“Words of insight”, clipped from the collected works of Konstantin Krishnamurthi

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A collection of quotes from the collected works of Konstantin Krishnamurthi, whose recent death in a toy train accident has caused some grief across the globe:


Konstantin Krishnamurthi was born the first — and, according to his many biographers, only some of whom have been positively identified as pen names of the great Krishnamurthi himself, best — of eight children in the wealthy suburbs of a major metropolis in 1895. His early life is well documented in a series of autobiographies, including “The Brilliant Child” (1933), “Discussion as an Amphitheatre” (1947), and “The God Among Us” (1962), and need not be recounted here. During his very productive career, he wrote no less than 187 books, many autobiographical, and is almost universally hailed as the founder of the post-Vanburenist school of thought. Taking an active, but largely overlooked, part in most great philosophical, political, religious, or scientific debates of the 20th century, Krishnamurthi has left his inimical mark on such fields as epistemology, formal logic, colour theory, linguistics, aesthetics, political history, and dietetics. In 2008, he attributed his good health, despite his high age, to “putting mind over matter — and what a mind!”.

For more information, the reader is directed to his 58 volume autobiography, detailing everything he did. A leather-bound set of this series can be obtained through any sufficiently high-class book store, or from the Konstantin Krishnamurthi Appreciation Society, the address of which can be found towards the end of this text.

Now, a list of some well-known quotes from this great man, representing the width of his insight, wit, and intellect:

“It is not supposed to be funny or annoying or insightful, because it is neither; nor to convey or express any emotion or wit, because it doesn’t; nor to be any kind of art, because it isn’t; but merely to be repetitive. It is repetition for the sake of repetition; mindless, relentless, remorseless and — ultimately — redundant.” K. Krishnamurthi, “The Seven Forms of Repetition”, 1972.

“We must at all times remember that we are not dealing with ‘absolutes’, but with informal entities which only appear as absolutes to the less well-informed observer; a kind of ‘subabsolutes’, if you will. Indeed, the very word ‘absolute’ is thus itself, paradoxically, a ‘subabsolute’.” K. Krishnamurthi, “The White Ghost of Logic”, 1943.

“I would say that the matter is not as simple as you seem to think, had it not been for the observation that between your hearing of a concept and commenting upon it, nothing even remotely recognisable as ‘thinking’ seems to occur. I will invite you to the secret world of Thought one day. Until then, I suppose I will have to put up with your present breed of inanities, brought about by unknown processes.” K. Krishnamurthi, letter to L. Grijndvar dated 27th of October, 1931 (Reproduced by kind permission from the L. Grijndvar Memorial Collection, presently housed at the British Library, London.)

“There is a central issue that these modern socialists — schoolchildren, the lot of them, I say — refuse to consider. All this talk of ‘equal rights’ and ‘equal opportunities’ and ‘equal this and that’ presupposes that ‘equality’ is a meaningful concept. They refuse to entertain the suggestion that this is not the case. Nevertheless, I am no one’s ‘equal’, and I expect that to be reflected in how the world is organised. The very fact that I don’t demand that people prostrate themselves upon the ground whenever my name is mentioned is concession enough, I would say.” K. Krishnamurthi, “On the Duality between Superiority and Inferiority”, 1968.

“I suppose you could say that I owe it to mankind to continue my existence here. Every year in which I have not existed has retarded humanity’s progress — a retardation which is very evident in the present intellectual climate — and it will require many more years before I have caught up with where we ought to have been. The alternative? Bah! It is too distressing even to fantasize about.” K. Krishnamurthi, excerpt from an interview in the journal ‘Hegelism Monthly’.

“In know that [Leo Grijndvar] is of the opinion that the ‘invisible hand’ of capitalism seems to be used mainly for self-pleasuring, but as is always the case, Dr. Grijndvar’s opinions — or ‘facts’ as he likes to call them — are insufficiently nuanced for mixed company. I struggle to think of any company where his opinions are actually appropriate.” K. Krishnamurthi, excerpt from an interview in the Philosophy programme of the BBC “Illustrated History of…” series, 1962

What is your favourite quote from Konstantin Krishnamurthi? Maybe you know an amusing anecdote about the great man? Write in and tell us, either in the comment section of this page, or to the following address:

The Konstantin Krishnamurthi Appreciation Society
346 Bureaucracy Row
Harran-on-the-Lyme
Great Britain


NOTE: The publication of this post was made possible through a generous donation from the Konstantin Krishnamurthi Appreciation Society to the main author of this page personally. The views expressed by Krishnamurthi in these quotes should not be seen as opinions held or even respected by the author of this webpage.

4 responses »

  1. He is dead‽ Oh, my Lloyd! I had no idea, and I never got his autograph in my manga edition “Dawn of Reason,” the autobiography dealing with his early years. No man has contributed more to the para-aesthetic analysis and deconstruction of J.J. Vanburen’s works, thus paving the way for the (some would have it) more sane ontological claims of post-vanburenism. He will be sorely missed. Bless his little heart!

  2. I can now put that toothbrush he left in my grandfather’s house (when he stayed there to escape the mob during the Great Riot Of Salisbury 1955) up for sale on eBay! I know a good investment when I see it, and who’s laughing now at my waiting 15 years before I could see this one realized, huh? HUH?!?

    Oh yeah… commiserations and all to his family, good man, sorely missed, etc, etc.

  3. I remember the first time Krishnamurthi visited my middle school (what a Great Man to even conisder such a thing!); at first it seemed he sided with the bullies, but soon I saw that he treated them with _at least_ as much contempt as us, the less priviliged. Truly inspirational!

  4. I am still baffled, grieved and uttermost distressed. He was the last of his kind, and I much appreciated his correspondence yet we never met in person. On the topic, I must bring to your attention: In Constructive Thinking 2012:2104-2140 there is an essay titled “More Than a Man — Did He Really Exist?”. It is, as can be seen by the logically absurd conclusion presented in the title, a one-sided account of the “proofs” that Konstantin Krishnamurthi never existed. The structure is as follows:

    Pages 2104 to 2138 is a condensed list of all deeds attributed to K. Krishnamurthi. As such it mentions the majority of episodes described in Krishnamurthi’s autobiographical books. In all fairness, it is thorough index that could well serve as a supplement to Krishnamurthi’s works. However and obviously, such an approach thus lacks the final events, most importantly his death. It should by all means be considered a strong indicator that he actually existed. One can only speculate why the author decided to leave such important information out.

    The final pages reiterates the idea put forward by the title and the introduction: that the list is too long for it to be possible to attribute everything to one individual. From that follows that K. Krishnamurthi could not have existed — at least not as the referent of the concept. And with “people” (original quoutes) like “Krishnamurthi” (original quoutes) the concept comes first. Hence he never existed.

    As you, fellow appriciators of Krishnamurthi, I am saddened by such confused, demeaning attacks. Since you are much more familiar with all the facts, I call upon you to write the response to those provoking ideas put forward in Constructive Thinking.

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