Wilde Zeit

It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors...

We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely...

The commonest thing is delightful if only one hides it...he never dreams of considering whether the idea is right or wrong. The only thing he considers of any importance is whether one believes it oneself. Now, the value of an idea has nothing whatsoever to do with the sincerity of the man who expresses it. Indeed, the probabilities are that the more insincere the man is, the more purely intellectual will the idea be, as it that case it will not be coloured by either his wants, his desires, or his prejudices.

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Because to influence a person is to give him one's ownsoul. He does not think his natural thoughts, or burn with hisnatural passions. His virtues are not real to him. His sins, if there are such things as sins, are borrowed...The aim of life is self-development. To realise one's nature perfectly - that is what each of us is here for. People are afraid of themselves, nowadays. They have forgotten the highest of all duties, the duty that one owes to one's self.

11. Juli 2008

11.7.08 11:08

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