[T]he individual himself is a fallacy. Everything which happens in us is in itself something else which we do not know… “the individual” is merely a sum of conscious feelings and judgements and misconceptions, a belief, a piece of the true life system or many pieces thought together and spun together, a “unity,” that doesn’t hold together. We are buds on a single tree—what do we know about what can become of us from the interests of the tree! But we have a consciousness as though we would and should be everything, a phantasy of “I” and all “not I.” Stop feeling oneself as this phantastic ego! Learn gradually to discard the supposed individual! Discover the fallacies of the ego! Recognize egoism as fallacy! The opposite is not to be understood as altruism! This would be love of other supposed individuals! No! Get beyond “myself” and “yourself”! Experience cosmically!
― Friedrich Nietzsche, Kritische Studienausgab (via a-garden-of-forking-paths)
When language arrives at its own edge, what it finds is not a positivity that contradicts it, but the void that will efface it. Into that void it must go, consenting to come undone in the rumbling, in the immediate negation of what it says, in a silence that is not the intimacy of a secret but a pure outside where words endlessly unravel.
― Foucault, ‘Maurice Blanchot: The Thought from Outside’ in Aesthetics, Method, and Epistemology (via tiredshoes)