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" Association with human beings lures one into self-observation. "
" I do not read advertisements. I would spend all of my time wanting things. "
" One of the first signs of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die. "
" From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back. That is the point that must be reached. "
" A book should serve as the ax for the frozen sea within us. "
" One advantage in keeping a diary is that you become aware with reassuring clarity of the changes which you constantly suffer. "
" In argument similes are like songs in love; they describe much, but prove nothing. "
" One must not cheat anyone, not even the world of its victory. "
" Religions get lost as people do. "
" 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. "
" One tells as few lies as possible only by telling as few lies as possible, and not by having the least possible opportunity to do so. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable. "
" Woman, or more precisely put, perhaps, marriage, is the representative of life with which you are meant to come to terms. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Believing in progress does not mean believing that any progress has yet been made. "
" My peers, lately, have found companionship through means of intoxication - it makes them sociable. I, however, cannot force myself to use drugs to cheat on my loneliness - it is all that I have - and when the drugs and alcohol dissipate, will be all that my peers have as well. "
" 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. "
" How can one take delight in the world unless one flees to it for refuge? "
" By imposing too great a responsibility, or rather, all responsibility, on yourself, you crush yourself. "
" My 'fear' is my substance, and probably the best part of me. "
" Dread of night. Dread of not-night. "
" 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. "
" Don Quixote's misfortune is not his imagination, but Sancho Panza. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "