Monthly Quotes: July 2020


What is it in us that carves negative impressions so deeply into our brains?

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, The Palace of Illusions

This is the nature of sorrow; often it fades with time, but once in a while it remains lodged below the surface of things, a stubborn thorn beneath a fingernail, making itself felt every time you brush against it. (How well I knew this, for random events would startle me into the memory of a pair of ancient eyes.)

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, The Palace of Illusions

The force of a person’s believing seeps into those around him into the very earth and air and water until there’s nothing else.

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, The Palace of Illusions

Is the desire for vengeance stronger than the longing to be loved? What evil magic does it possess to draw the human heart so powerfully to it?

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, The Palace of Illusions

To see a loved one in pain is more wrenching than to bear that pain yourself.

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, The Palace of Illusions

He believes it to be so. Isn’t that what truth is? The force of a person’s believing seeps into those around him into the very earth and air and water until there’s nothing else.

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, The Palace of Illusions

The pleasures that arise from sense-objects are bound to end, and thus they are only sources of pain. Don’t get attached to them.

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, The Palace of Illusions

Early in my life, I learned to eavesdrop. I was driven to this ignoble practice because people seldom told me anything worth knowing.

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, The Palace of Illusions

sometimes one has to drop logic and go with the instinct of the heart, even if it contradicts law.

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, The Palace of Illusions

What is more numerous than the grass? The thoughts that rise in the mind of man. Who is truly wealthy? That man to whom the agreeable and disagreeable, wealth and woe, past and future, are the same. What is the most wondrous thing on earth? Each day countless humans enter the Temple of Death, yet the ones left behind continue to live as though they were immortal.

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, The Palace of Illusions

She taught me to close myself off from the sorrow of others so that I might survive

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, The Palace of Illusions

Did you ever think how monotonous your life would be if you could see all that was coming to you?

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, The Palace of Illusions

words wasted energy.

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, The Palace of Illusions

But life isn’t a fairy tale which ends ‘happily ever after’ just because the last line of the story is written. Hurts have to heal, resentments have to fade, trusts have to mend.

Rasana Atreya, Tell a Thousand Lies

This is the best reason to learn history: not in order to predict the future, but to free yourself of the past and imagine alternative destinies. Of course this is not total freedom “ we cannot avoid being shaped by the past”. But some freedom is better than none

Yuval Noah Harari, Homo Deus

We do not become satisfied by leading a peaceful and prosperous existence. Rather, we become satisfied when reality matches our expectations. The bad news is that as conditions improve, expectations balloon.

Yuval Noah Harari, Homo Deus

The most common reaction of the human mind to achievement is not satisfaction, but craving for more.

Yuval Noah Harari, Homo Deus

People are usually afraid of change because they fear the unknown. But the single greatest constant of history is that everything changes.

Yuval Noah Harari, Homo Deus

In the past, censorship worked by blocking the flow of information. In the twenty-first century, censorship works by flooding people with irrelevant information. In ancient times having power meant having access to data. Today having power means knowing what to ignore.

Yuval Noah Harari, Homo Deus

The greatest scientific discovery was the discovery of ignorance. Once humans realised how little they knew about the world, they suddenly had a very good reason to seek new knowledge, which opened up the scientific road to progress.

Yuval Noah Harari, Homo Deus

History isn’t a single narrative, but thousands of alternative narratives. Whenever we choose to tell one, we are also choosing to silence others.

Yuval Noah Harari, Homo Deus

Each and every one of us has been born into a given historical reality, ruled by particular norms and values, and managed by a unique economic and political system. We take this reality for granted, thinking it is natural, inevitable and immutable. We forget that our world was created by an accidental chain of events, and that history shaped not only our technology, politics and society, but also our thoughts, fears and dreams. The cold hand of the past emerges from the grave of our ancestors, grips us by the neck and directs our gaze towards a single future. We have felt that grip from the moment we were born, so we assume that it is a natural and inescapable part of who we are. Therefore we seldom try to shake ourselves free, and envision alternative futures.

Yuval Noah Harari, Homo Deus

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