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a vida dá voltas

Enquanto estiver na rotunda não estou perdido, pelo menos não volto atrás. E eis um dos atractivos daquela circulação, circulação quase infinita não fora ela terminar com exactidão às trezentas voltas: em redor de uma rotunda ninguém volta atrás, ninguém se engana, ninguém tem de assumir o erro e fazer inversão de marcha. A vida, apesar de tudo, é fácil. Numa rotunda.

Gonçalo M. Tavares, Matteo perdeu o emprego

o início do fim


​When it comes to technology, the brain still functions, but in everything else degeneration has begun. They are all insane: the Communists, the Fascists, the preachers of democracy, the writers, the painters, the clergy, the atheists. Soon technology, too, will disintegrate. Buildings will collapse, power plants will stop generating electricity. Generals will drop atomic bombs on their own populations. Mad revolutionaries will run in the streets, crying fantastic slogans.

Isaac Bashevis Singer, “Cafeteria”

do they have a choice? 


I am often reminded of a scene in a film about Africa. A lion attacks a herd of zebras and kills one. The frightened zebras run for a while and then they stop and start to graze again. Do they have a choice?

Isaac Bashevis Singer, “Cafeteria”

o humano segundo vampyroteuthis infernalis

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Should Vampyroteuthis analyse objects informed by man, he will find that sex had a very small role in the elaboration of the stored information. And should he analyse human behaviour, he will find that man’s sexual behaviour hardly changes over the course of human history. How can such an anomaly be explained, this predominance of digestion over sex? It can be explained by the fact that the human male is slightly larger than the human female. The male repressed the female during a considerable part of human history. This repression caused in the male a constant dread of a female revolt and with this he repressed the female dimension of the world. Thus he repressed the sexual dimension of the world and concentrated his reflection on the digestive apparatus. This lends human history its pathological character: human history is the history of a specifically human neurosis.

Vilém Flusser, Vampyroteuthis infernalis

as much as death is inevitable life is inevitable

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The most solid advice, though, for a writer is this, I think: Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep, really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive, with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell, and when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.

William Saroyan, The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze (prefácio)