on reading…

I finally figured what the quotations I collected in 2007 meant after having read two of the popular manuscripts of Eckhart Tolle.

 They all have one thing in common and that is they have undergone transformation – as in nirvana, enlightenment, salvation, end of suffering, liberation, awakening – since they have realized that the “I” is totally different and separate from the “self.” While Tolle claims that joy, peace and love have no opposites, but only emotions like good/bad and pain/pleasure, he uses the contrasting words to refer the “normal” state mind of most human beings which contains dysfunction (madness, delusion, mental illness) that generates “suffering, unsatisfactoriness, or just plain misery”. These are being vs. human, space vs. form, nothingness vs. thingness, unconsciousness vs. consciousness, thought vs. no-mind, manifested vs. unmanifested, the dreamer vs. the awake, body vs. soul, matter vs.spirit, identification vs. disidentification, defining vs. letting be, , existence vs. essence, limited vs. infinite, death vs. eternity, outer manifestation vs. inner source, sound vs. stillness).


Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980):

We do not know what we want and yet we are responsible for what we are – that is the fact.

Every man is condemned to freedom. (Being and Nothingness, 1943)

Existence precedes and rules essence. (Being and Nothingness, 1943)

Hell is other people. (Closed Doors, 1944)


Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951):

I don’t know why we are here, but I’m pretty sure that it is not in order to enjoy ourselves.

If it is true that words have meanings, why don’t we throw away words and keep just the meanings?


Albert Camus (1913-1960):

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.

Do not wait for the last judgment. It takes place every day.

We only know of one duty, and that is to love.

Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.


Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855):

Destroy your primitivity, and you will most probably get along well in the world, maybe achieve great success—but Eternity will reject you. Follow up your primitivity, and you will be shipwrecked in temporality, but accepted by Eternity.

Far from idleness being the root of all evil, it is rather the only true good.

Then comes affliction to awaken the dreamer.


Anais Nin (1903-1977):

We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.

The personal life deeply lived always expands into truths beyond itself.


Aldous Huxley (1894-1963):

At least two thirds of our miseries spring from human stupidity, human malice and those great motivators and justifiers of malice and stupidity, idealism, dogmatism and proselytizing zeal on behalf of religious or political idols.


Audre Lorde:

Sometimes we could not bear the face of each other’s differences because of what we feared it might say about ourselves.




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