1. A first
sign of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die.
man of action forced into a state of thought is unhappy until he can get
out of it.
All human errors are impatience, a premature breaking off of methodical
procedure, an apparent fencing-in of what is apparently at issue.
Anyone who cannot come to terms with his life while he is alive needs
one hand to ward off a little his despair over his fate... but with his
other hand he can note down what he sees among the ruins.
Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.
believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create
it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.
Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind only the slime of a new
Evil is whatever distracts.
From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back. That is
the point that must be reached.
do not read advertisements. I would spend all of my time wanting things.
have the true feeling of myself only when I am unbearably unhappy.
In argument similes are like songs in love; they describe much, but
In the fight between you and the world, back the world.
In theory there is a possibility of perfect happiness: To believe in the
indestructible element within one, and not to strive towards it.
It is not necessary that you leave the house. Remain at your table and
listen. Do not even listen, only wait. Do not even wait, be wholly still
and alone. The world will present itself to you for its unmasking, it
can do no other, in ecstasy it will writhe at your feet.
It is your people who make the ultimate difference. You put the
investment into training the people and then, when you get invited to
the party with the big boys, that is a unique selling point.
Life's splendor forever lies in wait about each one of us in all its
fullness, but veiled from view, deep down, invisible, far off. It is
there, though, not hostile, not reluctant, not deaf. If you summon it by
the right word, by its right name, it will come.
17. May I
kiss you then? On this miserable paper? I might as well open the
window and kiss the
18. My "fear"
is my substance, and probably the best part of me.
19. My guiding
principle is this: Guilt is never to be doubted.
20. My peers,
lately, have found companionship through means of intoxication - it
makes them sociable. I, however, cannot force myself to use drugs to
cheat on my loneliness - it is all that I have - and when the drugs and
alcohol dissipate, will be all that my peers have as well.
21. No sooner
said than done - so acts your man of worth.
22. Start with
what is right rather than what is acceptable.
experience of life consists of the experience which the spirit has of
itself in matter and as matter, in mind and as mind, in emotion, as
24. We are
sinful not merely because we have eaten of the tree of knowledge, but
also because we have not eaten of the tree of life.
25. You can
hold yourself back from the sufferings of the world, that is something
you are free to do and it accords with your nature, but perhaps this
very holding back is the one suffering you could avoid.
26. You do not
need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not
even listen, simply wait, be quiet still and solitary. The world will
freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will
roll in ecstasy at your feet.
happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the
ability to see beauty never grows old.
28.A book must be an
ice-axe to break the seas frozen inside our soul.
29. A book should
serve as the ax for the frozen sea within us.