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occhiolism

dictionaryofobscuresorrows:

n. the awareness of the smallness of your perspective, by which you couldn’t possibly draw any meaningful conclusions at all, about the world or the past or the complexities of culture, because although your life is an epic and unrepeatable anecdote, it still only has a sample size of one, and may end up being the control for a much wilder experiment happening in the next room.

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We call ‘happiness’ a certain set of circumstances that makes joy possible. But we call joy that state of mind and emotions that needs nothing to feel happy.

André Gide, Pretexts: Reflections on Literature and Morality (via whyallcaps)

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Each man’s life represents the road toward himself, and attempt at such a road, the intimation of a path. No man has ever been entirely and completely himself. Yet each one strives to become that — one in an awkward, the other in a more intelligent way, each as best he can.

Herman Hesse, Demian (via whyallcaps)

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