Danger breeds best on too much confidence.
Pierre Corneille, in Le Cid (1636).
As is our confidence, so is our capacity.
William Hazlitt, in Characteristics (1823).
I have confidence in fools… self-confidence is what my friends call it.
Edgar Allan Poe, Marginalia (November 1844).
Source: SoundCloud / In My Room
It’s the responsibility of every person, when affairs are the most prosperous, to reflect within and consider how they can reduce adversity to other persons.
Will Hindmarch (that’s me), here on Tumblr, today
It is the duty of all persons, when affairs are the most prosperous, then in especial to reflect within themselves in what way they are to endure adversity.
Terence, Phormio, Act II, scene i (166 BC) (via Wikiquote)
He that is down needs fear no fall
John Bunyan, The Pilgrim’s Progress (1678), Part II.
A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
As soon as she got off the bike, her heart was expected to perform all these baffling secondary functions like loving someone and feeling something and belonging somewhere — when all she’d ever trained it to do was pump blood.
Chris Cleave, Gold
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