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"Whoever has become used to feeling like a hermit, whoever sees with a cold gaze through all the social and comradely connections and notices the tiny threads which tie people together, threads so strong that a gust of air breaks them; whoever sees in addition that it is not the flame of genius which makes him a hermit, that flame from whose circle of light all things flee away, because it makes them appear so like a dance of death, so mad, so spindly, and so inane; whoever is, on the contrary, lonely because of a caprice of nature, because of a curiously brewed mixture of wishes, gifts, and endeavors of the will, he knows what an “incomprehensibly lofty marvel” a friend is; and if he is an idolater, he must first and foremost erect an altar to the “unknown god who created the friend”."

— Friedrich Nietzsche 

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"Solitude devastates me, company oppresses me."

— Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet 

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""Know thyself" is the entire field of knowledge. Only when the human being has finally attained knowledge of all things will he have known himself. For things are merely the boundaries of the human being."

— Friedrich Nietzsche 

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Edvard Perseus, Nude Model (Detail), 1872

Edvard Perseus, Nude Model (Detail), 1872

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"He in his madness prays for storms, and dreams that storms will bring him peace"

Leo Tolstoy 

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"Reminiscences make one feel so deliciously aged and sad"

George Bernard Shaw

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"There are creators in politics, and creative movements, that are poised for a moment in history. Hitler, on the contrary, lacked to a singular degree any Nietzschean element. Hitler is not Zarathoustra. Nor is Trujillo. They represented what Nietzsche calls “the monkey of Zarathoustra.” As Nietzsche said, if one wants to be “a master,” it is not enough to come to power. More often than not it is the “slaves” who come to power, and who keep it, and who remain slaves while they keep it.
The masters according to Nietzsche are the untimely, those who create, who destroy in order to create, not to preserve. Nietzsche says that under the huge earth-shattering events are tiny silent events, which he likens to the creation of new worlds: there once again you see the presence of the poetic under the historical. In France, for instance, there are no earth-shattering events right now. They are far away, and horrible, in Vietnam. But we still have tiny imperceptible events, which maybe announce an exodus from today’s desert. Maybe the return to Nietzsche is one of those “tiny events” and already a reinterpretation of the world."

— Gilles Deleuze, in an interview with Guy Dumur, from Le Nouvel Observateur, April 5, 1967, pp. 40-41.

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Saturn devouring his Son. Giulia Lama. Italian 1681-1747. oil/canvas

Saturn devouring his Son. Giulia Lama. Italian 1681-1747. oil/canvas

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"Foucault insists on the importance of the techniques of interpretation. It’s possible that in the actual idea of interpretation is something which goes beyond the dialectical opposition between “knowing” and “transforming” the world. Freud is the great interpreter, so is Nietzsche, but in a different way. Nietzsche’s idea is that things and actions are already interpretations. So to interpret is to interpret interpretations, and thus to change things, “to change life.” What is clear for Nietzsche is that society cannot be an ultimate authority. The ultimate authority is creation, it is art: or rather, art represents the absence and the impossibility of an ultimate authority. From the very beginning of his work, Nietzsche posits that there exist ends “just a little higher” than those of the State, than those of society. He inserts his entire corpus in a dimension which is neither historical, even understood dialectically, nor eternal. What he calls this new dimension which operates both in time and against time is the untimely. It is in this that life as interpretation finds its source. Maybe the reason for the “return to Nietzsche” is a rediscovery of the untimely, that dimension which is distinct both from classical philosophy in its “timeless” enterprise and from dialectical philosophy in its understanding of history: a singular element of upheaval."

— Gilles Deleuze, in an interview with Guy Dumur, from Le Nouvel Observateur, April 5, 1967, pp. 40-41.

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"The essence of a thing is only an opinion about the thing. Rather: ‘This is considered to be X’ is taken for ‘this IS X - and the only X’."

— Friedrich Nietzsche

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Zdzisław Jasiński - Nude woman on the lake (1929)

Zdzisław Jasiński - Nude woman on the lake (1929)

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"Art and love are the same thing: It’s the process of seeing yourself in things that are not you."

Chuck Klosterman

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"Art is to console those who are broken by life."

— Vincent van Gogh

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"Change is one thing, progress is another. “Change” is scientific, “progress” is ethical; change is indubitable, whereas progress is a matter of controversy."

— Bertrand Russell

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An Allegory of Time Unveiling Truth - Jean Francois de Troy (1733)

An Allegory of Time Unveiling Truth - Jean Francois de Troy (1733)

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