Monday, April 17, 2017

If everyone were decent, tyranny would be impossible. If everyone were honest, genius would be unnecessary.

Genius is the tyranny of the mind. Tyranny is the genius of the heart.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Genius always doubts itself. That is its suffering and its passion.

Monday, April 10, 2017

A Transcendental Aesthetic

The point of a work of art must never be that the beholder become an artist.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

"Science is the theory of the real." (Martin Heidegger)
Politics is the practice of the ideal.

The purpose of an idea is to make our work easier.

Saturday, April 01, 2017

An ideologue will distort a fact in the service of an idea.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Left of Bizarro

Where punching people in the face is okay and pleading for head is rape.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

ἀρετή

You are your virtues, your potential for goodness, excellence. The mistake is to identify yourself with your vices. You are not your vices. Your vices merely prevent you from becoming yourself, from doing what you are capable of, at any given time.

(Christianity is the application of this view of oneself to others through love.)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

No age is insane. Your sanity is judged against it.

The House of Language

Is a philosopher better able to tell you what a thought is? Is a poet better able to tell you what a feeling is? Is an architect better able to tell you what a house is?

Sunday, March 19, 2017

If you want knowledge, you must learn how to change your mind. If you want power, you must be open to a change of heart.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Do not write mediocre poetry about problems that could be solved with good policy.

Monday, March 13, 2017

After you have gone too far the truth always lies in the other direction.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Your prose determines what you can do with a poem. We might say that our prose "affords" us our poetry.

(Cf. Jonathan Mayhew)