ECO: aphorisms

“The function of memory is not only to preserve, but also to throw away. If you remembered everything from your entire life, you would be sick.”

“Libraries can take the place of God.”


“There are more people than you think who want to have a challenging experience, in which they are obliged to reflect about the past.”

“When the poet is in love, he is incapable of writing poetry on love. He has to write when he remembers that he was in love.”


“Does the novel have to deepen the psychology of its heroes? Certainly the modern novel does, but the ancient legends did not do the same. Oedipus’ psychology was deduced by Aeschylus or Freud, but the character is simply there, fixed in a pure and terribly disquieting state.”


“Perhaps the mission of those who love mankind is to make people laugh at the truth, to make truth laugh, because the only truth lies in learning to free ourselves from insane passion for the truth.”


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