Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Power

Life simply is will to power.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Short life and boredom

Is not life a hundred times too short - for boredom?

Friday, September 25, 2009

They couldn't tie their shoes.

There had often been Jeremiahs in the [Princeton] applicant pool. They were attractive to the faculty, who some years earlier had flatly asked for more of them: fewer golden kids who did everything well, please, and more awkward kids who were brilliant but couldn't tie their shoes. The faculty themselves, she suspected, had once been awkward, brilliant kids who couldn't tie their shoes.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Hitler predicted by Nietzsche

[Written in 1886] The time for petty politics is over: the very next century will bring the fight for dominion of the earth - the compulsion to large-scale politics.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Hoping for the best

There was no overt or subtle condemnation. She was [my mother] Vivian Baxter Jackson. Hoping for the best, prepared for the worst, and unsurprised by anything in between.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Industrious races

Industrious races find it very troublesome to endure leisure: it was the masterpiece of English instinct to make the Sabbath so holy and so boring that the English begin unconsciously to lust again for their work- and week-day.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Thursday, September 10, 2009

No use ruining three lives

"Do you want to marry him?"
"No."
"Does he want to marry you?" The father had stopped speaking to me during my fourth month.
"No."
"Well, that's that. No use ruining three lives."

Monday, September 7, 2009

Love and Desire

In the end one loves one's desire and not what is desired.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Why not now?

I'll have to get over this sooner or later. Why not now?
A Book for Today: Ringworld Engineers by Larry Niven

Thursday, September 3, 2009

In order to be profoundly dishonest...

In order to be profoundly dishonest, a person must have one of two qualities: either he is unscrupulously ambitious, or he is unswervingly egocentric.

Friday, August 28, 2009

The abdomen

The abdomen is the reason why man does not easily take himself for a god.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Can't Do is like Don't Care

That's what you want to do? Then nothing beats a trial but a failure. Give it everything you've got. I've told you many times, Can't Do is like Don't Care. Neither of them have a home.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Devine Authorship of The Bible

It was subtle of God to learn Greek when he wished to become an author - and not to learn it better.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Food as Education

Occasionally we were taken to Chinese restaurants or Italian pizza parlors. We were introduced to Hungarian goulash and Irish stew. Through food we learned that there were other people in the world.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Leisure class

Has it ever been really noted to what extent a genuine religious life requires a leisure class?

Monday, August 10, 2009

Pascal on Gambling

Both he who chooses heads and he who chooses tails are equally at fault. They are both in the wrong. True course is not to wager at all.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Solitude, fasting, and sexual abstinence

Wherever on earth the religious neurosis has appeared we find it tied to three dangerous dietary demands: solitude, fasting, and sexual abstinence.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Italian Cooks

He's Italian. Don't good Italian boys learn how to cook at about the same time they start breathing?

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The duties that fell to all organisms ...

The duties that fell to all organisms ... locomotion, digestion, elimination, respiration, and reproduction, and he couldn't remember the rest. ... Pay their taxes, probably. Learn to dance.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

What is time ...

What is time but the stuff delay is made of?
Henry David Thoreau

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The trouble with doing nothing ...

The trouble with doing nothing is you never know when you're finished.