Category Archives: Aphorisms

“Do we realize that when we say ‘I,’ we are talking about something that is vanishing?”

“Do we realize  that we are not what we used to be, nor what we will be, but what we are in the process of being in the present instant? If life is but a dream, we might as well … Continue reading

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A life. A life Jimmy. It’s the shit that happens while you’re waiting for moments that never come.

Lester Freamon, The Wire, Season 3, Episode 9.  

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A good book is a thing that you cannot control. It seizes you, throws you where it will, and there is nothing you can do. Even after you return it to the shelf, it will haunt your thoughts.

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“Not only are we thrown into a world without our choice, but also we are always already existing in a certain way before we can actually choose how we want to exist.”

“Heidegger makes it clear that we can never go back behind this initial throwness and appropriate it in such a way that the nullity inherent in it is removed. The socio-historical situation into which we have been thrown is the … Continue reading

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“I had hardly any patience with the serious work of life which, now that it stood between me and my desire, seemed to me child’s play, ugly and monotonous child’s play.”

– “Araby” by James Joyce

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“All of us in here are rabbits of varying ages and degrees, hippity-hopping through our Walt Disney world.”

-One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1.5)

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“the reading of novels can inform public reasoning and give new traction to rationality.”

…much to the fear of the powerful. Quote from Pol Vandevelde (“Narrative” Routledge Companion to Phenomenology)

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“Nothing can be more unphilosophical than to be positive or dogmatical on any subject.”

-David Hume Thus Hume is truly a Pyrrhonian skeptic, and that is a good thing friends.

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“…just give yourself directly to life, without reasoning; don’t worry—it will carry you straight to shore and set you on your feet…You’re not going to miss your comforts, are you, with a heart like yours?…Become a sun and everyone will see you shine” (460).

Wisdom from Crime and Punishment; spoken by Porfiry Petrovich.

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Do not travel to find yourself. Travel to make yourself.

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