Posts Tagged ‘Art’

  • Creativity is the fragrance of individual freedom.
  • Consciousness is being, compassion is feeling, creativity is action.
  • Logic is dry, poetry is alive… Only poetry can love, only poetry can take the jump into the paradox of love.
  • Relaxation is like flowing, you cannot force it.
    • A relaxed person is simply non-obsessive, and the energy starts accumulating within me. He conserves his energy, it is conserved automatically, and then when the moment for action comes his total being flows into it. That’s why action is total.
  • … it simply falls, just like a dead leaf from the tree… when something drops by itself, on its own accord, it leaves no trace on you. If you force it then a trace is left, then a scar is left.
  • Relaxation comes to you when there is no urge to activity; the energy is at home, not moving anywhere.
  • Relaxation is an absence, absence of activity.
  • But for this type of energy the goal is never reached, because this type of energy goes on changing every present moment into a means for something else, into the future. The goal always remains on the horizon. You go on running, but the distance remains the same.
  • Be the celebrators, celebrate! Already there is too much – the flowers have bloomed, the birds are singing, the sun is there in the sky – celebrate it! You are breathing and you are alive and you have consciousness, celebrate it!
  • Here is all. The whole existence culminates in this moment, it converges into this moment.
  • Act unmotivated, just an overflow of your energy. Share but don’t trade, don’t make bargains. Give because you have, don’t give to take back – because then you will be in misery.
  • You need not become anything – simply realize who you are, that’s all.
  • What is to be practiced then? To be more and more at ease. To be more and more here and now. To be more and more in action, and less and less in activity. To be more and more hollow, empty, passive. To be more and more a watcher – indifferent, not expecting anything, not desiring anything. To be happy with yourself as you are. To be celebrating.
  • … allowing something to happen through you. It is not a doing, it is an allowing.

Life is occupied both in perpetuating itself and in surpassing itself; if all it does is maintain itself, then living is only not dying. – Simone de Beauvoir

  • You can be with the whole in harmony, or you can be in conflict with the whole in disharmony.
    • Harmony naturally results in a deep silence, joy, delight. Conflict results in anxiety, anguish, stress, tension.
  • Try to make something perfect and it will remain imperfect. Do it naturally and it is always perfect. Nature is perfect, effort is imperfect. So whenever you are doing something too much, you are destroying.
  • Whenever you try to perform something, you are seeking food for the ego.
  • Self-consciousness is weakness. Self-forgetfulness is strength.
  • These are the poets, the painters, the dancers, the musicians – they absorb the universe in deep receptivity and then they pour whatsoever they have absorbed into their imagination.
    • First you become receptive and then you become creative.
  • The true artist disappears utterly. These other people are only technicians; I will not call them artists but only technicians. I will not call them creators, I will call them only composers. yes, to compose a poem is one thing, to create a poem is quite another. To compose poetry one needs to know language, grammar, rules of poetics. It is a game with words and if you know the whole game, you can create poetry. It will not be very poetic, but it will have the appearance of poetry. Technically it may be perfect, but it will have only the body – the soul will be missing.
  • The real artist thinks certainly of totality but never of perfection.
    • On the contrary, the more they think of perfection the more neurotic they become. They have ideals. They are always comparing and they are always falling short.
  • A law need not to be known in order to function… Apples used to fall before Newtons, too!
  • … the questions that life raises are always new.
  • Experience always remains open… Belief is always complete and finished.
  • You work if you love it, don’t ask for recognition.
  • Life consists of small things.
  • Whenever you are creating, you will have the taste of life – and it will depend on your intensity, on your totality. Life is not a philosophical problem, it is a religious mystery. Then anything can become the door – even cleaning the floor. If you can do it creatively, lovingly, totally, you will have some taste of life.
  • A creator fools around. He does not know what is the right way to do a thing so he goes on seeking and searching again again in different directions.
  • Risk is his love affair.
  • You can vomit the same thing if you have not digested it, remember.
  • One who is ready to learn is a disciple, and the process of being ready to learn is discipline.

I know only one thing, that I know nothing. – Socrates

  • Try to be alive, with all its inconsistencies, and live each moment without any reference to the past and without any reference to the future either. Live the moment in the context of the moment, and your response will be total. And that totality has beauty and that totality is creativity. Then whatsoever you do will have a beauty of its own.

A housewife was so pleased with the promptness shown by the grocer’s boy that she asked him his name. “Shakespeare,” replied the boy.

“Well, that is quite a famous name.”

It should be. I have been delivering in this neighborhood for almost three years now.”

  • Life consists of small things. They become great if you love.
  • The greatness is in the consciousness that you bring while you do it.
  • You have a song in your heart to be sung and you have a dance to be danced, but the dance is invisible, and the song – even you have not heard it yet. It is deep down hidden in the innermost core of your being; it has to be brought to the surface, it has to be expressed. That’s what is meant by “self-actualization.”
  • Psychological memory vs. factual memory
  • In the present moment all past is contained, and in the present moment all future is potential.
  • Let the new penetrate you. Let the new come and thrill your heart. The past will be needed, but not now; the past will be needed when you start expressing this new experience. Then the past will be needed because the language will be needed – language comes from the past.
  • There is great difference between creation and composition. You go on arranging your old known things in different ways, but they are old; nothing is new there. you simply manage to change the structure.
    • Technician vs. creative person
  • The creative person is one who brings something from the unknown into the world of the known, who brings something from God into the world…
  • Meaning is always in reference to something bigger than you.
  • Life in itself has no meaning. Life is an opportunity to create meaning. Meaning has not to be discovered: it has to be created. You will find meaning only if you create it. It is not lying there somewhere behind the bushes, so you can go and you search a little bit and find it. It is not there like a rock that you will find. It is a poetry to be composed, it is a song to be sung, it is a dance to be danced.
  • Meaning is a by-product of richness.
  • Don’t allow you life to become just a dead ritual. Let there be moments, unexplainable. Let there be a few things that are mysterious, for which you cannot supply any reason. Let there be a few doing for which people will think you are a little crazy. A man who is a hundred percent sane is dead. A little bit of craziness by the side is always a great joy. Go on doing a few crazy things, too. And the meaning will be possible.

A Toltec is an artist of Love, an artist of the Spirit, someone who is creating every moment, every second, the most beautiful art – the Art of Dreaming.

Life is nothing but a dream, and if we are artists, then we can create our life with Love, and our dream becomes a masterpiece of art.

Posted: July 2, 2011 in Quotes

The healthiest form of projection is art.

