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"Earnestness and sincerity are synonymous." - Corita Kent

"Oh, that ludicrous virile earnestness!" - Heinrich Böll

"Earnestness alone makes life eternity." - Thomas Carlyle

"Earnestness can ferment into sentimentality." - Marc Webb

"Prayer is not eloquence but earnestness." - Hannah More

"Earnestness is stupidity sent to college." - P. J. O'Rourke

"Enthusiasm is the intoxication of earnestness." - Alphonse De Lamartine

"Earnestness is the salt of eloquence." - Victor Hugo

"Earnestness is the most important thing." - Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

"Earnestness is just stupidity sent to college." - P. J. O'Rourke

"Earnestness is enthusiasm tempered by reason." - Blaise Pascal

"Earnestness is stupidity sent to college." - P J Orourke

"A man must keep his earnestness nimble, to escape ridicule." - D H Lawrence

"Earnestness is the devotion of all the faculties." - Christian Nestell Bovee

"There is no substitute for thoroughgoing, ardent, and sincere earnestness." - Charles Dickens

"Have an earnestness for death and you will have life." - Abu Bakr

"Prayer is not eloquence, but earnestness; not the definition of helplessness, but the feeling of it; not figures of speech, but earnestness of soul." - Hannah More

"Our path, our sense of spirituality demands great earnestness, dedication, sincerity & continuity." - Sharon Salzberg

"Only those thoughts which the most profound earnestness has produced and perfected take a cheerful form." - Hermann Jacobi

"All the sobriety which' religion needs or requires is that which real earnestness produces." - Henry Ward Beecher

"Ironic people always dissolve when confronted with earnestness, it's their kryptonite" - Gillian Flynn

"The earnestness of life is the only passport to satisfaction of life." - Theodore Parker

"Earnestness can go wrong in hip hop. On this album, it goes very right." - Sage Francis

"In all earnestness I asked myself what kind of world I had stumbled into." - Carl Jung

"Earnestness means willingness to live with energy, though energy bring pain." - William James

"Here's the thing about earnestness. Our culture discounts it; but people are yearning for it." - Jeffrey Zaslow

"Frivolity without gaiety and earnestness without seriousness-a most unattractive combination." - Anthony Daniels (psychiatrist)

"People take things at face value on social media. Earnestness is the assumption." - Mindy Kaling

"We want deeper sincerity of motive, a greater courage in speech and earnestness in action." - Sarojini Naidu

"I have this wholesome disposition in a lot of my characters. A certain earnestness." - Matt Lauria

"Earnestness is good; it means business. But fanaticism overdoes, and is consequently reactionary." - Charles Spurgeon

"With sincerity and earnestness one can realize God through all religions." - Ramakrishna

"A man seldom thinks with more earnestness of anything than he does of his dinner." - Samuel Johnson

"Business demands faith, compels earnestness, requires courage, is honestly selfish, is penalized for mistakes, and is the essence of life." - William Feather

"The presence of irony does not necessarily mean that the earnestness is excluded. Only assistant professors assume that." - Soren Kierkegaard

"Death cannot explain itself. The earnestness consists precisely in this, that the observer must explain it to himself." - Soren Kierkegaard

"BEG, v. To ask for something with an earnestness proportioned to the belief that it will not be given." - Ambrose Bierce

"Frivolity, under whatever form it appears, takes from attention its strength, from thought its originality, from feeling its earnestness." - Madame De Stael

"Taking sides is the beginning of sincerity, and earnestness follows shortly afterwards, and the human being becomes a bore." - Oscar Wilde

"Earnestness is highly underestimated. It comes from the core, while hip is trying to impress you on the surface." - Randy Pausch

"Taking fun as simply fun and earnestness in earnest shows how thoroughly thou none of the two discernest." - Piet Hein

"Taking fun as simply fun and earnestness in earnest shows how thoroughly thou none of the two discernest." - Piet Pieterszoon Hein

"Most shows find themselves descending into sentimentality or earnestness at some point but, with 'Community,' the joke is always on." - Miranda Raison

"God's truth is too sacred to be expounded to superficial worldliness in its transient fit of earnestness." - Frederick William Robertson

"That religious earnestness forever tends toward fright and hence towards brittleness and inquisition is clear enough in mythology and history." - Thomas Howard

