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Sunday, 26 April 2015

The sole proof of our heterogeneity

Diese Angst in der Welt ist aber der einzige Beweis unserer Heterogenität.

This anxiety in the world is, however, the sole proof of our heterogeneity. 

J. G. Hamann (1730-1788), letter to J. G. Herder (1744-1803), 3 June 1781, quoted by Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) in a loose-leaf note dating from 1842, quoted by Leonid Dimov (1926-1987) in "Dostoevski în trei personaje", Luceafărul, no. 33, 17 August 1968, p. 3 and p. 6 (Momentul oniric. Antologie, ed. Corin Braga, Cartea Românească, Bucharest, 1997, p. 52)

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Plenty of time

In einem Tag kann man die Schrecken der Hölle erleben; es ist reichlich genug Zeit dazu.

In one day you can experience the horrors of hell; that is plenty of time.

Ludwig Wittgenstein, Culture and Value. A Selection from the Posthumous Remains
ed. Georg Henrik von Wright, trans. Peter Winch, Blackwell, Oxford, 1998, p. 30