Agglomeration of Aphorisms

I had to write a page of aphorisms today... not gonna post those, but might as well post some I enjoyed while thinking of ideas:

Art is a lie that makes us realize truth.
- Pablo Picasso


The sun is pure communism everywhere except in cities, where it's private property.
- Malcolm de Chazal


Franz Kafka:

It is enough that the arrows fit exactly in the wounds that they have made.

The True Way goes over a ropewhich is not stretched at any great height but just above the ground. It seems more designed to make people stumble than to be walked upon.

If it had been possible to build the Tower of Babel without ascending it, the work would have been permitted.


Friedrich Nietzsche:

Those who are slow to know suppose that slowness is the essence of knowledge.

We have no dreams at all or interesting ones. We should learn to be awake the same way- not at all or in an interesting manner

Opinions and fish.— Possessing opinions is like possessing fish, assuming one has a fishpond. One has to go fishing and needs some luck—then one has one's own fish, one's own opinions. I am speaking of live opinions, of live fish. Others are satisfied if they own a cabinet of fossils—and in their heads, "convictions."

The worst readers are those who behave like plundering troops: they take away a few things they can use, dirty and confound the remainder, and revile the whole.


It’s quite true what philosophy says, that life must be understood backwards. But one then forgets the other principle, that it must be lived forwards. A principle which, the more one thinks it through, precisely leads to the conclusion that life in time can never properly be understood, just because no moment can acquire the complete stillness needed to orient oneself backwards.
-Soren Kierkegaard


I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.

- Albert Einstein


A cynic is a person who knows the prize of everything and the value of nothing.
-Oscar Wilde

1 comment:

Allie said...

Where'd you get that Picasso quote?