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Quote Left Perhaps there is only one cardinal sin impatience. Because of impatience we are driven out of Paradise because of impatience we cannot return. Quote Right
Quote Left Now I can look at you in peace; I don't eat you anymore. Looking at fish in aquarium Quote Right
Quote Left There are two main human sins from which all the others derive: impatience and indolence. It was because of impatience that they were expelled from Paradise, it is because of indolence that they do not return. Yet perhaps there is only one major sin: impatience. Because of impatience they were expelled, because of impatience they do not return. Quote Right
Quote Left I have the true feeling of myself only when I am unbearably unhappy. Quote Right
Quote Left It is only our conception of time that makes us call the Last Judgement by this name. It is, in fact, a kind of martial law. Quote Right
Quote Left The man in ecstasy and the man drowning—both throw up their arms. The first does it to signify harmony, the second to signify strife with th... Quote Right
Quote Left A cage went in search of a bird. Quote Right
Quote Left 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. Quote Right
Quote Left In a certain sense you deny the existence of this world. You explain life as a state of rest, a state of rest in motion. Quote Right
Quote Left The delights of this life are not its own, but our fear of the ascent into a higher life; the torments of this life are not its own, but our s... Quote Right
Quote Left 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. Quote Right
Quote Left If the book we are reading does not wake us, as with a fist hammering on our skulls, then why do we read it Good God, we also would be happy if we had no books and such books that make us happy we could, if need be, write ourselves. What we must have are those books that come on us like ill fortune, like the death of one we love better than ourselves, like suicide. A book must be an ice axe to break the sea frozen inside us. Quote Right
Quote Left Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind only the slime of a new bureaucracy. Quote Right
Quote Left A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us. Quote Right
Quote Left 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. Quote Right
Quote Left I can prove at any time that my education tried to make another person out of me than the one I became. It is for the harm, therefore, that my... Quote Right
Quote Left There art two cardinal sins from which all others spring: Impatience and Laziness. Quote Right
Quote Left Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind only the slime of a new bureaucracy Quote Right
Quote Left Test yourself on mankind. It is something that makes the doubter doubt, the believer believe. Quote Right
Quote Left In theory there is a possibility of perfect happiness: To believe in the indestructible element within one, and not to strive towards it. Quote Right
Quote Left If it had been possible to build the Tower of Babel without climbing it, it would have been permitted. Quote Right
Quote Left 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. Quote Right
Quote Left There art two cardinal sins from which all others spring Impatience and Laziness. Quote Right
Quote Left Anything that has real and lasting value is always a gift from within. Quote Right
Quote Left The point of view of art and that of life are different even in the artist himself. Art flies around truth, but with the definite intention of... Quote Right
Quote Left 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. Quote Right
Quote Left Celibacy and suicide are a similar levels of understanding, suicide and a martyr's death not so by any means, perhaps marriage and a martyr's ... Quote Right
Quote Left A first sign of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die. Quote Right
Quote Left You are free, and that is why you are lost. Quote Right
Quote Left He who seeks does not find, but he who does not seek will be found. Quote Right
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