– Fritz Perls

Posted: May 23, 2011 in Quotes
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In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay. And unless it wants to break faith with its social function, art must show the world as changeable. And help to change it.

– Ernst Fischer

Posted: February 23, 2011 in Quotes

Every artist dips his brush into his own soul and paints his own nature into his pictures.

– Henry Ward Beecher

Medicine East and West
  • The Western physician starts with a symptom, then searches for the underlying mechanism – a precise cause for a specific disease.
    • The physician’s logic is analytic – cutting through the accumulation of bodily phenomena like a surgeon’s scalpel to isolate one single entity or cause.
  • The Chinese physician directs his or her attention to the complete physiological and psychological individual. All relevant information, including the symptom as well as the patient’s other general characteristics, is gathered and woven together until it forms what Chinese medicine calls a “pattern of disharmony.”
    • One does not ask, “What X is causing Y?” but rather, “What is the relationship between X and Y?”
  • The pattern of disharmony are different from diseases because they cannot be isolated from the patient in whom they occur.
    • To Western medicine, understanding an illness means uncovering a distinct entity that is separate from the patient’s being; to Chinese medicine, understanding means perceiving the relationships among all the patient’s signs and symptoms in the context of his or her life.
  • The Chinese method is based on the idea that no single part can be understood except in its relation to the whole.
    • A symptom, therefore, is not traced back to a cause, but is looked at as a part of a totality.
    • Illness is situated in the context of a person’s life and biography.

Conceptions are not subsumed under one another but placed side by side in a pattern, and things influence one another not by acts of mechanical causation, but by a kind of “inductance.” … The key word in Chinese thought is Order and above all Pattern … Things behave in particular ways not necessarily because of prior actions or impulsions of other things, but because their position in the ever-moving cyclical universe was such that they were endowed with intrinsic natures which made that behavior inevitable for them … They were thus parts in existential dependence upon the whole world-organism. – Joseph Needham

  • The Chinese assume that the universe is continuously changing.
    • Its movement is the result not of a first cause or creator, but of an inner dynamic of cyclical patterns.
    • Just as the sun maps out four distinct seasons in its yearly round, so all biological organisms go through four seasons in a lifetime: birth, maturation, decline, and death.
  • Within this web of relationships and change, any entity can be defined only by its function, and has significance only as part of the whole pattern.
  • The emphasis on the perception of patterns results in part from Taoism, which altogether lacks the idea of a creator, and whose concern is insight into the web of phenomena, not the weaver.
    • For the Chinese, that web has no weaver, no creator; in the West the final concern is always the creator or cause and the phenomenon is merely its reflection.
    • The Western mind seeks to discover and encounter what is beyond, behind, or the cause of phenomena.
    • In the Chinese view, the truth of things is imminent; in the Western, truth is transcendent.
  • Knowledge, within the Chinese framework, consists in the accurate perception of the inner movement of the web of phenomena.
    • The desire for knowledge is the desire to understand the interrelationships or patterns within that web, and to become attuned to the unfolding dynamics.

In China, the purpose of painting is to rediscover the elemental and continuous course of the cosmic pulsation through the figurative representation of landscape…The tension created by the correlation between the lines and the washes, the visible and the invisible, fullness and emptiness, endows the landscape with a power to suggest more than the merely visible and open it to the life of the spirit. – Francois Jullien

Yin(阴) and Yang (阳)
  • Yin and Yang are convenient labels used to describe how things function in relation to each other and to the universe.
  • No entity can ever be isolated from its relationship to other entities, no thing can exist in and of itself.
    • Ying and Yang must, necessarily, contain within themselves the possibility of opposition and change.
  • Yin: Shady side of a slope
    • Cold, rest, responsiveness, passivity, darkness, interiority, downwardness, inwardness, decrease, satiation, tranquility, and quiescence.
    • It is the end, completion, and realized fruition.
  • Yang: Sunny side of a slope
    • Heat, stimulation, movement, activity, excitement, vigor, light (brightness), exteriority, upwardness, outwardness, and increase.
    • It is arousal, beginning, and dynamic potential.

All things have two facets: a Yin aspect and a Yang aspect.

  • Yin and Yang qualities exist in relation to each other.

Heaven is high, the earth is low, and thus [heaven and Earth] are fixed. As the high and low are thus made clear, the honorable and humble have their place accordingly. As activity and tranquility have their constancy, the strong and the weak are thus differentiated…Cold and hot season take their turn…[Heaven] knows the great beginning, and [Earth] acts to bring things to completion…{Heaven] is Yang and [Earth] is Yin. – Zou Yen

Any Yin or Yang aspect can be further divided into Yin and Yang.

Yin and Yang mutually create each other.

  • Although Yin and Yang can be distinguished, they cannot be separated.
    • They depend on each other for definition.

Being and non-being produce each other;
Difficult and easy complete each other;
Long and short contrast each other;
High and low distinguish each other;
Sound and voice harmonize each other;
Front and back follow each other. – Dao De Jing

Yin and Yang control each other.

Yin and Yang transform into each other.

  • Harmony means that the proportions of Yin and Yang are relatively balanced; disharmony means that the proportions are unequal and there is imbalance.
    • A deficiency of one aspect implies an excess of the other.
    • Extreme disharmony means that the deficiency of one aspect cannot continue to support the excess of another aspect.
      • The resulting change may be rebalancing or, if that is not possible, either the transformation into opposites or the cessation of existence.

People hate to be orphaned, the lonely ones, and the unworthy.
And yet kings and lords call themselves by these names.
Therefore it is often the case that things gain by losing and lose by gaining. – Dao De Jing

  • Yin and Yang create each other, control each other, and transform into each other.
  • Chinese medicine allows and demands a recognition and assessment of quality and context, because it deals with situationally dependent images.
    • There is no standard or absolute – what is health for one person may be sickness in another.
    • There is no notion of “normal” Yin-Yang – only the unique challenges and possibilities of each human life.
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  • Plans are deliberately indefinite, more to travel than to arrive anywhere.
  • We want to make good time, but for us now this is measured with emphasis on “good” rather than “time” and when you make that shift in emphasis the whole approach changes.
  • One does not convert individuals into mass people with the simple coining of a mass term.
  • Mass hypnosis. In a very orthodox form known as “education.”
  • Logic exists in the mind. Numbers exist only in the mind…Science is only in your mind too.
  • The world has no existence whatsoever outside the human imagination.
  • If someone’s ungrateful and you tell him he’s ungrateful, okay, you’ve called him a name. You haven’t solved anything.
  • It was an intrusion on his reality. I just blew a hole right through his whole groovy way of looking at things and he would not face up to it because it seemed to threaten his whole lifestyle.
  • The romantic mode is primarily inspirational, imaginative, creative, intuitive. Feelings rather than facts predominate.
    • Art does not proceed by reason or by laws. It proceeds by feeling, intuition and esthetic conscience.
  • We take a handful of sand from the endless landscape of awareness around us and call that handful of sand the world.
    • We divide the sand into parts. This and that. Here and there. Black and white. Now and then. The discrimination is the division of the conscious universe into parts.
  • Instead of just dwelling on what is killed it’s important also to see what’s created and to see the process as a kind of death-birth continuity that neither good nor bad, but just is.
  • I look at the shapes of the steel now and I see ideas. He thinks I’m working on parts. I’m working on concepts.
  • To tear down a factory or to revolt against a government or to avoid repair of a motorcycle because it is a system is to attack effects rather than causes; and as long as the attack is upon effects only, no change is possible. The true system, the real system, is our present construction of systematic thought itself, rationality itself, and if a factory is torn down but the rationality which produced it is left standing, then that rationality will simply produce another factory.
  • Two kinds of logic:
    • Induction – reasoning from particular experiences to general truth.
    • Deduction – start with general knowledge and predict a specific observation.
  • Actually the physical labor is the smallest and easiest part of what the mechanic doe. By far the greatest part of his work is careful observation and precise thinking.

In the temple of science are many mansions…and various indeed are they that dwell therein and the motives that have led them there. Many take to science out of a joyful sense of superior intellectual power; science is their own special sport to which they look for vivid experience and the satisfaction of ambition; many others are to be found in the temple who have offered the products of their brains on this altar for purely utilitarian purposes. – Albert Einstein

Man tries to make for himself in the fashion that suits him best a simplified and intelligible picture of the world; he then tries to some extent to substitute this cosmos of his for the world of experience, and thus to overcome it. This is what the painter, the poet, the speculative philosopher, and the natural scientists do, each in his own fashion. Each makes this cosmos and its construction the pivot of his emotional life, in order to find in this way peace and security which he cannot find in the narrow whirlpool of personal experience. The supreme task of the physicist is to arrive at those universal elementary laws from which the cosmos can be built up by pure deduction. There is no logical path to these laws; only intuition, resting on sympathetic understanding of experience, can reach them. – Albert Einstein

  • The number of rational hypotheses that can explain any given phenomenon is infinite.
    • If all hypotheses cannot be tested, then the results of any experiment are inconclusive and the entire scientific method falls short of its goal of establishing proven knowledge.
    • The purpose of scientific method is to select a single truth from among many hypothetical truth.
    • Through multiplication upon multiplication of facts, information, theories and hypotheses, it is science itself that is leading mankind from single absolute truths to multiple, indeterminate, relative ones.

Evolution has shown that at any given moment out of all conceivable constructions a single one has always proved itself absolutely superior to the rest. – Albert Einstein

  • Did Einstein really mean to state that truth was a function of time?
    • The whole history of science is a clear story of continuously new and changing explanation of old facts.
  • The cause of our current social crises is a genetic defect within the nature of reason itself…Our current modes of rationality are not moving society forward into a better world.
    • Emotionally hollow, esthetically meaningless, and spiritually empty.
    • It can’t be solved by rational means because the rationality itself is the source of the problem. The only ones who’re solving it are solving it at a personal level by abandoning ‘square’ rationality altogether and going by feelings alone.
  • Institutions such as schools, churches, governments and political organizations of every sort all tended to direct thought for ends other than truth, for the perpetuation of their own functions, and for the control of individuals in the service of these functions.
  • He discovered that the science he’d once thought of as the whole world of knowledge is only a branch of philosophy, which is far broader and far more general.
  • If all of human knowledge, everything that’s known, is believed to be an enormous hierarchic structure, then the high country of the mind is found at the uppermost reaches of this structure in the most general, the most abstract considerations of all. Few people travel here. There’s no real profit to be made from wandering through it, yet like this high country of the material world all around us, it has its own austere beauty that to some people make the hardships of traveling through it seem worthwhile.
  • Empiricist – one who believes all knowledge is derived exclusively from the senses.
    • The scientific method of experimentation is carefully controlled empiricism.
  • The a priori concepts (time, space) have their origins in human nature so that they’re neither caused by the sense object nor bring it into being, but provide a kind of screening function for what sense data we will accept.
  • Logic presumes a separation of subject from object; therefore logic is not final wisdom.
    • The illusion of separation of subject from object is best removed by the elimination of physical activity, mental activity and emotional activity -> Meditation
  • Because he’d given up, the surface of life was comfortable for him.
  • The real University is a state of mind…The real University is nothing less than the continuing body of reason itself.
  • You are never dedicated to something you have complete confident in. No one is fanatically shouting that the sun is going to rise tomorrow. They know it’s going to rise tomorrow. When people are fanatically dedicated to political or religious faiths or any other kinds of dogmas or goals, it’s always because these dogmas or goals are in doubt.
  • If you have to choose among an infinite number of ways to put it together then the relation of the machine to you, and the relation of the machine and you to the rest of the world, has to be considered, because the selection from among many choices, the art of the work is just as dependent upon your own mind and spirit as it is upon the material of the machine. That’s why you need the peace of mind.
  • The only real learning results from hang-ups, where instead of expanding the branches of what you already know, you have to stop and drift laterally for a while until you come across something that allows you to expand the roots of what you already know.
    • Same thing occurs with whole civilizations when expansion’s needed at the roots.
  • If you do not imitate what the teacher wants you get a bad grade.
  • Eliminate the whole degree-and-grading system and then you’ll get real education.
    • The student’s biggest problem was a slave mentality which had been built into him by years of carrot-and-whip grading, a mule mentality which said, “If you don’t whip me, I won’t work.”
    • He didn’t get whipped. He didn’t work. And the cart of civilization, which he supposedly was being trained to pull, was just going to have to creak along a little slower without him.
    • He’d no longer be a grade-motivated person. He’d be a knowledge-motivated person. He would need no external pushing to learn. His push would come from inside. He’d be a free man.
    • The real purpose of withholding the grades was to force them to look within themselves, the only place they would ever get a really right answer.
  • Grades really cover up failure to teach.
  • Mountains should be climbed with as little effort as possible and without desire. The reality of your own nature should determine the speed. If you become restless, speed up. If you become winded, slow down. You climb the mountain in an equilibrium between restlessness and exhaustion. Then, when you’re no longer thinking ahead, each footstep isn’t just a means to an end but a unique event in itself. This leaf has jagged edges. This rock looks loose. From this place the snow is less visible, even though closer. These are things you should notice anyway. To live only for some future goal is shallow. It’s the sides of the mountain which sustain life, not the top. Here’s where things grow. But of course, without the top you can’t have any sides. It’s the top that defines the sides.

