Lev Shestov Quotes

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Lev Shestov Quotes

Whatever our definition of truth may be, we can never renounce Descartes clare et distincte (clarity and distinctness).
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Suffering "buys" something, and this something possesses a certain value for all of us, for common consciousness; by suffering we buy the right to judge.

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One must not ask for sincere autobiographies from writers. Fiction was invented precisely to give men the possibility of expressing themselves freely.

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Plato would hardly need to change a single word of his myth of the cave. Our knowledge would not be able to furnish an answer to his anxiety, his disquietude, his "premonitions." The world would remain for him, "in the light" of our "positive" sciences, what it was - a dark and sorrowful subterranean region - and we would seem to him like chained prisoners. Life would again have to make superhuman efforts, "as in a battle," to break open for himself a path through the truths created by the sciences which "dream of being but cannot see it in waking reality." [1] In brief, Aristotle would bless our knowledge while Plato would curse it.

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Dostoevsky does not believe his own words, and he is trying to replace a lack of faith with "feeling" and eloquence.

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The story of a regeneration of convictions - can any story in the entire field of literature be more filled with thrilling and all-absorbing interest?

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Heretics were most often bitterly persecuted for the their least deviation from accepted belief. It was precisely their obstinacy about trifles that irritated the righteous to madness.

— Lev Shestov

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