multivalence is the new ambivalence

Category: aphorisms

useful inventions


من أجل مصائب كهذه وُجدت العناية الإلهية.. ووُجد الأدب.

– أحلام مستغانمي، من كتاب <نسيان.com>


It’s for calamities like these that literature and divine providence were invented.

– Ahlam Mostaghanmy, The Art of Forgetting, translation in production by bqfp




a quiet game of rugby

Philip Larkin on sexual love —

It’s like rugby football: either you like kicking & being kicked, or your soul cringes away from the whole affair. There’s no way of quietly enjoying rugby football.

from an article about the poet’s love life.

on writing

Have regrets. They are fuel. On the page they flare into desire.

–Geoff Dyer, from “Ten rules for writing fiction”

a thousand birds

ألف عصفورةٌ في يدٍ

لا تعادل عصفورةً واحدة

ترتدي الشجرة.

A thousand birds in the hand

are not worth one bird

who wears the tree.

من قصيدة محمود درويش — إلى شاعر شاب

from To a Young Poet by Mahmoud Darwish

all that poetry

..all that poetry, all those songs, about something that lasts no time at all.

from the film An Education


J’ai découvert que tout le malheur des hommes vient d’une seule chose, qui est de ne savoir pas demeurer en repos. — Blaise Pascal

I have discovered that all the evil of humanity comes from one thing; the inability to sit still.

اكتشفت أن لكل شرور الإنسانية مصدراً واحداً: اننا مابنعرفش نتنيّل نقعد ساكتين ..

ل أ

The ability to refuse is what makes humans more than the sum of their natural instincts..

the nature of truth

Our preserved theories and the world fit together so snugly less because we have found out how the world is than because we have tailored each to the other.

— Ian Hacking

كون نظرياتنا وواقع الحياة راكبين على بعض مش معناه اننا اكتشفنا الواقع قد ما معناه اننا فصَّلنا كل حاجة على نفس المقاس.


Wer wollte schon eine Rose im tiefsten Winter blühen sehen? Alles hat doch seine Zeit: Blätter, Knospen, Blüten… Nur der Thor verlangt nach diesem unzeitgemäßen Rausch.

Who would want to see a rose blossom in the depth of winter? Does not everything have its time: leaves, buds, flowers… Only a fool would long for such untimely bliss.

attributed to Goethe in the film Auf der Anderen Seite (The Edge of Heaven)

think again

If you’re not confused, you’re just not thinking clearly.

إن لم تكن مُشوَّشاً فأنت لا تفكِّر بوضوح.


لو ماكُنتيش متلخبطة يبقى انتي مش فاهمة حاجة.