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“Happiness and freedom begin with a clear understanding of one principle: some things are within our control, and some things are not. It is only after you have faced up to this fundamental rule and learned to distinguish between what you can and can't control that inner tranquility and outer effectiveness become possible.” - Epictetus

“If you are ever tempted to look for outside approval, realize that you have compromised your integrity. If you need a witness, be your own.” - Epictetus

“Work cures everything.” - Henri Matisse

“If we do not believe within ourselves this deeply rooted feeling that there is something higher than ourselves, we shall never find the strength to evolve into something higher.” - Rudolf Steiner

“The fundamental maxim of free men is to live in love towards our actions, and to let live in the understanding of the other person's will.” - Rudolf Steiner

“Peace is not something you must hope for in the future. It is a deepening of the present, and unless you look for it in the present, you will never find it.” - Thomas Merton

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.” - Marcus Aurelius

“In our hearts we know that the world is created in spirit and arises from spirit.” - Rudolf Steiner

“When it is said that the soul needs preparation before it is able to have experiences in the super-sensible world, it should be added that one of the many means of preparation is the capacity for true love, and the disposition towards genuine human kindness and fellow-feeling.” - Rudolf Steiner

“Our salvation and our loss is in ourselves.” - Epictetus

“Le vrai monde spirituel n'est pas celui dans lequel on doit se fuir soi-même, mais celui où l'on peut s'engager concrètement dans la vie.” - Rudolf Steiner

“Le temps n'est autre chose que la forme du sens interne, c'est-à-dire de l'intuition de nous même et de notre état intérieur.” - Emmanuel Kant, Critique de la Raison Pure, 1.1

“Our life is an apprenticeship to the truth (...) No facts to me are sacred; none are profane. I simply experiment, an endless seeker (...) the coming only is sacred. Nothing is secure but life, transition, the emerging spirit.” - R.W. Emerson

“Many people today still believe that whatever has not been understood by the intellect has not been understood at all. As against this, it has to be emphasized that the intellect is not alone in having cognitive powers, but that one can in fact also understand things by means of feeling, by means of imagination, and by means of other soul forces.” - Rudolf Steiner

There are actually two (challenges) to do this work. One is the outer challenge, and that is to actually deal with the science of the day. To try to make an insight into the science of the day so that you understand the fundamental principles that science is working from. There’s a lot of abstraction in those principles, so you kind of have to eat the abstraction, even though it’s not so palatable. There’s a kind of death force in the analytical way in which science is done and I think that’s the one side, is to actually try to find in the science of the day, what are the fundamental forces or we could even say beings that are present as force patterns in science, whether it’s weather, or chemistry, or plant growth, or whatever, there are certain fundamental movements and patterns that need to be understood in a clear logical way. (…) That’s one challenge, we could say the outer challenge. And then there’s the inner challenge, of we could say the temptation of knowledge, the temptation to power of knowledge, of inflation, and the inflation is that you think you know more than you actually do, this is the path of knowledge, and the more you learn, the more you think you know, so the inner challenge is letting go of what you know, systematically, so that you can get to a state of inner silence about your favorite ideas, and if you can get to a state of inner silence about your favorite ideas, there’s a death force in that for your favorite idea. Once you face that in yourself, that enables you to go to the outside and see the patterns more clearly without the bias of your favorite idea. So there’s a kind of breathing back and forth, between the world and the soul, and the goal is to marry the world and the soul, that’s called the alchemical wedding. So in Rudolf Steiner’s work, there’s a core of alchemical wisdom of the problem, the challenge, of doing research that involves the world as it is in a rational way, and my soul as it is in a very irrational way, and we could say in an imaginative way, that is unique to me, and my feelings, as a person, as a unique person, and has to meet the abstraction of codified science head-on and somehow you have to find a blending. So there’s a breathing back and forth of the meditative life and the study. In the old days they said, “pray, study, study, study, work, pray,” so that’s like a mantra: you pray to clear your soul, you study, you study, you study, then you do the work, then you pray again, hoping that you’re not inflated with what you think you know (…) in order to see the world anew.” - Dennis Klocek

