Jim Harrison on Salvation

For my purposes, I believe what Kierkegaard said, that you have to work out your own salvation with fear and trembling before you can get on with anyone else’s program.

~ Jim Harrison / Paris Review

George Carlin on Answers

“The reason I talk to myself is because I’m the only one whose answers I accept.”

~ George Carlin

Zeno on Self-Mastery

“Man conquers the world by conquering himself.”

~ Zeno of Citium

Michael Lewis on Achievement

What is the greatest achievement of your life so far?

Finding a path through life that doesn’t violate my inner sense of self…

~ Michael Lewis / Financial Times, December 15, 2017

Aristotle on Desires

“I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self.”

~ Aristotle

Haruki Murakami on the Self

“No matter what they wish for, no matter how far they go, people can never be anything but themselves. That’s all.”

~ Haruki Murakami / Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman

Carl Jung on Personality

“Everything good is costly, and the development of the personality is one of the most costly of all things.”

~ Carl Jung

Buddha on Self-Mastery

“You are your only master. Who else could it be? Discipline yourself and discover your master.”

~ Buddha