The experience of life consists of the experience which the spirit has of itself in matter and as matter, in mind and as mind, in emotion, as emotion, etc.
A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us.
In the fight between you and the world, back the world.
Suffering is the positive element in this world, indeed it is the only link between this world and the positive.
Productivity is being able to do things that you were never able to do before.
Hesitation before birth. If there is a transmigration of souls then I am not yet on the bottom rung. My life is a hesitation before birth.
May I kiss you then? On this miserable paper? I might as well open the window and kiss the night air.
There is nothing besides a spiritual world; what we call the world of the senses is the Evil in the spiritual world, and what we call Evil is only the necessity of a moment in our eternal evolution.
In argument similes are like songs in love; they describe much, but prove nothing.
I have the true feeling of myself only when I am unbearably unhappy.
Hiding places there are innumerable, escape is only one, but possibilities of escape, again, are as many as hiding places.
Evil is whatever distracts.
The spirit becomes free only when it ceases to be a support.
Always first draw fresh breath after outbursts of vanity and complacency.
A first sign of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die.
If it had been possible to build the Tower of Babel without climbing it, it would have been permitted.
One of the first signs of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die.
How can one take delight in the world unless one flees to it for refuge?
Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.
The thornbush is the old obstacle in the road. It must catch fire if you want to go further.
Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable.
God gives the nuts, but he does not crack them.
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.
My "fear" is my substance, and probably the best part of me.
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.