Injustice, poverty, slavery, ignorance — these may be cured by reform or revolution. But men do not live only by fighting evils. They live by positive goals, individual and collective, a vast variety of them, seldom predictable, at times incompatible.
Conformities are called for much more eagerly today than yesterday… skeptics, liberals, individuals with a taste for private life and their own inner standards of behavior, are objects of fear and derision and targets of persecution for either side… in the great ideological wars of our time.
A people are free in proportion as they form their own opinions.
-Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Live for yourself — there’s no one else
More worth living for
Begging hands and bleeding hearts will only cry out for more
I hold it to be the inalienable right of anybody to go to hell in his own way.
Whoso would be a man, must be a nonconformist. He who would gather mortal palms must not be hindered by the name of goodness, but must explore it if it be goodness. Nothing is at last sacred but the intergrity of your own mind.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson (Self-Reliance and Other Essays)
Each man must look to himself to teach him the meaning of life. It is not something discovered: it is something molded.
-Antoine de Saint-Exupery