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“Why is it so important what – others have done? Why does it become sacred by the mere fact of not being your own? Why is anyone and everyone right – so long it’s not yourself? Why does the number of those others take the place of truth? Why is truth made a mere matter of arithmetic – and only addition at that! Why is everything twisted out of all sense to fit everything else? There must be some reason. I don’t know. I’ve never known it. I’d like to understand.”

Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead


“My dear fellow, who will let you?
That is not the point. The point is, who will stop me.”

Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead


“Nothing can be reasonable or beautiful unless it’s made by one central idea, and the idea sets every detail.”

Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead


By Caram Batack’s.


“Men hate passion, any great passion.”

Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead


By Catia Chien.


I picked up a page on the floor of the Xerox room, it’s the last page of what seems to be a very interesting text. If any one recognizes it, I would love to know who authored it.

“Humans construct an understanding of the world that is very different from the analogue flow of sensation the world presents to them. They package their experience into objects and events. They assemble these objects and events into propositions, which they take to be characterizations of real and possible worlds. The characterizations are highly schematic: they pick out some aspects of a situation and ignore others, allowing the same situation to be construed in multiple ways. People thereby can disagree about what a given situation really is even when they agree on how matter has moved through space.”

– Author unknown to me.


“To say that the greatness of philosophy lies precisely in its not having any use is a frivolous answer that not even young people find amusing anymore.”

– Deleuze & Guittari, What is philosophy?


The Essential Schopenhauer: Key Selections from The World as Will and Representation and Other Writings.

I believe this book really contains the essential Schopenhauer. The introduction is very well written and the book itself is made to be taken with you everywhere. I am usually partial to hardcover books, because paperbacks make me nervous. But this book bends and moves with me, I don’t know what they made the cover of, but I like it, it doesn’t crack, tear, fold or peel, it’s hardy.

I feel like the cover accurately represents the mindset you must adopt before reading Schopenhauer. The man speaks the truth, the hardest truth, he’s honest, courageous and unwavering, just as you ought to be when you read him. The book opens wide without the spine cracking, unlike other paperbacks. It should challenge you in such a way that you have to carry it with you. And then one day while on your coffee break at the local cafĂ©, you’ll look up to take a sip from your exotically named muddy drink, glance around at the people walking by and you’ll realize you understand the world a lot better.


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