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" Evil is whatever distracts. "
" May I kiss you then? On this miserable paper? I might as well open the window and kiss the night air. "
" The mediation by the serpent was necessary. Evil can seduce man, but cannot become man. "
" By imposing too great a responsibility, or rather, all responsibility, on yourself, you crush yourself. "
" 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. "
" One must not cheat anyone, not even the world of its victory. "
" 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 keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old. "
" A stair not worn hollow by footsteps is, regarded from its own point of view, only a boring something made of wood. "
" Dread of night. Dread of not-night. "
" My guiding principle is this: Guilt is never to be doubted. "
" Suffering is the positive element in this world, indeed it is the only link between this world and the positive. "
" No sooner said than done - so acts your man of worth. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" The fact that our task is exactly commensurate with our life gives it the appearance of being infinite. "
" In the fight between you and the world, back the world. "
" 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. "
" We are separated from God on two sides; the Fall separates us from Him, the Tree of Life separates Him from us. "
Tree Of Life
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" God gives the nuts, but he does not crack them. "
" He who seeks does not find, but he who does not seek will be found. "
" Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable. "
" Test yourself on mankind. It is something that makes the doubter doubt, the believer believe. "
" Tyranny or slavery, born of selfishness, are the two educational methods of parents; all gradations of tyranny or slavery. "
" A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us. "
" Hiding places there are innumerable, escape is only one, but possibilities of escape, again, are as many as hiding places. "
" We are sinful not only because we have eaten of the Tree of Knowledge, but also because we have not yet eaten of the Tree of Life. The state in which we are is sinful, irrespective of guilt. "