No one ever travels so high as he who knows not where he is going. – Oliver Cromwell

  • It made the kids at camp much more enthusiastic and cooperative when they had ego goals to fulfill, but ultimately that kind of motivation is destructive. Any effort that has self-glorification as its final endpoint is bound to end in disaster.
  • When you try to climb a mountain to prove how big you are, you almost never make it. And even if you do it’s a hollow victory.
    • In order to sustain the victory you have to prove yourself again and again in some other ways…driven forever to fill a false image, haunted by the fear that the image is not true and someone will find out.
    • He’s here but he’s not here. He rejects the here, is unhappy with it, wants to be farther up the trail but when he gets there will be just as unhappy because then it will be “here.” What he’s looking for, what he wants, is all around him, but he doesn’t want that because it is all around him. Every step is an effort, both physically and spiritually, because he imagines his goal to be external and distant.
  • Definitions are the foundation of reason. You cannot reason without them.
  • It was a certain basic attitude about the way the world was, a presumptive vision that it ran according to laws – reason – and that man’s improvement lay chiefly through the discovery of these laws of reason and application of them toward satisfaction of his own desires. It was this faith that held everything together.
  • We have proved that quality, though undefined, exists.
  • In today’s world, ideas that are incompatible with scientific knowledge don’t get off the ground.
  • The present is our only reality.
    • Any intellectually conceived object is always in the past and therefore unreal. Reality is always the moment of vision before the intellectualization takes place. There is no other reality.
  • The ones who have the easiest time seeing this Quality are small children, uneducated people and culturally “deprived” people. These have the least predisposition toward intellectuality from cultural sources and have the least formal training to instill it further into them. That is why squareness is such a uniquely intellectual disease.
  • Quality is shapeless, formless, indescribable. To see shapes and forms is to intellectualize.
    • We constantly seek to find, in the Quality event, analogues to our previous experiences. We build up our language in terms of these analogues. We build up our whole culture in term of these analogues.
  • People differ about Quality, not because Quality is different, but because people are different in terms of experience.
  • The process of philosophic explanation is an analytic process, a process of breaking something down into subjects and predicates.
    • Quality cannot be broken down into subjects and predicates. This not because Quality is so mysterious but because Quality is so simple, immediate and direct.
  • We invent earth and heavens, trees, stones and oceans, gods, music, arts, language, philosophy, engineering, civilization and science. We call these analogues reality. And they are reality. We mesmerize our children in the name of truth into knowing that they are reality. We throw anyone who does not accept these analogues into an insane asylum.
  • Art is the Godhead as revealed in the works of man.
  • One geometry cannot be more true than another; it can only be more convenient. Geometry is not true, it is advantageous.
    • Conventional nature of concepts of science, such as space and time – there isn’t one way of measuring these entities that is more true than another; that which is generally adopted is only more convenient.
  • Classic beauty, which comes from the harmonious order of the parts, and which a pure intelligence can grasp, which gives structure to romantic beauty and without which life would be only vague and fleeting, a dream from which one could not distinguish one’s dreams because there would be no basis for making the distinction. It is the quest of this special classic beauty, the sense of harmony of the cosmos, which makes us choose the facts most fitting to contribute to this harmony. It is not the facts but the relation of things that results in the universal harmony that is the sole objective reality.
  • Selection of facts before you “observe” them is “whatever you like” only in a dualistic, subject-object metaphysical system!
  • The past cannot remember the past. The future can’t generate the future. The cutting edge of this instant right here and now is always nothing less than the totality of everything there is.
  • Value is the predecessor of structure. It’s the preintellectual awareness that gives rise to it. Our structured reality is preselected on the basis of value, and really to understand structured reality required an understanding of the value source form which it’s derived.
  • Reality is, in its essential nature, not static but dynamic. And when you really understand dynamic reality you never get stuck. It has forms but the forms are capable of changes.
  • The solution to the problem often at first seems unimportant or undesirable, but the state of stuckness allows it, in time, to assume its true importance.
  • It’s the style that gets you; technological ugliness syruped over with romantic phoniness in an effort to produce beauty and profit by people who, though stylish, don’t know where to start because no one has ever told them there’s such a thing as Quality in this world and it’s real, not style…Real quality must be the source of the subjects and objects, the cone from which the tree must start.
  • We have artists with no scientific knowledge and scientists with no artistic knowledge and both with no spiritual sense of gravity at all, and the results is not just bad, it is ghastly.
  • Inner peace of mind occurs on three levels of understanding:
    • Physical quietness
    • Mental quietness
    • Value quietness – one has no wandering desires at all but simply performs the acts of his life without desire.
  • When one isn’t dominated by feelings of separateness from what he’s working on, then one can be said to “care” about what he’s doing.
  • Peace of mind produces right values, right values produce right thoughts. Right thoughts produce right actions and right actions produce work which will be a material reflection for others to see of the serenity at the center of it all – a material reflection of a spiritual reality.
  • The social values are right only if the individual values are right. The place to improve the world is first in one’s own heart and head and hands, and then work outward from there.
  • The effort of fathoming what is in another’s mind creates a distortion of what is seen.
  • If your values are rigid you can’t really learn new facts.
  • If you have a high evaluation of yourself then your ability to recognize new facts is weakened. You ego isolates you from the Quality reality…When false information makes you look good, you are likely to believe it.
  • My favorite cure for boredom is sleep. It’s very easy to get to sleep when bored and very hard to get bored after a long rest.
  • When cleaning I do it the way people go to church – not so much to discover anything new, although I am alert for new things, but mainly to reacquaint myself with the familiar. It’s nice sometimes to go over familiar paths.
  • Impatience is close to boredom but always results from one cause: an underestimation of the amount of time the job will take.
    • Impatience is best handled by allowing an indefinite time for the job, particularly new jobs that require unfamiliar techniques…
  • Science grows by mu answers more than by its yes or no answers. Yes or no confirms or denies a hypothesis. Mu says the answer is beyond the hypothesis. Mu is the “phenomenon” that inspires scientific inquiry in the first place!
  • …thus making an art out of what he is doing, he’s likely to discover that he becomes a much more interesting person and much less of an object to the people around him because his Quality decisions change him too.
  • A good student seeks knowledge fairly and impartially.
  • People who can’t stand Aristotle’s endless specificity of detail are natural lovers of Plato’s souring generalities. People who can’t stand the eternal lofty idealism of Plato welcome the down-to-earth of Aristotle. Plato is the essential Buddha-seeker who appears again and again in each generation, moving onward and upward toward the “one.” Aristotle is the eternal motorcycle mechanic who prefers the “many.”

