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“People regard any attack on their religion almost as though I’m saying they’ve got an ugly face or something like that. It’s a personal attack on them. And I think that they feel cornered, and so they lash out with personal attacks that amount to personal dislike.”

Richard Dawkins

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“When you don’t know what you’re living for, you don’t care how you live from one day to the next. You’re happy the day has passed and the night has come, and in your sleep you bury the tedious question of what you lived for that day and what you’re going to live for tomorrow.”

Ivan Goncharov, Oblomov.

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“The worried look visible on so many city faces is more due to the constant witnessing than to the constant infliction of pain—though both most take their share in a competitive life. Those who are so happily free from this affliction have no need to travel; they can sit quietly and continue to be philosophers at home.”

Freya Stark in “The Philosophy of Travel” (‘The Spectator’, 1950).

The worried look

“Life is short. Don’t make the art too long for me, above all not longer than life. If it should cost an entire life to understand Hegel, then this philosophy would indeed contain the deepest contradiction”.

Søren Kierkegaard, “Preface VII”.


Life is short

The most beautiful time is…

“The most beautiful time is the first period of falling in love, when, from every encounter, every glance, one fetches home something new to rejoice over.”

Søren Kierkegaard

Taken from “Diapsalmata” in Either/Or, vol. 1 (1843).

The sun is shining…

“The sun is shining brilliantly and beautifully into my room; the window in the next room is open. Everything is quiet out on the street. It is Sunday afternoon. I distinctly hear a lark warbling outside a window in one of the neighboring courtyards, outside the window where the pretty girl lives. Far away in a distant street, I hear a man crying “Shrimp for sale.” The air is so warm, and yet the whole city is as if deserted. -Then I call to mind my youth and my first love– when I was filled with longing; now I long only for my first longing. What is youth? A dream. What is love? The content of the dream.”

Søren Kierkegaard

Taken from “Diapsalmata” in Either/Or, vol. 1 (1843).

Time passes…

“Time passes, life is a stream, etc., so people say. That is not what I find: time stands still, and so do I. All the plans I project fly straight back at me; when I want to spit, I spit in my own face.”

Søren Kierkegaard

Taken from “Diapsalmata” in Either/Or, vol. 1 (1843).

Trust a girl…

“Trust a girl, and you will regret it. Do not trust her, and you will also regret it. Trust a girl or do not trust her, you will regret it either way. Whether you trust a girl or do not trust her, you will regret it either way.”

Søren Kierkegaard

Taken from “Diapsalmata” in Either/Or, vol. 1 (1843).

“Ask no guarantees, ask for no security, there never was such an animal.”

Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451.

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“He was part of us and when he died, all the actions stopped dead and there was no one to do them just the way he did. He was individual. He was an important man. I’ve never gotten over his dead. Often I think what wonderful carvings never came to birth because he died. How many jokes are missing from the world, and how many homing pigeons untouched by his hands. He shaped the world. He did things to the world. The world was bankrupted of ten million fine actions the night he passed on.”

Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451.

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