Monday 27 November 2023


“It is not the slumber of reason that engenders monsters, but vigilant and insomniac rationality”
Gilles Deleuze

Everyone burns his life and suffers for the desire for the future, for the disgust of the present. But the one who exploits every hour for himself, who manages every day as a life, does not want tomorrow nor fears it. No time can bring a new kind of pleasure. Everything is already known, everything is enjoyed to the fullest. After all, fate decides as it pleases: life is already safe. You can add them, not subtract them, and add them like food to an already satiated and full person, who no longer wants it but still has the capacity to. There is therefore no reason to believe that one has lived long because he has white hair or wrinkles: he didn’t live long, but he was in the world for a long time. How can you believe that it sailed a lot who caught the storm at the exit of the port by taking it here and there in a turbine of opposite winds and making it spin in a circle within the same space. He didn’t sail much, but he rose a lot.”
Seneca, De Brevitate Vitae.

"Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not." Ralph Waldo Emerson

'Private faces in public places
Are wiser and nicer
Than public faces in private places.'
W.H. Auden


  1. “No matter how bad an Argentine government is, the next will be worse.”
    Jorge Luis Borges

  2. Nazism might reasonably be characterized as “Judaism for wimps.”

    Gaza and the Anti-Semitism Hoax
    Ron Unz

  3. “Where will it all end? In the destruction of all other command for the benefit of one alone - that of the state. In each man's absolute freedom from every family and social authority, a freedom the price of which is complete submission to the state. In the complete equality as between themselves of all citizens, paid for by their equal abasement before the power of their absolute master - the state. In the disappearance of every constraint which does not emanate from the state, and in the denial of every pre-eminence which is not approved by the state. In a word, it ends in the atomization of society, and in the rupture of every private tie linking man and man, whose only bond is now their common bondage to the state. The extremes of individualism and socialism meet: that was their predestined course.”

    Bertrand De Jouvenel, ‘On Power’

  4. ...the only true paradise, said Marcel Proust, is the paradise lost.