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Kafka on letterwriting

“Writing letters, however, means to denude oneself before the ghosts, something for they greedily wait. Written kisses don’t reach their destination , rather they are drunk on the way by the ghosts.”

 

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Kafka on the heavens

“The crows maintain that a single crow could destroy the heavens. There is no doubt of that, but it proves nothing against the heavens, for heavy simply means: the impossibility of crows”

 

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Maugham on the old vs young

“From the earliest times the old have rubbed it into the young that they are wiser than they, and before the young had discovered what nonsense this was they were old too, and it profited them to carry on the imposture.”

— Somerset Maugham, Cakes and Ale, 1930

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Kierkagaard on Genuises

“Geniuses are like a thunderstorm; they go against the wind,

terrify people, clear the air.

The established order has invented various lightning rods,

And it succeeded. Yes, it certainly succeeded; it succeeded in

making the next thunderstorm all the more serious.”

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Norman Mailer on Marijuana’s existential conditioning

http://cdn.mhpbooks.com/uploads/2012/03/Norman-Mailer.png“One’s condition on marijuana is always existential. One can feel the importance of each moment and how it is changing one. One feels one’s being, one becomes aware of the enormous apparatus of nothingness  the hum of a hi- set, the emptiness of a pointless interruption, one becomes aware of the war between each of us, how the nothingness in each of us seeks to attack the being of others, how our being in turn is attacked by the nothingness in others.”