„Neither pleasure nor pain should enter as motives when one must do what must be done.“

Source: Ride the Tiger: A Survival Manual for the Aristocrats of the Soul

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„Remember that neither the future nor the past pains thee, but only the present.“

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Context: Remember that neither the future nor the past pains thee, but only the present. But this is reduced to a very little, if thou only circumscribest it, and chidest thy mind, if it is unable to hold out against even this.

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„To give people pleasure in the things they must perforce use, that is one great office of decoration; to give people pleasure in the things they must perforce make, that is the other use of it.“

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Does not our subject look important enough now? I say that without these arts, our rest would be vacant and uninteresting, our labour mere endurance, mere wearing away of body and mind.

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