Mark Twain

"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great."

- Mark Twain

Monday, May 25, 2015

Karl Ove Knausgaard

I ordered one of his ('boring' but enthralling) books at the library, just to see what the fuss is all about.

"As fans in New York will discover this week, the Norwegian writer’s rock’n’roll reputation is matched by actual drumming in a bona fide band. It seems odd that more writers don’t do likewise."

I have purchased thousands of books over time but they just become a storage problem.  Then I read:
... too bad we can't buy the time to read the books we buy...

“... that when you're buying books, you're optimistically thinking you're buying the time to read them.
(Paraphrase of Schopenhauer)”
― Arthur Schopenhauer

On Letterman Zevon talked about all the books he compulsively bought:
“We buy books because we believe we're buying the time to read them." 
― Warren Zevon

Nobody can buy more time...

“The art of not reading is a very important one. It consists in not taking an interest in whatever may be engaging the attention of the general public at any particular time. When some political or ecclesiastical pamphlet, or novel, or poem is making a great commotion, you should remember that he who writes for fools always finds a large public. A precondition for reading good books is not reading bad ones: for life is short.” 
― Arthur SchopenhauerEssays and Aphorisms

“Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.” 
― Arthur SchopenhauerStudies in Pessimism: The Essays

“Without books the development of civilization would have been impossible. They are the engines of change, windows on the world, "Lighthouses" as the poet said "erected in the sea of time." They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind, Books are humanity in print.” 
― Arthur Schopenhauer

“The person who writes for fools is always sure of a large audience.”
― Arthur SchopenhauerReligion: A Dialogue and Other Essays

Der Mensch kann tun was er will; er kann aber nicht wollen was er will.

Man can do what he wills but he cannot will what he wills.” 
― Arthur SchopenhauerEssays and Aphorisms

“Talent hits a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can see.” 
― Arthur Schopenhauer

Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest......................................Mark Twain

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