Reaching conclusions

‘Stupidity consists in wanting to reach conclusions. We are a
thread, and we want to know the whole cloth… What mind
worthy of the name, beginning with Homer, ever reached a
conclusion? Let’s accept the picture. That’s how things are. So
be it…’
– Gustave Flaubert, French writer

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Oui, la bêtise consiste à vouloir conclure. Nous sommes un fil et nous voulons savoir la trame. Quel est l’esprit un peu fort qui ait conclu, à commencer par Homère ? Contentons-nous du tableau ; c’est aussi bon.
– Gustave Flaubert

 

Love life

True, we love life, not because we are used to living, but because we are used to loving. There is always some madness to love, but also some reason to madness.
– Friedrich Nietzsche

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Es ist wahr: wir lieben das Leben, nicht, weil wir ans Leben, sondern ans Lieben gewöhnt sind. Es ist immer etwas Wahnsinn in der Liebe. Es ist aber immer auch etwas Vernunft im Wahnsinn.
– Nietzsche, Also sprach Zarathustra

Egoism

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Narcissus, Karl Brulloff, Russian painter

For a solitary animal egoism is a virtue that tends to preserve and improve the species: In any kind of community it becomes a destructive vice.
– Erwin Schrodinger, Austrian Physicist

 

Style to one’s character

“Giving style” to one’s character – a great and rare art! It is exercised by those who see all the strengths and weaknesses of their own natures and then comprehend them in an artistic plan until everything appears as art and reason and even weakness delights the eye.”
-Friedrich Nietzsche
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Seinem Charakter “Stil geben”—eine grosse und seltene Kunst! Sie übt Der, welcher Alles übersieht, was seine Natur an Kräften und Schwächen bietet, und es dann einem künstlerischen Plane einfügt, bis ein jedes als Kunst und Vernunft erscheint und auch die Schwäche noch das Auge entzückt.
Friedrich Nietzsche 

Practical Wisdom – φρόνησις

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Paul Bond – Artist

Phronesis is characterized as the “wisdom to take counsel, to judge the goods and evils and all the things in life that are desirable and to be avoided, to use all the available goods finely, to behave rightly in society, to observe due occasions, to employ both speech and action with sagacity, to have expert knowledge of all things that are useful”
(translated by H. Rackam) – Aristotle

True happiness

 “This is true happiness:
To have no ambition and to work like a horse as if you had every ambition.
To live far from men, not to need them and yet to love them.
To have the stars above, the land to your left and the sea to your right and to realize of a sudden that in your heart, life has accomplished its final miracle: it has become a fairy tale.”

― Nikos Kazantzakis, Philosopher and writer, “Zorba the Greek”

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