Voyagers discover that the world can never be larger than the person that is in the world; but it is impossible to foresee this, it is impossible to be warned.
(James Baldwin (1924-1987), U.S. author. repr. In The Price of the Ticket (1985). "The New Lost Generation," Esquire (New York, July 1961).
On the futility of running from a situation, with particular reference to his own "exile" in Paris.)
Suffering is the positive element in this world, indeed it is the only link between this world and the positive.
(Franz Kafka (1883-1924), Prague German Jewish author, novelist. The Fourth Notebook, February 4, 1918. The Blue Octavo Notebooks, ed. Max Brod, trans. by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins. Exact Change, Cambridge, MA (1991). Dearest Father: Stories and Other Writings, trans. by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins, New York, Schocken Books (1954).)
We can speak very much to the purpose and yet in such a way that the whole world cries out in contradiction: namely, when we are not speaking to the whole world.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 239, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Human, All-Too-Human, "Man in Society," aphorism 295, "The Speaker," (1878).)