Commonplace 13 Epicurus

“Why should I fear death? If I am, death is not. If death is, I am not. Why should i fear that which cannot exist when I do?” -Epicurus

This quote from Epicurus on death is very profound. He states how no one should fear death because if their is death you are not alive to fear it. Also the way that this quote is structured is interesting as well. It is a partial mirror of itself with some repetition but coming together to form a unique meaning.

Commonplace 12 Wars and Weapons

“Once weapons were manufactured to fight wars. Now wars are manufactured to sell weapons.” -Arundhati Roy

This is a very powerful quote aimed at saying that many of the wars fought today are not fought for the right reasons. Many times these wars are simply fought so that someone can make money selling weapons.

Commonplace 11 Ken Baldwin

“I instantly realized that everything in my life that I’d thought was unfixable was totally fixable, except for having just jumped” -Ken Baldwin, Golden Gate Bridge jump survivor

This message from Ken Baldwin is very powerful. He is saying how that how before he jumped he thought that there was absolutely nothing he could do to fix his life. However, as soon as he jumped he realized that every problem in his life was fixable except for having jumped.