According to the capabilities of the reader, books have their own destiny. — Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy. (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, December 14, 2017)
Since my house burned down I now have a better view of the rising moon ― Mizuta Masahide (1657–1723)
There can be no hope without fear, and no fear without hope. ― Baruch Spinoza
The more you struggle to live, the less you live. Give up the notion that you must be sure of what you are doing. Instead, surrender to what is real within you, for that alone is sure….you are above everything distressing. ― Baruch Spinoza
Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans fires. — Francois de La Rochefoucauld, Maxims. (Penguin Classics; First Thus edition January 28, 1982) Originally published 1665.