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metamorphesque · an hour ago
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"I recall" - he (Max Brod) wrote - "a conversation with Kafka that started about the Europe of today and the decline of humankind. 'We are' so he said 'nihilistic thoughts, suicidal thoughts that rise in God's head.' This reminded me of the world view of the gnosis: God as an evil demiurge, the world as his original sin. 'Oh no', he said, 'our world is only a bad, fretful whim of God, a bad day.' - 'So was there - outside of this phenomenon world that we know - hope?' - He smiled: 'Oh, hope there is plenty, infinitely much hope, just not for us.' "
Walter Benjamin
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alisbookcorner · 2 hours ago
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“…𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘓𝘰𝘷𝘦, 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘶𝘭𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘳𝘶𝘴𝘩 𝘰𝘧 𝘓𝘰𝘯𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘨, 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳’𝘴 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘳, 𝘪𝘳𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘣𝘭𝘦—𝘮𝘢𝘨𝘪𝘤 𝘵𝘰 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘢𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘮𝘢𝘯 𝘨𝘰 𝘮𝘢𝘥.” - Homer, The Iliad
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medusabutmodern · 4 hours ago
i just realized how beautiful each one of us is. i read a post right now about how no one looks at the things we call our insecurities and calls us ugly. we spend our whole lives trying to get these small things right but fail to look at ourselves the way anyone else would. imagine being looked at by a random girl in a shop and she thinks you're so pretty. whereas you spent your day dreading how bad your hair looked and spoiled your appearance. i don't know, it's such an out of body experience. the zits, the creases, the marks, the scars, your skin color, your nose and how your forehead looks bigger in a pony has got nothing to do with how beautiful you are. we are so busy criticizing ourselves that we don't realize the beauty we strike as when someone looks at us. to everyone out there, you're so beautiful and i wish i could make you look at yourself the way your loved ones do.
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doriantomybasil · 5 hours ago
Books i wish i could read for the first time again
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Six of Crows & Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
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enchatress-blog · 6 hours ago
I think it's very healthy to spend time alone.
You need to know how to be alone and not be defined by another person.
~ Oscar Wilde
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