The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.
History is the science of what never happens twice.
Love is being stupid together.
Latent in every man is a venom of amazing bitterness, a black resentment; something that curses and loathes life, a feeling of being trapped, of having trusted and been fooled, of being the helpless prey of impotent rage, blind surrender, the victim of a savage, ruthless power that gives and takes away, enlists a man, and crowning injury inflicts upon him the humiliation of feeling sorry for himself.
Two dangers constantly threaten the world: order and disorder.
Serious people have few ideas. People with ideas are never serious.
Ignorance wavers between extreme audacity and extreme shyness.
In poetry everything which must be said is almost impossible to say well
That which has always been accepted by everyone, everywhere, is almost certain to be false.
Man’s great misfortune is that he has no organ, no kind of eyelid or brake, to mask or block a thought, or all thought, when he wants to.
The world acquires value only through its extremes and endures only through moderation; extremists make the world great, the moderates give it stability.
The mind has transformed the world, and the world is repaying it with interest. It has led man where he had no idea how to go.
The purpose of psychology is to give us a completely different idea of the things we know best.
A work of art/a poem is never really finished, it is merely abandoned.
Though completely armed with knowledge and endowed with power, we are blind and impotent in a world we have equipped and organized-a world of which we now fear the inextricable complexity.
A man who is “of sound mind” is one who keeps the inner madman under lock and key.
There are two ways to aquire the niceties of life:
1) To produce them or
2) To plunder them.
When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.
Science is feasible when the variables are few and can be enumerated; when their combinations are distinct and clear. We are tending toward the condition of science and aspiring to do it. The artist works out his own formulas; the interest of science lies in the art of making science.
Topics: Scientists, Science
It would be impossible to “love” anyone or anything one knew completely. Love is directed towards what lies hidden in its object.
A businessman is a hybrid between a dancer and a calculator.
What others think of us would be of little moment did it not, when known, so deeply tinge what we think of ourselves.
Topics: Self Respect
Serious-minded people have few ideas. People with ideas are never serious.
Sometimes I think and other times I am.
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