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I cannot force myself into believing something that I do not feel.

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I have often wondered whether truth should be measured by its constancy or by its impact. All the truths which mattered to me were the truths which surprised me and overturned me.

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The definition of truth as the adequation of the thing to the intellect means nothing if the intellect is later to be discovered to be fragmented and fragile. If man is the mirror of the world on which things are reflected, we better make sure that the mirror is not a shattered mirror.

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There is no such thing as certainty in the world not because nothing can be certain but because the man who seeks for certainty is not certain of what he is looking for. He asks of the world what it can never give.

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I will die realizing that the truth I held onto as a reason for living is not a very good reason for dying.

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Joy shields us from truth as sadness reveals it. Thus the happy idiot and the melancholy genius.


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The language of the melancholy is silence, the mad poetry, and the pedestrian gossip, chatter and opinion.






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