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"Here lies Phaethon: In Helius' car he fared
And though he greatly failed, more greatly dared."

We received the following message tied to a stone from the opposite German trenches: ‘We’re going to open fire with artillery. We don’t want to do this but we’ve been ordered to. It will come this evening, and we’ll blow a whistle first so you’ll have time to take cover.’

—Regimental War Diary, 5th Leicester Regiment, World War I (via anti-power)

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Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.

—Scott Adams (via childrenofthetao)

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Anyone whose goal is ‘something higher’ must expect someday to suffer vertigo. What is vertigo? Fear of falling? No, Vertigo is something other than fear of falling. It is the voice of the emptiness below us which tempts and lures us, it is the desire to fall, against which, terrified, we defend ourselves.

—Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being (via entropy-entropy)

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Iran mother spares life of son’s killer in dramatic turn of events

An Iranian mother spared the life of her son’s convicted murderer with an emotional slap in the face as he awaited execution with the noose around his neck, a newspaper reported Thursday. The dramatic climax followed a rare public campaign to save the life of Balal, who at 19 killed another young man, Abdollah Hosseinzadeh, in a street fight with a knife back in 2007. (AFP)

(Photos by Araash Khamooshi/ISNA/AFP)

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Only unreal things can break

By bringing shame to a person, how could one expect to make him a better man?

—Yamamoto Tsunetomo (via your—reflection)