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Chekhov’s Pistol February 12, 2009

Filed under: Chekhov's Pistol — Lucila Soto @ 3:00 pm

Following the premise of Chekhov’s pistol, as told by Haruki Murakami on Kafka on the Shore:

  • “if a pistol appears in a story, eventually it’s got to be fired”. Necessity is an independent concept. It has different structure from logic, morals or meaning. It’s function lies entirely in the role it plays. What necessity requires DOES need to exist.

I decided to create this new category which is to include a collection of quotes and extracts I have found enticing,  from different books I’ve read. Some have only been interesting, others have produce deep change or even set in motion new ways of thinking. Hope they get to you too or at least you’ll find them amusing.

  • The mechanism of the world itself is built on destruction and loss.
  • Taking crazy things seriously is a serious waste of time. Pointless thinking is worst than no thinking at all.
  • Sheepish butlers’ surgical bottle battles
  • A life without reading Hamlet is like a life spent in a coal mine. -Berlioz
  • There’s no war that will end all wars. War is a perfect, self-contained being.
  • Genius doesn’t specialize; genious is reason itself.
  • Whiskey, like a beautiful woman, demands appreciation. You gaze first, then it’s time to drink.
  • A good woodsman has only one scar on him.
  • Metaphysics is never more than semantic pleasantries anyway.
  • … I was evolving into an echo.
  • There’s no time in tautologies. That’s the difference between tautologies and dreams. Tautologies are instantaneous, everything is revealed at once. Eternity can actually be experienced.
  • Losing you is most difficult for me, but the nature of my love for you is what matters. If it distorts into half-truth, then perhaps it is better not to love you.
  • When you say you believe, you allow the possibility of disappointment. And from disappointment or betrayal, there may come dispair. Such is the way of the mind.
  • It is like looking for lost drops of rain in a river.
  • Two people can sleep in the same bed and still be alone when they close their eyes, if you know what I mean.

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