miércoles, 1 de marzo de 2017

Aforismi sulla saggezza della vita. Arthur Schopenhauer

Gli amici si dicono sinceri, ma in realtà sinceri sono i nemici. Si dovrebbe quindi utilizzare il biasimo
di questi ultimi, come una medicina amara, per conoscere se stessi.

miércoles, 22 de febrero de 2017

Un año con Schopenhauer. Irvin Yalom

Tengo una observación y un consejo -dijo Philhip con las manos entrelazadas y los ojos clavados en el techo-. Nietzsche escribió alguna vez que una importante diferencia entre el hombre y la vaca es que la vaca sabe cómo existir, cómo vivir sin angustia, es decir, miedo, en el dichoso presente, sin sentir la carga del pasado ni conocer los terrores del futuro.

Pero nosotros, desafortunados humanos, nos atormentamos tanto con el pasado y el futuro, que sólo podemos deambular brevemente en el ahora.

lunes, 20 de febrero de 2017

Atlas Shrugged. Ayn Rand

… you think that money is the root of all evil?... Have you ever asked what is the root of money? Money is a tool of exchange, which can't exist unless there are goods produced and men able to produce them… Money is not the tool of the moochers, who claim your product by tears, or of the looters, who take it from you by force. Money is made possible only by the men who produce.

[…]

But money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver. It will give you the means for the satisfaction of your desires, but it will not provide you with desires.

[…]

Money will not purchase happiness for the man who has no concept of what he wants: money will not give him a code of values, if he's evaded the knowledge of what to value, and it will not provide him with a purpose, if he's evaded the choke of what to seek. Money will not buy intelligence for the fool, or admiration for the coward, or respect for the incompetent. The man who attempts to purchase the brains of his superiors to serve him, with his money replacing his judgment, ends up by becoming the victim of his inferiors.

[…]

Money will always remain an effect and refuse to replace you as the cause. Money is the product of virtue, but it will not give you virtue and it will not redeem your vices. Money will not give you the unearned, neither in matter nor in spirit. Is this the root of your hatred of money?

Or did you say it's the love of money that's the root of all evil?... It's the person who would sell his soul for a nickel, who is loudest in proclaiming his hatred of money—and he has good reason to hate it. The lovers of money are willing to work for it… Let me give you a tip on a clue to men's characters: the man who damns money has obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it has earned it.

sábado, 18 de febrero de 2017

Los Buddenbrook. Thomas Mann

¿Alguna vez aborrecí la vida, la pura, pujante e implacable vida? ¡Locura y error! Sólo me aborrecí a mí mismo porque no podía tolerarla.

jueves, 16 de febrero de 2017

El mundo como voluntad y representación. Arthur Schopenhauer

...los grandes sufrimientos nos hacen totalmente insensibles a todos los más pequeños y, a la inversa, en ausencia de grandes sufrimientos hasta las más nimias incomodidades nos atormentan y disgustan...

martes, 14 de febrero de 2017

Correspondencia. Hertor Berlioz (1)

Le temps est un grand maître, dit-on; le malheur est qu'il soit un maître inhumain qui tue ses élèves.


(1) Carta original escrita en noviembre de 1856, reproducida en Correspondance Générale, Vol 5. compilada por Pierre Citron. Editorial Flammarion. 1989.

domingo, 12 de febrero de 2017

Nadie sabe mi nombre. James Baldwin

Un país sólo es tan bueno... tan fuerte como las personas que lo componen y el país deviene en lo que la gente quiere... No creo que por más tiempo que podamos darnos el lujo de decir que está totalmente fuera de nuestras manos. Hicimos el mundo en que vivimos y tenemos que mejorarlo.