Anxiety becomes so pervasive that one cannot distinguish between anxious states and the rest of waking life; anxiety simply becomes life.
Truth cannot be cruel. Repression is cruel.
Very few thoughts are particularly interesting without a frame around them. Very few truths are true out of context.
In terms of justice, the Internet does not accord due process or presume innocence; philosophically, it does not make comparative arguments.
Mediocrities are, as a class, usually quite cruel.
Contemporary novelists often try to do too much—using stylistic ambition as a stand-in for talent and busy plots to bring otherwise dead characters to life.
An ideal: intellectually abstract, emotionally concrete.
History is not made by reason—almost nothing is made by reason. Reason should be humble enough to stand back and analyze what accident has wrought.
Liberal pieties make terrible works of art.
Rationality without spirituality is blind, spirituality without rationality is dumb.
Typically, someone tells you about their ideology at the point at which they’ve stopped being able to think. Ideology is a horizon.
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