08 avril 2013

darkness (light)


"This mere existence, that is, all that which is mysteriously given us by birth and which includes the shape of our bodies and the talents of our minds, can be adequately dealt with only by the unpredictable hazards of friendship and sympathy, or by the great and incalculable grace of love, which says with Augustine, ‘Volo ut sis (I want you to be),’ without being able to give any particular reason for such supreme and unsurpassable affirmation."
— Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism, 1951

"Amo heißt volo, ut sis, sagt einmal Augustinus: ich liebe Dich - ich will, daß Du seiest, was Du bist."
“Amo means volo, ut sis, Augustine once said: I love you - I want that you be what you are.”

— Martin Heidegger, in a letter to Hannah Arendt, 1925

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