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" A first sign of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die. "
" The thornbush is the old obstacle in the road. It must catch fire if you want to go further. "
" 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. "
" Don Quixote's misfortune is not his imagination, but Sancho Panza. "
" In the fight between you and the world, back the world. "
" 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. "
" The fact that our task is exactly commensurate with our life gives it the appearance of being infinite. "
" In the struggle between yourself and the world second the world. "
" The experience of life consists of the experience which the spirit has of itself in matter and as matter, in mind and as mind, in emotion, as emotion, etc. "
" Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable. "
" 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. "
" Let me remind you of the old maxim: people under suspicion are better moving than at rest, since at rest they may be sitting in the balance without knowing it, being weighed together with their sins. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Martyrs do not underrate the body, they allow it to be elevated on the cross. In this they are at one with their antagonists. "
" Self-control means wanting to be effective at some random point in the infinite radiations of my spiritual existence. "
" 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. "
" If there is a transmigration of souls then I am not yet on the bottom rung. My life is a hesitation before birth. "
" My guiding principle is this: Guilt is never to be doubted. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" My 'fear' is my substance, and probably the best part of me. "
" Idleness is the beginning of all vice, the crown of all virtues. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Heaven is dumb, echoing only the dumb. "
" One must not cheat anyone, not even the world of its victory. "
" It is comforting to reflect that the disproportion of things in the world seems to be only arithmetical. "
" Believing in progress does not mean believing that any progress has yet been made. "
" Writers speak stench. "
" Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old. "