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Honesty

On Leonard Cohen

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"So come, my friends, be not afraid.
We are so lightly here.
It is in love that we are made;
In love we disappear."

You tried, in your way, to be free. Thank you. Now go join that great gig in the sky. 

'We Love Leonard Cohen' celebrated his 81st Birthday, and then, for his 82nd and final birthday, Leonard gave us a present. "You Want It Darker" is the title track to last album, his 14th studio album in his 49-year recording career. (See also Leonard Cohen Makes it Darker.)

"Leonard Cohen offers the possibility of living with grace, dignity, and integrity, without submitting to illusions, without succumbing to indifference, and without indulging in denial of our own failures and flaws, in a world that is too often corrupt and malevolent" - Allan Showalter

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We don't fall over ourselves if they say 'my Granny fell ill'. What part of no refund don't you understand? You're not getting a refund so fuck off. - Michael O'Leary, CEO of Ryanair

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We are so accustomed to disguising ourselves to others that in the end we become disguised to ourselves - La Rochefoucauld

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Perhaps that's all any of us can do, if we really want to convey anything meaningful and durable and useful to others: tell our own story, as honestly as we can, and let others find resonance, perspective, understanding, ideas to explore, personal insight, hints, appreciation of what not to do, and why - Dave Pollard, http://howtosavetheworld.ca/2010/06/07/going-in-circles/

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I never wonder to see men wicked, but I often wonder to see them not ashamed - Jonathan Swift

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A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on - Mark Twain

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A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession - Albert Camus

Inspired by the true spirit of sport

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Spanish runner Ivan Fernandez Anaya is still receiving attention for a race he lost in December 2012. El Pais explains how Anaya was in second place, some distance behind race leader Abel Mutai. As they entered the finishing straight, he saw the Kenyan mistakenly pull up about 10 metres before the finish, thinking he'd already crossed the line. Anaya quickly caught up with him, but instead of exploiting Mutai's mistake to speed past and claim victory, he stayed behind and, using gestures, guided the Kenyan to the line and let him cross first.

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Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods - Albert Einstein