Wednesday, May 21, 2014

ponder

 

"To exist is to defy all that threatens you. To be a rebel is not to accumulate a library of subversive books or to dream of fantastic conspiracies or of taking to the hills. It is to make yourself your own law. To find in yourself what counts. To make sure that you’re never “cured” of your youth. To prefer to put everyone up against the wall rather than to remain supine. To pillage whatever can be converted to your law, without concern for appearance."
— Dominique Venner 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

ponder


"Man is a tragic animal—not because of his smallness, but because he is too well endowed. Man has longings and spiritual demands that reality cannot fulfill. Man has expectations of a just and moral world. Man requires meaning in a meaningless world."
- Peter Wessel Zapffe, To Be a Human Being

Thursday, May 15, 2014

literacki


“Man selects only for his own good: Nature only for that of the being which she tends.”
Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species    

quoth the madman


"Obscenity is relative. There is no ‘obscenity’ in the sense that there is ‘fire’ or ‘blood’, but only in the way that an ‘outrage to modesty’ exists. Such and such a thing is obscene if this or that person thinks it is and says so; it is not exactly an object, but a relationship between an object and the mind of a person."
- Georges Bataille

quotable


"class is the repressed concept in all theories of post-ality"
- Mas’ud Zavarzadeh, Post-Ality: Marxism and Postmodernism p. 42

quoth the madman

"Nothing exists except atoms and empty space, everything else is opinion."
- Democritus

quoth the madman


Cloaked (Bill Domonkos, 2013) (Photo)
dis moi qui tu hantes, je te dirai qui tu es
{ tell me whom you haunt, i will tell you who you are }
-  André Breton

ponderous

 
"Longing is the agony of the nearness of the distant."
- Martin Heidegger, Who is Nietzsche’s Zarathustra? 

ponder


"Roses are red / Gender is performative / Mass-market romance / Is heteronormative"

ponderous


"'Sex' doesn't sell. Erosion of female self esteem does. The feeling of superiority over women does. Turning women into 'things' to be studied, scrutinized & judged and then calling it 'sex' does.Sex doesn’t sell. Objectification does"
- Sadiqa Thornton

ponderous

"One has to have been completely away form media civilization once for a long time—for months or years—in order to be so centered and concentrated when one returns that one can consciously observe in oneself the renewed distraction and deconcentration that occurs when one takes part in the modern information media. Seen psychohistorically, the urbanization and informatization of our consciousnesses in the media complex probably represent the aspect of modernity that cuts deepest into life."
- Peter Sloterdijk, 'Critique of Cynical Reason'

literacki


Mary Astor in Don Q, Son of Zorro  (Donald Crisp, 1925)

"I build my memories with my present. I am rejected, abandoned in the present. I try in vain to rejoin the past: I cannot escape from myself."
- Jean-Paul Sartre, from Nausea

quoth the madman

“From things that have happened and from things as they exist and from all things that you know and all those you cannot know, you make something through your invention that is not a representation but a whole new thing truer than anything true and alive, and you make it alive, and if you make it well enough, you give it immortality.”
— Ernest Hemingway

quoth the madman

 
“Exaggerate the essential, leave the obvious vague.”
― Vincent van Gogh

literacki

 
Then said Almitra, “Speak to us of Love.” And he raised his head and looked upon the people, and there fell a stillness upon them. And with a great voice he said: When love beckons to you follow him, Though his ways are hard and steep. And when his wings enfold you yield to him, Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you. And when he speaks to you believe in him,

Though his voice may shatter your dreams as the north wind lays waste the garden. For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you. Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning. Even as he ascends to your height and caresses your tenderest branches that quiver in the sun, So shall he descend to your roots and shake them in their clinging to the earth. Like sheaves of corn he gathers you unto himself.

He threshes you to make you naked. He sifts you to free you from your husks. He grinds you to whiteness. He kneads you until you are pliant; And then he assigns you to his sacred fire, that you may become sacred bread for God’s sacred feast.

~Khalil Gibran, “The Prophet”

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

literacki

"In the whole of your absurd past you discover so much that’s absurd, so much deceit and credulity, that it might be a good idea to stop being young this minute, to wait for youth to break away from you and pass you by, to watch it going away, receding in the distance, to see all its vanity, run your hand through the empty space it has left behind, take a last look at it, and then start moving, make sure your youth has really gone, and then calmly, all by yourself, cross to the other side of Time to see what people and things really look like."
—  Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Journey to the End of the Night 

ars poetica

The night isn’t dark; the world is dark.
Stay with me a little longer.

Your hands on the back of the chair—-
that’s what I’ll remember.

—Louise Glück, from “Departure,” Meadowlands

literacki



"A ridiculous fear pursued me, in fact: one could not die without having confessed all one’s lies. Not to God or to one of his representatives; I was above that, as you well imagine. No, it was a matter of confessing to men, to a friend, to a beloved woman, for example. Otherwise, were there but one lie hidden in life, death made it definitive. No one, ever again, would know the truth at this point, since the only one to know it was precisely the dead man sleeping on his secret. The absolute murder of truth used to make me dizzy."
— Albert Camus, The Fall 

quoth the madman


"Words have a magical power. They can bring either the greatest happiness or deepest despair; they can transfer knowledge from teacher to student; words enable the orator to sway his audience and dictate its decisions. Words are capable of arousing the strongest emotions and prompting all men’s actions."
— Sigmund Freud 

literacki

“And I will look down and see my murmuring bones and the deep water like wind, like a roof of wind, and after a long time they cannot distinguish even bones upon the lonely and inviolate sand.”
— William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury

quoth the madman

“In order to know virtue, we must first acquaint ourselves with vice.”
— Marquis de Sade

ponderous


"Few persons ever reflect, as I should imagine, that from the evil of other men something of evil is communicated to themselves.
And so the feeling of sorrow which has gathered strength at sight of the misfortunes of others is with difficulty repressed in our own."
— Socrates, from Plato’s Republic

ponder

“Women are crueler in Sade’s world. Once they have tasted power, once they know how to use their sexuality as an instrument of aggression, they will use it to extract vengeance for the humiliations they were forced to endure as the objects of the sexual energy of others. A free woman in an unfree society will be a monster.”
— Angela Carter, The Sadeian Woman