An older woman who has supposedly left all illusion behind is often found to be fantastically illuded, as much as any young girl, in her own recollections of herself as a young girl, of how happy she was then, how beautiful, etc. This fuimus [we have been], which we so often hear from older people, is just as great an illusion as the younger person’s illusions of the future; they lie or invent, both of them.
…there are essentially two forms of delusion: that of hope and that of recollection.
The self-lover is busy; he shouts and complains and insists on his rights in order to make sure he is not forgotten - and yet he is forgotten. But the lover, who forgets himself, is remembered by love.
…for the world is a very confused thinker who has neither the time nor the patience to think a single rigorous thought.
Love is a revolution, the most profound of all but the most blessed! Therefore with love, too, there comes confusion; in this life-giving confusion there is no distinction for the lovers between mine and yours. Remarkable! There are a you and I and yet no mine and yours! For without you and I there is no love, and with mine and yours there is no love.
A vindictive individual says sometimes that he hopes to God that vengeance will fall upon the hated one. But in truth, this is not to hope but to hate, and it is impudent to call this a hope; it is a blasphemy to wish to make God an accomplice in hating.
Delusion is always floating; for that reason it sometimes appears quite light and spiritual, because it is so airy. Truth takes a first step, and for that reason sometimes a difficult one, too.
And a delusion, as you know, never stops by itself; it only leads on into a greater and greater delusion so that it becomes more and more difficult to find one’s way back to the truth.
People’s remarks are so objective, so all inclusive, that it is a matter of complete indifference who expresses them, and where human speech is concerned, that is the same as acting ‘on principle.’
What is reasoning? It is the result of doing away with the vital distinction which separates subjectivity and objectivity.