"No learning can make up for the failure to pray. No earnestness, no diligence, no study, no gifts will supply its lack." - Edward Mckendree Bounds

"Even where there is talent, culture, knowledge, if there is not earnestness, it does not go to the root of things." - James Freeman Clarke

"If you can bring earnestness to your meditation, you will find that happiness is something that will run through your life constantly." - Frederick Lenz

"Let true Christians then, with becoming earnestness, strive in all things to recommend their profession, and to put to silence the vain scoffs of ignorant objectors." - William Wilberforce

"Cultivate a sympathetic heart, humility in dealings, and selflessness in action. If these are practiced with earnestness and sincerity, then you will win the race of life." - Baba Hari Dass

"I am not commanding you, but I want to test the sincerity of your love by comparing it to the earnestness of others." - Nicholas Sparks

"[Freud's] sense of reality is less clouded by wishful thinking than is the case with other people and [he combines] the qualities of critical judgment, earnestness and responsibility." - Albert Einstein

"Earnestness is the best gift of mental power, and deficiency of heart is the cause of many men never becoming great." - Edward Bulwer-Lytton

"Earnestness commands the respect of mankind. A wavering, vascillating, dead-and-alive Christian does not get the respect of the church or the world." - John Hall

"To be able under all circumstances to practise five things constitutes perfect virtue: these five are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness." - Confucius

"We should pray with as much earnestness as those who expect everything from God; we should act with as much energy as those who expect everything from themselves." - Charles Caleb Colton

"Art is based on a strong sentiment of religion, - on a profound and mighty earnestness; hence it is so prone to co-operate with religion." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Art is based on a strong sentiment of religion,-on a profound and mighty earnestness; hence it is so prone to co-operate with religion." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"One is healthy when one can laugh at the earnestness and zeal with which one has been hypnotized by any single detail of one's life." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"Art rests on a kind of religious sense, on a deep, steadfast earnestness; and on this account it unites so readily with religion." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"I have long discovered that geologists never read each other's works, and that the only object in writing a book is a proof of earnestness." - Charles Darwin

"The measure of our love for others can largely be determined by the frequency and earnestness of our prayers for them." - Arthur W. Pink

"To be able under all circumstances to practice five things constitutes perfect virtue; these five things are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness and kindness." - Confucius

"To be able to practice five things everywhere under heaven constitutes perfect virtue...[They are] gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness." - Confucius

"Everything which is properly business we must keep carefully separate from life. Business requires earnestness and method; life must have a freer handling." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"[Prayer] is not eloquence, but earnestness; not the definition of helplessness, but the feeling of it; not figures of speech, but compunction of soul." - Hannah More

"One should never take sides in anything, Mr. Kelvil. Taking sides is the beginning of sincerity, and earnestness follows shortly afterwards, and the human being becomes a bore." - Oscar Wilde

"Everything which is properly business we must keep carefully separate from life. Business requires earnestness and method; life must have a freed handling." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"To practice five things under all circumstances constitutes perfect virtue; these five are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness." - Confucius

"For me and my entire generation, we took on this kind of sarcastic, ironic, snarkiness because it seemed the most extreme reaction to the earnestness of hippies." - Chuck Palahniuk

"Earnestness is the best gift of mental power, and deficiency of heart is the cause of many men never becoming great." - Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

"There`s a good sense of fun and lack of sarcasm in the Texans, maybe a little earnestness which is kind of why I found it quite Australian." - Rachel Griffiths

"In this Epistle, the Apostle seeks, with great earnestness, to confirm the Christian converts in the belief of that Gospel, which he had so faithfully preached." - John Strachan

"Patience is only one faculty; earnestness the devotion of all the faculties. Earnestness is the cause of patience; it gives endurance, overcomes pain, strengthens weakness, braves dangers, sustains hope, makes light of difficulties, and lessens the sense of weariness in overcoming them." - Christian Nestell Bovee

"We should always pray with as much earnestness as those who expect everything from God; we should always act with as much energy as those who expect everything from themselves." - Charles Colson

"Earnestness is not by any means everything; it is very often a subtle form of pious pride because it is obsessed with the method and not with the Master." - Oswald Chambers

"Search and you will find that at the base and birth of every great business organization was an enthusiast, man consumed with earnestness of purpose, with confidence in his powers, with faith in the worthwhileness of his endeavors." - B C Forbes

