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freelance-philosopher · 14 hours ago
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A writer is first of all a reader. It is from reading that I derive the standards by which I measure my own work and according to which I fall lamentably short.
Susan Sontag, At the Same Time: Essays and Speeches
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Superficiality is the result of doing away with the vital distinction between concealment and manifestation. It is the manifestation of emptiness, but where mere scope is concerned it wins, because it has the advantage of dazzling people with its brilliant shams. Real manifestation is homogeneous, because it is really profound, whereas superficiality has a varied and ‘omnium gatherum’ appearance. Its love of showing off is the self-admiration of conceit in reflection. The concealment and reserve of inwardness is not given time in which to conceive an essential mystery, which can then be made manifest, but is disturbed long before that time comes and so, as a reward, reflection attracts the gaze of egotism upon its varied shams whenever possible.
Søren Kierkegaard, The Present Age
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crimsonbow · 2 days ago
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It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
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freelance-philosopher · 2 days ago
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I know why families were created, with all their imperfections. They humanize you. They are made to make you forget yourself occasionally, so that the beautiful balance of life is not destroyed.
Anaïs Nin
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freelance-philosopher · 3 days ago
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In youth we’re twofold. Our innate intelligence, which may be considerable, coexists with the stupidity of our inexperience, which forms a second, lesser intelligence. Only later on do the two unite. That’s why youth always blunders – not because of its inexperience, but because of its non-unity.
Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet
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legnard · 3 days ago
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(coming back to hyperfixating) and the most contemporary artwork i have liked personally so far (sorry for hyperfixating) is pandora hearts. not just you can read it in so many different ways it is always interesting to revisit, as an eternal world, it also holds extreme powerful messages and does not portray an unrealistic moral, or an impossible achievement, but rather a very human approach to how we need to move on and accept ourselves and the world - and that does not mean we must remain static to it 
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freelance-philosopher · 5 days ago
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None has in readiness such terrible tortures as has anxiety, and no spy knows how to attack more artfully the man he suspects, choosing the instant when he is weakest, nor knows how to lay traps where he will be caught and ensnared, as anxiety knows how, and no sharp-witted judge knows how to interrogate, to examine the accused as anxiety does, which never lets him escape, neither by diversion nor by noise, neither at work nor at play, neither by day nor at night.
Søren Kierkegaard, The Concept of Anxiety
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freelance-philosopher · 6 days ago
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There is a time when it is necessary to abandon the used clothes, which already have the shape of our body, and to forget our paths, which take us always to the same places. This is the time to cross the river: and if we don’t dare to do it, we will have stayed forever beneath ourselves.
Fernando Pessoa
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freelance-philosopher · 7 days ago
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It is easy to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after your own; but the great man is he who, in the midst of the crowd, keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self Reliance
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freelance-philosopher · 8 days ago
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What I really need is to get clear about what I must do, not what I must know, except insofar as knowledge must precede every act. What matters is to find a purpose, the crucial thing is to find a truth which is truth for me, to find the idea for which I am willing to live and die. Of what use would it be to me to discover a so-called objective truth, to work through the philosophical systems so that I could, if asked, make critical judgments about them, could point out the fallacies in each system; of what use would it be to me to be able to develop a theory of the state, getting details from various sources and combining them into a whole, and constructing a world I did not live in but merely held up for others to see. Of what use would it be to me for truth to stand before me, cold and naked, not caring whether or not I acknowledged it, making me uneasy rather than trustingly receptive. I certainly do not deny that I still accept an imperative of knowledge and that through it men may be influenced, but then it must come alive in me, and this is what I now recognize as the most important of all. This is what my soul thirsts for…
Søren Kierkegaard, Journals and Papers, Volume 5
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crimsonbow · 9 days ago
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"She had waited all her life for something, and it had killed her when it found her."
Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
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