Rainer Maria Rilke on Life

Let everything happen to you
Beauty and terror
Just keep going
No feeling is final”

Rainer Maria Rilke

Baruch Spinoza on Free Will

So experience itself, no less clearly than reason, teaches that men [sic] believe themselves free because they are conscious of their own actions, and ignorant of the cause by which they are determined, that the decisions of the mind are nothing but the appetites themselves which therefore vary as the disposition of the body varies.”

Baruch Spinoza, Ethics

Sarah Gershman on Emotion as a Currency for Remembering Content

According to numerous studies, emotion is a basic currency for remembering content. A listener must connect emotionally to what they hear in order to remember what the speaker says. Simply, we remember most vividly the events in our lives in which we were most emotionally impacted.”

— Sarah Gershman, Do You Need Charisma to Be a Great Public Speaker? (via swissmiss)