The world exists as a conflict and tension of opposites. There is a One and there is a Many and the One is the universal law which is immanent in all things.Heraclitus

  • Virtue, if implies anything at all, implies an ethical absolute. A person whose idea of what is proper varies from day to day can be admired for his broadmindness, but not for his virtue.

What moves the Greek warrior to deeds of heroism is not a sense of duty as we understand it – duty towards others: it is rather duty towards himself. – Kitto

  • Arete (excellence) implies a respect for the wholeness or oneness of life, and a consequent dislike of specialization. It implies a contempt for efficiency – or rather a much higher idea of efficiency, an efficiency which exists not in one department of life but in life itself.
    • Arete is dead and science, logic and the University as we know it today have been given their founding charter: to find and invent an endless proliferation of forms about the substantive elements of the world and call these forms knowledge, and transmit these forms to future generations. As “the system.”
  • We always condemn most in others that which we most fear in ourselves.
  • Happiness and good are not objective terms. We cannot deal with them scientifically. An since they aren’t objective they just exist in your mind. So you want to be happy just change your mind. Ha-ha, ha-ha.
  • Since the One is the source of all things and includes all things in it, it cannot be defined in terms of those things, since no matter what thing you use to define it, the thing will always describe something less than the One itself.
  • When a shepherd goes to kill a wolf, and takes his dog to see the sport, he should take care to avoid mistakes. The dog has certain relationships to the wolf the shepherd may have forgotten.
  • The Church of Reason, like all institutions of the System, is based not on individual strength but upon individual weakness. What’s really demanded in the Church of Reason is not ability, but inability. Then you are considered teachable. A truly able person is always a threat.
  • I survived mainly by pleasing others. You do that to get out. To get out you figure out what they want you to say and then you say it with as much skill and originality as possible and then, if they’re convinced, you get out.
  • Material success was the American dream.
  • I go on living, more from force of habit than anything else.
  • If our lives are dominated by a search for happiness, then perhaps few activities reveal as much about the dynamics of this quest – in all its ardour and paradoxes – than our travels.
  • If we are inclined to forget how much there is in the world besides that which we anticipate, then works of art are perhaps little to blame, for in them we find the same process of simplification or selection at work as in the imagination.
    • The anticipatory and artistic imagination omit and compress, they cut away periods of boredom and direct our attention to critical moments and, without either lying or embellishing, thus lend to life a vividness and a coherence that it may lack in the distracting woolliness of the present.

Life is a hospital in which every patient is obsessed with changing beds. This one wants to suffer in front of the radiator, and that one thinks he’d get better if he was by the window.

– Charles Baudelaire

  • There is a psychological pleasure in this take-off too, for the swiftness of the plane’s ascent is an exemplary symbol of transformation. The display of power can inspire us to imagine analogous, decisive shifts in our own lives; to imagine that we too might one day surge above much that now looms over us.
  • …it is what we have in common with others that looms larger than what separates us.
  • Journeys are the midwives of thought.
    • The mind may be reluctant to think properly when thinking is all it is suppose to do.
    • The music or the view distracts for a time that nervous, censorious, practical part of the the mind which is inclined to shut down when it notices something difficult emerging in consciousness and which runs scared of memories, longings, introspective or original ideas and prefers instead the administrative and the impersonal.
    • Of all modes of transport, the train is perhaps the best aid to thought: the views have none of the potential monotony of those on a ship or plane, they move fast enough for us not to get exasperated but slowly enough to allow us to identify objects.

From the late 18th century onwards, it is no longer from the practice of community but from being a wanderer that the instinct of fellow-feeling is derived. Thus an essential isolation and silence and loneliness become the carriers of nature and community aginst the rigours, the cold abstinence, the selfish ease of ordinary society.

– Raymond Williams, The Country and the City

  • What we find exotic abroad may be what we hunger for in vain at home.
  • Central to Flaubert’s philosophy was the belief that we are not simply spiritual creatures, but also pissing and shitting ones and that we should integrate the ramifications of this blunt idea into our view of the world.
  • The people of Egypt seemed to share some of the qualities of the camel: a silent strength and humility that contrasted with the bourgeois arrogance of Flaubert’s Normand neighbors.
  • Desire elicits a need to understand.

My native country is for me the country that I love, that is, the one that makes me dream, that makes me fell well.

I am a soul brother to everything that lives, to the giraffe and to the crocodile as much as to man.

Gustave Flaubert

  • When he was asked where he came from, Socrates said not from Athens but from the world.
  • Facts have utility…and with utility comes an (approving) audience.
  • In the essay On the Uses and Disadvantages of History for Life, Nietzsche distinguished between collecting facts like an explorer or academic and using already well-know facts for the sake of inner, psychological enrichment.

I hate everything that merely instructs me without augmenting or directly invigorating my activity.

– Goethe

…[the person] looks beyond his own individual transitory existence and feels himself to be the spirit of his house, his race, his city…the happiness of knowing that one is not wholly accidental and arbitrary but grown out of a past as its heir, flower and fruit, and that one’s exsitence is thus excused and, indeed, justified.

– Nietzsche

  • Few Europeans had crossed the regions through which he traveled and their absence offered him an imaginative freedom…He could create his own categories of value without either following or deliberately rebelling against the hierarchies of others.
  • A danger of travel is that we things at the wrong time, before we have had a chance to build up the necessary receptivity and when new information is therefore as useless and fugitive as necklace beads without a connecting chain.
    • Travel twists our curiosity according to a superficial geographical logic, as superficial as if a university course were to prescribe books according to their size rather than subject matter.

People often say that I’m curious about too many things at once: botony, astronomy, comparative anatomy. But can you really forbid a man from harboring a desire to know and embrace everything which surrounds him?

