Epictetus On Loss

Epictetus (c. 55 – 135 AD) Who is good if he knows not who he is? And who knows what he is, if he forgets that things which have been made are perishable, and that it is not possible for one human being to be with another always?

Saul Leiter On Success

Saul Leiter (December 3, 1923 – November 26, 2013) In some secret place in my being was a desire to avoid success. I simply looked at the world, not prepared for anything…There is a tremendous advantage of being unimportant.

Frederick Douglass On Crimes Of The Unites States

Frederick Douglass (February 01, 1818–February 20, 1895) There is not a nation of the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of these United States at this very hour…At a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed. O! had I the ability, and could reach the nation’s ear, …

Franz Kafka On Music And Poetry

Franz Kafka (July 3, 1883 – June 3, 1924) Music creates new, subtler, more complicated, and therefore more dangerous pleasures… But poetry aims at clarifying the wilderness of pleasures, at intellectualizing, purifying, and therefore humanizing them. Music is a multiplication of sensuous life; poetry, on the other hand, disciplines and elevates it.

Gaston Bachelard On Reverie

Gaston Bachelard  (June 27, 1884 – October 16, 1962) In contrast to a dream a reverie cannot be recounted. To be communicated, it must be written, written with emotion and taste, being relived all the more strongly because it is being written down.