— Franz Kafka
Works of art can fail so easily, it is so difficult for them to succeed. One man will fall silent because of his lack of feeling; another, because his emotion chokes him. A third frees himself, not from the burden that weighs on him, but only from a feeling of unfreedom. A fourth breaks his tools because they have too long been used to exploit him. The world is not obliged to be sentimental. Defeats should be acknowledged; but one should not conclude from them that there should be no more struggles.Bertolt Brecht, from Against Georg Lukacs
Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation Of Dreams, Preface to the Second Edition
At such times it has always been the Interpretation of Dreams that has given me back my certainty.
Karl Marx - Capital Vol 1 Ch 6 1867
"There is really no such thing as the ‘voiceless’, there is only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard"
settles into relatively
fixed patterns. A vague whiteness
From Asylum by Amy Gerstler
"When I talked to people I always made sure there was one near by in which I could see myself. I watched myself talking. And somehow it kept me alert, seeing myself as the others saw me. But everything that goes on in one’s head is so vague, isn’t it? It makes one want to sleep."
Jean-Paul Sartre, No Exit
Samuel Beckett, Endgame