1. The True Way
goes over a rope which is not stretched at any great height
but just above the ground. It seems more designed to make people stumble
than to be walked upon.
3. There are two cardinal sin
s from which all others spring: impatience and
laziness. Because of impatience we were driven out of Paradise
, because of
laziness we cannot return. Perhaps, however, there is only one cardinal
. Because of impatience we were driven out, because of
impatience we cannot return.
6. The decisive moment in human development is a continous one. For this
reason the revolution
ary movements which declare everything before them
are in the right, for nothing has yet happened.
12. Like a road in autumn: Hardly is it swept clean before it is covered
again with dead leaves.
13. A cage went in search of a bird.
15. If it had been possible to build the Tower of Babel
it, the work would have been permitted.
24. What is laid upon us is to accomplish the negative
; the positive is
25. Once we have granted accomodation to the Evil One
he no longer demands
that we should believe him.
29. The crows mantain that a single crow could destroy the heaven
Doubtless that is so, but it proves nothing against the heavens, for the
heavens signify simply: the impossibility of crows.
36. One cannot pay the Evil One in installments - and yet one perpetually
tries to do it.
54. There are questions which we could never get over if we were not
delivered from them by the operation of nature.
ly there exists a perfect possibility of happiness: to
believe in the indestructible element
in oneself and not strive after it.
73. Intercourse with human beings
seduces one to self contemplation
83. A faith like a guillotine
, as heavy, as light.
84. Death confronts us not unlike the historical
battle scene that hangs on
the wall of the classroom. It is our task to obscure or quite obliterate
the picture by our deeds while we are still in this world.
103. "But then he returned to his work as if nothing had happened." That is
a saying which sounds familiar to us from an indefinite
number of old
tales, though in fact it perhaps occurs in none.