Who was the first that forged the deadly blade? Of rugged steel his savage soul was made.
I am powerful, I am omnipotent, I am a hero, I am gigantic, I am colossal!
King Esarhaddon of Assyria
At the time they cut me free. I was brimming with defiance. Doctors looking down on me. Breaking every law of science.
How'd I ever end up here? A latent strain of color blindness. Then it seemed to dawn on me. Haemoglobin is the key
How can a man know himself? He is a thing dark and veiled; and if the hare has seven skins, man can slough off seventy times seven and still not be able to say: “this is really you, this is no longer outer shell.” -Nietzsche
“Don't aim at success. The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one's personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one's surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long-run—in the long-run, I say!—success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think about it”
― Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning
"From the first standpoint, the worst is going to happen; you're all going to die. And don't just put it off in the back of your mind and say "I'll....consider that later" it's the most important thing to consider now. Because it enables you, it is the mercy of nature, because....it's going to enable you to let go and not defend yourself all the time and waste all energies in self defence." - Alan Watts
“Man is an intelligence, not served by, but in servitude to his organs.” Aldous Huxley
'Consciousness is not simply a sensory-perceptual affair, a matter of mental imagery, as the contents of our mind would have us believe. It is deeply enmeshed with the brain mechanisms that automatically promote action readiness' - Jaak Panksepp