Saturday, 20 February 2016

"Life is fired upon us point-blank."

"When shall we open our minds to the conviction that the ultimate reality of the world is neither matter nor spirit, is no definite thing, but a perspective?"

"The metaphor is perhaps one of man's most fruitful potentialities. Its efficacy verges on magic, and it seems a tool for creation which God forgot inside one of His creatures when He made him. All our other faculties keep us within the realm of the real, of what is already there. The most we can do is to combine things or to break them up. The metaphor alone furnishes an escape; between the real things, it lets emerge imaginary reefs, a crop of floating islands. A strange thing, indeed, the existence in man of this mental activity which substitutes one thing for another — from an urge not so much to get at the first as to get rid of the second."

"Being an artist means ceasing to take seriously that very serious person we are when we are not an artist."

"An 'unemployed' existence is a worse negation of life than death itself."

"Tell me to what you pay attention and I will tell you who you are."
"Law is born from despair of human nature."

"In order to master the unruly torrent of life the learned man meditates, the poet quivers, and the political hero erects the fortress of his will."

"To live is to feel oneself lost."

"Hatred is a feeling which leads to the extinction of values."
"We cannot put off living until we are ready."
"The difficulties which I meet with in order to realize my existence are precisely what awaken and mobilize my activities, my capacities."
"Effort is only effort when it begins to hurt."
"The poet begins where the man ends. The man's lot is to live his human life, the poet's to invent what is nonexistent."
"Biography - a system in which the contradictions of a human life are unified."

"Living is a constant process of deciding what we are going to do."

Poetry is adolescence fermented, and thus preserved."
José Ortega y Gasset

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