A man who is “of sound mind” is one who keeps the inner madman under lock and key.
The purpose of psychology is to give us a completely different idea of the things we know best.
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.
A work of art/a poem is never really finished, it is merely abandoned.
The world acquires value only through its extremes and endures only through moderation; extremists make the world great, the moderates give it stability.
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.
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.
That which has always been accepted by everyone, everywhere, is almost certain to be false.
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.
Wondering Whom to Read Next?
- Stephane Mallarme French Poet
- Gaston Bachelard French Philosopher
- Gerard de Nerval French Poet, Writer
- Edgar Quinet French Intellectual
- Charles Baudelaire French Poet
- Arthur Rimbaud French Poet
- Remy de Gourmont French Poet
- Jacques Derrida French Philosopher, Literary Theorist
- Roland Barthes French Literary Theorist
- Michel de Montaigne French Essayist