I have resolved on an enterprise which has no precedent, and which, once complete, will have no imitator. My purpose is to display to my kind a portrait in every way true to nature, and the man I shall portray will be myself.[Je forme une entreprise qui n’eut jamais d’exemple, et qui n’aura point d’imitateur. Je veux montrer à mes semblables un homme dans toute la vérité de la nature; et cet homme, ce sera moi.]
There are times when I am so unlike myself that I might be taken for someone else of an entirely opposite character.[Qu’il y a des temps où je suis si peu semblable à moi-même qu’on me prendrait pour un autre homme de caractère tout opposé.]
The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. To Be your own man is a hard business. If you try it, you’ll be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.
One must first learn to know oneself before knowing anything else.[Man maa først lære at kjende sig selv, inden man kjender noget Andet.]
Knowledge of the Idea of the absolute ethical order depends entirely on the establishment of perfect adequacy between intuition and concept, because the Idea itself is nothing other than the identity of the two. But if this identity is to be actually known, it must be thought as a made adequacy.
It’s not to much fun to know yourself too well or think you do – everyone needs a little conceit to carry them past – the through & past the falls.
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.
I’m a riddle in nine syllables,
An elephant, a ponderous house,
A melon strolling on two tendrils.
O red fruit, ivory, fine timbers!
This loaf’s big with its yeasty rising.
Money’s new-minted in this fat purse.
I’m a means, a stage, a cow in calf.
I’ve eaten a bag of green apples,
Boarded the train there’s no getting off.