Thursday, May 10, 2007

just quotes

Whenever I don't have anything to say, I just find interesting quotes from the book I am currently reading. So here.

"that a man is always a prey to his truths. Once he had admitted them, he cannot free himself from them."

"Whence we wanted to make everything clear. If we cannot do so, if the absurd is born on that occasion, it is born precisely at the very meeting point of that effacious but limited reason with the ever ressurgent irrational."

"Reconciliation through scandal, is still reconciliation"

"For Sin is what alienates from God. The absurd, which is the metaphysical state of the conscious man, does not lead to God. Perhaps this notion will become clearer if I risk this shocking statement: the absurd is sin without God."

"In fact, our aim is to shed light upon the step taken by the mind when, starting from a phiilosophy of the world's lack of meaning, it ends up by finding a meaning and depth in it."

Those are all from "The Myth of Sisyphus", the book I'm reading now. I think it mainly focuses on the disconnect between what the objective world has to offer (essentially nothing in terms of a meaningful existence which offers itself to be "understood"), and a human's desire to find more meaning and purpose (irrationally, spiritually, etc) in life than what there is...nothing.

"He feels within him his longing for happiness and for reason.The absurd is born of this human need and the unreasonable silence of the world"


Blogger Melanie said...

I rather like the first one and think it has tons of merit.

I am always searching for good citations. I just found one in an occupational health flyer from work, of all places.

"Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself." Leo Tolstoy

It's a great citation, although not sure it's entirely true... sometimes I can think of nothing but the need to change myself. Still, a lot of people want to affect the world, but sometimes you have to start with oneself.

I'm not sure that really correlates with your citations - but there ya have it anyway. ;)

5:00 AM

Anonymous A.J. said...

"The essence of the conscious mind is discrimination;it must, if it is to be aware of things, separate the opposites, and it does this 'contra naturam.' In nature the opposites seek one another...and so it is in the unconscious, and particularly in the archetype of unity, the self."

"Oddly enough the paradox is one of our most valuable spiritual possessions, while uniformity of meaning is a sign of weakness. Hence a religion becomes inwardly impoverished when it loses or waters down its paradoxes; but their multiplication enriches because only the paradox comes anywhere near to comprehending the fulness of life. Non-ambiguity and non-contradiction are one-sided and thus unsuited to express the incomprehensible."

"Hence the truth about the self--the unfathomable union of good and evil--comes out concretely in the paradox that although sin is the gravest and most pernicious thing there is, it is still not so serious that it cannot be disposed of with 'probabilist' arguments. Nor is this necessarily a lax or frivolous proceeding but simply a practical necessity of life. The confessional proceeds like life itself, which successfully struggles against being engulfed in an irreconcilable contradiction. Note that at the same time the conflict remains in full force, as is once more consistent with the antinomial character of the self, which is itself both conflict and unity."

(Jung, Psychology & Alchemy)

1:16 PM

Blogger rachel! said...

so this has nothing to do with your post.
but i was wondering, about that entry that you wrote about your lady friend who was your best friend from high school and in college and everything... was it ever too hard? were you BEST friends? and then, did you realize that you couldn't? were you like too emotionally involved with each other without even realizing it to a point that it was unhealthy?

yeah. just wondering, because that's kind of what i'm going through, yes, it is what i'm going through right now..and i haven't/don't know anybody else who has had anything like it.. :]

4:30 PM

Anonymous A.J. said...

Hey Zach...I heard it's your b-day! I don't know if this is the actual day, but sometime this week? Anyway--HAPPY BIRTHDAY, buddy!!! Hope it is a super sweet one for you & that you get to feel the love of your friends and family. Glad that God made you & that you are sharing the gift of yourself with the world! Blessings today & always! :)

12:52 PM


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