…my tears would drown the world, as my inner fire would reduce it to ashes.
|—||Emil Cioran, On the Heights of Despair|
It is said that Nietzsche after the break with Lou Salome, in a period of complete solitude, crushed and uplifted at the same time by the perspective of the huge work he had to carry on without any help, used to walk at night on the mountains overlooking the gulf of Genoa and light great bonfires of leaves and branches which he would watch as they burned. I have often dreamed of those fires
My memories have turned into anxieties.Fernando Pessoa
Something had just happened to me. Something forbidden. Something strange, filthy, shameless, and beautiful.Herta Müller, tr. by Philip Boehm, from The Hunger Angel: A Novel
there is twoMandeq Ahmed
types of tired,
one is a dire need of sleep
the other is a dire need of peace
I am in a mixed mood, flying before the fury of my own devils.Virginia Woolf, “Letter to Vita Sackville-West”
Do you ever mean what you say, or say what you mean?
Or do you just enjoy baffling the people who try to creep a little nearer?~Vita Sackville-West, from a letter to Virginia Woolf c. August 1923
I am always between two worlds, always in conflict. I would like sometimes to rest, to be at peace, to choose a nook, make a final choice, but I can’t. Some nameless, indescribable fear and anxiety keeps me on the move. On certain evenings like this, I would like to feel whole. Only a half of me is sitting by the fire.The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-1934, Anaïs Nin
Life has no intrinsic worth, but is kept in motion merely by desire and illusion.Arthur Schopenhauer
And I would have been quite satisfied with intelligence.
Love is a game in which one always cheatsHonore de Balzac
Virtue, perhaps, is nothing more than politeness of soul.Honore de Balzac
Only where there are graves are there resurrections.Friedrich Nietzsche
Your mind will take on the character of your most frequent thoughts.Marcus Aurelius
Live to the point of tears, in the end one needs more courage to live than to kill himself
Man stands face to face with the irrational. He feels within him his longing for happiness and for reason. The absurd is born of this confrontation between the human need and the unreasonable silence of the world.Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays
Disputes multiply as if everything is uncertain, and are managed as if everything is certain.David Hume
“Entry into real life: one rescues one’s personal life from death by living a common life.”
—F. Nietzsche, The Will to Power, §194.
True anarchy is the generative element of religion. Out of the annihilation of all existing institutions she raises her glorious head, as the new foundress of the world.
Help everybody to find his own level, instead of trying to impose the same on all alike.
Nobody can build the bridge for you to walk across the river of life, no one but you yourself alone. There are, to be sure, countless paths and bridges and demigods which would carry you across this river; but only at the cost of yourself; you would pawn yourself and lose. There is in this world only one way, on which nobody can go, except you: where does it lead? Do not ask, go along with it.Friedrich Nietzsche, Untimely Meditations
Darkness and concealment are the dominant characteristic of the primordial time. All life first becomes and develops in the night; for this reason, the ancients called the night the fertile mother of things, indeed, together with chaos, the oldest of beings.Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph von Schelling | The Ages of the World
In the sphere of thought, absurdity and perversity remain the masters of the world, and their dominion is suspended only for brief periods.Arthur Schopenhauer, The Art of Controversy
Persephone is having sex in hell.Louise Glück —
Unlike the rest of us, she doesn’t know
what winter is, only that
she is what causes it.
One mustn’t look at the abyss, because there is at the bottom an inexpressible charm which attracts us.Gustave Flaubert.
Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.Groucho Marx.