“Love is higher than opinion. If people love one another, the most varied opinions can be reconciled. Thus one of the most important tasks for humankind today and in the future is that we should learn to live together and understand one another. If this human fellowship is not achieved, all talk of development is empty.” - Rudolf Steiner

“If you can't see God in all, you can't see God at all.” - Yogi Bhajan

“The way in which education starts a man will determine his future life.” - Plato

“Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.” - C.S. Lewis

“Where is the book in which the teacher can read about what teaching is? The children themselves are this book.” -Rudolf Steiner

“As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.” - Goethe

“Courage is the commitment to begin without any guarantee of success.” - Goethe

“The whole future lies in uncertainty. Live immediately.” - Seneca the Younger

“The subjective thinker is not a scientist-scholar. He is an artist. To exist is an art. The subjective thinker is esthetic enough for his life to have esthetic content, ethical enough to regulate it, dialectical enough in thinking to master it.” -Kierkegaard

“If attention is directed to the unconscious, the unconscious will yield up its contents, and these in turn will fructify the conscious like a fountain of living water. For consciousness is just as avid as the unconscious if the two halves of our psychic life are separated.” - Carl Jung

“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response.” - Viktor Frankl

“The goal of life is living in agreement with Nature.” - Zeno of Citium

“Man conquers the world by conquering himself.” - Zeno of Citium

“Le rôle de l'infiniment petit dans la nature est infiniment grand.” - Louis Pasteur

“Injustice never rules forever.” - Seneca

"Mercy was a word. I never thought I needed it, or not as much as other people do." - Song to Song (2017), Terrence Malick

“All cruelty springs from weakness.” - Seneca

“In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.” -Buddha

“It is not death, but a bad life, which destroys the soul.” -Quintus Sextius

“If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself but to your own estimate of it, and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.” - Marcus Aurelius

 “Understand however that every man is worth just so much as the things are worth about which he busies himself.” – Marcus Aurelius

“Be tolerant with others and strict with yourself.” - Marcus Aurelius

“If it's endurable, then endure it. Stop complaining.” - Marcus Aurelius

“The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.” - Thomas Merton

“I will do nothing because of public opinion, but everything because of conscience.” - Seneca

“The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.” - Epictetus

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” - Gandhi

“The wise man lets go of all results, whether good or bad, and is focused on the action alone.” - Bhagavad Gita

“Content yourself with being a lover of wisdom, a seeker of the truth. Return and return again to what is essential and worthy.” - Epictetus

“Execute every act of life as though it were thy last.” - Marcus Aurelius

“Ask yourself at every moment, 'is this necessary?'” - Marcus Aurelius

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love.” - Marcus Aurelius

“Get busy with life's purpose, toss aside empy hopes, get active in your own rescue - if you care for yourself at all - and do it while you can.” - Marcus Aurelius

“A medical science for the mind does exist: it is philosophy.” - Cicero

“The mind is everything: what you think, you become.” - Buddha

“Let us prepare our minds as if we'd come to the very end of life. Let us postpone nothing.” - Seneca

“If you wish to experience peace, provide peace for another.” - Dalai Lama

“Ce qui compte, ce n'est pas le bonheur de tout le monde, c'est le bonheur de chacun.” - Boris Vian

“The truth is the whole.” - Hegel

 “Always go too far, because that is where you'll find the truth.” - Albert Camus

 “The only way to deal with an un-free world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.” - Albert Camus

“Action is the foundational key to all success.” - Pablo Picasso

 “Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.” - Rumi

 “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” - Rumi

 “What matters to an active man is to do the right thing; whether the right thing comes to pass should not bother him.” - Goethe

“Every moment and every event of every man's life on earth plants something in his soul.” - Thomas Merton

“La vénération silencieuse de la nature abstraite ou nouménale, l'unique manifestation divine, est la seule religion qui anoblit l'humanité.” - Helena Blavatsky

“Silence is the mystery of the world to come, speech is the organ of this present world (...) Every man who delights in a multitude of words, even if he says admirable things, is empty within. Silence, however, will illuminate you in God and deliver you from the phantoms of ignorance. Silence will unite you with God himself.” - Saint Isaac of Nineveh

