April 10th, 2011

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“As an atheist, I see nothing “wrong” in believing in a god. I don’t think there is a god, but belief in him does no harm. If it helps you in any way, then that’s fine with me. It’s when belief starts infringing on other people’s rights when it worries me. I would never deny your right to believe in a god. I would just rather you didn’t kill people who believe in a different god, say. Or stone someone to death because your rulebook says their sexuality is immoral. It’s strange that anyone who believes that an all-powerful all-knowing, omniscient power responsible for everything that happens, would also want to judge and punish people for what they are.”

Ricky Gervais: “Why I’m an Atheist” (via

There are metaphors more real than the people......

There are metaphors more real than the people who walk in the street. There are images tucked away in books that live more vividly than many men and women. There are phrases from literary works that have a positively human personality. There are passages from my own writing that chill me with fright, so distinctly do I feel them as people, so sharply outlined do they appear against the walls of my room, at night, in shadows….. I’ve written sentences whose sound, read out loud or silently (impossible to hide their sound), can only be of something that acquired absolute exteriority and a full-fledged soul.

The Book of Disquiet, Fernando Pessoa

The witchcraft of dreaming

Alchemy of dreaming. In the mysterious crucible, the dead appear called forth, by the power of some unknown art, to an illusory life on the border of truth. Because after all they are true: they talk, move, touch us, and we touch them.

The witchcraft of dreaming.

Anna Kamienska, from The Notebook: 1965-1972