"Life is a moment. There is no hereafter. So make it burn always with the hardest flame."
— Lord Henry Wotton, Dorian Gray
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"I remember when the earth was still for me, for the last time in its history, still elastic as cartilage, had not fully solidified into the obstacle of the known, the terrible, stubborn thing called fact."
— Thomas Heise - Moth; or how I came to be with you again
whowhatsomethingsomeone said: What do you think about the idea of an memoir , a biography ?
It would be something difficult and interesting to do for myself, but probably not something I would try to publish.
"One of the greatest tragedies in life is to lose your own sense of self and accept the version of you that is expected by everyone else."
— K.L. Toth
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"For the existentialist, there is no love apart from the deeds of love; no potentially of love other than that which is manifested in loving; there is no genius other than that which is expressed in works of art…In life, a man commits himself, draws in his own portrait and there is nothing but that portrait."
— Jean-Paul Sartre, Existentialism is a Humanism
Anonymous said: What type of grad programs are you applying to? (subject, ma v phd, etc)
I’ll be applying for PhD programs in Philosophy, focusing on Continental. :]
"I change too quickly: my today refutes my yesterday. When I ascend I often jump over steps, and no step forgives me that."
— Friedrich Nietzsche,Thus Spoke Zarathustra
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"Increasingly I have come to believe what others with greater insight and a stomach for the truth know at a younger age and learn to accept with bemused resignation: that life is no more than a series of linked encounters, like beads on a string, one thing following another in a sentence through time, in a sentence that is the flow of time. Every writer is a man or woman resuscitated, brought back for a little while before being dismissed."
— Thomas Heise, from Moth; or how i came to be with you again (Sarabande Books, 2013)
"For myself, I cannot live without my art. But I have never placed it above everything. If, on the other hand, I need it, it is because it cannot be separated from my fellow men, and it allows me to live, such as I am, on one level with them. It is a means of stirring the greatest number of people by offering them a privileged picture of common joys and sufferings. It obliges the artist not to keep himself apart; it subjects him to the most humble and the most universal truth. And often he who has chosen the fate of the artist because he felt himself to be different soon realizes that he can maintain neither his art nor his difference unless he admits that he is like the others. The artist forges himself to the others, midway between the beauty he cannot do without and the community he cannot tear himself away from. That is why true artists scorn nothing: they are obliged to understand rather than to judge. And if they have to take sides in this world, they can perhaps side only with that society in which, according to Nietzsche’s great words, not the judge but the creator will rule, whether he be a worker or an intellectual."
— Albert Camus, from his Nobel Prize speech in 1957
"Know that I am not afraid of you. Know that I, too, was in the wilderness, and I, too, ate locusts and roots; that I, too, blessed freedom, with which you have blessed mankind, and I, too, was preparing to enter the number of your chosen ones, the number of the strong and might, with a thirst ‘that the number be complete.’ But I awoke and I did not want to serve madness."
— The Grand Inquisitor speaking to Jesus, from Dostoevsky’s Brothers Karamazov
"Every profound thinker is more afraid of being understood than of being misunderstood. The latter may hurt his vanity, but the former his heart, his sympathy, which always says: “Alas, why do you want to have as hard a time as I did?”"
— Nietzsche, from Beyond Good and Evil
"Fear is the mother of morals."
— Nietzsche, from Beyond Good and Evil