Alain De Botton ~ A Blend Of Joy And Melancholy
“Our sadness won’t be of the searing kind but more like a blend of joy and melancholy: joy at the perfection we see before us, melancholy at an awareness of how seldom we are sufficiently blessed to encounter anything of its kind. The flawless object throws into perspective the mediocrity that surrounds it. We are reminded of the way we would wish things always to be and of how incomplete our lives remain.”
― Alain de Botton, The Architecture of Happiness
Isaac Levitan (Lithuanian-Russian, 1860–1900)
Fog over Water, c. 1895.
Arthur Schopenhauer ~ Pain Caused By Death
“The deep pain that is felt at the death of every friendly soul arises from the feeling that there is in every individual something which is inexpressible, peculiar to him alone, and is, therefore, absolutely and irretrievably lost.”
― Arthur Schopenhauer
Jacques-Augustin Pajou (Jacques Augustin Pajou) (1730-1809)
Bacchante tenant un tambour de basque, avec deux enfants [detail #2]
Marble
Louvre (France)
Voltaire ~ Reading And Dancing
“Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.”
Voltaire
Albert Einstein ~ On Imagination
“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”
Albert Einstein
Bertrand Russell ~ The Point Of Philosophy
The point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it.
Bertrand Russell
Schopenhauer ~ Royal Art
Treat a work of art like a prince. Let it speak to you first.
Arthur Schopenhauer
Plato ~ Music As A Moral Law
"Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. "
Plato
Arthur Schopenhauer ~ On Intelligence
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The more unintelligent a man is, the less mysterious existence seems to him.
Arthur Schopenhauer
Schopenhauer ~ On Being An Author
For an author to write as he speaks is just as reprehensible as the opposite fault, to speak as he writes; for this gives a pedantic effect to what he says, and at the same time makes him hardly intelligible.


Arthur Schopenhauer
Simone De Beauvoir ~ On Life
Change your life today. Don't gamble on the future, act now, without delay.
Simone de Beauvoir