What should I say about life? That it’s long and abhors transparence.
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- After all, it is hard to master both life and work equally well. So if you are bound to fake one of them, it had better be life.
- The poetic notion of infinity is far greater than that which is sponsored by any creed.
- What I like about cities is that everything is king size, the beauty and the ugliness.
- If a poet has any obligation toward society, it is to write well. Being in the minority, he has no other choice. Failing this duty, he sinks into oblivion. Society, on the other hand, has no obligation toward the poet. A majority by definition, society thinks of itself as having other options than reading verses, no matter how well written. Its failure to do so results in its sinking to that level of locution at which society falls easy prey to a demagogue or a tyrant. This is society’s own equivalent of oblivion.
- The real history of consciousness starts with one’s first lie.
- There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.