Aphorisms

In the mountains the shortest way is from peak to peak, but for that route one must have long legs. -Zarathustra
  • "He is arrogant!" --- Why? --- "I am insecure" --- Did anyone ever answer so?
  • The arrogant prescribe arrogance.
  • "Be humble my child" says the parent. The wise child responds "ahh, you wish for me to do as you say, not as you do."
  • Oh how we love facts, that is until they betray us!
  • He who prescribes virtue is often the one most offended by those who prescribe virtue---
  • I can only be friends with those who can bear a similar qualitative and quantitative weight of truth as myself.
  • "You are arguing semantics" --- What are bricks without mortar?
  • We speak about love as if it is something preferable. Only out of cruelty do we desire to love.
  • The love of yesterday was once the love of today. What decrepit love to be will tomorrow bring?
  • Time has taken everything from me and given everything to me.
  • Love and suffering, two sides of the same coin.
  • Our greatest illusion is the autonomy of others. In our attempt to endure existence we convince ourselves that we can connect to another being just like us. This is a goal as futile as justifying your own existence.
  • Controlling another being is a comforting consolation for the realization that you have no control over your own life. What consolation is given to those who realize you cannot even control others?
  • All becomes laughter once the veil is lifted.
  • Perhaps those who have murdered are not monsters but the most human of us all.
  • Only once one has mastered himself can he begin to truly master others.
  • All insecurities of power stem from a lack of power over the self.
  • To properly philosophize one must be nourished by meat!
  • The unconscious valiantly stands as the last fortress of mysticism. Perhaps the unconscious is the only fortress of mysticism there ever was.
  • The most unessential things of life are the most essential things for life.
  • To have never pondered suicide is to have never had even dipped one’s foot into the sea of existence. My wish is to dive as deep as I may without drowning.
  • A man who understands the house cat is a man who surely may begin to understand women.
  • Today I am bombarded with analysis of “social convention” as if it is not of nature. Those who vomit such are people who have either forgotten that man is of nature or have a great hatred for their own predicament.
  • More often than not when I hear someone speak of their "philosophy" all I hear is an account of their own prejudice.
  • To seek others is to lose yourself, but to find yourself will often make you sought by the masses.
  • All frustration in my life seems to be derived from the final vestiges of morality within me.
  • Life is meaningful only in that it is finite, and thus forces each person to discriminate and prescribe a hierarchy of importance to each potential action. 
  • I do not aim to live the richest, coolest, most adventurous, easiest, hardest, nor the happiest life. I have forgone all the aforementioned so that I may live my life, I live the most unique life!
  • I often think I understand women until one does something so profoundly incomprehensible.
  • Art is made when predilection meets a meticulous deliberateness.
  • Speech, which was once a common art form of the cultivated man, has been reduced to pragmatism in today's age.
  • I can find no single word in the English language that can be used to describe something is both of higher quality AND more bountiful.

-The Involuntary Hermit






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