No sooner is it a little calmer with me than it is almost too calm, as though I have the true feeling of myself only when I am unbearably unhappy.
Topics: Identity, Unhappiness, Self-Knowledge, Happiness
I can prove at any time that my education tried to make another person out of me than the one I became. It is for the harm, therefore, that my educators could have done me in accordance with their intentions that I reproach them; I demand from their hands the person I now am, and since they cannot give him to me, I make of my reproach and laughter a drumbeat sounding in the world beyond.
All human errors are impatience, a premature breaking off of methodical procedure, an apparent fencing-in of what is apparently at issue.
A first sign of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die.
Life’s splendor forever lies in wait about each one of us in all its fullness, but veiled from view, deep down, invisible, far off. It is there, though, not hostile, not reluctant, not deaf. If you summon it by the right word, by its right name, it will come.
Topics: Life, Living, Nature
You can hold yourself back from the sufferings of the world, that is something you are free to do and it accords with your nature, but perhaps this very holding back is the one suffering you could avoid.
Topics: Humanity, Suffering
For words are magical formulae. They leave finger marks behind on the brain, which in the twinkling of an eye become the footprints of history. One ought to watch one’ s every word.
Intellectual labor tears a man out of society. A craft, on the other hand, leads him toward men.
In theory there is a possibility of perfect happiness: To believe in the indestructible element within one, and not to strive towards it.
Perhaps there is only one cardinal sin: impatience.
Because of impatience we are driven out of Paradise;
because of impatience we cannot return.
The dream reveals the reality which conception lags behind. That is the horror of life—the terror of art.
From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back. That is the point that must be reached.
Human judgment of human actions is true and void , that is to say, first true and then void…. The judgment of the word is true, the judgment in itself is void…. Only he who is a party can really judge, but as a party he cannot judge. Hence it follows that there is no possibility of judgment in the world, only a glimmer of it.
Topics: Judgment, Judging
One must not cheat anybody, not even the world of one’s triumph.
Writing is utter solitude, the descent into the cold abyss of oneself.
There are some things one can only achieve by a deliberate leap in the opposite direction.
It is not necessary that you leave the house. Remain at your table and listen. Do not even listen, only wait. Do not even wait, be wholly still and alone. The world will present itself to you for its unmasking, it can do no other, in ecstasy it will writhe at your feet.
Topics: Imagination, Experience, Solitude
A belief is like a guillotine, just as heavy, just as light.
All knowledge, the totality of all questions and all answers is contained in the dog.
Anyone who cannot come to terms with his life while he is alive needs one hand to ward off a little his despair over his fate… but with his other hand he can note down what he sees among the ruins.
A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us.
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