Quotes from “The Elegance of the Hedgehog” by Muriel Barbery

Maggie Un
Maggie Unhas quoted3 years ago
now and again adults take the time to sit down and contemplate what a disaster their life is. They complain without understanding and, like flies constantly banging against the same old windowpane, they buzz around, suffer, waste away, get depressed then wonder how they got caught up in this spiral that is taking them where they don’t want to go.
Alya Wotcho
Alya Wotchohas quoted9 months ago
To understand Marx and understand why he is mistaken, one must read The German Ideology.
danion777
danion777has quoted2 years ago
cathedrals have always aroused in me the sensation of extreme light-headedness one often feels in the presence of man-made tributes to the glory of something that does not exist,
danion777
danion777has quoted2 years ago
the others, the fine talkers, despite the latter being incapable of defending their own garden or bringing a rabbit home for dinner or procreating properly. Humans live in a world where the weak are dominant. This is a terrible insult to our animal nature, a sort of perversion or a deep contradiction.
danion777
danion777has quoted2 years ago
This is a terrible thing because basically we are primates who’ve been programmed to eat, sleep, reproduce, conquer and make our territory safe, and the ones who are most gifted at that, the most animal types among us, always get shafted by
danion777
danion777has quoted2 years ago
Say what you want, do what you will with all those fine speeches on evolution, civilisation and a ton of other ‘-tion’ words, mankind has not progressed very far from its origins: people still believe they’re not here by chance, and that there are gods, kindly for the most part, who are watching over their fate.
danion777
danion777has quoted2 years ago
no one seems to have thought of the fact that if life is absurd, being a brilliant success has no greater value than being a failure.
danion777
danion777has quoted2 years ago
People aim for the stars, and they end up like goldfish in a bowl.
danion777
danion777has quoted2 years ago
find any meaning in your life, and then, the better to convince yourself, you deceive your own children.
danion777
danion777has quoted2 years ago
‘Life has meaning and we grown-ups know what it is’ is the universal lie that everyone is supposed to believe. Once you become an adult and you realise that’s not true, it’s too late. The mystery remains intact, but all your available energy has long ago been wasted on stupid things. All that’s left is to anaesthetise yourself by trying to hide the fact that you can’t
Olivia Mazzapica
Olivia Mazzapicahas quoted3 years ago
Whosoever sows desire harvests oppression
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