But one must not think ill of the paradox, for the paradox is the passion of thought, and the thinker without the paradox is like the lover without passion: a mediocre fellow.
And the situation of understanding — how terrifying, for it is indeed less terrifying to fall upon one’s face while the mountains tremble at the god’s voice than to sit with him as his equal, and yet the god’s concern is precisely to sit this way.
The unhappiness is the result not of the lovers’ being unable to have each other but of their being unable to understand each other.
To have an opinion is to me both too much and too little; it presupposes a security and well-being in existence akin to having a wife and children in this mortal life, something not granted to a person who has to be up about night and day and yet has no fixed income.
To be nothing; oh most happy, most enviable lot in life.
The words, ‘I know nothing except Christ and the crucifixion,’ said by an apostle cost him his life; said by a witness to the truth it brings persecution…said by a poet it becomes a success, said by a declaiming priest not only does he become a success, he is seriously honored as all but holy himself.
The most dangerous situation for a child regarding the religious: The danger is not that the father or educator is a liberal, nor even that he is a hypocrite. No, the danger is that he is a pious and God-fearing man, that the child is sincerely and profoundly convinced of his, but notices a deep disquiet in his father’s soul, as though not even being God-fearing and pious could bring peace to his soul. The danger lies exactly in the fact that, in this situation, the child is given the opportunity to conclude in effect that God is not infinite love after all.
Every individual in the community guarantees the community. The public is a chimera.
Angst is really nothing but impatience.