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what is this? there are no quotes here. is that acceptable? what's the point? --sasha--


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With German text:

  • Schlafen ist Verdauen der Sinneseindrücke. Träume sind Exkremente.
    • Sleep is a digest of sensial impressions. Dreams are excrements.
  • Ein Gottbetrunkener Mensch
    • A God-intoxicated man
    • Said of Spinoza.

Without German text:

  • Apprenticeship suits the novice poet — academic study the novice philosopher.
  • Christianity is the root of all democracy, the highest fact in the rights of men.
  • Death is a victory over the self — which, like all self-conquest, brings about a new, easier existence.
  • Learning is pleasurable but doing is the height of enjoyment.
  • Life is the beginning of death. Life is for the sake of death. Death is at once the end and the beginning — at once separation and closer union of the self. Through death the reduction is complete.
  • Nature is incomprehensible per se. Stillness and formed incomprehensibility. Philosophy is prose. Her consonants. Distant philosophy sounds like poesy — because every call into the distance becomes a vowel. So everything at a distance becomes poesy — poem.
  • Only an artist can interpret the meaning of life.
  • Only as far as a man is happily married to himself is he fit for married life and family life in general.
  • The artist belongs to his work, not the work to the artist.
  • The more poetic, the more real. This is the core of my philosophy.
  • The spirit is perpetually proving itself.
  • The world state is the body, which is — animated by the world of beauty, the world of sociability. It is the necessary instrument of this world.
  • To know a truth well, one must have fought it out.
  • We shall never entirely comprehend ourselves, but we will and can do much more than comprehend ourselves.