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A thinker erects an immense building, a system, a system which embraces the whole of existence and world-history etc. – and if we contemplate his [sic!] personal life, we discover to our astonishment this terrible and ludicrous fact, that he himself personally does not live in this immense high-vaulted palace, but in a barn alongside of it, or in a dog kennel, or at the most in the porter’s lodge.
Søren Kierkegaard, The Sickness Unto Death (1849)
To all those who are building their castle in the air, their “Palais idéal,” and have at one time or other preferred delusion, if only they can get it built