“L’œil ne voit que ce que l'esprit est préparé à comprendre.” -Henri Bergson

“To me, every hour of the day and night is an unspeakably perfect miracle.” - Walt Whitman

“cause there is no change without crisis, or is there?
some moments:
I met a man and he took me to his cabin by the lake. We took a long boat ride close to sunset, rowing. He’s so quiet and as I was observing him or rather my relation to him, asking: what makes that silence, how is that held?
I looked around me and saw the wind moving the trees, the openness and i realized that his sense of silence was not too different from the landscape we were in.
open, still, observant. Gave me an inkling into a way of life I had forgotten.
and I kind of fell in love with that.
the notion that life can be something other than the incessant pursuit of something else. that it’s about being present.” - Michael Taussig, The Corn Wolf (147)

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” - Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

“Quel que soit le désagrément que puissent avoir pour nous ces intempéries, elles sont nécessaires, ayant des causes déterminées par lesquelles nous nous appliquons à en connaître la nature, et quand l’âme a la connaissance vraie de ces choses, elle en jouit tout de même que de la connaissance des choses qui donnent à nos sens de l’agrément.” - Spinoza, Traité Politique, Ch. 1, §4

“La puissance humaine est très limitée et infiniment surpassée par celle des causes extérieures. Nous n’avons donc pas le pouvoir absolu d’adapter à notre usage ce qui est hors de nous. Cependant, nous supporterons avec calme les événements nuisibles si nous avons conscience d’avoir fait ce que nous devions et d’avoir été dans l’impossibilité de les éviter, puisque nous sommes une partie de la Nature entière, soumis à ses lois.

Quand nous comprenons cela parfaitement, la meilleure partie de notre être, notre intelligence, éprouve pleine satisfaction et désire vivre toujours dans cette satisfaction. En effet, dans la mesure où nous comprenons, nous ne pouvons désirer que ce qui est nécessaire, nous ne pouvons être absolument satisfaits que par le vrai. Donc, dans la mesure où nous comprenons bien tout cela, l’effort ou désir de la meilleure partie de nous-mêmes s’accorde avec l’ordre de la Nature entière.” - Spinoza, Ethique, Partie IV, Ch. 32

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” - Philippians (4:8)

“Le présent est toujours parfait. Quel que soit le bonheur ressenti dans le passé, je ne le regrette pas. Le présent est toujours le moment pour lequel je vis. L'avenir, je ne le souhaite jamais, il viendra ou il ne viendra pas, un jour il ne viendra pas. Mais cela ne me menace pas, je ne suis jamais en état d'anticiper. L'avenir n'est même pas comme l'espace noir au-dessus du ciel, où brille une étincelle de lumière intermittente ; c'est bien plutôt une pièce sans plafond ni sol ni murs ; c'est le présent qui lui donne une telle forme, c'est le présent qui l'enferme. Le passé est une pièce pleine de bagages et de déchets et parfois de choses utiles, mais si elles sont réellement utiles, je les ai conservées.” - Jamaica Kincaid, Autobiographie de ma mère

“Were you to live three thousand years, or even a countless multiple of that, keep in mind that no one ever loses a life other than the one they are living, and no one ever lives a life other than the one they are losing. The longest and the shortest life, then, amount to the same, for the present moment lasts the same for all and is all anyone possesses. No one can lose either the past or the future, for how can someone be deprived of what’s not theirs?” - Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 2.14

“I wish I had realized sooner that instead, essentially everything in life was the result of a decision. The need for decisions requires that there be uncertainty about something, and uncertainty suggests that things are mutable. This realization opens up all sorts of possibilities for you, if you make your own decisions. Decisions are made by people who are at the least fallible and, whether you own your decisions or cede them to others, you might win or lose. But the worst case scenario is giving up what feels right and losing. If you make own your decisions, it’s always a win. Have the courage to do ‘it’ your own way and you can make any outcome meaningful. Life only consists of moments. If you make the moment matter by making decisions that are meaningful to you, your life will matter. More important, over time your life will have been fully lived.” - Ellen Langer

