We need to make books cool again. If you go home with somebody and they don’t have books, don’t fuck them.
– John Waters
Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.
I’m still glad we didn’t shake their hands, they were whiners and criers. Piss on them.
When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.
I had nothing to offer anybody except my own confusion.
If you view yourself as having a value-conferring status in virtue of your power of rational choice, you must view anyone who has the power of rational choice as having…a value conferring status.
One has to kill a few of one’s natural selves to let the rest grow — a very painful slaughter of innocents.
Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.
Moral maxims are surprisingly useful on occasions when we can invent little else to justify our actions.
Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!
It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.
I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self.
The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.
At last! at last, Alessandro! Here we are safe! This is freedom! This is joy!
-Helen Hunt Jackson
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
To feel today what one felt yesterday isn’t to feel – it’s to remember today what was felt yesterday, to be today’s living corpse of what yesterday was lived and lost.
Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it.
I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.
It is easier to discover a deficiency in individuals, in states, and in Providence, than to see their real import and value.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
Man himself is mute, and it is the image that speaks. For it is obvious that the image alone can keep pace with nature.
Phenomenologists take the world as their next door neighbor.
– Gaston Bachelard
Our normal sensation of self is a hoax, or, at best, a temporary role that we are playing, or have been conned into playing.
And with the stroke of a pen I name myself
Master of the world
I’m also interested in the modern suggestion that you can have a combination of love and sex in a marriage – which no previous society has ever believed.
-Alain De Botton
Oh, a lion hunter
in the jungle dark,
And a sleeping drunkard
up in central park,
and a Chinese dentist
and a British queen
All fit together
in the same machine.
such very different
people in the same device!
We are here on earth to fart around. Don’t let anyone tell you any differently.
No great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness.
Happiness is indeed a Eurydice, vanishing as soon as gazed upon. It can exist only in acceptance, and succumbs as soon as it is laid claim to.
Denis de Rougemont
Basically, at the very bottom of life, which seduces us all, there is only absurdity, and more absurdity. And maybe that’s what gives us our joy for living, because the only thing that can defeat absurdity is lucidity.
Dogs and philosophers do the greatest good and get the fewest rewards.
Death does not concern us, because as long as we exist, death is not here. And when it does come, we no longer exist.
I may be no better, but at least I am different.
Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do.
There are no dangerous thoughts; thinking itself is dangerous.
Men are disturbed not by things, but by the view which they take of them.
A man’s friendships are one of the best measures of his worth.
We may pass violets looking for roses.
– Bernard Williams
Man acts as though he were the shaper and master of language, while in fact language remains the master of man.
– Martin Heidegger
It is not only what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable.