"It takes a lot of naiveté to believe that it helps to shout and scream in the world, as if one’s fate would thereby be altered. Take what comes and avoid all complications."
- Either/Or I (p. 33 Hong translation)
"Every age has its own; the immortality of our age is perhaps not lust and pleasure and sensuality, but rather a pantheistic, debauched contempt for individual human beings. In the midst of all the jubilation over our age and the nineteenth century there sounds a secret contempt for individual human beings. In the midst of all the jubilation over our age and the nineteenth century there sounds a secret contempt for being a human being—in the midst of the importance of the generation there is a despair over being a human being. Everything, everything must be together; people want to delude themselves world-historically in the totality; no one wants to be an individual existing human being. This may account for the many attempts to hold fast to Hegel even by people who have seen the dubiousness of his philosophy. People fear that by becoming an individual existing human being one will vanish without a trace so that not even the daily newspapers, still less the critical journals and even less the world-historical speculative thinkers, will be able to catch sight of one. People fear that by becoming an individual existing human being a person will have to live more forgotten and abandoned than a country dweller, and if an individual lets go of Hegel there will not even be the possibility of having a letter addressed to himself. And it is undeniable that if a person does not have ethical and religious enthusiasm he will despair over being an individual human being—otherwise not."
- Johannes Climacus, Concluding Unscientific Postscript to Philosophical Fragments (via theternalone)
"I’ve only spent ten percent of my energies on writing. The other ninety went to keeping my head above water."
- Katherine Anne Porter (via theparisreview)
"For myself I am too heavy, and for you too light."
- Franz Kafka, Letters to Milena (via larmoyante)