The evil that is in the world always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence, if they lack understanding. On the whole, men are more good than bad; that, however, isn’t the real point. But they are more or less ignorant, and it is this that we call vice or virtue;
Beyond the curve of his days he glimpsed neither superhuman happiness nor eternity–happiness was human, eternity ordinary.
I used to advertise my loyalty and I don’t believe there is a single person I loved that I didn’t eventually betray.
Hacerse dios es solamente ser libre en esta tierra, no servir a un ser inmortal. Es, sobre todo, por supuesto, sacar todas las consecuencia de esa independencia dolorosa. Si Dios existe, todo depende de él y nosotros nada podemos contra su voluntad. Si no existe, todo depende de nosotros. Para Kirilov, lo mismo que para Nietzsche, matar a Dios es hacerse dios uno mismo, es realizar en esta tierra la vida eterna de que habla el Evangelio.
We can act only in our time, among the people who surround us. We shall be capable of nothing until we know whether we have the right to kill our fellow men, or the right to let them be killed. Since all contemporary action leads to murder, direct or indirect, we cannot act until we know whether, and why, we have the right to kill.
For him, too, starting over, departures, a new life had a certain luster, but he knew that only the impotent and the lazy attach happiness to such things. Happiness implied a choice, and within that choice a concerted will, a lucid desire. He could hear Zagreus: “Not the will to renounce, but the will to happiness.
Should I kill myself, or have a cup of coffee?
[A writer] cannot serve today those who make history; he must serve those who are subject to it.
Don’t let them tell us stories
Perhaps the easiest way of making a town’s acquaintance is to ascertain how the people in it work, how they love, and how they die.