The agreeable eye

an eudæmonistarchives

force of habit

Dawn and spring, purple sky, the silhouettes of trees and houses, a lit window.

Whatever habit has rendered delightful, will be relinquished with reluctance, and will continue to be consumed notwithstanding a very heavy tax; but this reluctance has its limits…

—David Ricardo (On the Principles of Political Economy and Taxation, p. 241)

Every step outward would then be harmful to this introverted book living in its own idyllic preserve and disturb the autonomous life of factitious ideas. Yet even excellent books and theories which are true to their theme frequently show that typical contemplative pleasure and contentment in remaining in some limited context which once seemed functionally successful.

—Ernst Bloch (On Karl Marx, trans. John Maxwell, p. 89)


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