I like the quotations in the Core Rulebook, and have sourced some of them (like the Seneca one and the one from the Count of Monte Cristo). Others, however, are harder to track down or are inaccurately attributed (like Anacharsis). My favorite of the quotations is the one which is attributed to Jose Gnecco Laborde, who I think, after some Google-fu, was a Spanish author. I think part of my problems in authenticating the quotations is that they have been translated from their original languages into Spanish then into English.
- Did the developers attempt to use only real-world material for these quotations?
- Why were these quotations and sources picked?
- Why were these quotations included at all?
The quotations from the book are presented below, but I understand that it is a bit much to ask from a Q&A site to sources all of these. A case-by-case confirmation or denial of each quotation's authenticity could count as an answer, but I'm more interested in the answers to the questions above.
To be born is to begin to die
Soul for the human
Anima for the beast
Yet always we say
Blessed be the animas of purgatory
—Jose Gneco [sic] Laborde
Everybody thinks that having talent is a matter of luck
Nobody thinks that luck could be a matter of talent
The only man who never makes a mistake
Is the man who never does anything
Among so many changes in human affairs
Only death is certain
Nonetheless all lament
This thing that fools no one
All men are made of the same clay
But not from the same mold
It is always good to know about everything
If the Porcupine were a little smarter, it wouldn't need all those needles
Never count how many times you have fallen
but the strength with which you arise
It is astonishing how much strength the soul can infuse into the body
—W. von Humboldtu
Once I dreamt my soul abandoned my body
I could fly and look inside the hearts of men
The only thing I could not do was wake up
A man's power doesn't consist of what he can do himself, but what he can will others to do
It's all in the mind
You never know what lies ahead before you when you wake up in the morning
Ignorance leads us into error, and error leads us into learning
He who directs is a man in need of others
A land without ruins is a place without memories
A place without memories is a land without history
—Abraham J. Ryan
The darkness envelops all of us
But while the wise man stammers against a wall
The ignorant man remains in the center of the chamber
One by one all of us are mortals
Together we are eternal
All the harmony in the world is made up of discordance
The truth... that fragment of death...
Sometimes I would prefer to live in the shadows
Hell starts with others
Men fear the very same Gods they have invented
—Lucano [sic? maybe Luciano De Crescenzo?]
Divinity runs through our veins
Because, in the end, we are like Gods
All of us have our reason to exist
All of us have are needed in the world...
The sleep of reason produces monsters
There is no need to know danger in order to fear it
Indeed, it may be observed that it is usually unknown perils that inspire the greatest terror
I don't care up to where our vision reaches
In our future I can see many horizons...