Saturday, February 6, 2016

"Quot homines, tot sententiae"

"Splinter group....a small organization that becomes separated from or acts apart from an original larger group or a number of other small groups, with which it would normally be united, as because of disagreement."

"  the tendency of psychotherapists to form esoteric groups has been already admitted, and deplored...the danger that the psychotherapist will use the patient to bolster his own self-esteem, an treat him as someone to show off to, or even to dominate...
....may be a fanatic who wishes to convert his patient to a particular philosophy or set of beliefs, and thus to indoctrinate him, rather than encourage him to find his own way and construct his own philosophy of life...
...the indoctrinator tries, by force if necessary, to compel his victim to accept a dogma and to convert him to a different way of life...conversion which the indoctrinator attempts to ensure by forceful is surely better that people should be allowed to continue in neurotic misery than they should have their freedom interfered with to this extent.... not a matter of mutual influence but of the complete domination of one person by is not difficult, under appalling conditions, by the threat of torture or the promise of alleviation, to persuade some is far from easy to produce a permanent change in a man's beliefs or to convert him to an alien point of view...
...It must come as a relief to everyone who values the freedom of the individual to know that although a man can be temporarily broken...he will...come back to himself and once again be free to form his own conclusions and choose his own way of life..." Anthony Storr, The Integrity of the Personality

"It is better to be independent to govern alone, for better or worse, than being governed by others."

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Be happy!!!!

"solitary activity is essential not only for geniuses, says Storr; the average person, too, is enriched by spending time alone.

 " many of the creative geniuses of our civilization have been solitary, by temperament or circumstance, and how the capacity to be alone is... a sign of maturity.

" The ultimate in psychological maturity is self-realization...Self-realization represents the highest level of human development."

"...happiness...this was our best weapon, the one we shall never put away. For as soon as we lost it we should be as dead as you are..." Resistance, Rebellion and Death, Albert Camus
"But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?"
Albert Camus

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

"Senhores à força Mandadores sem lei"

"...macabra imagem que corriam entre o povo de Portugal ... «Os médicos em Portugal... não fazem senão sangrar três, quatro e seis vezes os enfermos»."
Jesuitas e Inquisicao, cumplicidades e confrontacoes, Jose franco, celia tavares p.50

"...os doentes eram "submetidos ciclicamente, sem estarem informados ou darem o seu consentimento, a técnicas em fase experimental..." 

"...Se alguém se engana com seu ar sisudo
E lhes franqueia as portas à chegada
...Eles comem tudo E não deixam nada
São os mordomos Do universo todo
Senhores à força Mandadores sem lei
...No chão do medo Tombam os vencidos..." 
Jose Afonso, VAMPIROS

"... I'm not alone. ... You can't hang us all. They will avenge me.... 
"Fight, do not be afraid! "
Zoya  Kosmodemyanskaya

Monday, February 1, 2016

"pure fool, enlightened by compassion"

"a "pure fool, enlightened by compassion" ("Durch Mitleid wissend, der reine Tor")"

"...a story in which a young person grows up. In these chivalric romances, we are told how an apparently unpromising candidate can become, not only a knight, but a knight who is able to achieve where others have failed. ...the key to obtaining this wisdom is fellow- suffering or compassion: mitleiden leidvoll wissender Tor, ... In Schopenhauer's ethics, it is compassion that is the foundation of morality. From compassion follow the virtues of justice and loving-kindness, and from them all other virtues."

" It from bit. Otherwise put, every it"

"...being moral is not proving something to others, being moral is proving something to yourself..."

"It from bit. Otherwise put, every it — every particle, every field of force... this is a participatory universe."

"I'm late! I'm late..."

"I'm late! I'm late! For a very important date..." 
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

"A court of honor is an official event constituted to determine various questions of social protocol, breaches of etiquette..."

"Failing to be punctual is the height of bad manners"
"British people place considerable value on punctuality...people make great effort to arrive on time. It is often considered impolite to arrive even a few minutes late....."

"I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world." Socrates

What counts...

"It is quality rather than quantity that matters." 
 Lucius Annaeus Seneca
"It is not the quantity but the quality of knowledge which determines the mind's dignity." 
William Ellery Channing