Category Archives: Aphorisms

Dead of arid words

I caught this insight on the way and quickly seized the rather poor words that were closest to hand to pin it down lest it fly away again. And now it has died of these arid words and shakes and flaps in them – and I hardly know any more when I look at it how I could ever have felt so happy when I caught this bird.

– Nietzsche

Quotable quotes three-pack

“I prefer the company of peasants because they have not been educated sufficiently to reason incorrectly.”

–Montaigne

“And because we know so little, the poor in spirit please us heartily, particularly when they are young females.”

–Nietzsche

“Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember and remember more than I have seen.”

– unknown

What it is to be ruled

“To be ruled is to be kept an eye on, inspected, spied on, regulated, indoctrinated, sermonized, listed and checked off, estimated, appraised, censured, ordered about … To be ruled is at every operation, transaction, movement, to be noted, registered, counted, priced, admonished, prevented, reformed, redressed, corrected.”

– Pierre-Joseph Proudhon