Alexander von Humboldt

  • ...cities foster a family of life-destroying emotions: anxiety about our position in the social hierarchy, envy at the success of others, pride and a desire to shine in the eyes of strangers…City-dwellers had no perspective…however well provided for, they had a relentless desire for new things, which they did not genuinely lack and on which happiness did not depend.
    • The poet proposed that Nature, which he took to comprise, among other elements, birds, streams, daffodils and sheep, was an indispensable corrective to the psychological damage inflicted by life in the city.
  • …our identities are to a greater or lesser extent malleable; that we change according to whom – and sometimes what – we are with. The company of certain people excites our generosity and sensitivity, of others, our competitiveness and envy.

A great Poet…ought to a certain degree to rectify men’s feelings…to render their feelings more sane, pure and permanent, in short, more consonant to Nature.

William Wordsworth

  • …give the charm of novelty to things of every day, and to excite a feeling analogous to the supernatural, by awakening the mind’s attention from the lethargy of custom, and directing it to the loveliness and wonders of the world before us; an inexhaustible treasure, but for which, in consequence of the film of familiarity and selfish solicitude we have eyes, yet see not, ears that hear not, and hearts that neither feel nor understand.
  • What defies our will can provoke anger and resentment; it may also arouse awe and respect. It depends on whether the obstacle appears noble in its defiance or squalid and insolent.
    • We are humiliated by what is powerful and mean, but awed by what is powerful and noble.

A vast space naturally raises in my thoughts the idea of an Almighty Being.

– Joseph Addison

There are certain scenes that would awe an atheist into belief without the help of any other argument.

– Thomas Gray

Amid those scenes of solitude from which the hand of nature has never been lifted, the associations are of God the creator – they are his undefiled works, and the mind is cast into contemplation of ethernal things.

– Thomas Cole

  • It is no coincidence that the Western attraction to sublime landscape developed at precisely the moment when traditional beliefs in God began to wane…The landscape offered them an emotional connection to a greater power, even as they freed them of the need to subscribe tot he more specific and now less plausible claims of biblical tests and organized religion.
  • Do not be surprised that things have not gone your way: the universe is greater than you. Do not be surprised that you do not understand why they have not gone your way: for you cannot fathom the logic of the universe.
    • Accept what is bigger than you and you do not understand.
    • Consider sublime places for a reminder of human insignificance and frailty.
    • When divine wisdom eludes human understanding, the righteous, made aware of their limitations by the spectacle of sublime nature, must continue to trust in God’s plans for the universe.
  • We are the playthings of the forces that laid our the oceans and chiseled the mountains. Sublime places gently move us to acknowledge limitations that we might otherwise encounter with anxiety or anger in the ordinary flow of events. It is not just nature that defies us. Human life is as overwhelming, but is the vast space of nature that perhaps provide us with the finest, the most respectful reminder of all that exceeds us.
  • Because we find places to be beautiful as immediately and as apparently spontaneously as we find snow to be cold or sugar sweet, it is hard to imagine that there is anything we might do to alter or expand our attractions. It seems that matters have been decided for us by qualities inherent in the places themselves or by hard-wiring in our psyches and that we would therefore be as helpless to modify our sense of places we find beautiful as we would our preference for the ice-creams we find appetizing.

…quickly, quickly, quickly and in a hurry, just like a harvester who is silent under the blazing sun, intent only on his reaping…I work even in the middle of the day, in the full sunshine, and I enjoy it like cicada.

– Van Gogh

  • Painters do not merely reproduce. They select and highlight, and they are accorded genuine admiration in so far as their version of reality seems to bring out valuable features of it.
    • We are apt to call any painting realistic that competently conveys key elements of the world. But the world is complex enough for two realistic pictures of the same place to look very different depending on an artist’s style and temperament.
    • Bad art might thus be defined as a series of bad choices about what to show and what to leave out.
  • Art cannot single-handedly create enthusiasm, nor does it arise from sentiments of which non-artists are devoid; it merely contributes to enthusiasm and guides us to be more conscious of feelings that we might previously have experienced only tentatively or hurriedly.
  • A dominant impulse on encountering beauty is the desire to hold on to it: to possess it and give it weight in our lives.
    • But beauty is fugitive, it is frequently found in places to which we may never return or else it results from a rare conjunction of season, light and weather.
  • Taking photographs can assuage the itch for possession sparked by the beauty of a place; our anxiety about losing a precious scene can decline with every click of the shutter.
  1. Beauty is the result of a complex number of factors that effect the mind psychologically and visually.
  2. Humans have an innate tendency to respond to beauty and to desire to possess it.
  3. There are many lower expressions of this desire for possession, including the desire to buy souvenirs and carpets, to carve one’s name in pillars and to make photographs.
  4. There is only one way to possess beauty properly and that is through understanding it, through making ourselves conscious of the factors (psychological and visual) that are responsible for it.
  5. The most effective way of pursuing this conscious understanding is by attempting to describe beautiful places through art, through writing or drawing them, irrespective of whether we happen to have any talent for doing so.
  • To notice rather than to look.
    • In the process of re-creating with our own hand what lies before our eyes, we seem naturally to move from a position of observing beauty in a loose way to one where we acquire a deep understanding of its constituent parts and hence more secure memories of it.
    • True possession of a scene is a matter of making a conscious effort to notice elements and understanding their construction.

A man is born an artist as a hippopotamus is born a hippopotamus; and you can no more make yourself one than you can make yourself a giraffe.

My effort are directed not to making a carpenter an artist, but to making him happier as a carpenter.

No changing of place at a hundred miles an hour will make us one whit stronger, happier, or wiser. There was always more in the world than men could see, walked they ever so slowly; they will see it no better for going fast. The really precious things are thought and sight, not pace. It does a bullet no good to go fast; and a man, if he be truly a man, no harm to go slow; for his glory is not at all in going, but in being.

I believe that the sight is a more important thing than the drawing; and I would rather teach drawing that my pupils may learn to love nature, than teach the looking at nature that they may learn to draw.

John Ruskin

  • Technology may make it easier to reach beauty, but it has not simplified the process of possessing or appreciating it.
  • [drawing, eating or drinking] – what unites the three activities is that they all involve assimilations by the self of desirable elements from the world, a transfer of goodness from without to within.

The sole cause of man’s unhappiness is that he does not know how to stay quietly in his room.

– Pascal

  • We have become habituated and therefore blind.
    • We approach new places with humility. We carry with us no rigid ideas about what is interesting.

The Realistic Painter by Nietzsche

Posted: September 20, 2010 in Poetry
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‘Completely true to nature!’ – what a lie:
How could nature ever be constrained into a picture?
The smallest bits of nature is infinite!
And so he paints what he likes about it.
And what does he like? He likes what he can paint!

Magic Theatre

Entrance Not for everybody

For Madmen Only!

