Jorge Luis Borges On Time

Jorge Luis Borges (August 24, 1899 – June 14, 1986) Time is the substance I am made of. Time is a river which sweeps me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger which destroys me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire which consumes me, but I am the fire.

Hannah Arendt On Meaning And Truth

Hannah Arendt (October 14, 1906 – December 04, 1975) The need of reason is not inspired by the quest for truth but by the quest for meaning. And truth and meaning are not the same. The basic fallacy, taking precedence over all specific metaphysical fallacies, is to interpret meaning on the model of truth.

Maria Mitchell On Life

Maria Mitchell (August 1, 1818 – June 28, 1889) The best that can be said of my life so far is that it has been industrious, and the best that can be said of me is that I have not pretended to be what I was not.

Pablo Neruda On Quiet

Pablo Neruda (July 12, 1904–September 23, 1973) If we were not so single-minded about keeping our lives moving, and for once could do nothing, perhaps a huge silence might interrupt this sadness of never understanding ourselves.

Walt Whitman On Identity

Walt Whitman (May 31, 1819 – March 26, 1892) There is, in sanest hours, a consciousness, a thought that rises, independent, lifted out from all else, calm, like the stars, shining eternal. This is the thought of identity.

Oliver Sacks On Nothing

Oliver Sacks (July 09, 1933 - August 30, 2015) Nature abhors a vacuum—and so do we. The idea of a void—of emptiness, nothingness, spacelessness, placelessness, all such “lessness”—is at once abhorrent and inconceivable, and yet it haunts us in the strangest, most paradoxical way. As Beckett writes, “Nothing is more real than nothing.”

Seneca On Living And Dying

Seneca (c. 4 BC – AD 65) Living is the least important activity of the preoccupied man; yet there is nothing which is harder to learn… Learning how to live takes a whole life, and, which may surprise you more, it takes a whole life to learn how to die.