Oscar Wilde

War is not wicked

As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular.

~ Oscar Wilde

Excellence is a habit

We are what we repeatedly do, therefore, excellence is not an act but a habit

~ Aristotle

Look at that

In outer space you develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it. From out there on the moon, international politics looks so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, “Look at that, you son of a bitch.”

~ Edgar Mitchell

Think for oneself

A man who does not think for himself does not think at all.

~ Oscar Wilde

Hardly seems worth doing

Anything that doesn’t take years of your life and drive you to suicide hardly seems worth doing.

~ Cormac McCarthy