[...] brute force — nothing to boast of, when you have it, since your strength is just an accident arising from the weakness of others.
[...] I hate, detest, and can't bear a lie, not because I am straighter than the rest of us, but simply because it appalls me.
There is a taint of death, a flavour of mortality in lies [...]. It makes me miserable and sick, like biting something rotten would do.
The mind of man is capable of anything — because everything is in it, all the past as well as all the future.
I don't like work — no man does — but I like what is in work — the chance to find yourself. Your own reality — for yourself, not for others — what no other man can ever know.
It occurred to me that my speech or my silence, indeed any action of mine, would be a mere futility.
No fear can stand up to hunger, no patience can wear it out, [...].
We live, as we dream – alone.
The most you can hope from it is some knowledge of yourself — that comes too late — a crop of unextinguishable regrets.
I have wrestled with death. It is the most unexciting contest you can imagine. It takes place in an impalpable grayness, with nothing underfoot, with nothing around, without spectators, without clamor, without glory, without the great desire of victory, without the great fear of defeat, in a sickly atmosphere of tepid skepticism, without much belief in your own right, and still less in that of your adversary.
[...] the thought that he would never stop smoking filled him with a strange satisfaction. Ignoring the warning on the cigarette packet might not be the most flamboyant act of rebellion a man could allow himself, but at least it was one he could afford.
A horse perceives eye contact as provocative, as if it and its status in the herd are not being respected. If it cannot avoid eye contact, it will react in a different way, by rebelling for example.
In dressage you don’t get anywhere by not showing respect, however superior your species might be. Any animal trainer can tell you that.
In the mountains in Argentina there’s a wild horse which will jump off the nearest precipice if any human tries to ride it.
I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.
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