“History is the long struggle of man, by exercise of his reason, to understand his environment and to act upon it. But the modern period has broadened the struggle in a revolutionary way. Man now seeks to understand, and act on, not only his environment, but himself; and this has added, so to speak, a new dimension to reason and a new dimension to history.” – Edward Hallett Carr, What is History?
“To venture causes anxiety, but not to venture is to lose one’s self … And to venture in the highest is precisely to be conscious of one’s self.” – Søren Kierkegaard
“When we are young, we spend much time and pains in filling our note-books with all definitions of Religion, Love, Poetry, Politics, Art, in the hope that, in the course of a few years, we shall have condensed into our encyclopaedia the net value of all the theories at which the world has yet arrived. But year after year our
tables get no completeness, and at last we discover that our curve is a parabola, whose arcs will never meet.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays
“Dig within. Within is the wellspring of Good; and it is always ready to bubble up, if you just dig.” – Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
“We shall not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring. Will be to arrive where we started. And know the place for the first time.” – T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets