World War II has forced the speed and strengthened the thoroughness with which inevitable changes in our personal lives must be carried through. This terrible, ghastly fact of World War II towers above everything. It is teaching us all better than any book. But alas, its lessons are negative. It cannot teach us what really IS. How petty are so many aims amid the unfolding of this gigantic world-drama.
-- Notebooks Category 11: The Negatives > Chapter 3: Their Presence in The World > # 263