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«Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out»
«Hope is a state of mind, not of the world. Hope, in this deep and powerful sense, is not the same as joy that things are going well, or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously heading for .success, but rather an ability to work for something because it is good.»
«Sometimes I wonder if suicides aren't in fact sad guardians of the meaning of life.»
«Isn't it the moment of most profound doubt that gives birth to new certainties? Perhaps hopelessness is the very soil that nourishes human hope; perhaps one could never find sense in life without first experiencing its absurdity...»
Author: Vaclav Havel
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«Anyone who takes himself too seriously always runs the risk of looking ridiculous; anyone who can consistently laugh at himself does not.»
«Genuine politics -- even politics worthy of the name -- the only politics I am willing to devote myself to -- is simply a matter of serving those around us: serving the community and serving those who will come after us. Its deepest roots are moral because it is a responsibility expressed through action, to and for the whole.»
«The tragedy of modern man is not that he knows less and less about the meaning of his own life, but that it bothers him less and less.»
«The salvation of this human world lies nowhere else than in the human heart, in the human power to reflect, in human meekness and human responsibility.»
«The deeper the experience of an absence of meaning -- in other words, of absurdity --the more energetically meaning is sought.»
«Lying can never save us from another lie.»