Concepts can at best only serve to negate one another, as one thorn is used to...– Ramesh Balsekar (via arsvitaest)
“Physical concepts are free creations of the human mind, and are not, however...– Albert Einstein and Leopold Infeld in The Evolution of Physics: From Early Concepts to Relativity and Quanta, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1966, p. 31. Originally published 1938. (via amiquote) (via msodradek)
When Christianity is assumed to be an “answer” that makes the world...– Stanley Hauerwas (via azspot)
If I could take a bite of the whole earth And get a taste of it, I’d be...– Fernando Pessoa, writing as Alberto Caeiro, “XXI. If I could take a bite of the whole earth,” The Keeper of Sheep, tr. Honig & Brown (Sheep Meadow Press, 1986), 33. Thanks to tragos for the Tumblr complit staff pick.
I have never derived the least joy from my legs. In fact I strongly object to the bipedal condition. The fatter and wiser I grew the more I abominated the task of grappling with long drawers, trousers and pyjama pants. Had I been able to bear the stink and stickiness of my own unwashed body I would have slept with all my clothes on and had valets—preferably with some experience in the...
Kollwitz on burn-out →
watchureyes: “Now my work disgusts me so that I cannot look at it. At the same time total failure as a human being…I am stupid and without any thoughts. I see only unpleasant things. The spring days pass and I do not respond. A weariness in my whole body, a churlishness that paralyzes all the others. You don’t notice how bad you get when in such a state until you are beginning to rise out of it....
Qu’il y ait ou non une solution aux problèmes, cela ne trouble qu’une minorité;...– Emil Cioran, Syllogismes de l’amertume (All Gall Is Divided), “L’escroc du Gouffre” (“The Swindler of the Abyss”), 1952, trans. Richard Howard. (via msodradek)
If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the...– C. S. Lewis (via libraryland) It’s a beautiful sentiment (and I’m not being snide), but I’ve never felt it to have any logical force. Camus: “Chercher ce qui est vrai n’est pas chercher ce qui est souhaitable.” (“Seeking what is true is not seeking what is...
Russia is an enormous plain across which wander mischievous men.– Chekhov, Notebook, tr. S.S. Koteliansky and Leonard Woolf, (Ecco, 1987), 98.
"What can be sadder than a discouraged artist...
Nabokov, The Original of Laura (Knopf, 2008), 44-5.
The basic premise of “common-sense” philosophers is, “Things are pretty much as they appear.” But how do things appear?
The search for solutions, easy or difficult, to problems is the stamp of...– Allan Bloom, The Closing of the American Mind (Simon & Schuster, 1987), 170-1.