Some quotes I hope may resonate with you.
"The welfare of the people has always been the alibi of tyrants." - Albert Camus
"The means of learning are abundant - it is the desire to learn that is scarce." - Naval Ravikant
"Though they may start out with entrepreneurial zeal, once firms or bureaucracies grow large, they become risk-adverse to the point of Luddism." - Matt Ridley
"I have observed that not the man who hopes when others despair, but the man who despairs when others hope, is admired by a large class of persons as a sage." - John Stuart Mill
"Character is a powerful defense in a world that would love to be able to seduce you, buy you, tempt you, and change you." - Seneca
"Outside every fat man there was an even fatter man trying to close in." - Kingsley Amis
"Do no harm, and take no shit." - Elizabeth Lesser