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Saturday, March 28, 2020

There comes a time (Camus)

But again and again there comes a time in history when the man who dares to say that two and two make four is punished with death.

Albert Camus, The Plague

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Friday, March 27, 2020

$

Money doesn't buy beauty,
but it buys (or rents) access to beauty.

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

The false

The false can enrich, but never replace, the true.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Is it possible? (Tolstoy)

How can one be well...when one suffers morally?  Is it possible to remain at ease in our time, if one has any feeling?

Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

New poems

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Monday, March 23, 2020

It is not

Whatever knowledge is, it is not an answer.
Whatever wisdom is, it is not a comfort.

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Sunday, March 22, 2020

Idea

What rational idea is ever as violently-defended as the irrational one?

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Saturday, March 21, 2020

Alone (James)

Our knowledge of ourselves is that we are alone, and our dream of ourselves is that we are alone because we are unique.

Clive James, Cultural Amnesia

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Friday, March 20, 2020

Of artists

Rather than (merely) condemn them, we should rejoice that artists are (merely) human. How terrible if they were not!

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Not so (Miłosz)

Nature's kingdom is not our home. We belong to it, and yet we do not belong. In nature's kingdom necessity is the only good: not so for us.

Czesław Miłosz

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

What is moved

To know the wind, don't look for the wind:
look for what is moved by it.

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New poems

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Monday, March 16, 2020

Jewels

Remember that dewdrops were not first seen as jewels; jewels were first seen as dewdrops.

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Sunday, March 15, 2020

A real seeker (Descartes)

If you would be a real seeker after truth, you must at least once in your life doubt, as far as possible, all things.

René Descartes

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Saturday, March 14, 2020

The pervasive

The pervasive is persuasive.

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Friday, March 13, 2020

Our conceit (Mann)

In the history of mankind there is more that is spontaneous, wilful, unreasonable and senseless than our conceit allows.

Golo Mann, Geschichte und Geschichten

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Not everything

Not everything lends itself to synthesis.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Still (Saigyō)

At the roadside
Where a clear stream bubbles
In the shade of the willows,
"Just for a while," I said,
And still have not gone.

Priest Saigyō

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Waned

My enthusiasm has waned
as the rewards have dwindled.

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