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom the emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand wrapped in awe, is as good as dead —his eyes are closed. The insight into the mystery of life, coupled though it be with fear, has also given rise to religion. To know what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their most primitive forms—this knowledge, this feeling is at the center of true religiousness.” - Albert Einstein

“There are two ways through life: the way of nature and the way of grace. You have to choose which one you'll follow. Grace doesn't try to please itself, accepts being slighted, forgotten, disliked. Accepts insults and injuries. Nature only wants to please itself. Get others to please it too. Likes to lord it over them. To have its own way. It finds reasons to be unhappy when all the world is shining around it and love is smiling through all things. (...) No one who loves the way of grace ever comes to a bad end.” - Tree of Life (2011), Terrence Malick

“Vous savez, l'interprétation de la vie ne dépend que de nous. Et la société essaie souvent de nous dominer en nous forçant à interpréter les choses de telle ou telle manière. Plus jeune, je voulais vivre une vie de réussite, couronnée par l'argent et les succès massifs. Puis je me suis aperçu que cette vie n'était pas adaptée à mes désirs profonds, que ce n'était pas un bon cadre pour moi. J'ai cherché à avoir une interprétation personnelle de la vie, de ma propre vie. Il est important que cette interprétation ne soit pas la même pour tout le monde. C'est la même chose avec les films et avec les mode de narration que j'utilise. Je crois que la lourdeur de certaines intentions et de certaines descriptions nous fatigue d'une vie qui, en réalité, n'est pas si tragique. Il suffit de peu pour voir la vie sous un angle joyeux. Mais à travers l'idéologie qui domine le cinéma actuel, cette joie est réduite en miettes et il ne reste qu'une angoisse dont on ne sait pas trop quoi faire. Finalement, il n'est pas sûr qu'on voie vraiment ce qui est en face de nous. (...) Nous, êtres humains, sommes limités par la langue. Il nous faut trouver d'autres voies pour communiquer. Je crois qu'il ne faut pas être obsédé par la langue. Nous sommes tellement dépendants de la langue que nous devenons vite tendus par la crainte de ne pas être compris. Je suis assis en face de vous, je fais un entretien, et je me dis que je dois absolument réussir et être intelligible, sinon ce sera préjudiciable pour mes films à venir. Je construis une narration qui me détache un peu de la réalité. Mais quand je vais au plus profond de cette narration et que j'enlève une à une les couches constituées par cette crainte, je me dis que, finalement, la situation est plus simple qu'elle n'en a l'air. Mon film, par exemple, pourrait être résumé par une sorte de proverbe : 'On ne vit sa vie qu'une seule fois, donc si on la rate, c'est foutu.' Mais surtout, si je relâche un peu la pression, je peux enfin prendre le temps de voir à quoi vous ressemblez, j'aperçois les gens qui passent derrière les rideaux, j'arrive enfin à éprouver des sensations plutôt que d'être obsédé par cet entretien.” - Hong Sang-Soo, extrait d'entretien accordé aux Cahiers du Cinéma, Oct. 2012, n°682, pg. 28-29

“Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day.” - Rainer Maria Rilke

“Eh bien je suis devenue beaucoup plus indulgente, avant j'étais très très exigeante et très sérieuse et très sévère, de ne pas déroger avec moi-même de certaines valeurs de certaines idées, et puis dans le fond je me suis dite, la vie faisant, les épreuves venant, les expériences étant vécues, qu'on avait le droit de vivre, qu'on était libre, qu'on pouvait faire des choses qui n'étaient pas forcément dans le bronze et si on vous avait dit que c'était bien, c'était pas forcément vrai. De pouvoir remettre en question des choses que vous pensiez être vraies, vous pouvez très bien, vous avez le droit de tout remettre en question, et ça fait beaucoup de bien.” - Marie-Anne Chazel, entretien avec Olivier Bellamy, Passion Classique, 28/10/15

“Au départ, mon travail, c'est la peur de la chute. Par la suite, c'est devenu l'art de la chute, comme tomber sans se faire mal. Puis l'art d'être ici, en ce lieu.” - Louise Bourgeoise

