Ego is a rat on the sinking ship of being.
"There is a time for reciting poems and a time for fists."
The Savage Detectives
"Some one said: ‘The dead writers are remote from us because we
so much more than they did.’ Precisely, and they are that which we know."
- T. S. Eliot, from “
Tradition and the Individual
"I prayed to rediscover my childhood, and it has come back, and I feel that it is just as difficult as it used to be, and that growing older has served no purpose at all."
- Rainer Maria Rilke,
The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge
"I just think a lot of people back home, maybe here as well, just seem to be turned off. They just seem to be not conscious of a lot of things. Maybe it has always been like that though, I don’t know. You go to work, you do your robot bit for the day, you come home and turn the TV on and hypnotize yourself for four, five, six hours, and you go to bed and get up and do the same thing. It’s just a crazy world, that’s all, it’s crazy and I don’t understand it. I don’t understand it, I’m just aware of it, that’s all. I guess what’s happening in other parts of the world has to come to your part of the world before you start to wake up."
- Ray LaMontagne
"The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there."
- L. P. Hartley,
"Traditional celebrations of beauty in Japan, like the annual rite of cherry-blossom viewing, are keenly elegiac; the most stirring beauty is the most evanescent."
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