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Andrea Borghini

Quotes and The Sense of Possibility

By January 31, 2013

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I have always found inspiration through single quotes. They seem to open up a wider space of possibility than other forms of literature, that is to awake what Robert Musil called "the sense of possibility;" and they can often succinctly express the necessity of some view too. When I was in high school, I did not keep a journal, but I filled my notebooks with quotes, which I would then use also in assignments. Some people, indeed, reason through short thoughts, as for instance the Zen tradition, the Japanese form of poetry known as haiku, and those Western philosophers that expressed themselves through aphorisms (Wittgenstein, Marcus Aurelius, etc.) neatly exemplify.

Since the facebook era started, then, the amount of quotes on the Internet has been growing exponentially. Still, to find a decent selection of philosophical quotes is not always that easy. I thus sat down and compiled a few of them, on disparate topics: sex, possibility, love, violence, Lewis Carroll, and pleasure. I hope you'll enjoy them. If you have any suggestion, please get in touch!


March 20, 2013 at 2:58 pm
(1) stephen mann says:

Aphorisms seem to me to be caricatures rather than truths (mostly). Also, haiku is Japanese poetry whereas koans are their truth “shortcuts”. Aphorisms, if enough are collected, are often mutually contradictory but this is well known. What isn’t is that they are the subject of a field of study: paremiology. This collects, analyzes, classifies, and so on these- interestingly, since statements claiming to be true are examined to determine the meaning of meaning in the logic of language.


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