During my life, I’ve just wondered why I have to learn from school, not from society. And now, the answer is : the decrepit education.
Behind all art is an element of desire…Love of life, of existence, love of another human being, love of human beings is in some way behind all art – even the most angry, even the darkest, even the most grief-stricken, and even the most embittered art has that element somewhere behind it. Because how could you be so despairing, so embittered, if you had not had something you loved that you lost?
Your friends drag you down, Gordie. Don’t you know that? … Your friends do. They’re like drowning guys that are holding onto your legs. You can’t save them. You can only drown with them.
Every man at some point in his life needs to be tested so he can find out if he’s a righteous man or an indifferent one.
Ravelstein mentioned that Keynes had married a Russian ballerina. He also explained to me that Uranus had fathered Aphrodite but that she had had no mother. She was conceived by the sea foam. He would say such things not because he thought I was ignorant of them but because he judged that I needed at a given moment to have my thoughts directed toward them.
The words ‘I love you’ are worthless when you don’t know who the ‘I’ is in that statement.
He looked well. And as if somewhere, lately, he had tasted happiness.
No matter how high you climb on the ladder of success, never forget those who helped you when things were very rough in your life.
Without our Spiritual nature, life’s a gift we can never fully unwrap.”
~ With Thine Own Eyes: Why Imitate the Past, When We Can Investigate Reality?
You are not the oil, you are not the air-merely the point of combustion, the flash-point where the light is born. You are merely the lens in the beam. You can only receive, give, and possess the light as the lens does. If you seek yourself, you rob the lens of its transparency. You will know life and be acknowledged by it according to your degree of transparency-your capacity, that is, to vanish as an end and remain purely as a means.