Friday, February 22, 2013

Asylum Walk (49)

Maybe a mural by 1000 artists could give some sense of it. A few brushstrokes from recent reading:

Not many people are capable of noticing that ripple of thought that runs incessantly across the mind—even in themselves. So reading somebody else’s thoughts is like trying to make out something written on muddy water by a pitchfork in the hands of a madman.
—Victor Pelevin

Globally, more people take their own lives in an average year—roughly a million—than the total murdered and killed in war.
—Shaoni Bhattacharya

To think that we could have had an ordinary family life with its bickering, broken hearts and divorce suits! ...What wouldn’t we have given for such ordinary heartbreak.
—Nadezhda Mandelstam

All a little window tells us is that here too there is a place where light can enter but wind and rain are kept out.
—Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

My father’s relationship to his possessions, his house, his car, his bank account, was always distant and ambiguous, to say the least. It was as if my father were always unburdening himself, willingly or reluctantly, always getting rid of things, but with such bad luck (or so slowly) that he could never achieve the nakedness he longed for. And that, as you might imagine, ending up driving him crazy.
—Roberto BolaƱo

The fly that does not want to be swatted is safest if it sits on the fly-swat.
—Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Health is contagious.
—Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

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