You must realize that I was suffering from love and I knew him as intimately as I knew my own image in a mirror. In other words, I knew him only in relation to myself.
Strangers used to gather together at the cinema and sit together in the dark, like Ancient Greeks participating in the mysteries, dreaming the same dream in unison.
Anxiety is the beginning of conscience, which is the parent of the soul but is not compatible with innocence.
Is not this whole world an illusion? And yet it fools everybody.
Aeneas carried his aged father on his back from the ruins of Troy and so do we all, whether we like it or not, perhaps even if we have never known them.
What is marriage but prostitution to one man instead of many?
A day without an argument is like an egg without salt.
Nothing is a matter of life and death except life and death.
Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms.
Art need no longer be an account of past sensations. It can become the direct organization of more highly evolved sensations. It is a question of producing ourselves, not things that enslave us.
Comedy is tragedy that happens to other people.
In a secular age, an authentic miracle must purport to be a hoax, in order to gain credit in the world.
To pin your hopes upon the future is to consign those hopes to a hypothesis, which is to say, a nothingness. Here and now is what we must contend with.
A book is simply the container of an idea like a bottle; what is inside the book is what matters.
I think it's one of the scars in our culture that we have too high an opinion of ourselves. We align ourselves with the angels instead of the higher primates.
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