Not So Random Entries, Commonplace Moleskine/6

by Mark Chmiel

117.  Even if our efforts of attention seem for years to be producing no result, one day a light that is in exact proportion to them will flood the soul. Every effort adds a little gold to a treasure no power on earth can take away. –Simone Weil

234.  … and even his intelligence, which was exclusively occupied in devising each day a fresh scheme which would make his presence, if not agreeable, at any rate, necessary to Odette… –Marcel Proust

351. [The entirety of I. L. Peretz’s]  work was characterized by a dialectical tension between the romantic and rational impulses of his character, between cosmopolitan, worldly yearnings and practical Jewish concerns, between personal erotic desire and public accountability. These struggles are not always resolved in the stories, even in those that appear to be most pointed and straightforward. –Ruth Wisse

468.  Thus, from the beginning to the end of ancient philosophy, we have almost the same situation: philosophical writings respond to questions. –Pierre Hadot

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