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Musings that fluctuate between pragmatism and abstraction.


— somber ink —
Without metaphor, there would be no psychotherapy.

— personal aphorism

Forgiveness requires a sense that bad behaviour is a sign of suffering rather than malice.

— Alain de Botton

To be shown love is to feel ourselves the object of concern: our presence is noted, our name is registered, our views are listened to, our failings are treated with indulgence and our needs are ministered to. And under such care, we flourish.

— Alain de Botton

Like anger, humour springs from disappointment, but it’s disappointment optimally channelled. It’s one of the best things we can do with our sadness.

— Alain de Botton, “On Being Good

It is not so easy to become what one is, to rediscover one’s deepest measure.

— Albert Camus

Some people live to extend, improve and organize life. I live to examine, describe and [re]create it. To claim I could ever understand it would be foolish. I revel in its splendor and relish its absurdity.

— personal aphorism

A good aphorism is too hard for the teeth of time and is not eaten up by all the centuries, even though it serves as food for every age: hence it is the greatest paradox in literature, the imperishable in the midst of change, the nourishment which—like salt—is always prized, but which never loses its savor as salt does.

— Friedrich Nietzsche

Note from Hitchens’ “Mortality”. Profound.

Note from Hitchens’ “Mortality”. Profound.

Every concept and maxim is a complete abstraction until experience shapes it, gives it an identity and colors it with its understanding.

— personal aphorism

Accept your nature, and you will radiate light.

— personal aphorism