i don’t want to, and don’t like to

Jean-Pierre Melville:

I think men were made to live among other men and I don’t want to, and don’t like to.

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why we fail to see the future

Tim O’ Reilly:

We all know that the world is changing, but too often we take refuge in the familiar, and fail to stretch our thinking to look at current trends and ask ourselves, “What happens if this goes on?”

one of the sad things today

John O’Donohue:

One of the sad things today is that so many people are frightened by the wonder of their own presence. They are dying to tie themselves into a system, a role, or to an image, or to a predetermined identity that other people have actually settled on for them. This identity may be totally at variance with the wild energies that are rising inside in their souls. Many of us get very afraid and we eventually compromise. We settle for something that is safe, rather than engaging the danger and the wildness that is in our own hearts.

in which you will certainly perish

james baldwin:

This collision between one’s image of oneself and what one actually is is always very painful and there are two things you can do about it, you can meet the collision head-on and try and become what you really are or you can retreat and try to remain what you thought you were, which is a fantasy, in which you will certainly perish.

there is nothing else

Donald Richie:

Ikiru is a cinematic expression of modern existentialist thought. It consists of a restrained affirmation within the context of a giant negation. What it says in starkly lucid terms is that ‘life’ is meaningless when everything is said and done; at the same time one man’s life can acquire meaning when he undertakes to perform some task that to him is meaningful. What everyone else thinks about that man’s life is utterly beside the point, even ludicrous. The meaning of his life is what he commits the meaning of his life to be. There is nothing else.