Argument is the silliest of all methods of passing the time; and by far the most sterile.
G. K. Chesterton on the Greek Understanding of Knowledge
They wanted nothing but the pleasure of knowing; they were particularly proud of knowing a great deal of utterly useless knowledge.
John Cowper Powys on “Difficult Art of Simplification”
The difference between cultured people and uncultured people, in regard to their response to Nature, is that the former make a lot of a little, whereas the latter make little of a lot.
Llewelyn Powys on Natural Happiness
The secret to be remembered is that nothing matters, nothing but the momentary consciousness of each individual as he opens his eyes upon as spectacle that knows nought of ethics.
The Wit and Wisdom of Cyril Connolly (Part I)
I feel Man to be of all living things the most biologically incompetent and ill-organized.
Henry Miller’s Advice to the Young Writer
They never dream—or they behave as if they never realize – that the reason why they feel sterile, frustrated and joyless is because art (and with it the artist) has been ruled out of their lives.
Pliny the Younger on Leisure
No hope, no fear agitates me; no gossip disturbs my mind. Conversation is confined to myself and my books.
Louis-Ferdinand Céline’s Two Literary Teachers
Louis-Ferdinand Céline is considered the second best French novelist after Proust (if not the best). If you felt delighted after reading Journey to the End of the Night (1932), and if you wondered what are…
Cicero on Crafting Your Needs
the true satisfaction to be derived from food comes not from repletion but from appetite – the people who run hardest after pleasure are the least likely to catch what they are after.