Once one is caught up into the material world not one person in ten thousand finds the time to form literary taste, to examine the validity of philosophic concepts for himself, or to form what, for lack of a better phrase, I might call the wise and tragic sense of life.
F. Scott Fitzgerald (via observando)
Melancholy is amorous passion’s sombre lining. A sorrowful pleasure, a lugubrious intoxication constitute as much the banal background from which our ideals or euphoria break away as that fleeting lucidity which fractures the hypnosis entwining two people together.
Julia Kristeva, ‘On the Melancholic Imaginary’ (via velvetmechanics)
Abraham Maslow (via apoetreflects)
Rules are empty in themselves, violent and unfinalized; they are impersonal and can be bent to any purpose. The success of history belong to those who are capable of seizing these rules, to replace those who have used them, to disguise themselves so as to perfect them, invert their meaning, and redirect them against those who had initially imposed them.
Michel Foucault, Language, Counter-Memory, Practice, p. 151 (via shneevon)
Behold the good and just! Whom do they hate most? Him who breaketh up their tables of values, the breaker, the lawbreaker:—he, however, is the creator. Behold the believers of all beliefs! Whom do they hate most? Him who breaketh up their tables of values, the breaker, the law-breaker—he, however, is the creator.
Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra (via foucault-the-haters)
What dawns on philosophers last of all: they must no longer accept concepts as a gift, nor merely purify and polish them, but make and create them, present them and make them convincing. Hitherto one has generally trusted one’s concepts as if they were a wonderful dowry from some sort of wonderland: but they are, after all, the inheritance from our most remote, most foolish as well as most intelligent ancestors. This piety toward what we find in us is perhaps part of the moral element in knowledge. What is needed above all is an absolute skepticism toward all inherited concepts (of the kind that one philosopher perhaps possessed—Plato, of course—for he taught the reverse).
Friedrich Nietzsche, The Will to Power (via anthropologeist)
We seldom realize, for example that our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own. For we think in terms of languages and images which we did not invent, but which were given to us by our society.
Alan Watts (via lazyyogi)
Jeff Foster (via lazyyogi)
Even the most exalted states and most exceptional spiritual accomplishments are unimportant if we cannot be happy in the most basic and ordinary ways, if we cannot touch one another and the life we have been given with our hearts.
Jack Kornfield (via lazyyogi)