"But I always liked side-paths, little dark back-alleys behind the main road - there one finds adventures and surprises, and precious metal in the dirt."
"For once on earth
let’s not talk in any language;
let’s stop for one second,
and not move our arms so much.
A moment like that would smell sweet,
no hurry, no engines,
all of us at the same time
in need of rest."
"If one remains silent for a year, one unlearns how to chatter and learns how to speak."
"The right thinks the breakdown of the family is the source of crime and poverty, and this they very insightfully blame on the homosexuals, which would be amusing were it not so tragic. Families and “family values” are crushed by grinding poverty, which also makes violent crime and drugs attractive alternatives to desperate young men and sends young woman into prostitution. Family values are no less corrupted by the corrosive effects of individualism, consumerism, and the accumulation of wealth. Instead of shouting this from the mountain tops, the get-me-to-heaven-and-the-rest-be-damned Christianity the Christian Right preaches is itself a version of selfish spiritual capitalism aimed at netting major and eternal dividends, and it fits hand in glove with American materialism and greed."
"Just as it is certain that one leaf is never quite like another, so it is certain that the concept leaf is constructed by an arbitrary dropping of individual differences, through a forgetting of what differentiates; and this awakens the idea that there is something in nature besides leaves which would be ‘leaf’, that is to say an original form, according to which all leaves are woven, drawn, circumscribed, coloured, curled, painted, but by clumsy hands, so that no example emerges correctly and reliably as a true copy of the original form … . The overlooking of the individual gives us the form, whereas nature knows no forms and no concepts, and also no species, but only an X, which is inaccessible and indefinable to us."
— Friedrich Nietzsche, Ueber Wahrheit und Lüge im äussermoralische Sinne
p. 880 (via post-makhno
"“There are two kinds of fools: one says, “This is old, therefore it is good”; the other says, “This is new, therefore it is better.””"
"Thinking and talking endlessly about our sexualities doesn’t really get us closer to figuring out who we “really are.” It does, however, generate plenty of evidence that can be used to monitor, control, and discipline us when we deviate from the norm."
"I cannot make you understand. I cannot make anyone understand what is happening inside me. I cannot even explain it to myself."
— Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis
"To own a certain book – one you had chosen yourself – was to define yourself."
— Julian Barnes, My Life as a Bibliophile