Price of Admittance your mind

  • …he had created within himself with positive genius a boundless and frightful capacity for pain.
  • Most men will not swim before they are able to. Is not that witty? Naturally, they won’t swim! They are born for the solid earth, not for water. And naturally they won’t think. They are made for life, not for thought. Yes, and he who thinks, what’s more, he who makes thought his business, he may go for in it, but he has bartered with solid earth for the water all the same, and one day he will drown.
  • Ever age, every culture, every custom and tradition has its own character, its own weakness and its own strength, its beauties and ugliness; accepts certain sufferings as matters of course, puts up patiently with certain evil.
    • Human life is reduced to real suffering, to hell, only when two ages, two cultures and religions overlap.
  • He belongs to those whose fate it is to live the whole riddle of human destiny heightened to the pitch of a personal torture, a personal hell.
  • Was all that we called culture, spirit, soul, all that we called beautiful and sacred, nothing but a ghost long dead, which only a few fools like us took for true and living? Had it perhaps indeed never been true and living? Had all that we poor fools bothered our heads about never been anything but a phantom?
  • What others chose to think about it or what he chose to think himself was not good to him at all. It left the wolf inside him just the same.
  • …although it may have seemed so to himself all the same, insomuch as every man takes the sufferings that fall to his share as the greatest.
  • And even the unhappiest life has its sunny moments and its little flowers of happiness between sand and stone…And they had to because Harry wished, as every sentient being does, to be loved as a whole and therefore it was just with those whose love he most valued that he could least of all conceal and belie the wolf.
  • …these men, for whom life has no repose, live at times in their rare moments of happiness with such strength and indescribable beauty, the spray of their moment’s happiness is flung so high and dazzling over the wide sea of suffering, that the light of it, spreading its radiance, touches others too with its enchantment. Thus, like a precious, fleeting foam over the sea of suffering arise all those works of art, in which a single individual lifts himself for an hour so high above his personal destiny that his happiness shines like a star and appears to all who see it as something eternal and as a happiness of their own.
    • To them, too, however, the other thought has come that man is perhaps not merely a half-rational animal but a child of the gods and destined to immortality.
  • He never sold himself for money or an easy life or to women or to those in power; and had thrown away a hundred times what in the world’s eye was his advantage and happiness in order to safeguard his liberty.
  • The man of power is ruined by power, the man of money by money, the submissive man by subservience, the pleasure seekers by pleasure.
  • …that he is always in his own eyes exposed to an extraordinary risk, as though he stood with the slightest foothold on the peak of a crag whence a slight push from without or an instant weakness from within suffices to precipitates him into the void.
  • In this aspect suicides present themselves as those who are overtaken by the sense of guilt inherent in individuals, those soul that find the aim of life not in the perfecting and molding of the self, but in liberating themselves by going back to the mother, back to God, back to the all.
  • …the Steppenwolf stood entirely outside the world of convention, since he had neither family life nor social ambitions.
  • Brought up, as he was, in a cultivated home in the approved manner, he never tore apart of his soul loose from its conventionalities even after he had long since individualized himself to a degree beyond its scope and freed himself from the substance of its ideals and beliefs.
  • It is open to man to give himself up wholly to spiritual views, to seeking after God, to the ideal of saintliness. On the other hand, he can equally give himself up entirely to the life of instinct, to the lusts of the flesh, and so direct all his effort to the attainment of momentary pleasures.
    • He will never be a martyr or agree to his own destruction. On the contrary, his ideal is not to give up but to maintain his own identity. He strives neither for the saintly nor its opposite. The absolute is his abhorrence. He may be ready to serve God, but not by giving up the fleshpots. He is ready to be virtuous, but likes to be easy and comfortable in this world as well.
  • A man cannot live intensely except at the cost of the self.
    • Now the bourgeois treasures nothing more highly than the self (rudimentary as his may be). And so at the cost of intensity he achieves his own preservation and security. His harvest is a quiet mind which he prefers to being possessed by God, as he does comfort to pleasure, convenience to liberty, and a pleasant temperature to that deathly consuming inner fire. The bourgeois is consequently by nature a creatures of weak impulses, anxious, fearful of giving himself away and easy to rule. Therefore, he has substituted majority for power, law for force, and the polling booth for responsibility.
  • To live in the world as though it were not the world, to respect the law and yet to stand above it, to have possessions as though “ one possessed nothing,” to renounce as though it were no renunciation, all these favorite and often formulated propositions of an exalted worldly wisdom, it is in the power of humor alone to make efficacious.
  • If I say “above” or “below,” that is already a statement that requires explanation, since an above and a below exist only in thought, only as abstraction. The world itself knows nothing of above or below.
  • Harry finds in himself a human being, that is to say, a world of thoughts and feelings, of culture and tamed or sublimated nature, and besides this he finds within himself also a wolf, that is to say, a dark world of instinct, of savagery and cruelty, of unsublimated or raw nature.
    • His life oscillates as everyone’s does, not merely between two poles, such as the body and the spirit, the saint and the sinner, but between thousand and thousands.
  • Man is not capable of thought in any high degree, and even in the most spiritual and highly cultivated of men habitually sees the world and himself through the lenses of delusive formulas and artless simplifications – and most of all himself.
  • As a body everyone is single, as a soul never.
  • The beast and the body are indeed one, but the souls that dwell in it are not two, nor five, but countless in number. Man is onion made up of a hundred integuments, a texture made up of many threads…The human merry-go-around sees many changes: the illusion that cost India the efforts of thousands of years to unmask is the same illusion that the West has labored just as hard to maintain and strengthen.
  • But things are not so simple as in our thoughts, nor so rough and ready as in our poor idiotic language…
  • Man is not by any means of fixed and enduring form (this, in spite of suspicions to the contrary on the part of their wise men, was the ideal of the ancients). He is much more an experiment and a transition. He is nothing else than the narrow and perilous bridge between nature and spirit. His inner most destiny drives him on to the spirit and to God. His innermost longing draws him back to nature, the mother. Between the two forces his life hangs tremulous and irresolute.
  • The way to innocence, to the uncreated and to God leads on, not back, not back to the wolf or to the child, but ever further into sin, ever deeper into human life.
  • The return into the All, the dissolution of painful individuation, the reunion with God means the expansion of the soul until it is able once more to embrace the All.
  • I stood outside all social circles, alone, beloved by none, mistrusted by many, in unceasing and bitter conflict with public opinion and morality; and though I lived in a bourgeois setting, I was all the same an utter stranger to this world in all I thought and felt.
