Of all ridiculous things the most ridiculous seems to me, to be busy — to be a man who is brisk about his food and his work.
The highest and most beautiful things in life are not to be heard about, nor read about, nor seen but, if one will, are to be lived.
This, then, is the ultimate paradox of thought: to want to discover something that thought itself cannot think.
Did the Apostle Paul have any official position?' No, Paul had no official position. 'Did he, then, earn a lot of money in another way?' No, he did not earn money in any way. 'Was he, then, at least married?' No, he was not married. 'But then Paul was certainly not a serious man!' No, Paul is not a serious man.
Shows itself in the notion that what may be objectively true may in the mouth of certain people become false.
If there were no eternal consciousness in a man, if at the bottom of everything there were only a wild ferment, a power that twisting in dark passions produced everything great or inconsequential; if an unfathomable, insatiable emptiness lay hid beneath everything, what would life be but despair?