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" A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us. "
" I have the true feeling of myself only when I am unbearably unhappy. "
" By imposing too great a responsibility, or rather, all responsibility, on yourself, you crush yourself. "
" By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired. "
" There is nothing besides a spiritual world; what we call the world of the senses is the Evil in the spiritual world, and what we call Evil is only the necessity of a moment in our eternal evolution. "
" Martyrs do not underrate the body, they allow it to be elevated on the cross. In this they are at one with their antagonists. "
" Test yourself on mankind. It is something that makes the doubter doubt, the believer believe. "
" 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. "
" One of the first signs of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die. "
" So long as you have food in your mouth, you have solved all questions for the time being. "
" How can one take delight in the world unless one flees to it for refuge? "
" From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back. That is the point that must be reached. "
" It is often safer to be in chains than to be free. "
" Writers speak stench. "
" A book should serve as the ax for the frozen sea within us. "
" 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. "
" Idleness is the beginning of all vice, the crown of all virtues. "
" 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. "
" Association with human beings lures one into self-observation. "
" 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. "
" The Bible is a sanctum; the world, sputum. "
" One must not cheat anyone, not even the world of its victory. "
" I do not read advertisements. I would spend all of my time wanting things. "
" The spirit becomes free only when it ceases to be a support. "
" Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind only the slime of a new bureaucracy. "
" Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old. "
" There are only two things. Truth and lies. Truth is indivisible, hence it cannot recognize itself; anyone who wants to recognize it has to be a lie. "
" Tyranny or slavery, born of selfishness, are the two educational methods of parents; all gradations of tyranny or slavery. "
" Evil is whatever distracts. "
" Sensual love deceives one as to the nature of heavenly love; it could not do so alone, but since it unconsciously has the element of heavenly love within it, it can do so. "
" The relationship to one's fellow man is the relationship of prayer, the relationship to oneself is the relationship of striving; it is from prayer that one draws the strength for one's striving. "