"F. H. Bradley, Appearance and Reality, p. 346: My external sensations are no less private to myself than are my thoughts or my feelings. In either case my experience falls within my own circle, a circle closed on the outside; and, with all its elements alike, every sphere is opaque to the others which surround it. … In brief, regarded as an existence which appears in a soul, the whole world for each is peculiar and private to that soul."
"Reality: something that exists independently of ideas concerning it."
"It isn’t normal to know what we want. It is a rare and difficult psychological achievement.”
― Abraham Harold Maslow, Motivation and Personality"
painfully paraphrased line by line
"Safe and sane isn’t the way to live. Dumb and dangerous is."
Duff Goldman (via muffinmeragga)
"Why do we focus so intensely on our problems? What draws us to them? Why are they so attractive? They have the magnet power of love: somehow we desire our problems; we are in love with them much as we want to get rid of them … Problems sustain us — maybe that’s why they don’t go away. What would a life be without them? Completely tranquilized and loveless … There is a secret love hiding in each problem."
"We need to prepare ourselves for the possibility that sometimes big changes follow from small events, and that sometimes these changes can happen very quickly."
Malcom Gladwell - The Tipping Point
”If you find yourself asking yourself (and your friends), “Am I really a writer? Am I really an artist?” chances are you are. The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is scared to death.”
— Steven Pressfield (The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles)