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Quotes & Thoughts

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing.”

Annie Dillard

“Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.”

Oscar Wilde

“I'm waiting for hints to take shape, then I'll know what action to take. (...) All you have to do is wait. (...) Sit tight and wait for the right moment. Not try to change anything by force, just watch the drift of things. Make an effort to cast a fair eye on everything. If you do that, you just naturally know what to do.”

Murakami Haruki, “Dance Dance Dance”

Women have the superiority to choose; men have the superiority to refuse. When the former and lack of the latter coincide, a relationship is formed. It is going to last as long as intentions of the two do not expire. In the long run—if it gets to a long run, that is—the link is bound to be blemished by all the inevitable imperfections. Nevertheless, where wisdom prevails a real friendship might emerge. What are the chances of winning the national lottery?

“Breathe”, “Time”, “Us and Them”

It is amazing that things change in ways you would not believe yet, at the same time, everything remains the same.

“A culture is nothing other than a style: a style of beliefs, customs, behaviors.”

Nattiez, “Music and Discourse”

We all are walking under the rain of influence, yet each of us gets wet in different ways from different raindrops—raindrops that get through the filter of our tendencies.

“Work is the curse of drinking classes.”

Oscar Wilde

Societies, in their broad sense, exist to justify our existence. This justification is achieved through gradual tuning of one's attitude towards a society. This attitude might be active participation, passive contemplation, or total rejection. Any attitude, including total rejection, is a form of participation. Attitude adjustment is done so as to achieve maximum realization of one's tendencies and is restricted by the society's rules and one's ability to stretch the limits.

“Because we don't know when we will die, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well. Yet everything happens only a certain number of times, and a very small number, really. How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, some afternoon that's so deeply a part of your being that you can't even conceive of your life without it? Perhaps four or five times more. Perhaps not even that. How many more times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps twenty. And yet it all seems limitless.”

Paul Bowles, “The Sheltering Sky”

We watch different scenes of our lives in great amusement. But what amuses even more is not any one scene itself but the incomprehensible, ever so subtle, alive and breathing mosaic they constitute. This mosaic is too vast and deep to grasp its meaning—amusement and silent contemplation is the only means of interacting with it.

“Seriousness, young man, is an accident of time. It consists, I don't mind telling you in confidence, in putting too high a value on time. I, too, once put too high a value on time. For that reason I wished to be a hundred years old. In eternity, however, there is no time, you see. Eternity is a mere moment, just long enough for a joke.”

Hermann Hesse, “Steppenwolf”

We appreciate and get to know things only insofar as and to the extent that they relate to our inner cravings and pain.

“As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.”

Albert Einstein

Personal experience combined with independent thinking seems to be the only way to obtain the least–biased knowledge and, ultimately, wisdom. This sort of knowledge is probably as unbiased as knowledge as such can get, and yet it is still biased towards personal tendencies. However, as only this kind of knowledge is capable of eliminating inner restlessness, this minor bias can be allowed into existence.

“不尚贤,使民不争;不贵难得之货,使民不为盗;不见可欲使民心不乱。”

老子,“道德经”,第三章

If a person had the absolute memory of everything from the very first day of his existence, he would be able to trace how all his tendencies were formed and, very probably, would be surprised at the fact that their overall totality is what he used to call "I".