The free intellect copies human life, but it considers this life to be something good and seems to be quite satisfied with it. That immense framework and planking of concepts to which the needy man clings his whole life long in order to preserve himself is nothing but a scaffolding and toy for the most audacious feats of the liberated intellect. And when it smashes this framework to pieces, throws it into confusion, and puts it back together in an ironic fashion, pairing the most alien things and separating the closest, it is demonstrating that it has no need of these makeshifts of indigence and that it will now be guided by intuitions rather than by concepts.
Friedrich Nietzsche, “On Truth and Lie in an Extra-Moral Sense”. Fragment, 1873: from the Nachlass
Sigurður Guðmundsson, Horizontal thoughts, 1970
George Krause, Untitled (Man on Stairs), 1960s
Nothingness haunts being.
Jean-Paul Sartre, Being and Nothingness, 1943
The poet presents the imagination with images from life and human characters and situations, sets them all in motion and leaves it to the beholder to let these images take his thoughts as far as his mental powers will permit. This is why he is able to engage men of the most differing capabilities, indeed fools and sages together. The philosopher, on the other hand, presents not life itself but the finished thoughts which he has abstracted from it and then demands that the reader should think precisely as, and precisely as far as, he himself thinks. That is why his public is so small.
Arthur Schopenhauer, Counsels and Maxims, Translated by T. Bailey Saunders, 1844
One may dream of a culture where everyone bursts into laughter when someone says: this is true, this is real.
Jean Baudrillard, Radical Thought, trans. Francois Debrix, 1994
What do you consider most humane?—To spare someone shame.
Friedrich Nietzsche, from: “The Gay Science”, 1882
Philosophy, art and science are not the mental objects of an objectified brain but the three aspects under which the brain becomes subject, Thought brain.
Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, “What is Philosophy?”, 1994
What does man actually know about himself? Is he, indeed, ever able to perceive himself completely, as if laid out in a lighted display case? Does nature not conceal most things from him — even concerning his own body — in order to confine and lock him within a proud, deceptive consciousness, aloof from the coils of the bowels, the rapid flow of the blood stream, and the intricate quivering of the fibers! She threw away the key.
Friedrich Nietzsche, On Truth and Lie in an Extra-Moral Sense, 1873