"The reflection of inwardness gives to the subjective thinker a double reflection. In thinking, he thinks the universal; but as existing in this thought and as assimilating it in his inwardness, he becomes more and more subjectively isolated."
— Concluding Unscientific Postscript by Søren Kierkegaard. (via chroniclesofachemist)
"to give life you must take life,
and as our grief falls flat and hollow
upon the billion-blooded sea
i pass upon serious inward-breaking shoals rimmed
with white-legged, white-bellied rotting creatures
lengthily dead and rioting against surrounding scenes.
dear child, i only did to you what the sparrow
did to you; i am old when it is fashionable to be
young; i cry when it is fashionable to laugh.
i hated you when it would have taken less courage
"Absence, the highest form of presence."
— James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (via larmoyante)