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Do I believe a thing has limits!? Of course! Nothing exists that doesn’t have limits. Existence means there’s always something else, and so everything has limits. Why is it so hard to conceive that a thing is a thing, and that it isn’t always being some other thing that’s beyond it?”

At that moment I felt in my bones not that I was talking to a man, but to another universe. I tried one last time, from another angle, which I felt compelled to consider legitimate.

“Look, Caeiro... think about numbers... Where do they end? Take any number — say 34. Past it we have 35, 36, 37, 38 — there can be no end to it. There is no number so big that there is no number larger...“

“But that’s just numbers,” protested my master Caeiro.

And then, looking at me out of his formidable, childlike eyes:

“What is 34 in Reality, anyway?


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Old people love to give good advice; it compensates them for their inability to set a bad example.
FRANCOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD
It is necessary above all that the citizens, who have rallied round the constitution, should be assu...
MARQUIS DE LAFAYETTE
The more nobly a man wills and acts, the more avid he becomes for great and sublime aims to pursue. ...
PIERRE TEILHARD DE CHARDIN
Long before the awakening of thought on earth, manifestations of cosmic energy must have been produc...
PIERRE TEILHARD DE CHARDIN
If it is nothingness that awaits us, let us make an injustice of it; let us fight against destiny, e...
MIGUEL DE UNAMUNO
The humanities have been forced to disguise, both from themselves and their students, why their subj...
ALAIN DE BOTTON
I planted my self in the middle of a great many Glasses full of Dew, tied fast about me, upon which ...
CYRANO DE BERGERAC
No country without an atom bomb could properly consider itself independent.
CHARLES DE GAULLE
I can assure the Marquis de Chasteler that it is my unalterable determination never to set foot on a...
MARQUIS DE LAFAYETTE
If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them task...
ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPERY
I assemble my ideas in pieces on a computer file, then gradually find a place for them on a piece of...
ALAIN DE BOTTON
Our articles of confederation ought to be revised and measures immediately taken to invigorate the C...
MARQUIS DE LAFAYETTE
Industry has operated against the artisan in favor of the idler, and also in favor of capital and ag...
REMY DE GOURMONT
I am able to say that I was very much liked at the school. I even had quite some ascendancy over my ...
MARQUIS DE LAFAYETTE
Arithmetic! Algebra! Geometry! Grandiose trinity! Luminous triangle! Whoever has not known you is wi...
COMTE DE LAUTREAMONT
We still are pestered by two parties: the aristocratic, which is panting for a counter revolution, a...
MARQUIS DE LAFAYETTE
Wisdom is that apprehension of heavenly things to which the spirit rises through love.
HONORE DE BALZAC
The advantage of the analytical approach is that it is widely applicable, and it can provide a consi...
CHRISTIAN DE DUVE
The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous to the public welfare as the apathy of a...
CHARLES DE MONTESQUIEU
In the final analysis, the questions of why bad things happen to good people transmutes itself into ...
PIERRE TEILHARD DE CHARDIN
The arrogance that says analysing the relationship between reasons and causes is more important than...
ALAIN DE BOTTON
Unintelligent persons are like weeds that thrive in good ground; they love to be amused in proportio...
HONORE DE BALZAC
'And for my part, Gentlemen,' said I, 'that I may put in for a share, and guess with the...
CYRANO DE BERGERAC
Ribosomes contain RNA, messenger RNA provides the information, transfer RNAs brings the amino acids;...
CHRISTIAN DE DUVE
I was an incredibly lonely, very alienated teenager.
ALAIN DE BOTTON
'Social Network' is a good story with human experience connective tissue that makes it agele...
MICHAEL DE LUCA
Ageing is, simply and clearly, the accumulation of damage in the body. That's all that ageing is...
AUBREY DE GREY
May joy and good fellowship reign, and in this manner, may the Olympic Torch pursue its way through ...
PIERRE DE COUBERTIN
Cure yourself of the affliction of caring how you appear to others. Concern yourself only with how y...
MIGUEL DE UNAMUNO
Coming from the theater, I love the adrenalin rush from working on 'NCIS.' You get home and ...
COTE DE PABLO
There is militaristic-hegemonic-plutocratic side of the U.S. which is getting out of hand and threat...
ALAIN DE BOTTON
A quarrel between friends, when made up, adds a new tie to friendship.
SAINT FRANCIS DE SALES
In the future, instead of striving to be right at a high cost, it will be more appropriate to be fle...
EDWARD DE BONO
Aesthetic emotion puts man in a state favorable to the reception of erotic emotion. Art is the accom...
REMY DE GOURMONT
