Category Archives: words

quotes, books, stuff to read.

my kind of girl.

About the injunction of the Apostle Paul that women should keep silent in church? Don’t go by one text only.

– St. Teresa of Jesus


Here’s more on this screw-in coffin.

the vitamin d solution

Read this book! It’s an eye-opener.

freud’s resistance to simple pleasures

Works of art exercise a powerful effect on me. I spend a long time before them trying to aprehend them in my own way, i.e. to explain to myself what their effect is due to. Wherever I cannot do this, as for instance with music, I am almost incapable of obtaining any pleasure.

— Freud, in Introduction to ‘The Moses of Michelangelo’

[Freud’s] turning-away, an act of will in the interest of self-defense. The more energetic and violent, the more emotional effects of music appeared undesirable to him. He became more and more convinced that he had to keep his reason unclouded and his emotions in abeyance. Such an avoidance of the emotional effect of melodies can sometimes be seen in people who feel endangered by the intensity of their feelings.

— Theodor Reik, The Haunting Melody

our bodies, the first grounding certainty

If you know that here is one hand, we’ll grant you all the rest.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein, On Certainty

applies to all kinds of success

When the motivation to change comes from within, based on heartfelt desires rather than external sources, the likelihood of sustained success is dramatically improved.

— Margaret Moore


I don’t even think it’s worth thinking about [your obsessions] because in the end, there’s nothing you can do about [them]. You can talk meaninfully only about things that fascinate you.

David Lynch