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The Castle by Franz Kafka
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In point of fact , we all - are such a Land-surveyors.... Each one longs to get into his own so coveted "castle"...This earthly life of ours - is the path we must go through... That's why the L a n d (!) - surveyor is the protagonist . But we are den ...more
The Decline of the West by Oswald Spengler
The Decline of the West
by Oswald Spengler
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Three Comrades by Erich Maria Remarque
“- Никогда, Робби, не стремись знать слишком много! Чем меньше знаешь, тем проще живется. Знание делает человека свободным, но и несчастным. Давай выпьем за наивность, за глупость и все, что к ним относится - за любовь, за веру в будущее, за мечты о счастье - за божественную глупость, за потерянный рай...”
Erich Maria Remarque
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“In the world I am
Always a stranger
I do not understand its language
It does not understand my silence”
Bei Dao
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The Decline of the West by Oswald Spengler
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Tonio Kröger by Thomas Mann
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The Temple of the Golden Pavilion by Yukio Mishima
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Death in Venice by Thomas Mann
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Snide and mischievous Eros conducts us to Thanatos , using the most powerful tool - Beauty . Beauty has a magical irresistible power , particulary, over an artist's nature , over the most highly developed minds, over the most sensitive and gifted sou ...more
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Hermann Hesse
“When you throw a rock into the water, it will speed on the fastest course to the bottom of the water. This is how it is when Siddhartha has a goal, a resolution. Siddhartha does nothing, he waits, he thinks, he fasts, but he passes through the things of the world like a rock through water, without doing anything, without stirring; he is drawn, he lets himself fall. His goal attracts him, because he doesn't let anything enter his soul which might oppose the goal. This is what Siddhartha has learned among the Samanas. This is what fools call magic and which they think is effected by demons. Nothing is effected by demons, there are no demons. Everyone can perform magic, everyone can reach his goals, if he is able to think, if he is able to wait, if he is able to fast.”
Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha

John Donne
“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were: any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.”
John Donne, No man is an island – A selection from the prose

Friedrich Nietzsche
“Every true faith is infallible. It performs what the believing person hopes to find in it. But it does not offer the least support for the establishing of an objective truth. Here the ways of men divide. If you want to achieve peace of mind and happiness, have faith. If you want to be a disciple of truth, then search.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

Iris Murdoch
“I hate solitude, but I'm afraid of intimacy. The substance of my life is a private conversation with myself which to turn into a dialogue would be equivalent to self-destruction. The company which I need is the company which a pub or a cafe will provide. I have never wanted a communion of souls. It's already hard enough to tell the truth to oneself.”
Iris Murdoch, Under the Net

“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.”
Joan Powers, Pooh's Little Instruction Book

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