Among other things, you’ll find that you’re not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior. You’re by no means alone on that score, you’ll be excited and stimulated to know. Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. You’ll learn from them—if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It’s a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn’t education. It’s history. It’s poetry.
J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye (via quotes-shape-us)
We need to acknowledge our delusions and take responsibility for overcoming them. For example, we can think: “Self-cherishing is currently in my mind, but it is not me. I can destroy it without destroying myself.” In this way we can be utterly ruthless with our delusions but kind and patient with ourself.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - “Eight Steps to Happiness” (via dancingdakini)
You know these things as thoughts, but your thoughts are not your experiences, they are an echo and after-effect of your experiences: as when your room trembles when a carriage goes past. I however am sitting in the carriage, and often I am the carriage itself. In a man who thinks like this, the dichotomy between thinking and feeling, intellect and passion, has really disappeared. He feels his thoughts. He can fall in love with an idea. An idea can make him ill.
Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra (via requiemforthepast)
… rebellion does not need leaders or personalities, messiahs or saviours. To fight, you only need a sense of shame, a certain amount of dignity, and a lot of organisation.