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" 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
" Dread of night. Dread of not-night. "
" No sooner said than done - so acts your man of worth. "
" 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. "
" Evil is whatever distracts. "
" The spirit becomes free only when it ceases to be a support. "
" In theory there is a possibility of perfect happiness: To believe in the indestructible element within one, and not to strive towards it. "
" Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind only the slime of a new bureaucracy. "
" Hesitation before birth. If there is a transmigration of souls then I am not yet on the bottom rung. My life is a hesitation before birth. "
Life Is A
" One of the first signs of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die. "
" Productivity is being able to do things that you were never able to do before. "
" The Bible is a sanctum; the world, sputum. "
" One advantage in keeping a diary is that you become aware with reassuring clarity of the changes which you constantly suffer. "
" 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. "
" May I kiss you then? On this miserable paper? I might as well open the window and kiss the night air. "
" 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. "
" Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable. "
" Hiding places there are innumerable, escape is only one, but possibilities of escape, again, are as many as hiding places. "
" 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. "
" Don Quixote's misfortune is not his imagination, but Sancho Panza. "
" Atlas was permitted the opinion that he was at liberty, if he wished, to drop the Earth and creep away; but this opinion was all that he was permitted. "
" He who seeks does not find, but he who does not seek will be found. "
" Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old. "
" Always first draw fresh breath after outbursts of vanity and complacency. "
" Suffering is the positive element in this world, indeed it is the only link between this world and the positive. "
" In a certain sense the Good is comfortless. "
" The thornbush is the old obstacle in the road. It must catch fire if you want to go further. "
" By imposing too great a responsibility, or rather, all responsibility, on yourself, you crush yourself. "
" Tyranny or slavery, born of selfishness, are the two educational methods of parents; all gradations of tyranny or slavery. "
" Test yourself on mankind. It is something that makes the doubter doubt, the believer believe. "
" Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old. "