"The object of education is not merely to enable our children to gain their daily bread and to acquire pleasant means of recreation, but that they should know God and serve Him with earnestness and devotion." - Hermann Adler

"Young men often laugh at the sensible girls whom they secretly respect, and affect to admire the silly ones whom they secretly despise, because earnestness, intelligence, and womanly dignity are not the fashion." - Louisa May Alcott

"Truth is his inspirer, and earnestness the polisher of his sentences. He could afford to lose his Sharp's rifles, while he retained his faculty of speech,-a Sharp's rifle of infinitely surer and longer range." - Henry David Thoreau

"Many of the white people [who] have been instruments in the hands of God for our good, even such as have held us in captivity, are now pleading our cause with earnestness and zeal." - Richard Allen

"I do not say the mind gets informed by action, - bodily action; but it does get earnestness and strength by it, and that nameless something that gives a man the mastership of his faculties." - William Mountford

"Let there be cultivated an awareness in every member's heart of his own potential for bringing others to a knowledge of the truth. Let him work at it. Let him pray with great earnestness about it" - Gordon B Hinckley

"I wouldn't have a face like that,' proceeded the child, with a good deal of earnestness, 'not if you gave me a million dollars.' He thought for a moment, then corrected himself. 'Two million dollars!' he added." - P G Wodehouse

"Her voice is soft; not shrill and like the lark's, but tenderer, graver, almost hoarse at times! As though the earnestness of love prevailed and quelled all shriller music." - Barry Cornwall

"The best convent for a woman is the seclusion of her own home. There she may find her vocation and fight her battles, and there she may learn the reality and the earnestness of life." - Elizabeth Prentiss

"How do you go about finding anything? By keeping your mind and heart on it. Interest there must be and steady remembrance. To remember what needs to be remembered is the secret of success. You come to it through earnestness" - Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

"A man without earnestness is a mournful and perplexing spectacle. But it is a consolation to believe, as we must of such a one, that he is the most effectual and compulsive of all schools." - John Sterling

"[Ridicule] laughs at all those who see the earnestness of life and who still believe in true feelings and in serious thought ... It soils the hope of youth. Only shameless vice is above its reach." - Madame De Stael

"We must act with vindictive earnestness against the Sioux, even to their extermination, men, women and children... during an assault, the soldiers cannot pause to distinguish between male and female, or even discriminate as to age." - William Tecumseh Sherman

"Prayers belong strictly to the worship of God. Fasting is a subordinate aid, which is pleasing to God no farther than as it aids the earnestness and fervency of prayer." - John Calvin

"Up with the banner of your new Lord, Jehovah Jesus! Raise it in firm decision, with quiet earnestness and with humble prayer; keep it with unflinching fortitude, and be ready to die rather than dishonor it." - William Mackergo Taylor

"You're constantly, in human culture, trying to balance between uplifting, heartfelt, sincere, earnestness that empowers and enlightens people, and the sarcastic cynicism that comes from just people's acquired bitterness over experiences." - Seth Green

"I was inspired more by early Bette Midler. I do wear a fancy dress and very high heels - and extra high hair. My goal is to obliterate all earnestness." - Ana Gasteyer

"This Government has found occasion to express, in a friendly spirit, but with much earnestness, to the Government of the Czar, its serious concern because of the harsh measures now being enforced against the Hebrews in Russia." - Benjamin Harrison

"I'm sure Sting's a lovely guy. It's just that nobody wants to be seen as that holier-than-thou thing. That over-earnestness is a bit of a problem with people in bands and celebrities or whatever." - Jarvis Cocker

"There is a certain age at which a child looks at you in all earnestness and delivers a long, pleased speech in all the true inflections of spoken English, but with not one recognizable syllable." - Annie Dillard

"My own will and desires were now very much broken, and my heart was with much earnestness turned to the Lord, to whom alone I looked for help in the dangers before me." - John Woolman

"It is not the number of books you read, nor the variety of sermons you hear, but it is the frequency and earnestness with which you meditate on these things till the truth in them becomes your own and part of your being, that insures your growth." - Frederick William Robertson

"If you want to sin, sin wholeheartedly and openly. Sins too have their lessons to teach the earnest sinner, as virtues the earnest saint. It is the mixing up of the two that is so disastrous. Nothing can block you so effectively as compromise, for it shows lack of earnestness, without which nothing can be done." - Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

"Oh! yes, (the prayer meeting) is the place to meet with the Holy Ghost, and this is the way to get His mighty power. If we would have Him, we must meet in greater numbers; we must pray with greater fervency, we must watch with greater earnestness, and believe with firmer steadfastness. The prayer meeting...is the appointed place for the reception of power." - Charles Spurgeon

"Without earnestness no man is ever great, or does really great things. He may be the cleverest of men; he may be brilliant, entertaining, popular; but he will want weight. No soul-moving picture was ever painted that had not in it depth of shadow." - Peter Bayne

"Some happy talent, and some fortunate opportunity, may form the two sides of the ladder on which some men mount, but the rounds of that ladder must be made of stuff to stand wear and tear; and there is no substitute for thorough-going, ardent, and sincere earnestness." - Charles Dickens

"Of Love-may God exalt you! -the first part is jesting, and the last part is right earnestness. So majestic are its diverse aspects, they are too subtle to be described; their reality can only be apprehended by personal experience. Love is neither disapproved by Religion, nor prohibited by the Law; for every heart is in God's hands." - Ibn Hazm

"With sincerity and earnestness one can realize God through all religions. The Vaishnavas will realize God, and so will the Saktas, the Vedantists, and the Brahmos. The Mussalmans and Christians will realize Him too. All will certainly realize God if they are earnest and sincere." - Ramakrishna

"One is conscious of no brave and noble earnestness in it, of no generalized passion for intellectual and spiritual adventure, of no organized determination to think things out. What is there is a highly self-conscious and insipid correctness, a bloodless respectability submergence of matter in manner-in brief, what is there is the feeble, uninspiring quality of German painting and English music." - H L Mencken

"For the past thirty years or so, much American poetry has been marked by an earnestness that rejects the comic. This has nothing to do with seriousness. The comic can be very serious. The trouble with the earnest is that it seeks to be commended. It seeks to be praised for its intention more than for what it is saying." - Stephen Dobyns

"The way of awakening and freedom requires that we ask ourselves, with all of the earnestness, honesty, and humility at our command, just this one fundamental question: 'Am I willing to live this moment with as much attention and affection as possible, or am I going to do something else?'" - Scott Morrison

"The best remedy for dryness of spirit, is to picture ourselves as beggars in the presence of God and the Saints, and like a beggar, to go first to one saint, then to another, to ask a spiritual alms of them with the same earnestness as a poor fellow in the streets would ask an alms of us." - Philip Neri

"You make adjustments according to the specifics of the character.It's something I feel like a lot of my comedic heroes have always done. It's not even necessarily vulnerability, always, but it's an earnestness, a genuine desire to actually do the right thing, but then still make really misguided, stupid decisions along the way." - Ed Helms

"I don't think of myself as particularly earnest. I have long bouts of cynicism and skepticism. So much of my early life was full of uncertainties. It still is. My "Buddha book" expresses that. Perhaps that's what created this impression of earnestness." - Pankaj Mishra

"Day, the boy from the streets with nothing except the clothes on his back and the earnestness in his eyes, owns my heart. He is beauty, inside and out. He is the silver lining in a world of darkness. He is my light." - Marie Lu

"Thinking it selfish to dwell on her own sufferings, when in the midst of wretches, who had not only lost all that endears life, but their very selves, her imagination was occupied with melancholy earnestness to trace the mazes of misery, through which so many wretches must have passed to this gloomy receptacle of disjointed souls, to the grand source of human corruption." - Mary Wollstonecraft

"The tea party saved the Republican Party. In a broad sense, the tea party rescued it from being the fat, unhappy, querulous creature it had become, a party that didn't remember anymore why it existed, or what its historical purpose was. The tea party, with its energy and earnestness, restored the GOP to itself." - Peggy Noonan

"The cynic makes fun of all earnestness; he makes fun of everything and everyone who feels that something can be done. . . . But in his heart of hearts he knows that he is a defeated man and that his cynicism is merely an expression of the fact that he has lost courage and is beaten." - George Edgar Vincent

"Let one who wants to move and convince others, first be convinced and moved themselves. If a person speaks with genuine earnestness the thoughts, the emotion and the actual condition of their own heart, others will listen because we all are knit together by the tie of sympathy." - Thomas Carlyle

