THE Dialectic of Solitude

"The PAST has left us orphans as it has the rest of the planet and we must join together in inventing our common future. 'World history' has become everyone's task, and our own labyrinth is the labyrinth of all mankind."

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"Solitude is the feeling and knowledge that one is alone alienated from the world and oneself."

"All men feel themselves to be alone."

"Solitude is the profoundest fact of the human condition."

"Man is the only being who knows he is alone"

p. 195

"His nature -- if that is what can be used in reference to man, who has invented himself by saying "NO" to nature -- consists of his longing to realize himself in another."

p. 195.

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"to reestablish the bonds that united us with life in a paradiasical past."

"All human life is pervaded by the dialectic ... of solitude and communion."

p. 196, 205.

"Our whole being strives to escape the opposites that torment us."

p. 196.

"Clearly we are faced with a wall that we by ourselves can not then leap over nor breakdown."

Dialectic of life & death

"All human life is pervaded by the dialectic of solitude & communion -- solitary and redemption -- alone, & together."

"Every moribund or strerile society attempts to save itself by creating a redemption myth, which is also a fertility myth, a creation myth."

"Solitude and sin are resolved in communion and fertility."

"The society we live in today has also created its myth. The sterility of the bourgeois world will end in suicide or a new form of creative participation. This is the 'theme of our times,' . . ; it is the substance of our dreams and the meaning of our acts."

p. 212.


"this wide-awake thinking has led us into the mazes of a nightmare in which the torture chambers are endlessly repeated in the mirrors of reason. When we emerge, perhaps we will realize that we have been dreaming with our eyes open, and that the dreams of reason are intolerable. And then, perhaps, we will begin to dream with our eyes closed."

p. 212.

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