In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invicible summer
Albert Camus
The attempt is to avoid metaphysic. That is not entirely possible, though, because the only way to avoid metaphysic completely would be not to do anything.
-Mel Bochner
on minimal art
There is no happiness if the things we believe in  are different than the things we do.
Albert Camus
“I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us. If the book we are reading does not 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 a forest far from everyone, like a suicide.
A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us.“
Franz Kafka
from a letter to Oskar Pollack, 27 Jan. 1904
Power is given only to those who dare
lower themselves to pick it up.
–F.M. Dostoyevsky
The true way is along a rope that is not spanned high in the air, but only just above the ground. It seems intended more to cause stumbling than be walked upon.
–Franz Kafka
The Blue Octavo Notebooks
A few hundred years hence, in this same place, another traveller, as despairing as myself, will mourne the disappearance of what I might have seen, but failed to see…
–Claude Lévi-Strauss
Tristes Tropiques (1955)
Chapter 4: The quest for Power
Space is the condition of the possibility of juxtaposition.
–Arthur Schopenhauer