To deny my younger self would have been to deny my present self’s validity.
A man’s work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened.
Blackness isn’t black. It is the last degree of reds. The secret blood of reds.
Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart.
Courage is the solution to despair. Reason can provide no answers.
Loneliness does not come from having no people around one, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to oneself, or from holding certain views which others find inadmissible.
The world of technology thrives best when individuals are left alone to be different, creative, and disobedient.
Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality.
Only after the writer is dead do his words to some extent become disinfected, purified of the accidents of the living body.
The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.
Books are finite, sexual encounters are finite, but the desire to read and to fuck is infinite; it surpasses our own deaths, our fears, our hopes for peace.
I took no pride in my solitude; but I was dependent on it. The darkness of the room was like sunlight to me.
There is only one day left, always starting over: It is given to us at dawn and taken away from us at dusk.
Playfully doing something difficult, whether useful or not, that is hacking.
Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.
It didn’t pay to be the ultimate manifestation of evil in a world of black and white, or worse still, to be the ultimate manifestation of ambiguity in an absolute world. For to the absolutist, uncertainty and liminality itself is the essence of evil. But when the world changed Lucifer was always ready, as he always is, lurking in the threshold spaces between sign and signified, ready to stretch our boundaries and explode our frames of reference. When you read a text that takes you entirely outside of your paradigms for a dizzying second you see with the eyes of the Other and look back on all that is familiar to you and deem it alien and new, we might call this the ‘Lucifer moment’. Bringing forth these moments in the reader is the sacred task of all literature, that which cannot give us a fresh pair of eyes for a moment is mere entertainment.
If most of us are ashamed of shabby clothes and shoddy furniture, let us be more ashamed of shabby ideas and shoddy philosophies.
The weaker the body, the more imperious its demands; the stronger it is, the better it obeys.
The Anarchists are right in everything; in the negation of the existing order, and in the assertion that, without Authority, there could not be worse violence than that of Authority under existing conditions. They are mistaken only in thinking that Anarchy can be instituted by a revolution. But it will be instituted only by there being more and more people who do not require the protection of governmental power. There can be only one permanent revolution — a moral one: the regeneration of the inner man.
Let me tell you this: if you meet a loner, no matter what they tell you, it’s not because they enjoy solitude. It’s because they have tried to blend into the world before, and people continue to disappoint them.
Be careful, lest in casting out your demon you exorcise the best thing in you.
Perhaps it is true that we do not really exist until there is someone there to see us existing, we cannot properly speak until there is someone who can understand what we are saying in essence, we are not wholly alive until we are loved.
Alain de Botton
In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion.
Practical people know that opportunity doesn’t knock twice.
On the other hand, a person sitting quiet and contemplating, with no purpose or aim except that of experiencing themselves and their oneness with the world, is considered to be “passive,” because they are not “doing” anything. In reality, this attitude of concentrated meditation is the highest activity there is, an activity of the soul, which is possible only under the condition of inner freedom and independence.