Aphorisms presented in this Compendium were not yet written or not found in time to be included in New Extracts. WM


  1. Cosmic void
    In space roams time -- unused space, unused time.
    From solid matrix/matter (earth), are born -- like ghosts -- volatile water, air, fire.
    So, can God be born? In principle yes, only we don't know in which form.


  2. Show your teeth so nobody will accuse you of hiding venom.

    Way of the Samurai
  3. The fight for justice is an abstraction. The fight against enemies is concrete.


  4. Death means that the island (you) which divided the stream of eternity into two parts -- before and after your existence -- sank.


  5. A writer whose name I don't recall, said: "There is no secret of life."
    The happy life has no secrets.


  6. The fact that the birds sit on their eggs proves how little importance nature gives to the value of time.


  7. Perception (for an artist in particular)

    (1) Conceptual
    (2) Molecular
    (3) Quantic

    'Conceptual' perception requires knowledge of the subject and technique to enhance it.

    What you see at a glance = 'molecular perception,' meaning that you don't know what you see, but you see.
    Then molecular perception means a purely reflexive perception, a matter between eye and hand.

    'Molecular perception' transcends understanding because the brain cannot render the immediacy of total perception of something unknown to it. The brain, in its way of perceiving, is linear, 'spatio-temporal' i.e. each detail apart. The artist doesn't need to understand the molecule of perceived totality that refuses to be 'atomized' into its separate parts because it would lose its identity. That's why for an artist, contrary to the engineer or any other technician, what he sees is more important than what he understands.

    'Quantic' perception: what 'emerges' by intuition; we don't control it, we acknowledge it. Quantic perception is the revelation, final result of creativity. It is not a functional perception, it's a judgement.
  8. A French poet, I don't recall which, said that the poet seeks thoughts for words and not words for thoughts. So poetry is more a sister of music than of thought. What is language if not sum of sounds? And poetry is the music of those sounds.

    Language, from being servant of thought, evolved through poetry into a partner or even master of thought.


  9. In my subconscious, all my experiences are gathered into a surrealistic soup. My brain, made to be a mechanism of a logical cause-effect operating principle, is able to create a chaotic surrealistic picture, while nature, in principle unmotivated, creates a logical order from chaos. What is this mystery of logic and surrealism apparently in the wrong place? Nature, which couldn't care less, creates highly motivated scenarios, while the brain, at the antipodes of 'I couldn't care less,' takes a break and goes vagabonding.
  10. Consciousness is a sequence of information/execution. It is not revelation of itself, as thinking is not a revelation of the cerebral mechanism.


  11. Maybe it isn't true but it sounds nice

    On what heights
    Of other reality
    I raise myself on wings
    Of my morality
  12. Suspended in the cosmos
    My prison is limitless, dark, with stars floating in the distance. What am I doing with my time? I'm consulting my brain's illusions. It's better than ending on the trash heap of migrainous somnolence with the final expectation of flesh falling off the bones.


  13. Youth - looking forward with hope.
    Old age -- looking backward with regret.


  14. Entropy
    The power of the mind competes and collides with the power of intuition, which originates from the 'inferior' reptilian brain. Man, for consumption's sake, destroys the planet, destroys art, which becomes a commercial item, ideology or philosophy. All manipulation leads first to an apparent advance, then to decline. For example: fruit looks better but tastes worse than a hundred years ago; the same goes for wine and for everything else. Is this 'good' or 'bad'? There are no survivors to testify about the difference, so the question is irrelevant. It simply is.
  15. The notion of four elements is more than an alchemist's fabulous conception of the material universe. What we perceive -- fire, earth, air, water -- is represented by: the Sun, our planet, the air we bathe in, and water in various forms (vapor, liquid, solid). The Sun and the Earth remain constant in their continuous, slow for us, motion, while air and water change their motion more or less capriciously. All this forms the constant ballet of the universe for our senses.
  16. You cannot see the limit point (ultimon) between different states; it would violate the universal quantas condition.
  17. Peak of optimism: hanging from the noose, he still hoped.

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