Category: quote

We are time. We are this space, this clearing opened by the traces of memory inside the connections between our neurons. We are memory. We are nostalgia. We are longing for a future that will not come.

– Carlo Rovelli

“Meditation on inevitable death should be performed daily. Every day when one’s body and mind are at peace, one should meditate upon being ripped apart by arrows, rifles, spears and swords, being carried away by surging waves, being thrown into the midst of a great fire, being struck by lightning, being shaken to death by a great earthquake, falling from thousand-foot cliffs, dying of disease or committing seppuku at the death of one’s master. And every day without fail one should consider himself as dead.”

Yamamoto Tsunetomo

“Nothing is so difficult as not deceiving oneself.”

Ludwig Wittgenstein, Culture and Value


“Desire determined by the Future appears, in the Present, as a reality (that is, as satisfied Desire) only on the condition that it has negated a real–that is, a Past. […] the historical movement arises from the Future and passes through the Past in order to realize itself in the Present or as temporal Present.”

— Alexandre Kojève, Introduction to the Reading of Hegel: Lectures on the Phenomenology of Spirit


“Existentially, a state-of-mind implies a disclosive submission to the world, out of which we can encounter something that matters to us.”

Martin Heidegger, Being and Time (via silicongarden)

Thomas Paine Age of Reason;Cr23cr00081142006

(via louiveee)

“‘far from celebrating engaged struggle, Hegel’s point is’ ‘that every embattled’ ‘taking of sides, has to rely on a necessary illusion’ ‘that, once the enemy is annihilated, I will achieve the full realization of my being’”

(via rebecca-comay)

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

“‘History is not the past. History is the past in so far as it is historicised in the present’”

Jacques Lacan, The Seminar of Jacques Lacan, Book 1: Freud’s Papers on Technique 1953-1954

“Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.”

Bertrand Russell, The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell