“There has never been anything more difficult for man and for human society to bear than freedom.”
“Freedom and the assurance of daily bread for everyone are two incompatible notions that could never coexist.”
“A single day is sufficient for a man to discover what happiness is.”
“Man must set an example, if only an isolated one, by trying to lift his soul out of its isolation and offering it up in an act of brotherly communion.”
“You Americans. Americans know entertainment but they don’t know pleasure.”
“If life were like music, things would be easy. We’d expect the ups and downs, the changes in tempo, and the cacophony might be wrong or right, depending on the song. A chord would make sense and there would be no what ifs or should Is or shouldn’t Is. “We make beautiful music together” would be objective.”
- These first four are all from Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov.
- From Eat, Pray, Love, a movie I expected to hate but actually liked a lot.