With a HT to KK, and in continuing the theme of an earlier post in which John Fiesole playfully tackles the notion of meaningful meaninglessness, and the meaningfullnessians who profess such paradox, here’s a book exploring uncaused causes – self-causation – seemingly illogical or nonsensical ideas that, upon deeper reflection, may offerÂ profound truth. From the book:
The superfluous is the most necessary.
Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.
I shut my eyes in order to see.
We learn from history that we do not learn from history.
We are never prepared for what we expect.
To be believed, make the truth unbelievable.
What we really want is for things to remain the same but get better.
Sydney J. Harris
When a dog runs at you, whistle for him.
Henry David Thoreau
Always be sincere, even if you don’t mean it.
Harry S. Truman
Man can believe the impossible, but can never believe the improbable.
War is a series of catastrophes which result in a victory.
First I dream my painting, then I paint my dream.
Vincent van Gogh
We are confronted by insurmountable opportunities.
Walt Kelly, From Pogo
I want peace and I’m willing to fight for it.
Harry S. Truman
Study the past, if you would divine the future.
Confucius, in Analects
Love is a kind of warfare.
All works of art should begin…at the end.
Edgar Allan Poe
and my favorite…
The final delusion is the belief that one has lost all delusions.
no wait, this is my favorite…
A man chases a woman until she catches him.
The Kandelhardt Paradox