the vertebrate

Soft on the surface. Tough in the middle.


“The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of a mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one.”

—  Wilhelm Stekel

Rationality is costly. It prevents us from believing what we want to believe.

—Epistemology professor (via philosophyprofessorquotes)

It’s easy to love somebody. Shit, sit with them a little bit and talk to them a while.

There’s a hell of a distance between wisecracking and wit. Wit has truth in it; wisecracking is simply calisthenics with words.

—Dorothy Parker (via oneagainstnature)

This is not like the human rights debate, where you see someone suffering and say ’They have a human right to x!’ Kant would despise that.

—Ethics professor (via philosophyprofessorquotes)

"Who, whether praise of him must walk the earth
For ever, and to noble deeds give birth,
Or he must fall, to sleep without his fame,
And leave a dead unprofitable name—
Finds comfort in himself and in his cause;
And, while the mortal mist is gathering, draws
His breath in confidence of Heaven’s applause:
This is the happy Warrior; this is he
That every man should wish to be.”

- William Wordsworth
from Character of the Happy Warrior

Well, well, the world must turn upon its axis,
And all mankind turn with it, heads or tails,
And live and die, make love and pay our taxes,
And as the veering winds shift, shift our sails.

- Lord Byron  (via chestertonian)

(Source: itsquoted, via chestertonian)

Spoken by St. Francis to the red-hot brand (that was to be used for a medical procedure aimed at correcting his eye problems): “Brother Fire, God made you beautiful and strong and useful; I pray you be courteous with me.

(Source: semper-spes-est)

give your daughters difficult names. give your daughters names that command the full use of tongue. my name makes you want to tell me the truth. my name doesn’t allow me to trust anyone that cannot pronounce it right.

—Warsan Shire (via h-o-r-n-g-r-y)

(Source: pyrrhics, via h-o-r-n-g-r-y)

Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.

—John Wesley (via h-o-r-n-g-r-y)

(Source: chrysanthemumum, via h-o-r-n-g-r-y)