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"Das Geheimnis, um das es hier geht, aber ist: Daß man mit der Aufopferung Gottes auch die Welt opfert, daß der Verrat an der Religion den Verrat an der Kultur nach sich zieht, nach sich ziehen muß. Die abendländische Kultur wird genau so lange leben wie die abendländische Religion." - Gertrud von Le Fort, Der Kranz der Engel 
"Gerechtigkeit ist nur in der Hölle, im Himmel ist Gnade, und auf Erden ist das Kreuz." - Gertrud von Le Fort
"Justice only is in hell, in heaven there is grace, and on earth there is the cross." - Gertrud von Le Fort
"For the expectation of the creature waiteth for the revelation of the sons of God." (Romans 8:14)
"Être Prussien est un honneur, mais pas plaisir."
"Tene mensuram et respice finem."
― Motto of German Emperor Maximilian I (1493-1519)
Ὦ ξεῖν᾿, ἀγγέλλειν Λακεδαιμονίοις ὅτι τῇδε
κείμεθα τοῖς κείνων ῥήμασι πειθόμενοι.
"Saints live in flames; wise men, next to them."
― Emile M. Cioran, Tears and Saints (1937)
"The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth: because I give testimony of it, that the works thereof are evil." (John 7:7)
"Lay not up to yourselves treasures on earth: where the rust, and moth consume, and where thieves break through and steal. But lay up to yourselves treasures in heaven: where neither the rust nor moth doth consume, and where thieves do not break through, nor steal. For where thy treasure is, there is thy heart also." (Matthew 6:19-21)
"No man can serve two masters. For either he will hate the one, and love the other: or he will sustain the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon." (Matthew 6:24)
"For what doth it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his own soul? Or what exchange shall a man give for his soul? For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels: and then will he render to every man according to his works." (Matthew 16:26-27)
"For all flesh is as grass; and all the glory thereof as the flower of grass. The grass is withered, and the flower thereof is fallen away. But the word of the Lord endureth for ever." (1 Peter 1, 24-25)
"And many false prophets shall rise, and shall seduce many. And because iniquity hath abounded, the charity of many shall grow cold. But he that shall persevere to the end, he shall be saved." (Mt 24, 11-13)
"True -- truly Prussian -- loyalty is what the world most needs in this age of great catastrophes. We can only lean on what offers resistance. It is on the realization of this that the true leader takes his stand. A leader who has risen from the masses must know, better than most, that masses, majorities, parties are no genuine liegemen. They merely want advantages. They leave their leader in the lurch as soon as he demands sacrifices. If he thinks and feels as a product of the mass, history will treat him as a mere demagogue. It is the parting of the ways to Left and Right: the demagogue lives with the masses as one of themselves; the born ruler can use them, but he despises them. He fights his most difficult battles, not against the enemy, but against the swarm of his all-too-devoted friends." (Oswald Spengler: "The Hour Of Decision", 1934, p. 202)
End of the World
There is a weeping in the world
As though the dearest God Himself were dead,
And the plummeting shadow, it burdens down
Like a grave of lead.
Come, let’s hide and loneliness softens …
Life is locked in our hearts
As in coffins.
You, let’s hug in a deep kiss —
A longing throbs throughout the world,
And we must die by this.
- Else Lasker-Schüler
(tr. by Rolf-Peter Wille)
"I live not in dreams but in contemplation of a reality that is perhaps the future."
― Rainer Maria Rilke
They all have lips profoundly tired
and lucid souls without a seam,
and yearning (like a sin desired)
moves sometimes slowly through their dream.
They nigh resemble one another
and walk His gardens silently:
so many intervals that gather
in God's majestic melody.
But only with their wings extending
do they call forth the heaven's gales:
like sculptor God Himself were bending
the pages, and His hands were mending
the book of dark creation tales.
- Rainer Maria Rilke
"I distrust every idea that doesn’t seem obsolete and grotesque to my contemporaries."
― Nicolás Gómez Dávila
"A man lives a certain length of time, until he either enters into the absolute, or into nothingness. In freedom he himself determines his future life: he chooses God or nothingness. He annihilates himself or creates himself unto eternal life. A double progress is possible for him: one towards eternal life (to perfect wisdom and holiness, to a condition fully adequate to the true and the good) and one towards eternal annihilation. In one of these two directions, however, he continually advances: there is no third way."
― Otto Weininger
"A culture which consistently refuses to assume God as its highest law and goal will in the end assume him as its judgment and end. Cultures that have become unviable do not die a natural death - they get strangled."
― Gertrud von le Fort
"Each of us is born with a share of purity, predestined to be corrupted by our commerce with mankind, by that sin against solitude."
― Emile M. Cioran, A Short History of Decay (1949)
"Today only the person who no longer believes in a happy ending, only he who has consciously renounced it, is able to live. A happy century does not exist; but there are moments of happiness, and there is freedom in the moment."
― Ernst Jünger
"Now freedom hath fled from the world, we find
But lords and their bondsmen vile
And nothing holds sway in the breast of mankind
Save falsehood and cowardly guile.
Who looks in death's face with a fearless brow,
The soldier, alone, is the freeman now."
― Friedrich Schiller, The Camp of Wallenstein
"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself."
― Friedrich Nietzsche
"Thus wisheth the type of noble souls: they desire to have nothing GRATUITOUSLY, least of all, life."
― Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathustra
"We are born into this time and must bravely follow the path to the destined end. There is no other way. Our duty is to hold on to the lost position, without hope, without rescue, like that Roman soldier whose bones were found in front of a door in Pompeii, who, during the eruption of Vesuvius, died at his post because they forgot to relieve him. That is greatness. That is what it means to be a thoroughbred. The honorable end is the one thing that can not be taken from a man."
― Oswald Spengler, Man and Technics: A Contribution to a Philosophy of Life
"Eine Kultur, welche sich konsequent weigert, Gott als ihr höchstes Gesetz und Ziel anzunehmen, muß ihn zuletzt als ihr Gericht und Ende annehmen. Lebensunfähig gewordene Kulturen sterben keines natürlichen Todes, sondern sie werden erwürgt."
― Gertrud von le Fort
"Die Auferstehung Preußens wird schwere Opfer kosten. Das schwerste unter allen bringt Preußen. Es stirbt. Jeder andere Staat kann und mag in Deutschland aufgehen; gerade Preußen muß darin untergehen."
― Theodor Fontane
"Willfährigkeit gegen das Göttliche und Wehrfähigkeit gegen das Menschliche, das gab seinem Wesen Reife und Anmut. Was er unter Bereitschaft der Seele verstand, sprach er ein andermal aus: »Wenn es Sinn und Aufgabe des Menschenlebens ist, hinter die Erscheinung des Menschlichen zu kommen, dann haben wir durch den Krieg unser Teil am Leben mehr als andere dahin. Wenige sehen wie wir hier draußen so viel Hüllen sinken, wenige haben so viel Niederträchtigkeit, Feigheit, Schwachheit, Selbstsucht und Eitelkeit, wenige so viel Würde und schweigsamen Seelenadel gesehen wie wir. Wir können vom Leben nicht mehr fordern, als daß es sich uns entschleiert; darüber hinaus ist keine menschliche Forderung. Uns hat das Leben mehr als vielen gegeben, warten wir ruhig ab, ob es auch mehr von uns zu fordern hat!«
― Walter Flex, "Der Wanderer zwischen beiden Welten"
"Großen Seelen ist der Tod das größte Erleben. Wenn der Erdentag zur Rüste geht und sich die Fenster der Seele, die farbenfrohen Menschenaugen, verdunkeln wie Kirchenfenster am Abend, blüht in dem verdämmernden Gottestempel des sterbenden Leibes die Seele wie das Allerheiligste am Altar unter der ewigen Lampe in dunkler Glut auf und füllt sich mit dem tiefen Glanze der Ewigkeit. Dann haben Menschenstimmen zu schweigen. Auch Freundesstimmen . . . . Darum forscht und sehnt euch nicht nach letzten Worten! Wer mit Gott spricht, redet nicht mehr zu Menschen."
― Walter Flex, "Der Wanderer zwischen beiden Welten"
"Wherefore, children, let us hold fast our discipline, and let us not be careless. For in it the Lord is our fellow-worker, as it is written, 'to all that choose the good, God worketh with them for good.' But to avoid being heedless, it is good to consider the word of the Apostle, 'I die daily.' For if we too live as though dying daily, we shall not sin. And the meaning of that saying is, that as we rise day by day we should think that we shall not abide till evening; and again, when about to lie down to sleep, we should think that we shall not rise up. For our life is naturally uncertain, and Providence allots it to us daily. But thus ordering our daily life, we shall neither fall into sin, nor have a lust for anything, nor cherish wrath against any, nor shall we heap up treasure upon earth. But, as though under the daily expectation of death, we shall be without wealth, and shall forgive all things to all men, nor shall we retain at all the desire of women or of any other foul pleasure. But we shall turn from it as past and gone, ever striving and looking forward to the day of Judgment. For the greater dread and danger of torment ever destroys the ease of pleasure, and sets up the soul if it is like to fall."
― St. Athanasius the Great (295-373 A.D.): Life Of St. Anthony the Great (Vita Antonii), XIX.
"¡El Alcázar no se rinde!"
― Coronel José Moscardó Ituarte, primer conde del Alcázar de Toledo
A Knight Errant
Though he lived and died among us,
Yet his name may be enrolled
With the knights whose deeds of daring
Ancient chronicles have told.
Still a stripling, he encountered
Poverty, and struggled long,
Gathering force from every effort,
Till he knew his arm was strong.
Then his heart and life he offered
To his radiant mistress--Truth;
Never thought, or dream, or faltering,
Marred the promise of his youth.
So he rode forth to defend her,
And her peerless worth proclaim;
Challenging each recreant doubter
Who aspersed her spotless name.
First upon his path stood Ignorance,
Hideous in his brutal might;
Hard the blows and long the battle
Ere the monster took to flight.
Then, with light and fearless spirit,
Prejudice he dared to brave;
Hunting back the lying craven
To her black sulphureous cave.
Followed by his servile minions,
Custom, the old Giant, rose;
Yet he, too, at last was conquered
By the good Knight's weighty blows.
Then he turned, and, flushed with victory
Struck upon the brazen shield
Of the world's great king, Opinion
And defied him to the field.
Once again he rose a conqueror,
And, though wounded in the fight,
With a dying smile of triumph
Saw that Truth had gained her right.
On his failing ear re-echoing
Came the shouting round her throne;
Little cared he that no future
With her name would link his own.
Spent with many a hard-fought battle,
Slowly ebbed his life away,
And the crowd that flocked to greet her
Trampled on him where he lay.
Gathering all his strength, he saw her
Crowned and reigning in her pride!
Looked his last upon her beauty,
Raised his eyes to God, and died.
― Adelaide Anne Procter
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