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It is good to have an end to journey towards, but it is the journey that matters, in the end. - Ursula Le Guin

We must not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we began and to know the place for the first time. - T.S. Eliot

To laugh often and much: To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you lived. This is to have succeeded. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wonder is the feeling of a philosopher; and philosophy begins in wonder. - Plato

'Beauty is truth, truth beauty' - that is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know. - John Keats

Just as life is an end in itself, so every living human being is an end in himself, not the means to the ends or the welfare of others - and, therefore, man must live for his own sake, neither sacrificing himself to others nor sacrificing others to himself. - Ayn Rand

We cannot fight against anything, unless we fight for something -- and what we must fight for is the supremacy of reason, and a view of man as a rational being. - Ayn Rand

The desire not to be anything is the desire not to be. - Ayn Rand

We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world. - Buddha

To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity, and trust. It is to solve some of the problems of life, not only theoretically, but practically. - Henry David Thoreau

The philosophers have only interpreted the world in different ways; the point is to change it. - Karl Marx

The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly. - Buddha

Life, liberty and property do not exist because men made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place. - Frederick Bastiat

Life must be understood backward. But it must be lived forward. - Soren Kierkegaard

I think therefore I am. (Cogito ergo sum) - Rene Descartes

Man is the measure of all things. - Protagoras