- The Rwandan Genocide
When I was found once, nearly nude, what I was doing was cutting myself all over my body, so that the warmth of the blood that was spilling was becoming the most soothing of experiences I've ever had in my life. It was as if it was draining all that terrible pain, and I was essentially, by a thousand cuts, trying to bleed myself to death and it was incredible.
- The Master and his Emissary
My thesis is that for us as human beings there are two fundamentally opposed realities, two different modes of experience; that each is of ultimate importance in bringing about the recognizably human world; and that their difference is rooted in the bihemispheric structure of the brain. It follows that the hemispheres need to cooperate, but I believe they are in fact involved in a sort of power struggle, and that this explains many aspects of contemporary Western culture.
Rainer Maria Rilke
- Letters to a Young Poet
Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.
Steven J. Bartlett
- When You Don't Know Where to Turn
It is important to recognize that none of us ever reaches a final state of self-knowledge: as long as we live, our self-understanding is capable of growing. What we really understand about ourselves and what we believe ourselves to need and want are never more than provisional, tentative. Additional experience, just the fact of living longer, very likely will lead you to perceive yourself differently and motivate you to modify your priorities and change your goals.