“Dieu se rit (sourit) de ceux qu'il voit dénoncer les maux dont ils sont la cause.” -Baudrillard, Cool Memories V 

“What is really happening - what I can never really see, or I will go mad - is that I am not the spider who weaves the web, and I am not even a fly caught in the web. I am the web itself, streaming off in all directions with no center and no self that I can call my own.” - James Elkins

“By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.” - Kafka

“Connais-toi toi-même et tu connaîtras l'univers et les Dieux.” - Socrates

“Everything that can be conceived has a value of equal life, which is susceptible to each faculty of appropriation. I do not need to care about making this better or worse than this or that thing, nor of employing this or that procedure rather than another. To have confidence in that which truly expresses my emotion. To invent is to state, to see.” – Édouard Vuillard

“Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature. And that is because, in the last analysis, we ourselves are part of nature and therefore part of the mystery that we are trying to solve.” - Max Planck

“La joie absurde par excellence, c'est la création.” – Albert Camus

“Quand bien même toutes les idées seraient de nature à nous décevoir, je ne me proposerai pas moins, en commençant, de leur consacrer ma vie.” - André Breton, Les Pas Perdus

“La philosophie moderne se flatte, par pure complaisance envers elle-même, de poser des questions sans réponses, alors qu'il s'agit d'admettre qu'il n'y a pas de questions du tout, auquel cas notre responsabilité devient totale, puisque nous sommes la réponse - en même temps l'énigme du monde elle aussi reste totale, puisque la réponse est là, et qu'il n'y a pas de question à cette réponse.” - Jean Baudrillard, Cool Memories

“There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the infinite passion of life.” – Fellini

 “Here, in this life, all symphonies remain unfinished.” –Father Karl Rahner

“There is no coming to consciousness without pain. People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own Soul. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.” - Carl Jung

“When you sing with your voice, a moment comes when you stop singing; then it is the moment to begin singing with your life, and you will never stop singing.” - Saint Augustine

“Il n’y a pas de tour plus cruel qu’on puisse jouer à la réalité que de l’idéaliser telle qu’elle est.” – Baudrillard, Cool Memories

“Tu dis que je m'analyse trop ; moi je trouve que je ne me connais pas assez ; chaque jour j'y découvre du nouveau. Je voyage en moi comme dans un pays inconnu, quoique je l'aie parcouru cent fois.” - Flaubert, lettre à sa maîtresse

“Nous nous écrirons, nous penserons l'un à l'autre, tu travailleras (me le jures-tu ?), tu tâcheras de faire quelque grande œuvre où tu mettras tout ton cœur. Oh, va, aime plutôt l'Art que moi. Cette affection-là ne te manquera jamais, ni la maladie ni la mort ne l'atteindront. Adore l'Idée. Elle seule est vraie parce qu'elle seule est éternelle.” - Lettre de Flaubert à Louise Collet, 2 septembre 1846

“Faisons des rêves immenses afin de ne pas les perdre de vue en les poursuivant.” -William Faulkner

“The lens through which I view the world is fundamentally about the presence of a divine spark in all people in this world amidst great brokenness and despair. I believe very much in the idea that the Kingdom of Heaven is here - all around us already, all the time - and that we are in it.” - Lear DeBessonet

“For me, this is a moment in time when having access to our humanity - our common humanity - and a sense of empathy, and what it is that is our sort of fundamental human predicament, is the key to finding a way to move forward.” - Lear DeBessonet

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine, and shadows will fall behind you.” - Walt Whitman

“Give our Lord the benefit of believing that his hand is leading you, and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself in suspense and incomplete.” - Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

“The history of our spiritual life is a continuing search for the unity between ourselves and the world.” - Rudolf Steiner

“Mankind can be rescued from materialism when, in ever-increasing numbers, men learn to surrender themselves to the spiritual world, to interpret its plan; when more and more individual men take their stand with the courage to carry out into life the impulses from the spiritual world in the position in which their destiny has placed them, and for which they bear the responsibility before the spiritual worlds.” - Rudolf Steiner

