It is only our conception of time that makes us call the Last Judgement by this name. It is, in fact, a kind of martial law.
Hesitation before birth. If there is a transmigration of souls then I am not yet on the bottom rung. My life is a hesitation before birth.
In a certain sense the Good is comfortless.
Dread of night. Dread of not-night.
Test yourself on mankind. It is something that makes the doubter doubt, the believer believe.
He who seeks does not find, but he who does not seek will be found.
If there is a transmigration of souls then I am not yet on the bottom rung. My life is a hesitation before birth.
I have the true feeling of myself only when I am unbearably unhappy.
Association with human beings lures one into self-observation.
Religions get lost as people do.
A stair not worn hollow by footsteps is, regarded from its own point of view, only a boring something made of wood.
Tyranny or slavery, born of selfishness, are the two educational methods of parents; all gradations of tyranny or slavery.
Let me remind you of the old maxim: people under suspicion are better moving than at rest, since at rest they may be sitting in the balance without knowing it, being weighed together with their sins.
How pathetically scanty my self-knowledge is compared with, say, my knowledge of my room. There is no such thing as observation of the inner world, as there is of the outer world.
Atlas was permitted the opinion that he was at liberty, if he wished, to drop the Earth and creep away; but this opinion was all that he was permitted.
The Bible is a sanctum; the world, sputum.
We are separated from God on two sides; the Fall separates us from Him, the Tree of Life separates Him from us.
Believing in progress does not mean believing that any progress has yet been made.
The mediation by the serpent was necessary. Evil can seduce man, but cannot become man.
Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.
My guiding principle is this: Guilt is never to be doubted.
My 'fear' is my substance, and probably the best part of me.
I do not read advertisements. I would spend all of my time wanting things.
By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.
Don't despair, not even over the fact that you don't despair.
A man of action forced into a state of thought is unhappy until he can get out of it.
If I shall exist eternally, how shall I exist tomorrow?
One advantage in keeping a diary is that you become aware with reassuring clarity of the changes which you constantly suffer.
In theory there is a possibility of perfect happiness: To believe in the indestructible element within one, and not to strive towards it.
In the fight between you and the world, back the world.
In argument similes are like songs in love; they describe much, but prove nothing.
A first sign of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die.
We are sinful not only because we have eaten of the Tree of Knowledge, but also because we have not yet eaten of the Tree of Life. The state in which we are is sinful, irrespective of guilt.
You can hold yourself back from the sufferings of the world, that is something you are free to do and it accords with your nature, but perhaps this very holding back is the one suffering you could avoid.
Sensual love deceives one as to the nature of heavenly love; it could not do so alone, but since it unconsciously has the element of heavenly love within it, it can do so.
God gives the nuts, but he does not crack them.