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“Know thyself”? If I knew myself, I’d run away.



Phantom Cell: Definitions and Sources

phan·tom cell, n.

1. A covert or clandestine leaderless group that acts against an institution.

And as experience shows, many have been the conspiracies, but few have been successful; because he who conspires cannot act alone, nor can he take a companion except from those whom he believes to be malcontents, and as soon as you have opened your mind to a malcontent you have given him the material with which to content himself, for by denouncing you he can look for every advantage; so that, seeing the gain from this course to be assured, and seeing the other to be doubtful and full of dangers, he must be a very rare friend, or a thoroughly obstinate enemy of the prince, to keep faith with you. 707 altre parole


On living a small life

When I was a kid, my parents told me I could be and do anything I wanted (as long as it required a college degree and wasn’t embarrassing). 585 altre parole


La fermentation des Lumières: Le Neveu de Rameau de Diderot

Étrange destin d’un texte: Le Neveu de Rameau est l’une des œuvres les plus fascinantes du dix-huitième siècle français, et pourtant elle n’a été lue que bien des années après sa conception en 1761 et son achèvement, vers 1774, lorsque Goethe a publié, en 1805, la traduction allemande d’une copie manuscrite, que Schiller lui avait communiquée. 930 altre parole

Writers Of 18th Century

Irène Nèmirovsky On The Failure To Recognize Failure

In The Fires of Autumn (Vintage International, New York, 2015, p. 186) Irène Nèmirovsky writes:

Mankind can only easily get used to happiness and success. When it comes to failure, human nature puts up insurmountable barriers of hope. 484 altre parole


" karl marx and the fema " , rinaldo rasa agenda19892010 readings of newspaper

In the drama Götz von Berlichingen, Goethe describes a sitting of “Fema” . Fema is a secret sect active in Germany during Seventeenth century. Among the insurgents against the dictatorships or rebels against the authority (e.g. 108 altre parole

Rinaldo Rasa

I am a Writer

I’m a writer.  It has taken me 65 years to make this bold assertion though this blogging experience of the past five years has been a very tentative, left-handed way of making this announcement.  710 altre parole