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mais qu’on n’arrive pas à deviner ».’—Simone de Beauvoir, Mémoires d’une Jeune Fille Rangée, Paris: Gallimard, 1958, pp. 221-2.4 ‘Si donc on prend le mot exister en un sens univogue, il faut affirmer qu’en tant que les choses sensibles existent, les lois n’existent pas (ou inversement).’— G. Marcel, Journal Métaphysique, Paris: Gallimard, 1935, p. 18.5 ‘It is not well to stay for age, in travelling on the Way. Do not the graves of early youth cry loud against delay. When unheralded sickness grips a man and the world forsakes him then he begins to taste the pangs of unavailing regret for the irretrievable.’ (from The Yen-rin no Juin) ‘If an author borrows an idea from some other author without naming his source, and proceeds perhaps to make a perverted use of the borrowed idea, this is by no means an intrusion. But if he names his author, perhaps even with admiration, as a source of the perverted idea, he creates a most embarrassing situation.’ S.K. CUP, p. 5. ‘Our own affirmative attitude toward the world and toward life threatens constantly to externalize Christianity.’ A. Schweitzer, Out of My Life and Thoughts. ‘Why do so few “scientists” ever look at the evidence for telepathy, socalled? Becasue they think, as a leading biologist, now dead, once said to me, that even if such a thing were true, scientists ought to band together to keep it suppressed and concealed. It would undo the uniformity of nature and all sorts of other things without which scientists cannot carry on their pursuits.’ William James, The Will to Believe, pp. 10-11.

4.  ‘I was glad to get back to philosophy. I was still just as sensible as in my childhood of the strangeness of my presence on this earth, which had come—whence? Which was going—whither? I often thought about it, with amazement, and in my notebooks I questioned myself; it seemed to me that I was the victim “of a piece of sleight of hand whose trick is childish but which we can’t manage to pin down”.’ 5.  ‘If then we take the word to exist in an unequivocal sense we have to maintain that to the extent that perceptible things exist laws do not exist (or vice versa).’


Early Writings (Seeking the Path - Ñāṇavīra Thera)  

Part B includes two early essays (Nibbana and Anatta and Sketch for a Proof of Rebirth) as well as notes from a Commonplace Book and Margina...

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