Is what makes moments caught up in the immanence of return suddenly appear as ends. In every other system, don't forget, these moments are viewed as means: Every moral system proclaims that each moment of life ought to be motivated. Return unmotivates the moment and frees life of ends.
Concern for this or that limited good can sometimes lead to the summit.. But this occurs in a roundabout way. Moral ends.. Are distinct from any excesses they occasion. States of glory and moments of sacredness surpass results intentionally sought.
Never abandoned the watchword of not having any end, not serving a cause, because, as he knew, causes pluck off the wings we fly with.
Human entirety can only be what it is when giving up the addiction to others' ends.
Nothing radically changes when instead of human satisfaction, we think of the satisfaction of some heavenly being! God's person displaces the problem and does not abolish it.
Naturally, love's the most distant possibility.
If I give up the viewpoint of action, my perfect nakedness is revealed to me.
Pleasure only starts once the worm has got into the fruit, to become delightful happiness must be tainted with poison.
The sovereign being is burdened with a servitude that crushes him, and the condition of free men is deliberate servility.
Intellectual despair results in neither weakness nor dreams, but in violence. It is only a matter of knowing how to give vent to one's rage; whether one only wants to wander like madmen around prisons, or whether one wants to overturn them.
To place oneself in the position of God is painful: being God is equivalent to being tortured. For being God means that one is in harmony with all that is, including the worst. The existence of the worst evils is unimaginable unless God willed them.
Crime is a fact of the human species, a fact of that species alone, but it is above all the secret aspect, impenetrable and hidden. Crime hides, and by far the most terrifying things are those which elude us.