Nothing is more fleeting than external form, which withers and alters like the flowers of the field at the appearance of autumn.
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I would define the poetic effect as the capacity that a text displays for continuing to generate different readings, without ever being completely consumed.
I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren't trying to teach us.
'You cannot believe what you are saying.' 'Well, no. Hardly ever. But the philosopher is like the poet. The latter composes ideal letters for an ideal nymph, only to plumb with his words the depths of passion. The philosopher tests the coldness of his gaze, to see how far he can undermine the fortress of bigotry.'
But now I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth.
Fear prophets and those prepared to die for the truth, for as a rule they make many others die with them, often before them, at times instead of them.
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It all comes back to the same place, whether she does well, I do well, or we both do well, which is obviously what we're hoping for. It's all good. You know? We're definitely pull for each other.
Consequently it will often happen there will be a desire of particular objects, in cases where they cannot be obtained without manifest injury to others.
The cult of art gives pride; one never has too much of it.