Of all the tyrannies that affect mankind, tyranny in religion is the worst; every other species of tyranny is limited to the world we live in; but this attempts to stride beyond the grave, and seeks to pursue us into eternity.
Society is produced by our wants, and government by wickedness; the former promotes our happiness positively by uniting our affections, the latter negatively by restraining our vices. The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first is a patron, the last a punisher. Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil.
The world is neutral and cannot give meaning to men, If someone wants life to be meaningful he cannot discover that meaning but must provide it himself. How we go about giving meaning to life seems to depend upon the society we accept as our own; a Frenchman might leap into the dark, an American go to a psycho-analyst, and an Englishman cease asking embarrassing questions.
Kandinsky understood ‘form’ as a form, like an object in the real world; and a object, he said, was a narrative – and so, of course, he disapproved of it. He wanted ‘his music without words’. He wanted to be ‘simple as a child’. He intended, with his ‘inner-self’ to rid himself of ‘philosophical barricades’ (he sat down and wrote something about all this). But in turn his own writing has become a philosophical barricade, even it is a barricade full of holes. It offers a kind of Middle European idea of Buddhism or, anyhow, something too theosophical for me.
New York is a great city, but in the long run I got kind of dried out by everything happening there day and night. I was less and less able to work regularly.
The idea of space is given to the artist to change if he can. The subject matter in the abstract is space.
I think that modern physics has definitely decided in favor of Plato. In fact the smallest units of matter are not physical objects in the ordinary sense; they are forms, ideas which can be expressed unambiguously only in mathematical language.
Football strategy does not originate in a scrimmage it is useless to expect solutions in a political campaign.
I have always thought that Machiavelli derives his bad name from a too transparent honesty. Less direct minds would have found high-sounding ethical sanctions in which to conceal the real intent.
Relationships based on obligation lack dignity.
We are divine enough to ask and we are important enough to receive.
It is a horrible fact that we can read in the daily paper, without interrupting our breakfast, numerical reckonings of death and destruction that ought to break our hearts or scare us out of our wits.
Bring out the coffin, let the mourning cry. Let the planes flying in circles high in the sky the message Scratching : He Is Dead, Put beige neck ties of white pigeons from the ground, Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves. He was my North, my South, my East and West, My working week and my Sunday inert, My noon, my midnight, my song, my speech, I thought love was forever: I was wrong. 's stars are not necessary: ??remove each one, Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun do; Empty Ocean and sweep up the woods; For nothing now can in some good cause.
But every little difference may become a big one if it is insisted on.
A masterpiece of fiction is an original world and as such is not likely to fit the world of the reader.
A work of art has no importance whatever to society. It is only important to the individual, and only the individual reader is important to me.
Everything in the world is beautiful, but Man only recognizes beauty if he sees it either seldom or from afar. Listen, today we are gods Our blue shadows are enormous We move in a gigantic, joyful world
Chance is a word void of sense, nothing can exist without a cause.
Doubt is not a pleasant mental state, but certainty is a ridiculous one.
Four thousand volumes of metaphysics will not teach us what the soul is.