Do I contradict myself?

Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes.

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Conformity may give you a quiet life;

Conformity may give you a quiet life; it may even bring you to a University Chair. But all change in history, all advance, comes from the nonconformists. If there had been no trouble-makers, no Dissenters, we should still be living in caves. — AJP Taylor, English Historian Brought to mind by a recent conversation on historiography….

…because most of what we say and do is not essential

…because most of what we say and do is not essential. If you can eliminate it, you’ll have more time and more tranquillity. Ask yourself at every moment, is this necessary… — Marcus Aurelius (121-180 CE) From Bunbury – with thanks ;) Image: See page for author [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Living out loud

If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud. — Émile Zola

I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tree

I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tree in the story. From the tip of every branch, like a fat purple fig, a wonderful future beckoned and winked. One fig was a husband and a happy home and children, and another fig was a famous poet and another fig was…

Robbed of Incentive by their Own Contentment

Human civilization had a lot of branches, not so long ago. Even into the twenty-first century, a few isolated tribes had barely developed stone tools. Some settled down with agriculture. Others weren’t content until they had ended nature itself, still others until they’d built cities in space. We all rested eventually, though. Each new technology…