Benjamin Moser quotes

  • I studied mathematics which is the madness of reason.
    -- Benjamin Moser

    #Madness #Reason #Mathematics

  • Vocation is different from talent. One can have vocation and not have talent; one can be called and not know how to go.
    -- Benjamin Moser

    #Different #Talent #Vocation

  • There is no right to punish. There is only the power to punish,' she wrote. 'A man is punished for his crime because the State is stronger than he; the great crime of War is not punished because beyond the individual there is mankind, and beyond mankind there is nothing at all.
    -- Benjamin Moser

    #War #Men #Stronger

  • Like her friend and admirer Clarice Lispector, Hilda Hilst was a passionate explorer of the sacred and the profane, the pure and the obscene, and shows, in this discomfiting, hypnotic work, just how rarely those categories are what they seem. The translation is excellent - what a rare relief.
    -- Benjamin Moser

    #Relief #Passionate #Sacred

  • It’s one thing if everyone wears the same shoes or drinks the same soda. But the world of literature is the last place in which globalization should mean homogeneity.
    -- Benjamin Moser

    #Mean #Shoes #Literature

  • If one were to take the bible seriously one would go mad. But to take the bible seriously, one must be already mad.

  • You can’t have a masterpiece without madness,

  • Men were always quick to believe in the madness of women.

  • It may well be that a societys greatest madness seems normal to itself.

  • I read The Old Curiosity Shop before I began Blackwood Farm. I was amazed at the utter madness in that book.

  • Madness is badness of spirit, when one seeks profit from all sources.

  • Reason gains all people by compelling none.

  • The only reason you should be in college is to destroy it.

  • There is no smallest among the small and no largest among the large, but always something still smaller and something still larger.

  • Numbers are the most certain things we have.