Let me remind you of the old maxim: people under suspicion are better moving than at rest, since at rest they may be sitting in the balance without knowing it, being weighed together with their sins.
If it had been possible to build the Tower of Babel without climbing it, it would have been permitted.
A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us.
A book should serve as the ax for the frozen sea within us.
You can hold yourself back from the sufferings of the world, that is something you are free to do and it accords with your nature, but perhaps this very holding back is the one suffering you could avoid.
We all have wings, but they have not been of any avail to us and if we could tear them off, we would do so.
Atlas was permitted the opinion that he was at liberty, if he wished, to drop the Earth and creep away; but this opinion was all that he was permitted.
Association with human beings lures one into self-observation.
In argument similes are like songs in love; they describe much, but prove nothing.
The fact that our task is exactly commensurate with our life gives it the appearance of being infinite.
One must not cheat anyone, not even the world of its victory.
Anyone who cannot come to terms with his life while he is alive needs one hand to ward off a little his despair over his fate... but with his other hand he can note down what he sees among the ruins.
There are only two things. Truth and lies. Truth is indivisible, hence it cannot recognize itself; anyone who wants to recognize it has to be a lie.
Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.
Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.
We are sinful not only because we have eaten of the Tree of Knowledge, but also because we have not yet eaten of the Tree of Life. The state in which we are is sinful, irrespective of guilt.
Sensual love deceives one as to the nature of heavenly love; it could not do so alone, but since it unconsciously has the element of heavenly love within it, it can do so.
It is not necessary that you leave the house. Remain at your table and listen. Do not even listen, only wait. Do not even wait, be wholly still and alone. The world will present itself to you for its unmasking, it can do no other, in ecstasy it will writhe at your feet.
Martyrs do not underrate the body, they allow it to be elevated on the cross. In this they are at one with their antagonists.
My peers, lately, have found companionship through means of intoxication - it makes them sociable. I, however, cannot force myself to use drugs to cheat on my loneliness - it is all that I have - and when the drugs and alcohol dissipate, will be all that my peers have as well.
May I kiss you then? On this miserable paper? I might as well open the window and kiss the night air.
Always first draw fresh breath after outbursts of vanity and complacency.
Hiding places there are innumerable, escape is only one, but possibilities of escape, again, are as many as hiding places.
I do not read advertisements. I would spend all of my time wanting things.
One advantage in keeping a diary is that you become aware with reassuring clarity of the changes which you constantly suffer.
Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable.
Productivity is being able to do things that you were never able to do before.