Junichiro Tanizaki On Beauty

   Junichiro Tanizaki   (July 24, 1886–July 30, 1965)
Junichiro Tanizaki (July 24, 1886–July 30, 1965)

We find beauty not in the thing itself but in the patterns of shadows, the light and the darkness, that one thing against another creates… Were it not for shadows, there would be no beauty…The quality that we call beauty … must always grow from the realities of life, and our ancestors, forced to live in dark rooms, presently came to discover beauty in shadows, ultimately to guide shadows toward beauty’s ends.

 

🎂Happy Birthday Junichiro Tanizaki (July 24, 1886–July 30, 1965) In Memoriam🌹

Mohsin Hamid On Art

    Mohsin Hamid    (July 23, 1971 –)
  Mohsin Hamid   (July 23, 1971 –)

Art is bigger than notions of black or white, male or female, American or non. Human beings don’t necessarily exist inside of (or correspond to) the neat racial, gendered or national boxes into which we often unthinkingly place them. It’s a mistake to ask literature to reinforce such structures. Literature tends to crack them. Literature is where we free ourselves.

Alexandra Horowitz On Stimuli

   Alexandra Horowitz
Alexandra Horowitz

Each individual creates his own personal umwelt, full of objects with special meaning to him. You can most clearly see this last fact by letting yourself be led through an unknown city by a native. He will steer you along a path obvious to him, but invisible to you. But the two of you share some things: neither of you is likely to stop and listen to the ultrasonic cry of a nearby bat; neither of you smells what the man passing you had for dinner last night (unless it involved a lot of garlic). We … and every other animal dovetail into our environment: we are bombarded with stimuli, but only a very few are meaningful to us.

Ernest Hemingway On Paris

   Ernest Hemingway   (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961)
Ernest Hemingway (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961)

But Paris was a very old city and we were young and nothing was simple there, not even poverty, nor sudden money, nor the moonlight, nor right and wrong nor the breathing of someone who lay beside you in the moonlight.

 

🎂Happy Bithday Ernest Hemingway (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961) In Memoriam🌹

Alan Alda On Truth

   Alan Alda   (January 28, 1936 -)
Alan Alda (January 28, 1936 -)

The trouble with truth is that not only is the notion of eternal, universal truth highly questionable, but simple, local truths are subject to refinement as well. Up is up and down is down, of course. Except under special circumstances. Is the North Pole up and the South Pole down? Is someone standing at one of the poles right-side up or upside-down? Kind of depends on your perspective.

When I studied how to think in school, I was taught that the first rule of logic was that a thing cannot both be and not be at the same time and in the same respect. That last note, “in the same respect,” says a lot. As soon as you change the frame of reference, you’ve changed the truthiness of a once immutable fact.

Albert Camus On Awareness

   Albert Camus   November 07, 1913 – January 04, 1960)
Albert Camus  November 07, 1913 – January 04, 1960)

Life is short, and it is sinful to waste one’s time. They say I’m active. But being active is still wasting one’s time, if in doing one loses oneself. Today is a resting time, and my heart goes off in search of itself. If an anguish still clutches me, it’s when I feel this impalpable moment slip through my fingers like quicksilver… At the moment, my whole kingdom is of this world. This sun and these shadows, this warmth and this cold rising from the depths of the air: why wonder if something is dying or if men suffer, since everything is written on this window where the sun sheds its plenty as a greeting to my pity? I can say and in a moment I shall say that what counts is to be human and simple. No, what counts is to be true, and then everything fits in, humanity and simplicity. When am I truer than when I am the world? My cup brims over before I have time to desire. Eternity is there and I was hoping for it. What I wish for now is no longer happiness but simply awareness.