You say you could never be bored or unhappy with some other person’s life, and yet how different it would be, if it were yours.
Identity, that spectator of what he calls himself,
That net and aggregate of energies in transient combination.
You never violate your principles: you only discover that they are not what you thought they were.
To study ethics, read fiction, not philosophy.
So many selves, so little to express.
For himself a man will go only so far. To stop at nothing, discard every scruple, he must be convinced that he will make a better world.
Without disgust there is nothing to tolerate or to forgive.
1. Summarize yourself in three words.
2. Prefix them with “aging.”
3. Repeat until the result is not embarrassing.
Matter makes space, and clocks make time.
What we call maturity is mostly fatigue.
You can’t always get what you want; you can’t always get what you need; but you can, perhaps, want what you need.