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Rutting of a sort

December 9th, 2017 · No Comments

“The experiences and illuminations of childhood and early youth become in later life the types, standards and patterns of all subsequent knowledge and experience, or as it were, the categories according to which all later things are classified—not always consciously, however. And so it is that in our childhood years the foundation is laid of […]

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Therein lies a difficulty

May 22nd, 2013 · No Comments

“The great misfortune for intellectual merit is that it has to wait until the good is praised by those who produce only the bad; indeed, the misfortune already lies in the general fact that it has to receive its crown from the hands of human judgement, a quality of which most people possess about as […]

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I can’t say I agree with all of this

May 21st, 2013 · 6 Comments

“The beard, being a half-mask, should be forbidden by the police.  It is, moreover, as a sexual symbol in the middle of the face, obscene: that is why it pleases women.” – Arthur Schopenhauer, Essays and Aphorisms (emphasis in original; trans. Hollingdale) Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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Full of sound and fury

May 21st, 2013 · 2 Comments

“Exaggeration in every sense is as essential to newspaper writing as it is to the writing of plays: for the point is to make as much as possible of every occurrence.  So that all newspaper writers are, for the sake of their trade, alarmists: this is their way of making themselves interesting.  What they really […]

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Just how much time do you think you have?

May 20th, 2013 · No Comments

“The art of not reading is a very important one.  It consists in not taking an interest in whatever may be engaging the attention of the general public at any particular time.  When some political or ecclesiastical pamphlet, or novel, or poem is making a great commotion, you should remember that he who writes for […]

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The dinosaurs of lit

May 20th, 2013 · No Comments

“As the strata of the earth preserve in succession the living creatures of past epochs, so the shelves of libraries preserve in succession the errors of the past and their expositions, which like the former were very lively and made a great commotion in their own age but now stand petrified and stiff in a […]

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She’s looking good

May 19th, 2013 · No Comments

“Truth is fairest naked, and the simpler its expression the profounder its influence.” – Arthur Schopenhauer, “On Books and Writing” (trans. Hollingdale) Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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For me it started before that

May 19th, 2013 · No Comments

“Payment and reserved copyright are at bottom the ruin of literature.  Only he who writes entirely for the sake of what he has to say writes anything worth writing.  It’s as if there were a curse on money: every writer writes badly as soon as he starts writing for gain.” – Arthur Schopenhauer, “On Books […]

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What about the comets!

May 18th, 2013 · No Comments

“Writers can be divided into meteors, planets, and fixed stars.  The first produce a momentary effect: you gaze up, cry: ‘Look!’—and then they vanish forever.  The second, the moving stars, endure for much longer.  By virtue of their proximity they often shine more brightly than the fixed stars, which the ignorant mistake them for.  But […]

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Forgive me, Father…

May 16th, 2013 · No Comments

“The weak point in all religions remains that they can never dare to confess to being allegorical, so that they have to present their doctrines in all seriousness as true sensu proprio; which, because of the absurdities essential to allegory, leads to perpetual deception and a great disadvantage for religion.  What is even worse, indeed, […]

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Donation boxes are by the door

May 16th, 2013 · No Comments

“There is no absurdity so palpable that one could not fix it firmly in the head of every man on earth provided one began to imprint it before his sixth year by ceaselessly rehearsing it before him with solemn earnestness.” – Arthur Schopenhauer, “On Psychology” (trans. Hollingdale) Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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First there is a rule, then there is no rule, then…

May 15th, 2013 · 2 Comments

“If you want to achieve something in business, in writing, in painting, in anything, you must follow the rules without knowing them.” – Arthur Schopenhauer, “On Psychology” (emphasis in original, trans. Hollingdale) Share this… Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Email Print

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You would think this would be obvious

May 15th, 2013 · No Comments

“Freedom of the press is to the machinery of the state what the safety-valve is to the steam engine: every discontent is by means of it immediately relieved in words—indeed, unless this discontent is very considerable, it exhausts itself in this way.  If, however, it is very considerable, it is as well to know of […]

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She’s blind and can’t shoot straight

May 14th, 2013 · No Comments

“Justice is in itself powerless: what rules by nature is force.  To draw this over on to the side of justice, so that by means of force justice rules—that is the problem of statecraft, and it is certainly a hard one.”– Arthur Schopenhauer, “On Law and Politics” (emphasis in original, trans. Hollingdale) Share this… Facebook […]

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We’re shocked, just shocked

May 14th, 2013 · No Comments

“Man is at bottom a dreadful wild animal.  We know this wild animal only in the tamed state called civilization and we are therefore shocked by occasional outbreaks of its true nature: but if and when the bolts and bars of the legal order once fall apart and anarchy supervenes it reveals itself for what […]

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Good luck with all that

May 13th, 2013 · No Comments

“If you want to earn the gratitude of your own age you must keep in step with it.  But if you do that you will produce nothing great.  If you have something great in view you must address yourself to posterity: only then, to be sure, you will probably remain unknown to your contemporaries; you […]

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Truncation for the profit of others

May 12th, 2013 · No Comments

“The capitalist world, and in particular the heart of it, the world of buying and selling, offers almost nothing a young man wants: the instincts of youth are at variance with the demands of business, and especially with those of clerking.  What young man is by nature diligent, sober, and regular in his habits?  Respectful […]

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