"We want to know not how we should pray if we were perfect but how we should pray being as we now are ... It is no use to ask God with factitious earnestness for A when our whole mind is in reality filled with the desire for B. We must lay before Him what is in us, not what ought to be in us." - C S Lewis

"I knew if I evoked that stuff too easily or gratuitously, as a way of assuaging my fears of not being edgy or whatever, the writing would fall apart. This book [Lincoln in the Bardo] was going to have to have some earnestness in it." - George Saunders

"I would hope that nothing that I write would ever seem earnest because I subscribe absolutely to Franz Nietzsche's claim when he says, "Ah, earnestness, the sure sign of a slow mind." Earnest people are always a bit on the thick side in my experience." - Geoff Dyer

"I admired the earnestness of these people, many of whom had joined Greenpeace and marched for noble things in their youth. But I didn't share their hatred of the establishment. After all, the establishment had given me so many of my favorite things: Nick at Nite, the New York Knicks, Stephen King, Taco Bell, Green Day. The list went on and on." - Simon Rich

"The ways in which Oscar Wilde was attacking the Romantics that preceded him, and the Romantic ideas that preceded him, were very similar to what the glam-rockers, particularly Bowie and Bryan Ferry, were attacking in the earnestness of '60s culture. Trying to shock, but with wit, cleverness, and homosexuality." - Todd Haynes

"With sincerity and earnestness one can realize God through all religions. The Vaishnavas will realize God, and so will the Saktas, the Vedantists and the Brahmos. The Mussalmans and the Christians will realize him too. All will certainly realize God if they are earnest and sincere." - Ramakrishna

"Scatter money in a crowd, how they scramble for it; offer bread to the starving, how greedily they seize it; throw a rope to the drowning, how he eagerly grasps it! With like eagerness and earnestness may the Spirit of God help you to lay hold on Christ." - Thomas Guthrie

"Being traditional is a choice for me. South Indian families bring up their children with a sense of freedom, self-respect and self-value. We do whatever we have to with earnestness and honesty, including being uninhibited. Yet we hold onto our roots." - Vidya Balan

"The stations of uncensored expression are closing down; the lights are going out; but there is still time for those to whom freedom and parliamentary government mean something, to consult together. Let me, then, speak in truth and earnestness while time remains." - Winston Churchill

"It is not the mouth that is the main thing to be looked at in prayer, but whether the heart is so full of affection and earnestness in prayer with God, that it is impossible to express their sense and desire; for then a man desires indeed, when his desires are so strong, many, and mighty, that all the words, tears, and groans that can come from the heart, cannot utter them." - John Bunyan

"There's not a lot of room for un-ironic emotion in contemporary culture. I think that irony is an important tool in dealing with the world as we find it. It's a tool of protection, but it can also be a tool of incision to get to some truth. But along the way maybe we've lost some of what I think of as the power of straightforward emotion and earnestness and seriousness." - John Green

"... our scholarships should be bestowed on those whose ability and earnestness in the primary department have been proved, and whose capacity for a higher education is fully shown. This is the best work women of wealth can do, and I hope in the future they will endow scholarships for their own sex instead of giving millions of dollars to institutions for boys, as they have done in the past." - Elizabeth Cady Stanton

"A regular council was held with the Indians, who had come in on their ponies, and speeches were made on both sides through an interpreter, quite in the described mode,-the Indians, as usual, having the advantage in point of truth and earnestness, and therefore of eloquence. The most prominent chief was named Little Crow. They were quite dissatisfied with the white man's treatment of them, and probably have reason to be so." - Henry David Thoreau

"Lord, enable us to search our hearts and humble ourselves before Thee. Oh, for a closer walk with God, more faith, more sincerity, more earnestness, and more love. I must study more the Word of God. 'If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatsoever ye will, and it shall be done unto you.' The Master said so, and His words are true." - Alexander Murdoch Mackay

"We should seek to free the moral life from the embarrassments and entanglements in which it has been involved by the quibbles of the schools and the mutual antagonisms of the sects; to introduce into it an element of downrightness and practical earnestness; above all, to secure to the modern world, in its struggle with manifold evil, the boon of moral unity, despite intellectual diversity." - Felix Adler

