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"Never was anything great achieved without danger."
   (Niccolò Machiavelli)


"Thus that which is the most awful of evils, death, is nothing to us, since when we exist, there is no death, and when there is death we do not exist."

"To fear death, gentlemen, is nothing other than to think oneself wise when one is not: for it is to think one knows what one does not know. No man knows whether death may not even turn out to be the greatest of blessings for a human being; and yet people fear it as if they knew for certain that is the greatest of evils."
   (Socrates, in Plato's Apology)

"I have often thought upon death, and I find it the least of all evils."


"Desire and force between them are responsible for all our actions; desire causes our voluntary acts, force our involuntary."

"Desire engenders belief: if we are not usually aware of this, it is because most belief-creating desires last as long as we do.

"The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul."
   (Bible - Proverbs)

 Original: Mar 26, 2005                                                Last edited: 12 December 2011.   Top