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Musical compositions can be very sad - Chopin - but you have the pleasure of this sadness. The cheap consolation is: you will be happy. The higher consolation is the pleasure and recognition of your unhappiness, the pleasure of having recognised that fate, destiny and life are such as they are and so you reach a higher form of consciousness.


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I lacked the courage to investigate the weaknesses of the wicked, because I discovered they are the ...
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But Italy is not an intellectual country. On the subway in Tokyo everybody reads. In Italy, they don...
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What is love? There is nothing in the world, neither man nor Devil nor any thing, that I hold as sus...
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Books are not made to be believed, but to be subjected to inquiry. When we consider a book, we mustn...
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I'd lost all faith in everything, except for the certainty that there's always someone behind our ba...
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In the Middle Ages, cathedrals and convents burned like tinder; imagining a medieval story without a...
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All the religious wars that have caused blood to be shed for centuries arise from passionate feeling...
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Media populism means appealing to people directly through media. A politician who can master the med...
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The monkish vows keep us far from that sink of vice that is the female body, but often they bring us...
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Any fact becomes important when it's connected to another.
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The comic is the perception of the opposite; humor is the feeling of it.
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God is the Unique, and he is so perfect that he does not resemble any of the things that exist or an...
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Nothing gives a fearful man more courage than another's fear.
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There is a constant in the average American imagination and taste, for which the past must be preser...
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I would define the poetic effect as the capacity that a text displays for continuing to generate dif...
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A dream is a scripture, and many scriptures are nothing but dreams.
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I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by...
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Captain Cook discovered Australia looking for the Terra Incognita. Christopher Columbus thought he w...
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A book is a fragile creature, it suffers the wear of time, it fears rodents, the elements and clumsy...
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Certainly, light fiction exists and encompasses mysteries or second-class romance novels, books that...
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To read a paper book is another experience: you can do it on a ship, on the branch of a tree, on you...
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We live for books.
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The court jester had the right to say the most outrageous things to the king. Everything was permitt...
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Then why do you want to know?"

"Because learning does not consist only of knowing what we...
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Dan Brown is a character from 'Foucault's Pendulum!' I invented him. He shares my charac...
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Poetry… it consumed Sappho’s young years, it nourished Goethe’s old age. Drug, the Greeks call...
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La creatividad significa saber quiénes somos. Es jazz sin música, es un flujo de energía. Ser cre...
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I was the type who looked at discussions of What Is Truth only with a view toward correcting the man...
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You live on the surface," Lia told me years later. "You sometimes seem profound, but it's only becau...
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I should be at peace. I have understood. Don't some say that peace comes when you understand? I have...
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I don't know, maybe we're always looking for the right place, maybe it's within reach, but
we d...
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Any fact becomes important when it’s connected to another. The connection changes the perspective;...
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Better reality than a dream: if something is real, then it's real and you're not to blame.
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In the United States there's a Puritan ethic and a mythology of success. He who is successful is...
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I think a book should be judged 10 years later, after reading and re-reading it.
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Entering a novel is like going on a climb in the mountains: You have to learn the rhythms of respira...
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Daytime sleep is like the sin of the flesh; the more you have the more you want, and yet you feel un...
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When the poet is in love, he is incapable of writing poetry on love. He has to write when he remembe...
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Once upon a time there were mass media, and they were wicked, of course, and there was a guilty part...
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To survive, you must tell stories.
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Not that the incredulous person doesn't believe in anything. It's just that he doesn't believe in ev...
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There, Master Niketas,’ Baudolino said, ‘when I was not prey to the temptations of this world, I...
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If two things don't fit, but you believe both of them, thinking that somewhere, hidden, there must b...
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I think every professor and writer is in some way an exhibitionist because his or her normal activit...
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It's not the news that makes the newspaper, but the newspaper that makes the news.
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When someone has to intervene to defend the liberty of the press, that society is sick.
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I seem to know all the cliches, but not how to put them together in a believable way. Or else these ...
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I love the smell of book ink in the morning.
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How beautiful was the spectacle of nature not yet touched by
the often perverse wisdom of man!
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Yesterday's rose endures in its name, we hold empty names.
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We live for books. A sweet mission in this world dominated by disorder and decay.
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American coffee can be a pale solution served at a temperature of 100
degrees centigrade in pla...
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And then I graduate two years later, in 1998, with my class. And, since then I've been here in H...
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