"Envy is the only name she could find for the monstrous thing she faced, but it was much worse than envy: it was the profound hatred of life, of success and of all human values, felt by a certain kind of mediocrity... the kind who feels pleasure on hearing about a stranger's misfortune. It was hatred of the good for being the good... hatred of ability, of beauty, of honesty, of earnestness, of achievement and, above all, of human joy." - Ayn Rand

"Holding this soft, small living creature in my lap this way, though, and seeing how it slept with complete trust in me, I felt a warm rush in my chest. I put my hand on the cat's chest and felt his heart beating. The pulse was faint and fast, but his heart, like mine, was ticking off the time allotted to his small body with all the restless earnestness of my own." - Haruki Murakami

"There is a certain age at which a child looks at you in all earnestness and delivers a long, pleased speech in all the true inflections of spoken English, but with not one recognizable syllable. There is no way you can tell the child that if language had been a melody, he had mastered it and done well, but that since it was in fact a sense, he had botched it utterly." - Annie Dillard

"In prayer I was exceedingly enlarged, and my soul was as much drawn out as I ever remember it to have been in my life. I was in such anguish, and pleaded with so much earnestness and importunity, that when I rose from my knees I felt extremely weak and overcome; I could scarce walk straight; my joints were loosed; the sweat ran down my face and body; and nature seemed as if it would dissolve...." - David Brainerd

"Great grief prays with great earnestness. Prayer is not a collection of balanced phrases; it is the pouring out of the soul. What is love if it be not fiery? What are prayers if the heart be not ablaze? They are the battles of the soul. In them men wrestle with principalities and powers... "The prayer that prevails is not the work of lips and fingertips. It is the cry of a broken heart and the travail of a stricken soul." - Samuel Chadwick

"Death is not earnest in the same way the eternal is. To the earnestness of death belongs precisely that remarkable capacity for awakening, that resonance of a profound mockery which, detached from the thought of the eternal, is an empty and often brash jest, but together with the thought of the eternal is just what it should be, utterly different from the insipid solemness which least of all captures and holds a thought with tension like that of death." - Soren Kierkegaard

"The life of God the life which the mind apprehends and enjoys as it rises to the absolute unity of all things may be described as a play of love with itself; but this idea sinks to an edifying truism, or even to a platitude, when it does not embrace in it the earnestness, the pain, the patience, and labor, involved in the negative aspect of things." - Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

"The life of God ? the life which the mind apprehends and enjoys as it rises to the absolute unity of all things ? may be described as a play of love with itself; but this idea sinks to an edifying truism, or even to a platitude, when it does not embrace in it the earnestness, the pain, the patience, and labor, involved in the negative aspect of things." - Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

"Eventually I came across another passage. This is what it said: I am not commanding you, but I want to treat the sincerity of your love by comparing it to the earnestness of others. The words made me choke up again, and just as I was about to cry, the meaning of it suddenly became clear. God had finally answered me, and I suddenly knew what I had to do." - Nicholas Sparks

"The truths which are represented in England and Western countries generally, are those which refer to force of character, earnestness of purpose, conscientious strictness, noble charity, practical duty, whilst the truths which I find peculiarly developed in India - developed to a greater extent than anywhere else, - and in the Eastern countries generally, are those which have reference to sweetness of communion, sweetness of temper, meekness and resignation unto God." - Keshub Chandra Sen

"The auspices for philosophy are bad if, when proceeding ostensibly on the investigation of truth, we start saying farewell to all uprightness, honesty and sincerity, and are intent only on passing ourselves off for what we are not. We then assume, like those three sophists [Fichte, Schelling and Hegel], first a false pathos, then an affected and lofty earnestness, then an air of infinite superiority, in order to impose where we despair of ever being able to convince." - Arthur Schopenhauer

"You still think I've gone cracked in the head," Ben said, amused. "Listen, if tomorrow we pulled into Biren and someone told you there were shamble-men in the woods, would you believe them?" My father shook his head. "What if two people told you?" Another shake. Ben leaned forward on his stump. "What if a dozen people told you, with perfect earnestness, that shamble-men were out in the fields, eating-" "Of course I wouldn't believe them," my father said, irritated. "It's ridiculous." "Of course it is," Ben agreed, raising a finger. "But the real question is this: Would you go into the woods?" - Patrick Rothfuss



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