And if a friend does you wrong, then say: “I forgive you what you have done to me; that you have done it to YOURSELF, however – how could I forgive that!”
Nobody can have the consolations of religion or philosophy unless he has first experienced their desolations.
But in the ’nineties young men desired something more sweeping and passionate, more bold and less bland.
On good days, if you trust life, life has to answer you.
Every man’s memory is his private literature.
Instead of developing the child’s own faculties of discernment, and teaching it to judge and think for itself, the teacher uses all his energies to stuff its head full of the ready-made thoughts of other people. The mistaken views of life, which spring from a false application of general ideas, have afterwards to be corrected by long years of experience; and it is seldom that they are wholly corrected.
Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance.
I’m on such a dangerous road, Milena. You’re standing firmly near a tree, young, beautiful, your eyes subduing with their radiance the suffering world.
So blind is the curiosity by which mortals are possessed, that they often conduct their minds along unexplored routes, having no reason to hope for success, but merely being willing to risk the experiment of finding whether the truth they seek lies there.
The earth has a skin and that skin has diseases; one of its diseases is called man.