If you press me to say why I loved him, I can say no more than because he was he, and I was I.
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
Of course one should not drink much, but often.
HENRI DE TOULOUSE-LAUTREC
It is not tolerable, it is not possible, that from so much death, so much sacrifice and ruin, so muc...
CHARLES DE GAULLE
Neapolitans have always had their fast food. It's called pizza.
LUCIANO DE CRESCENZO
These things will destroy the human race: politics without principle, progress without compassion, w...
ANTHONY DE MELLO
In the United States, the majority undertakes to supply a multitude of ready-made opinions for the u...
ALEXIS DE TOCQUEVILLE
The tree of knowledge is not the tree of life! And yet can we cast out of our spirits all the good o...
GERARD DE NERVAL
Even if they end up together, which I highly doubt, given the strength of that particular bond-...-b...
MELISSA DE LA CRUZ
Growing up, I'd already decided I wanted to be a beatnik. A Bohemian poet, I thought. Or a musician....
CHARLES DE LINT
I find I am much prouder of the victory I obtain over myself, when, in the very ardor of dispute, I ...
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
If you come at four in the afternoon, I'll begin to be happy by three.
ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPéRY
Of course I’ll hurt you. Of course you’ll hurt me. Of course we will hurt each other. But this i...
ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPéRY
It is one of man's curious idiosyncrasies to create difficulties for the pleasure of resolving them.
JOSEPH DE MAISTRE
A heap of epithets is poor praise: the praise lies in the facts, and in the way of telling them.
JEAN DE LA BRUYERE
A refusal of praise is a desire to be praised twice.
FRANCOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD
When we disclaim praise, it is only showing our desire to be praised a second time.
FRANCOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD
To be prepared is half the victory.
MIGUEL DE CERVANTES
The question on long term strategy is not if it is successful, but if you are still alive.
RON DE JONGE
In the works of man, everything is as poor as its author; vision is confined, means are limited, sco...
JOSEPH DE MAISTRE
Philosophy is doubt.
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
Few things are impracticable in themselves; and it is for want of application, rather than of means,...
FRANCOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD
There are people who in spite of their merit disgust us, and others who please us in spite of their ...
FRANCOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD
Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, conf...
BARUCH (_BENEDICT DE) SPINOZA
The law cannot equalize mankind in spite of nature.
MARQUIS DE VAUVENARGUES
All pain is a punishment, and every punishment is inflicted for love as much as for justice.
JOSEPH DE MAISTRE
There never was in the world two opinions alike, no more than two hairs or two grains. The most univ...
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
I care not so much what I am in the opinion of others, as what I am in my own; I would be rich of my...
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
If you never change your mind, why have one?
EDWARD DE BONO
That ephemeral sheet,... the newspaper, is the natural enemy of the book, as the whore is of the dec...
EDMOND DE GONCOURT
A women knows how to keep quiet when she is in the right, whereas a man, when he is in the right, wi...
MALCOLM DE CHAZAL
Man is a mind betrayed, not served, by his organs.
EDMOND DE GONCOURT
What do we mean by setting a man free? You cannot free a man who dwells in a desert and is an unfeel...
ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPERY
Listening well and answering well is one of the greatest perfections that can be obtained in convers...
FRANCOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD
Those that despise people will never get the best out of others and themselves.
ALEXIS DE TOCQUEVILLE
Avoid lawsuits beyond all things; they pervert your conscience, impair your health, and dissipate yo...
JEAN DE LA BRUYERE
It would be better to have no laws at all, than to have too many.
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
'Tis a dainty thing to command, though 'twere but a flock of sheep.
MIGUEL DE CERVANTES
Those laws, being forged for universal application, are in perpetual conflict with personal interest...
MARQUIS DE SADE
Leaders don't inflict pain -- they share pain.
MAX DE PREE
In the end, it is important to remember that we cannot become what we need to be by remaining what w...
MAX DE PREE
Each man must grant himself the emotions that he needs and the morality that suits him.
REMY DE GOURMONT
We need very strong ears to hear ourselves judged frankly, and because there are few who can endure ...
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
Everyone complains of the badness of his memory, but nobody of his judgment.
FRANCOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD