" I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us. If the book we are reading doesnt wake us up with a blow on the head, what are we reading it for? ...we need the books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us"
"It is not necessary that you leave the house. Remain at your table and listen. Do not even listen only wait. Do not even wait be wholly still and alone. The world will present itself to you for its unmasking it can do no other in ecstasy it will writhe at your feet."
"You can hold yourself back from the sufferings of the world that is something you are free to do and it accords with your nature but perhaps this very holding back is the one suffering you could avoid."