“There are many people outside. Knowing others can hurt. Seeing others makes me sad because I don’t know what to do with my life.”
— Yasuaki Wada.
12:58 am • 20 April 2013 • 14 notes
“But the truth is, that at no time of my life have I been a person to hold myself polluted by the touch or approach of any creature that wore a human shape: on the contrary, from my very earliest youth it has been my pride to converse familiarly, more Socratico [in the Socratic manner], with all human beings, man, woman, and child, that chance might fling in my way: a practice which is friendly to the knowledge of human nature, to good feelings, and to that frankness of address which becomes a man who would be thought a philosopher.”
— Thomas de Quincey. FromConfessions of an English Opium-Eater, page 20.
4:51 pm • 5 September 2012 • 2 notes
“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.”
— Oscar Wilde. (I’m not gonna submit this as a separate quote, but Wilde’s words seem to echo Schopenhauer; ‘We forfeit three-fourths of ourselves in order to be like other people.’)
5:24 pm • 22 August 2012 • 12 notes
“Unless above himself he doth erect himself,
How poor a thing is man!”
— George Chapman. As cited in Henry David Thoreau’s A Plea for Captain John Brown. (The original: Unless above himself he can / Erect himself how poor a thing is man!)
5:25 pm • 15 June 2012
“Most people are really only sample copies. Of them it may be said: They derive benefit out of living, but the world has no benefit out of their having lived.”
— Søren Kierkegaard, from Provocations.
1:54 pm • 16 May 2012 • 16 notes