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" Any genuine philosophy leads to action and from action back again to wonder, to the enduring fact of mystery. "
" The world is the mirror of myself dying. "
" Our own physical body possesses a wisdom which we who inhabit the body lack. We give it orders which make no sense. "
" The one thing we can never get enough of is love. And the one thing we never give enough is love. "
" The Teutons have been singing the swan song ever since they entered the ranks of history. They have always confounded truth with death. "
" The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware. "
" The new always carries with it the sense of violation, of sacrilege. What is dead is sacred; what is new, that is different, is evil, dangerous, or subversive. "
" The real enemy can always be met and conquered, or won over. Real antagonism is based on love, a love which has not recognized itself. "
" There is nothing strange about fear: no matter in what guise it presents itself it is something with which we are all so familiar that when a man appears who is without it we are at once enslaved by him. "
" Sin, guilt, neurosis; they are one and the same, the fruit of the tree of knowledge. "
" I have never been able to look upon America as young and vital but rather as prematurely old, as a fruit which rotted before it had a chance to ripen. "
" We do not talk - we bludgeon one another with facts and theories gleaned from cursory readings of newspapers, magazines and digests. "
" Life is constantly providing us with new funds, new resources, even when we are reduced to immobility. In life's ledger there is no such thing as frozen assets. "
" Why are we so full of restraint? Why do we not give in all directions? Is it fear of losing ourselves? Until we do lose ourselves there is no hope of finding ourselves. "
" The world is not to be put in order; the world is order, incarnate. It is for us to harmonize with this order. "
" What does it matter how one comes by the truth so long as one pounces upon it and lives by it? "
" The worst sin that can be committed against the artist is to take him at his word, to see in his work a fulfillment instead of an horizon. "
" The tragedy of it is that nobody sees the look of desperation on my face. Thousands and thousands of us, and we're passing one another without a look of recognition. "
" We should read to give our souls a chance to luxuriate. "
" Madness is tonic and invigorating. It makes the sane more sane. The only ones who are unable to profit by it are the insane. "
" If I am against the condition of the world, it is not because I am a moralist - it is because I want to laugh more. "
" I have no money, no resources, no hopes. I am the happiest man alive. "
" Life is 440 horsepower in a 2-cylinder engine. "
" Every man has his own destiny: the only imperative is to follow it, to accept it, no matter where it leads him. "
" The great work must inevitably be obscure, except to the very few, to those who like the author himself are initiated into the mysteries. Communication then is secondary: it is perpetuation which is important. For this only one good reader is necessary. "
" One's destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things. "
" The moment one gives close attention to any thing, even a blade of grass it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself. "
" Chaos is the score upon which reality is written. "
" Life, as it is called, is for most of us one long postponement. "
" And what is the potential man, after all? Is he not the sum of all that is human? Divine, in other words? "
" Music is a beautiful opiate, if you don't take it too seriously. "