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“Paths are made by walking.”

“I am free and that is why I am lost.”

“A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.”

“Evil is whatever distracts.”

“Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”

“Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.”

“There art two cardinal sins from which all others spring: Impatience and Laziness.”

“Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one's own self.”

“Most men are not wicked. They are sleepwalkers, not evil evildoers.”

“I am a cage, in search of a bird.”

“You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.”

“The meaning of life is that it stops.”

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“A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity.”

“Slept, awoke, slept, awoke, miserable life.”

“Now I can look at you in peace; I don’t eat you any more.”

“I lack nothing. I only needed myself.”

“I cannot make you understand. I cannot make anyone understand what is happening inside me. I cannot even explain it to myself.”

“I have spent all my life resisting the desire to end it.”

“Follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”

“I miss you deeply, unfathomably, senselessly, terribly.”

“If the literature we are reading does not wake us, why then do we read it? A literary work must be an ice-axe to break the sea frozen inside us.”

“I can love only what I can place so high above me that I cannot reach it.”

“There are times when I am convinced I am unfit for any human relationship.”

“If you find someone who makes you smile, who checks up on you often to see if you’re okay. Who watches out or you and wants the best for you. Who loves and respects you. Don’t let them go. People like that are hard to find.”

“Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable.”

“All that you are seeking is also seeking you.”

“Better to have, and not need, than to need, and not have.”

“I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us.”

“I no longer know If I wish to drown myself in love, vodka or the sea.”

“I’m tired, can’t think of anything and want only to lay my face in your lap, feel your hand on my head and remain like that through all eternity.”

“From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back. That is the point that must be reached.”

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“Love is a drama of contradictions.”

“Every thing that you love, you will eventually lose, but in the end, love will return in a different form.”

“Do not waste your time looking for an obstacle – maybe there is none.”

“God gives the nuts, but he does not crack them.”

“By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.”

“All language is but a poor translation.”

“I never wish to be easily defined.”

“I usually solve problems by letting them devour me.”

“So long as you have food in your mouth, you have solved all questions for the time being.”

“In the fight between you and the world, back the world.”

“I never wish to be easily defined. I’d rather float over other people’s minds as something strictly fluid and non-perceivable; more like a transparent, paradoxically iridescent creature rather than an actual person.”

“I am more uncertain than I ever was; I feel only the power of life. And I am senselessly empty.”

“He who seeks does not find, but he who does not seek will be found.”

“The man in ecstasy and the man drowning: both raise their arms.”

“A book should serve as an axe to the ice inside us.”

“A first sign of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die.”

“First impressions are always unreliable.”

“Isolation is a way to know ourselves.”

“Writing means revealing oneself to excess.”

“Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind only the slime of a new bureaucracy.”

“If you become involved with me, you will be throwing yourself into the abyss.”

“Simply wait, be quiet, still The world will freely offer itself to you.”

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“What if I slept a little more and forgot about all this nonsense.”

“Productivity is being able to do things that you were never able to do before.”

“Some books seem like a key to unfamiliar rooms in one’s own castle.”

“As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect.”

“I have the true feeling of myself only when I am unbearably unhappy.”

“We need the books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us.”

“I am in chains. Don’t touch my chains.”

“Believing in progress does not mean believing that any progress has yet been made.”

“The thornbush is the old obstacle in the road. It must catch fire if you want to go further.”

“If the book we are reading does not wake us, as with a fist hammering on our skull, why then do we read it?”

“To write prescriptions is easy, but to come to an understanding with people is hard.”

“No one can crave what truly harms him.”

“In man’s struggle against the world, bet on the world.”

“I need solitude for my writing; not ‘like a hermit’ – that wouldn’t be enough – but like a dead man.”

“One advantage in keeping a diary is that you become aware with reassuring clarity of the changes which you constantly suffer.”

“The truth is always an abyss. One must – as in a swimming pool – dare to dive from the quivering springboard of trivial everyday experience and sink into the depths, in order to later rise again – laughing and fighting for breath – to the now doubly illuminated surface of things.”

“A lawyer is a person who writes a 10,000-word document and calls it a “brief.””

“We are separated from God on two sides; the Fall separates us from Him, the Tree of Life separates Him from us.”

“Logic may indeed be unshakeable, but it cannot withstand a man who is determined to live.”

“Evil is the radiation of the human consciousness in certain transitional positions. It is not actually the sensual world that is amere appearance; what is so is the evil of it, which, admittedly, is what constitutes the sensual world in our eyes.”

“Not everyone can see the truth, but he can be it.”

“You are so vulnerably haunting. Your eeriness is terrifyingly irresistible.”

“All human errors are impatience, a premature breaking off of methodical procedure, an apparent fencing-in of what is apparently at issue.”

“Celibacy and suicide are a similar levels of understanding, suicide and a martyr’s death not so by any means, perhaps marriage and a martyr’s death.”

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“You can hold yourself back from the sufferings of the world, that is something you are free to do and it accords with your nature, but perhaps this very holding back is the one suffering you could avoid.”

“We were expelled from Paradise, but it was not destroyed. The expulsion from Paradise was in one sense a piece of good fortune, for if we had not been expelled, Paradise would have had to be destroyed.”

“The dream reveals the reality which conception lags behind. That is the horror of life-the terror of art.”

“Every dog has like me the impulse to question, and I have like every dog the impulse not to answer.”

“Hold fast to the diary from today on! Write regularly! Don’t surrender! Even if no salvation should come, I want to be worthy of it every moment.”

“Tyranny or slavery, born of selfishness, are the two educational methods of parents; all gradations of tyranny or slavery.”

“There is nothing besides a spiritual world; what we call the world of the senses is the Evil in the spiritual world, and what we call Evil is only the necessity of a moment in our eternal evolution.”

“The mediation by the serpent was necessary. Evil can seduce man, but cannot become man.”

“One reads in order to ask questions.”

“There are questions we could not get past if we were not set free from them by our very nature.”

“Suffering is the positive element in this world, indeed it is the only link between this world and the positive.”

“It would have been so pointless to kill himself that, even if he had wanted to, the pointlessness would have made him unable.”

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“How pathetically scanty my self-knowledge is compared with, say, my knowledge of my room. There is no such thing as observation of the inner world, as there is of the outer world.”

“The spirit becomes free only when it ceases to be a support.”

“For everything outside the phenomenal world, language can only be used allusively, but never even approximately in a comparative way, since, corresponding as it does to the phenomenal world, it is concerned only with property and its relations.”

“Death confronts us not unlike the historical battle scene that hangs on the wall of the classroom. It is our task to obscure or quite obliterate the picture by our deeds while we are still in this world.”

“This noble body, equipped with everything necessary, almost to the point of bursting, also appeared to carry freedom around with it.”

“The person I am in the company of my sisters has been entirely different from the person I am in the company of other people. Fearless, powerful, surprising, moved as I otherwise am only when I write.”

“Picasso only registers the deformities which have not yet penetrated our consciousness. Art is a mirror which goes ‘fast’ like a watch – sometimes.”

“Either the world is so tiny or we are enormous; in either case, we fill it completely.”

“I believe that we should only read those books that bite and sting us. If a book does not rouse us with a blow then why read it?”

“Life is merely terrible; I feel it as few others do. Often – and in my inmost self perhaps all the time – I doubt whether I am a human being.”

“To every instant there is a correspondence in something outside time. This world here and now cannot be followed by a Beyond, for the Beyond is eternal, hence it cannot be in temporal contact with this world here and now.”

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