Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Being and nothingness

Joseph Joubert:

It is better to be concerned with being than with nothingness. Dream therefore of what you still have rather than of what you have lost.

The Notebooks of Joseph Joubert: A Selection  , trans. Paul Auster (New York: New York Review Books, 2005).
I’m reminded of what Harold Russell wrote: “It is not what you have lost but what you have left that counts.”

Also from Joseph Joubert
Another world : Brevity : “Everything is new” : Form and content : Irrelevancies and solid objects : Justified enthusiasm : Lives and writings : New books, old books : ’Nuff said (1) : ’Nuff said (2) : Politeness : Resignation and courage : Ruins v. reconstructions : Self-love and truth : Thinking and writing : Wine

[Thank goodness this post wasn’t Sartre’s Being and Nothingness .]

comments: 2

Geo-B said...

So, if I can sum up, it's better to be concerned with the night stand that's there, rather than the night stand that isn't, next to our imperfect copy of the Ideal Bed? Is that where we're headed with this?

Michael Leddy said...

Is there a steering wheel? :)