  • I had played Don Quixote often enough in my difficult, crazed life, had put honor before comfort, and heroism before reason.
  • …so it is with the majority of men, day by day and hour by hour in their daily lives and affairs. Without really want to at all, they pay calls and carry on conversations, sit out their hours at desks and on office chairs; and it is all compulsory, mechanical and against the grain, and it could all be done or left undone just as well by machines; and indeed it is this never-ceasing machinery that prevents their being, like me, the critics of their own lives and recognizing the stupidity and shallowness, the hopeless tragedy and waster of the lives they lead, and the awful ambiguity grinning over it all. And they are right, right a thousand times to live as they do, playing their games and pursuing their business, instead of resisting the dreary machine and staring into the void as I do, who have left the track.
  • He believes in the studies whose servant he is; he believes in the value of mere knowledge and its acquisition, because he believes in progress and evolution.
  • …it would be better for our country and the world in general, if at least the few people who were capable of thought stood for reason and the love of peace instead of heading wildly with a blind obsession for a new war.
  • I could not bear this tame, lying, well-mannered life any longer.
  • My nature had much of the child in it, its curiosity and love for idleness and play.
  • We like joking. Seriousness, young man, is an accident of time. It consists, I don’t mind telling you in confidence, in putting too high a value on time…In eternity, however, there is no time, you see. Eternity is a mere moment, just long enough for a joke.
  • To be religious you must have time, and even more, independence of time. You can’t be religious in earnest and at the same time live in actual things and still take them seriously, time and money and the Odéon Bar and all that.
  • All of a sudden there were things that concerned me again, which I could think of with joy and eagerness. All of a sudden a door was thrown open through which life came in. Perhaps I could live once more and once more be a human being. My soul that had fallen asleep in the cold and nearly frozen breathed once more, and sleepily spread its weak and tiny wings.
  • But in this Hermine was like life itself, one moment succeeding to the next and not one to be foreseen.
  • No, her surrender to the moment was so simple and complete that the fleeting shadows and agitation to the very depths of the soul came to her no less than every pleasurable impulse and were lived as fully.
  • Well, look at an animal, a cat, a dog, or a bird, or one of those beautiful great beasts at the zoo, a puma or a giraffe. You can’t help seeing that all of them are right. They’re never in any embarrassment. They always know what to do and know to behave themselves. They don’t flatter and they don’t intrude. They don’t pretend. They are as they are, like stones or flowers or stars in the sky.
  • Are ideals attainable? Do we live to abolish death? No – we live to fear it and then again to love it, and just for death’s sake it is that our spark of life glows for an hour now and then so brightly.
  • Everyone risks being laughed at when he addresses a girl.
  • We intellectuals, instead of fighting against this tendency like men, and rendering obedience to the spirit, the Logos, the Word, and gaining a hearing for it, are all dreaming of a speech without words that utter the inexpressible and gives form to the formless.
  • There was nothing to be made of us intellectuals. We were superfluous, irresponsible lot of talented chatterboxes for whom reality had no meaning.
  • Others, and Maria was one of them, were unusually gifted in love and unable to do without it. They lived solely for love and bedsides their official and lucrative friends had other love affairs as well. Assiduous and busy, care-ridden and light-hearted, intelligent and yet thoughtless, these butterflies lived a life at once childlike and raffiné; independent, not to be bought by every one, finding their account in good luck and fine weather, in love with life and yet clinging to it far less than the bourgeois, always ready to follow a fairy prince to his castle, always certain, though scarcely conscious of it, that a difficult and sad end was in store for them.
  • That night, however, for the first time since my downfall gave me back the unrelenting radiance of my own life and made me recognize chance as destiny once more and see the ruins of my being as fragments of the divine. My soul breathed once more. My eyes were opened.
  • Whoever wants music instead of noise, joy instead of pleasure, soul instead of gold, creative work instead of business, passion instead of foolery, finds no home in this trivial world of ours.
  • And perhaps, I mean, it has always been the same and always will be, and what is called history at school, and all we learn by heart there about heroes and geniuses and great deeds and fine emotions, is all nothing but a swindle invented by the schoolmasters for educational reasons to keep children occupied for a given number of years. It has always been so and always will be. Time and the world, money and power belong to the small people and the shallow people. To the rest, to the real men belongs nothing. Nothing but death.
  • And eternity was nothing else than the redemption of time, its return to innocence, so to speak, and its transformation again into space.
  • All the women of this fevered night, all that I had danced with, all whom I had kindled or who had kindled me, all whom I had courted, all who had clung to me with longing, all whom I had followed with enraptured eyes were melted together and had become one, the one whom I held in my arms.
  • You have a longing to forsake this world and its reality and to penetrate to a reality more native to you, to a world beyond time. You know, of course, where this other world lies hidden. It is the world of your own soul that you seek. Only within yourself exists that other reality for which you long. I can give you nothing that has not already its being within yourself. I can throw open to you no picture gallery bur your own soul. All I can give you is the opportunity, the impulse, the key. I can help you to make your own world visible. That is all.
  • True humor begins when a man ceases to take himself seriously.
  • But granting that the conception of duty is no longer known to me, I still know the conception of guilt – perhaps they are the same thing. In so far as a mother bore me, I am guilty. I am condemned to live. I am obliged to belong to a state, to serve as a soldier, to kill and to pay taxes for armaments. And now at this moment the guilt of life has brought me once more to the necessity of killing the people as it did in the war. And this time I have no repugnance. I am resigned to the guilt. I have no objection to this stupid congested world going to bits. I am glad to help and glad to perish with it.
  • It is not a good thing when man overstrains his reason and tries to reduce to rational order matters that are not susceptible of rational treatment.
  • As the playwright shapes a dram form a handful of characters, so do we from the pieces of the disintegrated self build up ever new groups, with ever new interplay and suspense, and new situations that are eternally inexhaustible.
  • Each belonged recognizably to the same world and acknowledged a common origin. Yet each was entirely new.
  • Just as madness, in higher sense, is the beginning of all wisdom, so is schizomania the beginning of all art and all fantasy.
  • Each gave me what she alone had to give and to each I gave what she alone knew how to take.
  • …you are a witness of the everlasting war between idea and appearance, between time and eternity, between the human and the divine.
  • Learn what is to be taken seriously and laugh at the rest.
  • You are to learn to listen to the cursed music of life and to reverence the spirit behind it and to laugh at its distortions.
  • You broke through the humor of my little theater and tried to make a mess of it, stabbing with knives and spattering our pretty picture-world with the mud of reality.