A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, resistance, knowing, truth, human nature, misanthropy, distrust, denial, self-discipline, and self-mastery

The truth about human beings is, above all other forms of truth, something far too susceptible to our own willful and subjectivist distortions; by nature we never JUST LET SUCH A THING BE, or accept it as it is. Of all the decisive and strategic things that an intelligent human being needs to know about human beings, primary on the list would be this: human beings are overwhelmingly profoundly RESISTANT to knowing the truth about human nature. The one creature in all of organic nature that is capable of KNOWING its own nature is also, paradigmatic over all other creatures, the one most IN DENIAL about that nature. To ask of mortals that they should "know themselves" is little more than a cruel joke, japing at their crippled mentality and personality. Their grasp of this structural perversity or contrariety within human nature is the basis of all Greek wisdom, their aristic "misanthropy" or principled and profound distrust of human beings as pseudophiliacs. All that human beings are willing to call "truth" (for the most part) is some saccharine or cosmetic sweetness and light, some soporific opiate against all in human existence that might demand the utmost self-discipline, rationality, self-mastery, or spirituality from them.

Kenneth Smith

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A Quote by Epictetus on improve, externals, knowledge, nothing, and distrust

If you would improve, submit to be considered wihout sense and foolish with respect to externals. Wish to be considered to know nothing; and if you shall seem to someone to be a person of importance, distrust yourself.

Epictetus (c. 50 - 120)

Source: Enchiridion, Pages: 18

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A Quote by William Shakespeare on change, citizenship, distrust, divinity, fear, god, instinct, men, proof, reason, and soul

FIRST CITIZEN: Come, come, we fear the worst; all shall be well. THIRD CITIZEN: When clouds appear, wise men put on their cloaks; When great leaves fall, the winter is at hand; When the sun sets, who doth not look for night? Untimely storms make men expect a dearth. All my be well; but if God sort it so. 'Tis more than we deserve, or I expect. SECOND CITIZEN: Truly, the souls of men are full of dread; Ye cannot reason almost with a man That looks not heavily and full of fear. THIRD CITIZEN: Before the times of change, still is it so: By a divine instinct men's minds distrust Ensuing dangers; as, by proof, we see The waters swell before a boisterous storm.

William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

Source: King Richard III, Act 1I, Scene 3

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A Quote by William Shakespeare on distrust

Why, no, I say, distrustful recreants! Fight till the last gasp; I will be your guard.

William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

Source: King Henry VI, Part i, Act 1, Scene 2

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A Quote by unknown on darkness, distrust, love, persuasion, and sacrifice

As the things in the darkness That whisper before they feast, They are to be placated and persuaded, They are to be loved and sacrificed to, They are to be prayed to and distrusted.


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A Quote by T. De Quincey on distrust, mind, and understanding

The mere understanding, however useful and indispensable, is the meanest faculty in the human mind and the most to be distrusted.

T. De Quincey

Source: On the Knocking at the Gate in Macbeth

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A Quote by Susan Brownell Anthony on desires, distrust, god, and people

I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.

Susan B. Anthony (1820 - 1906)

Source: Speech, Jan 1896; in Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony, vol. 4, ch. 16. by Shaw & Harper, 1902.

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A Quote by Sir William Temple on company, distrust, reflection, rules, and value

The best rules to form a young man, are, to talk little, to hear much, to reflect alone upon what has passed in company, to distrust one's own opinions, and value others that deserve it.

Sir William Temple (1881 - 1944)

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A Quote by Samuel Butler on distrust, people, and service

The most important service rendered by the press and the magazines is that of educating people to approach printed matter with distrust.

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

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A Quote by Niccoló Machiavelli on confidence, cowardice, distrust, hatred, and people

When you disarm [the people], you commence to offend them and show that you distrust them either through cowardice or lack of confidence, and both of these opinions generate hatred.

Niccolo Machiavelli (1469 - 1527)

Source: The Prince, 1513

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