“My name is Legion, for we are many.” (Mt, 8:28)
"Not a whit, we defy augury; there's a special providence in the fall of a sparrow. If it be now, 'tis not to come; if it be not to come, it will be now; if it be not now, yet it will come: the readiness is all. Since no man knows aught of what he leaves, what is't to leave betimes? Let be." (Hamlet, V, 2)
"It is surely only in a postmodern climate that anyone could seriously feel the need to distinguish relativity from relativism. But, yes, Latour does indeed state the obvious explicitly. The trouble is that the good work is then all undone by his stated intention to show that “relativity itself could be said to be social”, and his reading of Einstein's text as “a contribution to the sociology of delegation” (Sokal and Bricmont, page 115). I'm sorry if I misunderstood Latour, Ross and Harding. But, for heaven's sake, isn't being misunderstood precisely what these people do for a living?" Richard Dawkins, "Relativity and relativism: who's confused?", Nature, 1998
"For we admit that one should love one's best friend most; but the best friend is he that, when he wishes a person's good, wishes it for that person's own sake, even though nobody will ever know of it. Now this condition is most fully realized in a man's regard for himself, as indeed are all the other attributes that make up the definition of a friend; for it has been said already that all the feelings that constitute friendship for others are an extension of regard for self. Moreover, all the proverbs agree with this; for example, ‘Friends have one soul between them,’ ‘Friends' goods are common property,’ ‘Amity is equality,’ ‘The knee is nearer than the shin.’ All of these sayings will apply most fully to oneself; for a man is his own best friend. Therefore he ought to love himself most." Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, 1168b1
" [...] very imperfect must be that happiness which a man derives not from what he himself feels, but from what another imagines. We may indeed be happy in our own dreams, but can never be happy by the dreams of others. Happiest of all men, to me, seems the private man; nor can the opinion of ill-judging crowds make him less happy, because they may think others more so. He who can live alone without uneasiness, who can survey his past life with pleasure, who can look back without compunction or shame, forward without fear or rebuke; he, whose every day hath produced some good, at least is passed with innocence; the silent benefactor, the ready and faithful friend; he who is filled with secret delight, because he feels his heart full of benevolence, who finds pleasure in relieving and assisting; the domestic man, perhaps little talked of, perhaps less seen, beloved by his friends, trusted and esteemed by all that know him, often useful to such as know him not, enjoys such high felicity as the wealth of kingdoms and the bounty of kings cannot confer." Thomas Gordon to John Milner Esq., Cato's Letters, Dedication.