Sunday, February 19, 2017

A Mammal's Notebook








“The dandy cleans his monocle every day, a silver monocle with a lens of smoked gold, given him by a beautiful lady but, suddenly overcome with sadness, he has lost the monocle case.”






“I am tired of always dying with a broken heart.”

Erik Satie

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Sunday's Manifesto





“The proletarians have nothing to loose but their chains. They have a world to win.”





“Surround yourself with people who make you happy. People who make you laugh, who help you when you’re in need. People who genuinely care. They are the ones worth keeping in your life. Everyone else is just passing through.”




 


“Reason has always existed, but not always in a reasonable form.”





“It is not the consciousness of men that determines their being, but, on the contrary, their social being that determines their consciousness.”






“Moments are the elements of profit”





“Necessity is blind until it becomes conscious. Freedom is the consciousness of necessity.”





“The less you eat, drink, buy books, go to the theatre or to balls, or to the pub, and the less you think, love, theorize, sing, paint, fence, etc., the more you will be able to save and the greater will become your treasure which neither moth nor rust will corrupt—your capital. The less you are, the less you express your life, the more you have, the greater is your alienated life and the greater is the saving of your alienated being.”





“The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it.
[These words are also inscribed upon his grave]”

Karl Marx

Sunday, February 5, 2017

The Songlines



 

“As a general rule of biology, migratory species are less 'aggressive' than sedentary ones.





There is one obvious reason why this should be so. The migration itself, like the pilgrimage, is the hard journey: a 'leveller' on which the 'fit' survive and stragglers fall by the wayside.





The journey thus pre-empts the need for hierarchies and shows of dominance. The 'dictators' of the animal kingdom are those who live in an ambience of plenty. The anarchists, as always, are the 'gentlemen of the road'.”






“in becoming human, man had acquired, together with his straight legs and striding walk, a migratory ‘drive’ or instinct to walk long distances through the seasons;



 


that this ‘drive’ was inseparable from his central nervous system; and that, when warped in conditions of settlement, it found outlets in violence, greed, status-seeking or a mania for the new.





This” 
 
Bruce Chatwin

Sunday, January 29, 2017

On the Heights of Despair






 “I don’t understand why we must do things in this world, why we must have friends and aspirations, hopes and dreams. Wouldn’t it be better to retreat to a faraway corner of the world, where all its noise and complications would be heard no more? Then we could renounce culture and ambitions; we would lose everything and gain nothing; for what is there to be gained from this world?”




 


“We are so lonely in life that we must ask ourselves if the loneliness of dying is not a symbol of our human existence.”



 


“Memories vanish when we want to remember, but fix themselves permanently in the mind when we want to forget.”



 


“Only those are happy who never think or, rather, who only think about life's bare necessities, and to think about such things means not to think at all. True thinking resembles a demon who muddies the spring of life or a sickness which corrupts its roots.....



  


 To think all the time, to raise questions, to doubt your own destiny, to feel the weariness of living, to be worn out to the point of exhaustion by thoughts and life, to leave behind you, as symbols of your life's drama, a trail of smoke and blood - all this means you are so unhappy that reflection and thinking appear as a curse causing a violent revulsion in you.”



 


“No matter which way we go, it is no better than any other. It is all the same whether you achieve something or not, have faith or not, just as it is all the same whether you cry or remain silent.”







“How important can it be that I suffer and think? My presence in this world will disturb a few tranquil lives and will unsettle the unconscious and pleasant naiveté of others. Although I feel that my tragedy is the greatest in history—greater than the fall of empires—I am nevertheless aware of my total insignificance. I am absolutely persuaded that I am nothing in this universe; yet I feel that mine is the only real existence.”




“We are fulfilled only when we aspire to nothing, when we are impregnated by that nothing to the point of intoxication.”
Emile Cioran

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Chronicles, Vol. 1



 


“The line it is drawn 
The curse it is cast






The slow one now 
Will later be fast





As the present now 
Will later be past





 


The new order is 
Rapidly fadin'.




And the first one now 
Will later be last 
For the times they are a-changin'.”



 


“Sometimes you just have to bite your upper lip and put sunglasses on.” 
Bob Dylan