We need above all to learn again to believe in the possibility of nobility of spirit in ourselves.
Man’s loneliness is but his fear of life.
The only living life is in the past and future—the present is an interlude—strange interlude in which we call on past and future to bear witness that we are living.
Topics: Oddity, The Present, Peculiarity
Happiness hates the timid.
Obsessed by a fairy tale, we spend our lives searching for a magic door and a lost kingdom of peace.
What beastly incidents our memories insist on cherishing, the ugly, and the disgusting; the beautiful things we have to keep diaries to remember.
I lay on the bowsprit, with the water foaming into spume under me, the masts with every sail white in the moonlight towering above me. I became drunk with the beauty and singing rhythm of it, and for a moment lost myself- actually lost my life. I was set free… dissolved in the sea, became white sails and flying spray, became beauty and rhythm and the high dim-starred sky… I belonged within a unity and joy to life itself.
Curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought it back.
Happiness hates the timid! So does science!
When men make gods, there is no God!
Life is a solitary cell whose walls are mirrors.
Topics: Life and Living
For a moment I lost myself, actually lost my life. I was set free! I belonged, without past or future, within peace and unity and a wild joy, within something greater than my own life . . . to life itself. I caught a glimpse of something greater than myself.
The old—like children—talk to themselves, for they have reached that hopeless wisdom of experience which knows that though one were to cry it in the streets to multitudes, or whisper it in the kiss to one’s beloved, the only ears that can ever hear one’s secrets are one’s own!
Topics: Aging, Age
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