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"I like too many things and get all confused and hung-up running from one falling star to another till i drop. This is the night, what it does to you. I had nothing to offer anybody except my own confusion."
Jack Kerouac, On The Road
— 1 month ago with 51 notes
#On The Road  #Jack Kerouac  #book quote  #lit quote  #love  #confusion  #you against the world  #night  #introspection 
"There was nothing to talk about anymore. The only thing to do was go."
Jack Kerouac, On The Road
— 1 month ago with 9 notes
#On The Road  #Jack Kerouac  #book quote  #lit quote  #journey  #moving on  #life 
"I realized these were all the snapshots which our children would look at someday with wonder, thinking their parents had lived smooth, well-ordered lives and got up in the morning to walk proudly on the sidewalks of life, never dreaming the raggedy madness and riot of our actual lives, our actual night, the hell of it, the senseless emptiness."
Jack Kerouac, On The Road
— 1 month ago with 14 notes
#On The Road  #Jack Kerouac  #book quote  #lit quote  #life  #memory  #children 
"The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him."
The Prince, Niccolo Machiavelli  (via oldboldsellsword)
— 2 months ago with 78 notes
#The Prince  #niccolo machiavelli  #book quote  #lit quote  #intelligence  #friends 
"Everyone sees what you appear to be, few experience what you really are."
Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince  (via georgeofoldvalyria)
— 2 months ago with 91 notes
#The Prince  #niccolo machiavelli  #book quote  #lit quote  #philosophy  #appearance  #personality 
"Man is an animal that makes bargains: no other animal does this - no dog exchanges bones with another."
The Wealth of Nations: An Inquiry into the Nature & Causes of the Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith 
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#Adam Smith  #Wealth of Nations  #book quote  #economics  #social commentary 
"Wherever there is great property there is great inequality. For one very rich man there must be at least five hundred poor, and the affluence of the few supposes the indigence of the many. The affluence of the rich excites the indignation of the poor, who are often both driven by want, and prompted by envy, to invade his possessions."
The Wealth of Nations: An Inquiry into the Nature & Causes of the Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith 
— 2 months ago with 3 notes
#Adam Smith  #Wealth of Nations  #book quote  #economics  #capitalism  #99 percent  #social commentary  #money  #wealth  #inequality  #envy 
"Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity trust upon them."
Catch-22, Joseph Heller
— 2 months ago with 4 notes
#Joseph Heller  #Catch-22  #book quote  #lit quote  #humor  #mediocrity  #life 
"It was miraculous. It was almost no trick at all, he saw, to turn vice into virtue and slander into truth, impotence into abstinence, arrogance into humility, plunder into philanthropy, thievery into honor, blasphemy into wisdom, brutality into patriotism, and sadism into justice. Anybody could do it; it required no brains at all. It merely required no character."
Catch-22, Joseph Heller
— 2 months ago with 2 notes
#Joseph Heller  #Catch-22  #book quote  #lit quote  #social commentary  #integrity  #criticism  #vice 
"He knew everything there was to know about literature, except how to enjoy it."
Catch-22, Joseph Heller
— 2 months ago
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"What is a country? A country is a piece of land surrounded on all sides by boundaries, usually unnatural. Englishmen are dying for England, Americans are dying for America, Germans are dying for Germany, Russians are dying for Russia. There are now fifty or sixty countries fighting in this war. Surely so many countries can’t all be worth dying for."
Catch-22, Joseph Heller
— 2 months ago with 1 note
#Joseph Heller  #Catch-22  #book quote  #lit quote  #patrotism  #war  #death  #social commentary  #nationalism 
"Insanity is contagious."
Catch-22, Joseph Heller
— 2 months ago with 7 notes
#Joseph Heller  #Catch-22  #book quote  #lit quote  #dark humor  #insanity 
"To Yossarian, the idea of pennants as prizes was absurd. No money went with them, no class privileges. Like Olympic medals and tennis trophies, all they signified was that the owner had done something of no benefit to anyone more capably than everyone else."
Catch-22, Joseph Heller
— 2 months ago with 5 notes
#Joseph Heller  #Catch-22  #book quote  #lit quote  #cynicism  #sports  #Olympics  #social commentary  #pointless  #war hero