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" A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us. "
" Idleness is the beginning of all vice, the crown of all virtues. "
" How can one take delight in the world unless one flees to it for refuge? "
" Tyranny or slavery, born of selfishness, are the two educational methods of parents; all gradations of tyranny or slavery. "
" If there is a transmigration of souls then I am not yet on the bottom rung. My life is a hesitation before birth. "
" Hiding places there are innumerable, escape is only one, but possibilities of escape, again, are as many as hiding places. "
" I have the true feeling of myself only when I am unbearably unhappy. "
" Martyrs do not underrate the body, they allow it to be elevated on the cross. In this they are at one with their antagonists. "
" The indestructible is one: it is each individual human being and, at the same time, it is common to all, hence the incomparably indivisible union that exists between human beings. "
" My guiding principle is this: Guilt is never to be doubted. "
" If I shall exist eternally, how shall I exist tomorrow? "
" One must not cheat anyone, not even the world of its victory. "
" Woman, or more precisely put, perhaps, marriage, is the representative of life with which you are meant to come to terms. "
" He who seeks does not find, but he who does not seek will be found. "
" Writers speak stench. "
" The decisive moment in human evolution is perpetual. That is why the revolutionary spiritual movements that declare all former things worthless are in the right, for nothing has yet happened. "
" We are separated from God on two sides; the Fall separates us from Him, the Tree of Life separates Him from us. "
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" How pathetically scanty my self-knowledge is compared with, say, my knowledge of my room. There is no such thing as observation of the inner world, as there is of the outer world. "
" In the struggle between yourself and the world second the world. "
" We all have wings, but they have not been of any avail to us and if we could tear them off, we would do so. "
" Evil is whatever distracts. "
" The thornbush is the old obstacle in the road. It must catch fire if you want to go further. "
" So long as you have food in your mouth, you have solved all questions for the time being. "
" Association with human beings lures one into self-observation. "
" The mediation by the serpent was necessary. Evil can seduce man, but cannot become man. "
" Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old. "
" In argument similes are like songs in love; they describe much, but prove nothing. "
" A first sign of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die. "
" Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind only the slime of a new bureaucracy. "
" I do not read advertisements. I would spend all of my time wanting things. "
" 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. "