[The face] presses the neighbor up against me. Immediacy is the collapse of the representation into a face, into a “concrete abstraction” torn up from the world, from horizons and conditions, incrusted in the signification without a context of the-one-for-the-other, coming from the emptiness of space, from space signifying emptiness, from the desert and desolate space, as uninhabitable as geometrical homogeneity.
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…if the lover is determined to not fall away from love, he can prevent the break, he can perform this miracle; for if he perseveres, a total break can never really come to be…Does the dance cease because one dancer has gone away? In a certain sense, yes. But if the other still remains standing in the posture that expresses a turning towards the one who has left, and if you know nothing about the past, then you will say, “Now the dance will begin just as soon as the other comes.
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I finally scrounged up the courage to tell her to stop visiting me in my dreams…
I was still dreaming.
For the eternal has the sharpest eye and the most developed understanding for mercy, but no understanding for money, no more than the eternal has financial problems or, as the saying goes, has anything to use money for. Yes, one could both laugh and weep over it. It would undeniably be a splendid…
Precisely this becomes the blessing, disturbing contradiction: to have one all-powerful as co-worker. For one all-powerful cannot be a co-worker with you, a human being, without its signifying that you are able to do nothing at all; and on the other side, if he is your support, you are able to do…
“Forgive, and and you will also be forgiven.” Meanwhile, one might nevertheless manage to understand these words in such a way that he imagined it possible to receive forgiveness without his forgiving. Truly this is a misunderstanding. Christianity’s view is: forgiveness is forgiveness; your…
You love the accidental. A smile from a pretty girl in an interesting situation, a stolen glance, that is what you are hunting for, that is a motif for your aimless fantasy. You who always pride yourself on being an observateur must, in return, put up with becoming an object of observation. Ah, you are a strange fellow, one moment a child, the next an old man; one moment you are thinking most earnestly about the most important scholarly problems, how you will devote your life to them, and the next you are a lovesick fool.