(-: The Philosophy of Freaks :-) – Logic, Life and A Little Laughter

~ Elective Affinities by René Magritte

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Some are born to sweet delight

Some are born to endless night

~ William Blake 

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To those that require an understanding of humanity using logic, consider the following:

  1. Nothing is impossible for those who don’t have to do it.
  2. Always remember that you’re unique. Just like everyone else.[1]
  3. The search of happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.[2]
  4. Growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional.
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A few useful and interesting facts concerning human beings:

  1. The old believe everything: the middle-aged suspect everything: the young know everything.[3]
  2. An optimist is someone who thinks the future is uncertain.
  3. The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true.[4]
  4. Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest of motives.[5]
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Well-known ‘facts of life’ that will drive human beings to despair:

  1. Life is a wonderful thing to talk about or to read about in history books – but it is terrible when one has to live it.[6]
  2. Life is a near-death experience.[7]
  3. There are two great rules of life, the one general and the other particular. The first is that everyone can, in the end, get what he wants if he only tries. This is the general rule. The particular rule is that every individual is more or less an exception to the general rule.[8]
  4. Real life is to most men, a long second best, a perpetual compromise between the ideal and the possible.[9]
  5. Life is an offensive, directed against the repetitious mechanism of the universe.[10]
  6. The closing years of life are like the end of a masquerade party, when the masks are dropped.[11]
  7. After the game, the king and pawn go into the same box.[12]
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Advice to give 99% of human beings that you meet on earth:

  1. Think before you speak. Read before you think. This will give you something to think about that you didn’t make up yourself – a wise move at any age, but most especially at seventeen, when you are in the greatest danger of coming to annoying conclusions.[13]
  2. Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.[14]
  3. Life is much too important a thing ever to talk seriously about it.[15]
  4. When in doubt, make a fool of yourself. There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth. So what the hell, leap![16]
  5. We should all learn from the snail: it has devised a home that is both exquisite and functional.[17]
  6. You spend your whole life believing that you’re on the right track, only to discover that you’ve on the wrong train.
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Mankind is obsessed over freewill and liberty. Most men think that life is not worth living without the freedom to choose even though it is quite evident that no man can ‘choose’ who their parents are, their state of birth and the amount of wealth they are to inherit. A few quotes to share with men you meet on earth:

  1. Oh Liberty! What liberties are taken in thy name!
  2. It’s not the liberties we have but the liberties we take that cause all the trouble.
  3. Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.[18]
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A list of the Philosophical Outlooks that man should adopt:

  1. Fill what’s empty. Empty what’s full. And scratch where it itches.[19]
  2. There is no cure for birth and death, save to enjoy the interval.[20]
  3. The nail that sticks out is hammered down.[21]
  4. Do not choose to be wrong for the sake of being different.[22]
  5. An unbiased opinion is always absolutely useless.[23]
  6. Nothing is often a good thing to do and always a good thing to say.[24]
  7. All wrongdoing is done in the sincere belief that it is the best thing to do.[25]
  8. After all is said and done, more is said than done.
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~ The Empire of Light by René Magritte

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The world is a beautiful place

To be born into

If you don’t mind some people dying

All the time

Or maybe only starving

Some of the time

Which isn’t half so bad

If it isn’t you.

~ Laurence Ferlinghetti

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[1] T-shirt, Los Angeles, 1996.

[2] Eric Hoffer, The Passionate State of Mind, 1955.

[3] Oscar Wilde, Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young, 1894.

[4] James Branch Cabell, The Silver Stallion, 1926.

[5] Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891.

[6] Jean Anouilh, Time Remembered, 1939.

[7] George Carlin, Brain Droppings, 1997.

[8] Samuel Butler, The Notebooks of Samuel Butler, 1912.

[9] Attributed to Bertrand Russell.

[10] Attributed to Alfred North Whitehead.

[11] Attributed to Arthur Schopenhauer.

[12] Italian proverb.

[13] Fran Lebowitz, Tips for Teens, Social Studies, 1981.

[14] Robert Frost, 1874-1963, Title of poem.

[15] Oscar Wilde, Vera, or the Nihilists, 1883.

[16] Cynthia Heimel, Lower Manhattan Survival Tactics, Village Voice, 1983.

[17] Attributed to Frank Lloyd Wright.

[18] George Bernard Shaw, Maxims for Revolutionists, 1903.

[19] Attributed to Alice Roosevelt Longworth.

[20] Attributed to George Santayana.

[21] Japanese proverb.

[22] Attributed to Lord Samuel.

[23] Oscar Wilde, The Critic as Artist, 1890.

[24] Attributed to Will Durant.

[25] Arnold Bennett, 1867-1931, English novelist.

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