Short Takes

Recipe for war: “In peacetime one does not fight others, one uses them.”

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That in a poisonous environment Generosity + Trust = Weakness is not a reason to become stingy and fearful. It is a reason to move to a different environment, to leave the poisoners behind.

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Though it may be quite nobel for Sisyphus to roll his boulder up the mountain, his nobility turned into insanity when he began to roll common trash up the mountain.

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Why are so many naval-gazers and narcissistic “process” addicts so unhappy with their lives and with the world?

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How easy it is to forget that often the weakest looking men and women, on the sidelines, are far more effective warriors than the powerful looking gladiators and rulers of the arena. Standing by innocently, as the muscled men fight for victory with life and blood, they know that the final decisions are made by meek whisperers with mellow demeanor.

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Flattery: you never find out as much about a person as when you flatter them to high heaven.

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Women will never feel equal as long as they do not apply the same standards to themselves to which they hold men.
Revolutionaries who grant themselves privileges against which they protest in the adversary, will end up devastating what they claim to work for. Thus Feminists can come to resemble Stalinists.
The pursuit of fairness and truth ends up in pathetic propaganda, where even some body parts are having monologues, while others are the devil’s own.

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The integrity of the external smile and the nobility of the internal smile: the first to ward off the pollution of social pressures, the second to keep our core uncontaminated.

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