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  • #1
    Robert Musil
    “One must conform to the baseness of an age or become neurotic.”
    Robert Musil

  • #2
    Guy Debord
    “Quotations are useful in periods of ignorance or obscurantist beliefs.”
    Guy Debord, Society of the Spectacle

  • #3
    André Gide
    “Please do not understand me too quickly.”
    André Gide

  • #4
    Walter Benjamin
    “I came into the world under the sign of Saturn -- the star of the slowest revolution, the planet of detours and delays.”
    Walter Benjamin, Aesthetics and Politics

  • #5
    Walter Benjamin
    “The only way of knowing a person is to love them without hope.”
    Walter Benjamin

  • #6
    Walter Benjamin
    “A Klee painting named 'Angelus Novus' shows an angel looking as though he is about to move away from something he is fixedly contemplating. His eyes are staring, his mouth is open, his wings are spread. This is how one pictures the angel of history. His face is turned toward the past. Where we perceive a chain of events, he sees one single catastrophe which keeps piling wreckage upon wreckage and hurls it in front of his feet. The angel would like to stay, awaken the dead, and make whole what has been smashed. But a storm is blowing from Paradise; it has got caught in his wings with such violence that the angel can no longer close them. This storm irresistibly propels him into the future to which his back is turned, while the pile of debris before him grows skyward. This storm is what we call progress.”
    Walter Benjamin

  • #7
    Walter Benjamin
    “To be happy is to be able to become aware of oneself without fright.”
    Walter Benjamin

  • #8
    Paul Nizan
    “J'avais vingt ans. Je ne laisserai personne dire que c'est le plus bel âge de la vie. ”
    Paul Nizan, Aden Arabie

  • #9
    Peter Sloterdijk
    “How much truth is contained in something can be best determined by making it thoroughly laughable and then watching to see how much joking around it can take. For truth is a matter that can withstand mockery, that is freshened by any ironic gesture directed at it. Whatever cannot withstand satire is false.”
    Peter Sloterdijk, Critique of Cynical Reason

  • #10
    Peter Sloterdijk
    “Wherever one encounters members of the human race, they always show the traits of a being that is condemned to surrealistic effort. Whoever goes in search of humans will find acrobats.”
    Peter Sloterdijk, Du mußt dein Leben ändern

  • #11
    Peter Sloterdijk
    “The biggest and, outwardly, most trustful banker in history is God, the administrator delegated to eternity. And his credit institute is Paradise. Billions of faithfuls, for centuries, have invested in the hope of God, expecting redemption in eternal life. And since the celestial agency is going bankrupt, nothing is left of its capital, on which the hopes of six billion faithful consumers rely. Capitalism is a project of universal anthropology. Humans primarily are beings who desire. Not in an hedonistic, but in a materialistic sense: in the modern period, Westerners have looked for felicity through the possession of objects and the consumption of commodities.”
    Peter Sloterdijk

  • #12
    François Rabelais
    “Je m'en vais chercher un grand peut-être.”
    François Rabelais

  • #13
    Martin Heidegger
    “Tell me how you read and I'll tell you who you are.”
    Martin Heidegger

  • #14
    Jacques Derrida
    “No one gets angry at a mathematician or a physicist whom he or she doesn't understand, or at someone who speaks a foreign language, but rather at someone who tampers with your own language.”
    Jacques Derrida

  • #15
    Immanuel Kant
    “The busier we are, the more acutely we feel that we live, the more conscious we are of life.”
    Immanuel Kant

  • #16
    Baruch Spinoza
    “The highest activity a human being can attain is learning for understanding, because to understand is to be free.”
    Baruch Spinoza

  • #17
    Baruch Spinoza
    “The more you struggle to live, the less you live. Give up the notion that you must be sure of what you are doing. Instead, surrender to what is real within you, for that alone is sure....you are above everything distressing.”
    Spinoza

  • #18
    Baruch Spinoza
    “I do not know how to teach philosophy without becoming a disturber of the peace.”
    Baruch Spinoza

  • #19
    Louis Aragon
    “Tout ce qui n'est pas moi est incompréhensible.”
    Louis Aragon , The Adventures of Telemachus

  • #20
    Max Scheler
    “Whenever convictions are not arrived at by direct contact with the world and the objects themselves, but indirectly through a critique of the opinions of others, the processes of thinking are impregnated with ressentiment. The establishment of “criteria” for testing the correctness of opinions then becomes the most important task. Genuine and fruitful criticism judges all opinions with reference to the object itself. Ressentiment criticism, on the contrary, accepts no “object” that has not stood the test of criticism”
    Max Scheler, Ressentiment

  • #21
    Max Scheler
    “Ressentiment must therefore be strongest in a society like ours, where approximately equal rights (political and otherwise) or formal social equality, publicly recognized, go hand in hand with wide factual differences in power, property, and education.”
    Max Scheler, Ressentiment

  • #22
    Max Scheler
    “Existential envy which is directed against the other person’s very nature, is the strongest source of ressentiment. It is as if it whispers continually: “I can forgive everything, but not that you are— that you are what you are—that I am not what you are—indeed that I am not you.” This form of envy strips the opponent of his very existence, for this existence as such is felt to be a “pressure,” a “reproach,” and an unbearable humiliation. In the lives of great men there are always critical periods of instability, in which they alternately envy and try to love those whose merits they cannot but esteem. Only gradually, one of these attitudes will predominate. Here lies the meaning of Goethe’s reflection that “against another’s great merits, there is no remedy but love.”
    Max Scheler
    tags: envy

  • #23
    Max Scheler
    “It is peculiar to “ressentiment criticism” that it does not seriously desire that its demands be fulfilled. It does not want to cure the evil. The evil is merely the pretext for the criticism.”
    Max Scheler, Ressentiment

  • #24
    Max Scheler
    “The precepts “Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, bless them that curse you” ... are born from the Gospel’s profound spirit of individualism, which refuses to let one’s own actions and conduct depend in any way on somebody else’s acts. The Christian refuses to let his acts be mere reactions—such conduct would lower him to the level of his enemy. The act is to grow organically from the person, “as the fruit from the tree.” ... What the Gospel demands is not a reaction which is the reverse of the natural reaction, as if it said: “Because he strikes you on the cheek, tend the other”—but a rejection of all reactive activity, of any participation in common and average ways of acting and standards of judgment.”
    Max Scheler, Ressentiment

  • #25
    John Dewey
    “We always live at the time we live and not at some other time, and only by extracting at each present time the full meaning of each present experience are we prepared for doing the same thing in the future.”
    John Dewey, Experience and Education

  • #26
    John Dewey
    “We do not learn from experience... we learn from reflecting on experience.”
    John Dewey

  • #27
    John Dewey
    “a problem well put is half solved.”
    John Dewey

  • #28
    John Dewey
    “Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination. ”
    John Dewey, The Quest for Certainty: A Study of the Relation of Knowledge and Action

  • #29
    John Dewey
    “Like the soil, mind is fertilized while it lies fallow, until a new burst of bloom ensues.”
    John Dewey, Art as Experience
    tags: mind, soil

  • #30
    Rainer Maria Rilke
    “To love is good, too: love being difficult. For one human being to love another: that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation.”
    Rainer Maria Rilke



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