As Christopher Marlowe’s Faust learned the hard way, wishing for a moment of bliss to say “the same” indefinitely is guaranteed to procure indefinite commitment to hell instead of indefinite happiness. … A state of rest would not be a state of happiness but of boredom.
p. 29 (The Art of Life (2008))
For intellectual authority, the appropriate version of Descartes 's cogito would be today: I am talked about, therefore I am.Zygmunt Bauman
Our vulnerability [to ressentiment], is unavoidable (and probably incurable) in a kind of society in which relative equality of political and other rights and formally acknowledged social equality go hand in hand with enormous differences in genuine power, possessions and education; a society in which everyone “has the right” to consider himself equal to everybody else, while in fact being unequal to them.Zygmunt Bauman
Avoid the crowd, avoid mass audiences, keep your own counsel, which is the counsel of philosophy of wisdom you can acquire and make your own.Zygmunt Bauman
Man is in his short sojourn on earth equal to God in His eternity.Zygmunt Bauman