Each concession we make is accompanied by an inner diminution of which we are not immediately conscious.
At the lowest cognitive level, they are processes of experiencing, or, to speak more generally, processes of intuiting that grasp the object in the original.
Negation is the mind’s first freedom, yet a negative habit is fruitful only so long as we exert ourselves to overcome it, adapt it to our needs; once acquired it can imprison us.
What surrounds us we endure better for giving it a name – and moving on.
Pure phenomenology claims to be the science of pure phenomena. This concept of the phenomenon, which was developed under various names as early as the eighteenth century without being clarified, is what we shall have to deal with first of all.
Everybody is somebody, so you don’t have to introduce anybody.
We are afraid of the enormity of the possible.
Speech and silence. We feel safer with a madman who talks than with one who cannot open his mouth.
I always have pen and paper with me.
You are done for – a living dead man – not when you stop loving but stop hating. Hatred preserves: in it, in its chemistry, resides the mystery of life.