Darkness Visible

“They always say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”

— Andy Warhol

“Let the young soul survey its own life with a view of the following question: “What have you truly loved thus far? What has ever uplifted your soul, what has dominated and delighted it at the same time?” Assemble these revered objects in a row before you and perhaps they will reveal a law by their nature and their order: the fundamental law of your very self. Compare these objects, see how they complement, enlarge, outdo, transfigure one another; how they form a ladder on whose steps you have been climbing up to yourself so far; for your true self does not lie buried deep within you, but rather rises immeasurably high above you, or at least above what you commonly take to be your I.”

— F. Nietzsche

“How odd, I can have all this inside me and to you it’s just words.”

— David Foster Wallace, The Pale King

“[t]his account of so trivial an event would be rather pointless, were it not for the instruction that I have derived from it for myself; for in truth, in order to get used to the idea of death, I find there is nothing like coming close to it. Now as Pliny says, each man is a good education to himself, provided he has the capacity to spy on himself from close up. What I write here is not my teaching, but my study; it is not a lesson for others, but for me. And yet it should not be held against me if I publish what I write. What is useful to me may also be useful to another. Moreover, I am not spoiling anything, I am only using what is mine. And if I play the fool, it is at my expense and without harm to anyone. For it is a folly that will die with me, and will have no consequences.”

— Montaigne

“I have so much of you in my heart.”

— John Keats, Letter to Fanny Browne, 8 July 1819

“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect, but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.”

— Carl Jung

“Second-hand books are wild books, homeless books; they have come together in vast flocks of variegated feather, and have a charm which the domesticated volumes of the library lack.”

— Virginia Woolf

“There are no solutions. There are only trade-offs.”

— Thomas Sowell

“Forget your personal tragedy. We are all bitched from the start and you especially have to be hurt like hell before you can write seriously. But when you get the damned hurt use it— don’t cheat with it. Be as faithful to it as a scientist— but don’t think anything is of any importance because it happens to you or anyone belonging to you.”

— Ernest Hemingway

“Time expands, then contracts, all in tune with the stirrings of the heart.”

— Haruki Murakami