There’s something dark in me, deep under all my thoughts, something I can’t measure out with thoughts, a sort of life that can’t be expressed in words and which is my life, all the same.
Thus their walk came to an end. The result for all of them was wet feet, an irritated brain – as though the thin, bare branches on the trees, sparkling in the winter sun had turned to splinters stuck in the retina – a vulgar craving for hot coffee, and the feeling of human forlornness.
You see this book. Here is philosophy. It treats of the grounds determining our actions.
And if you could fathom this, if you could feel your way into the
depths of this, you would come up against nothing but just such principles,
which are inherent in the nature of thought and do in fact determine everything,
although they themselves cannot be understood immediately and without
For the individual, too, life is hard to bear, just as it is for mankind in general. The civilization in which he participates imposes some amount of privation on him, and other men bring him a measure of suffering, either in spite of the precepts of his civilization or because of its imperfections.
In the evening you know you’ve lived another day, you’ve learnt this and that, you’ve kept up with the time-table, but still, you’re empty-inwardly, I mean. Right inside, you’re still hungry, so to speak.
One has, I think, to reckon with the fact that there are present in all men destructive, and therefore anti-social and anticultural, trends and that in a great number of people these are strong enough to determine their behaviour in human society.
The human brain has happily split things apart, but things have split the human heart too.
Diotima received him with the indulgent smile of an eminent lady who knows
that she is also beautiful and has to forgive men, superficial creatures
that they are, for always thinking of her beauty first.