Quotes

Quotations

From the early teenage years, I educated myself by writing down my favorite passages from the books I read. Then I analyzed and systematized them, defining my own worldview. I lost my records during migrations, and this is my attempt to keep some of the sayings.

Quotes - expressions full of meaning or beauty, favorite or simply very interesting sayings, concepts, thoughts, ideas, understandings, notions, opinions, views, believes, intentions, and ideals.

I include here my favorite poems, lyrics, as well as koans, proverbs, and longer prose excerpts.

Poem - a verbal composition designed to convey experiences, ideas, or emotions in an imaginative way, characterized by language chosen for its sound and suggestive power, and by the use of  meter, metaphor, or rhyme.

Koan is a puzzling or paradoxical statement to be meditated upon, anecdote, question, or verbal exchanges.

Improbable things happen a lot.


Jordan Ellenberg, Ellenberg

I have never described myself. I have myself only betrayed.


Max Frisch, Frisch

Extract the eternal from the ephemeral.


Baudelaire

My actions are my only true belongings.


Hanh

We live in a world of abstraction, a world of bureaucracy and machinery, of absolute ideas and of messianism without subtlety.


Camus, Albert Camus

Language is the house of being.


Martin Heidegger, Heidegger

I insist on your freedom.


Jack Kerouac, Kerouac

Two mirrors facing each other. There is no image in between.


Zen

When it comes to atoms, language can be used only as in poetry. The poet, too, is not nearly so concerned with describing facts as with creating images.


Niels Bohr, Bohr

What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning.


Werner Heisenberg, Heisenberg

The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance - it is the illusion of knowledge.


Daniel Boorstin, Boorstin

Oh yes, things exist like the echo
When you yell at the foot
Of a huge mountain.


Ikkyu

The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.


Henry Miller, Miller

The trouble with being poor is that it takes up all your time.


Willem de Kooning, Kooning

There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.


Friedrich Nietzsche, Nietzsche