Posts Tagged: quotes


"Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes."


"When I run after a streetcar…there is no I…. I am plunged into the world of objects…which present themselves …with attractive and repellant qualities—but me, I have disappeared"


"sub specie aeternitatis"

- Latin for “under the aspect of eternity;” hence, from Spinoza onwards, an honorific expression describing what is universally and eternally true, without any reference to or dependance upon the merely temporal portions of reality. 

"You are a man of many motives."

- Kevin Hinman, to me, summer of 2008


"The secret is this: when you find yourself being pried out of hiding by none other than your own painfully lucid awareness of reality,


Breathe. Touch your eyelashes. Let yourself feel the orderly beauty of your own mortality in the ever-shifting and chaotic scramble that is life. You are as real as anything will ever be. You are the slave of and the master over the way that you interpret and perceive the entire world as you make it.

Be sad and mean it. But let your heart fill with euphoria from time to time too. What have you got to lose?

Whatever it is, you made it up, so either fucking embrace it or flee.”


- A dear friend of mine. 

"The essence of genius is to know what to overlook."

- William James

"While running, PdaNet will suck the energy from your battery with the vigor of an aggressive teenage makeout session."

- An amazing review quote from Lifehacker

"Imagine Kafka’s art as a kind of door.
And we approach and pound on this door,
Seeking admission,
Desperate to enter.
We pound and pound.
Finally the door opens and it opens outward:
We’ve been inside what we wanted all along."

- David Foster Wallace (links to original speech)

"Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second."


"How long do you put off thinking yourself worthy of the best things, and never going against the definitive capacity of reason? You have received the philosophical propositions that you ought to agree to and you have agreed to them. Then what sort of teacher are you still waiting for, that you put off improving yourself until he comes? You are not a boy any more, but already a full-grown man. If you now neglect things and are lazy and are always making delay after delay and set one day after another as the day for paying attention to yourself, then without realizing it you will make no progress but will end up a non-philosopher all through life and death. So decide now that you are worthy of living as a full-grown man who is making progress, and make everything that seems best be a law that you cannot go against. And if you meet with any hardship or anything pleasant or reputable or disreputable, then remember that the contest is now and the Olympic games are now and you cannot put things off any more and that your progress is made or destroyed by a single day and a single action. Socrates became fully perfect in this way, by not paying attention to anything but his reason in everything that he met with. You, even if you are not yet Socrates, ought to live as someone wanting to be Socrates."

- Epictetus ~ The Handbook (section 51)