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Thoughts to reflect on

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Sociology

1. Human nature is complex. Even if we do have inclinations toward violence, we also have an inclination to empathy, cooperation, to self-control.
- Steven Pinker

2. The function of sociology, as of every science, is to reveal that which is hidden.
- Pierre Bourdieu

3. There are no passengers on the spaceship Earth. We are all crew.
- Marshall McLuhan

4. The word 'right' should be excluded from political language, as the word 'cause' from the language of philosophy.
- Auguste Comte
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Brainy Quotes to Reflect on

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5 quotes by Jacques Lacan that will blow your logic

1. "I think where I am not, therefore I am where I do not think. I am not whenever I am the plaything of my thought; I think of what I am where I do not think to think."

2. "...Desire, a function central to all human experience, is the desire for nothing nameable. And at the same time, this desire lies at the origin of every variety of animation. If being were only what it is, there wouldn't even be room to talk about it. Being comes into existence as an exact function of this lack."

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What does the philosopher say

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Jose Ortega y Gasset

1. We distinguish the excellent man from the common man by saying that the former is the one who makes great demands on himself, and the latter who makes no demands on himself.

2. We have need of history in its entirety, not to fall back into it, but to see if we can escape from it.

3. Youth does not require reasons for living, it only needs pretexts.

4. Being an artist means ceasing to take seriously that very serious person we are when we are not an artist.

5. Under the species of Syndicalism and Fascism there appears for the first time in Europe a type of man who does not want to give reasons or to be right, but simply shows himself resolved to impose his opinions.

6. We live at a time when man believes himself fabulously capable of creation, but he does not know what to create.

7. Biography - a system in which the contradictions of a human life are unified.

8. A revolution only lasts fifteen years, a period which coincides with the effectiveness of a generation.

9. I am I plus my circumstances.


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7 motivational quotes that will inspire your day

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Seven thoughts by seven great men

1. I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value.

- Hermann Hesse

2. Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.

- e. e. cummings

3. You are always free to change your mind and choose a different future, or a different past.

- Richard Bach


4. The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.

- Bertrand Russell

5. I believe that if one always looked at the skies, one would end up with wings.

- Gustave Flaubert

6. What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.

- Plutarch

7. I believe every human has a finite number of heartbeats. I don't intend to waste any of mine.

Neil Armstrong


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Thought to reflect on

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  Ray Bradbury

"Don't think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It's self-conscious and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can't "try" to do things. You simply "must" do things."


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Thoughts to reflect on: How to generate more and clearer ideas

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The recipe of the ancient philosophers

No matter how inventive a person is, there is always that situation when our mind reaches a dead-end problem. Most of the time it looks like there is no exit and we can't generate alternative ideas. In other words, we got stuck into our old and static understanding of a given issue. If you haven't got here you are most probably out of the problem-solving business. Of course, there are many tips and tricks that you could find on the internet and try to apply like watching videos or brainstorming with your colleagues. But sometimes it doesn't work. Well, there is nothing wrong with you. It's natural to find yourself in such a cul-de-sac. It's a problem as old as the human world and the resolution could be something as simple as a little walk by yourself or with some friends of yours.

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Quotes to reflect on: Simone de Beauvoir

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Love for Truth

To go out of your comfort zone, to become more or less skeptical, to seek reason, or reconciliation between rational intentions and irrational instincts is a lifetime dedication. Love of truth may not lead you to happiness but it's arguably the only path to achieve wisdom and thus a happier state of mind. We cannot deny the importance of such endeavors. For us is as crucial to take care of our bodies as to sustain our mental and emotional health. So, never stop following your dreams and aspirations even though they may face you with the greatest difficulties in your life. Listen to your inner voice and you will find the support you need because you are not alone. There are the Truth and all the others who search for it. 

"I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love for truth - and truth rewarded me. " 

- Simone de Beauvoir


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Albert Einstein: All religions, arts, and sciences are branches of the same tree

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"All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man's life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom."

-Albert Einstein

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