Our existence is a half-dream and that it is difficult to know where the dream ends and reality begins.
One great part of every human existence is passed in a state which cannot be rendered sensible by the use of wideawake language, cutanddry grammar and goahead plot.
It is quite clear to me that the religious paradise of youth, which was thus lost, was a first attempt to free myself from the chains of the “merely-personal,” from an existence which is dominated by wishes, hopes and primitive feelings.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter – for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself… Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.
Deprived of meaningful work, men and women lose their reason for existence; they go stark, raving mad.
As human beings, our only sensible scale of values is one based on lessening the agony of existence.