Men can’t escape from being governed. They either must govern themselves or they must submit to being governed by others. If from lawlessness or fickleness, from folly or self-indulgence, they refuse to govern themselves, then most assuredly in the end they will have to be governed by the outside.
“Why Companies Shouldn’t ‘Do’ Compliance.” Forbes.
Unconditional love also includes—the ardent desire to be abused: at that point it is a defiance directed against itself, and out of its devotion the very wish for self-annihilation finally arises: "Drown in this sea!"Friedrich Nietzsche, from unpublished fragments
For now, this is what this situation, this moment, requires me to do, and so I do it willingly.(via iseetheblood)
Teju Cole, "Teju Cole: By The Book" A New York Times Q&A, March 6, 2014 (via heroics)
NYT: What books are you embarrassed not to have read yet?
TEJU COLE: I have not read most of the big 19th — century novels that people consider “essential,” nor most of the 20th-century ones for that matter. But this does not embarrass me. There are many films to see, many friends to visit, many walks to take, many playlists to assemble and many favorite books to reread. Life’s too short for anxious score-keeping. Also, my grandmother is illiterate, and she’s one of the best people I know. Reading is a deep personal consolation for me, but other things console, too.