Academic journal article Journal of Evolutionary Psychology

At the Edge of Contemplation

Academic journal article Journal of Evolutionary Psychology

At the Edge of Contemplation

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"So long as there shall exist, by reason of law and custom, a social condemnation, which, in the face of civilization, artificially creates hells on earth, and complicates a destiny that is divine, with human fatality; so long as the three problems of the age--the degradation of man by poverty, the ruin of woman by starvation, and the dwarfing of childhood by physical and spiritual night--are not yet solved; as long as, in certain regions, social asphyxia shall be possible; in other words, and from a more extended point of view, so long as ignorance and misery remain on earth, books like this cannot be useless."

Victor Hugo, Preface to LES MISERABLES, (1862)

"The young man who has not wept is a savage, and the old man who will not laugh is a fool."

Santayana, DIALOGUES IN LIMBO, III

"The misery of a child is interesting to a mother, the misery of a young man is interesting to a young woman, the misery of an old man is interesting to nobody."

Victor Hugo, LES MISERABLES

"The desire of glory is the last infirmity cast off even by the wise."

Tacitus, HISTORIES, IV, 6

"So, throughout life, our worst weaknesses and meannesses are usually committed for the sake of the people whom we most despise."

Charles Dickens, GREAT EXPECTATIONS

"The most common lie is the lie one tells to oneself; lying to others is relatively the exception."

Friedrich Nietzsche, ANTICHRIST, LV

"What danger can ever come from ingenious reasoning and inquiry? …

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