Thursday, August 11, 2016

"[I]n the case of any desire to realize an ambition (whether to complete a journey, to write a book, or whatever), the more it is blocked and delayed by inhibitions, the more detailed the plans and interminable the preparations to which it gives rise. When one is failing to do something, there is no more obvious self-justification than the plea: 'I must prepare myself more fully.' Those who make the most detailed and exhaustive consultations of railway timetables, road maps or tourist guides are those who never make up their minds to leave, or do so only with difficulty and anxiety." - Sebastiano Timpanaro, "Freud's 'Roman Phobia'"

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