“Day by day, what you choose, what you think, and what you do is who you become. Your integrity is your destiny, it is the light that guides your way.” - Heraclitus

“Start by doing what's necessary; then by doing what's possible; then suddenly your are doing the impossible.” - Saint François d'Assis

“La politique est le moyen pour des hommes sans principes de diriger des hommes sans mémoire.” - Voltaire

“As human beings, we need to develop social impulses out of our innermost depths. For this to happen, we must have different schools. Each human being needs to care deeply about what will become of the next generation.” - Rudolf Steiner

“Tant que nous sommes vivants, nous pouvons nous perfectionner et servir l'humanité. Mais nous ne pouvons servir l'humanité qu'en nous perfectionnant, et nous perfectionner qu'en servant l'humanité.” - Léon Tolstoï

“Joy and happiness in living, a love of all existence, a power and energy for work - such are among the lifelong results of a right cultivation of the feeling for beauty and for art.” - Rudolf Steiner

“Our highest endeavor must be to develop free human beings who are able of themselves to impart purpose and direction to their lives.” - Rudolf Steiner

“The moment we (...) hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and (...) are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life flow no longer into our souls. Every truth we see is ours to give the world, not to keep to ourselves alone.” - Elizabeth Cady Stanton

“Nothing great is ever achieved without much enduring.” - Saint Catherine of Siena

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” - Mother Teresa

“Love, on the contrary, sustains the artist. Love is an important thing, the greatest good, which alone renders light that which weighs heavy, and bears with an equal spirit that which is unequal. For it carries weights which without it would be a burden, and makes sweet and pleasant all that is bitter...Love wants to rise, not to be held down by anything base...Nothing is more gentle than love, nothing stronger, nothing higher, nothing larger, nothing more pleasant, nothing more complete, nothing better in heaven or on earth - because love is born of God and cannot rest other than in God, above all living beings. He who loves, flies, runs, and rejoices; he is free and nothing holds him back.” - Matisse

“Il faut noter ensuite que les afflictions et l'infortune ont pour origine principale l'amour excessif pour un être qui change et varie tout le temps et dont nous ne pouvons jamais être maître. En effet, on a tourment ou anxiété pour cela seul que l'on aime ; les offenses, soupçons, intimités, etc., naissent uniquement de l'amour pour des êtres que personne ne peut réellement posséder. Ainsi, nous comprenons facilement le pouvoir qu'a sur les sentiments la connaissance claire et distincte, et avant tout notre troisième genre de connaissance dont la base est la connaissance même de Dieu ; cette connaissance ne supprime absolument pas les sentiments-passions, mais elle fait qu'ils constituent la plus petite partie de l'esprit. De plus, cette connaissance engendre l'amour envers un être immuable et éternel que nous pouvons posséder réellement, et qui ne peut être souillé par aucun des vices inhérents à l'amour ordinaire, mais qui peut devenir de plus en plus grand, qui peut occuper la plus grande partie de l'esprit et l'affecter très amplement.” - Spinoza, Éthique, Vème partie, Scolie de la proposition 20

“Even though we act most of the time as if we are living on the same level of reality, if for example we ask really concrete questions, keep on asking the same questions, we realize that we are not on the same level of reality (...) We want to believe that we are living on the same reality, but reality can never be captured, we are just living on the cloud, but we want to live together out of necessity, so we have made some kind of contract that we pretend to (...) live in the same reality. For example, we can share one ice cream, we can talk about the taste of it for one hundred years and I will never know what it feels like, this ice cream (...) so the taste of this ice cream we can never share, we just pretend we know how it feels (...) So reality is not there for us to capture, we are just living as a human being within the limitations of human sensation. So I'm curious, always interested in the so-called reality, because of that interest I feel freer (...)” - Hong Sang-Soo, Q&A at NYFF55, 2017

“Then what do you believe in?
That I'm not the master of myself,
That I'm not a leading character,
not in the least.
And second, that I can die at any time.
I really believe that's okay.
Third, that everything is okay.
That actually everything is beautiful, always.
I believe in this world.” - The Day After, 2017, Hong Sang-Soo