Artists are the antennae of the race, but the bullet-headed many will never learn to trust the great artists.
Properly we should read for power. Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one's hand.
Literature is news that stays news.
No man understands a deep book until he has seen and lived at least part of its contents.
PARACELSUS IN EXCELSIS Being no longer human, why should I Pretend humanity or don the frail attire? Men have I known and men, but never one Was grown so free an essence, or become So simply element as what I am. The mist goes from the mirror and I see. Behold! the world of forms is swept beneath- Turmoil grown visible beneath our peace, And we that are grown formless, rise above- Fluids intangible that have been men, We seem as statues round whose high-risen base Some overflowing river is run mad, In us alone the element of calm.
Speak against unconscious oppression, Speak against the tyranny of the unimaginative, Speak against bonds.
Rhythm must have meaning.
The Garden En robe de parade. - Samain Like a skein of loose silk blown against a wall She walks by the railing of a path in Kensington Gardens, And she is dying piece-meal of a sort of emotional anaemia. And round about there is a rabble Of the filthy, sturdy, unkillable infants of the very poor. They shall inherit the earth. In her is the end of breeding. Her boredom is exquisite and excessive. She would like some one to speak to her, And is almost afraid that I will commit that indiscretion.
It is difficult to write a paradiso when all the superficial indications are that you ought to write an apocalypse.
And round about there is a rabble Of the filthy, sturdy, unkillable infants of the very poor. They shall inherit the earth.
L'art Green arsenic smeared on an egg-white cloth, Crushed strawberries! Come, let us feast our eyes.
Make-strong old dreams lest this our world lose heart
And the good writer chooses his words for their 'meaning', but that meaning is not a a set, cut-off thing like the move of knight or pawn on a chess-board. It comes up with roots, with associations, with how and where the word is familiarly used, or where it has been used brilliantly or memorably.
Good writers are those who keep the language efficient. That is to say, keep it accurate, keep it clear. It doesn't matter whether the good writer wants to be useful, or whether the good writer wants to be harm.
This is no book. Whoever touches this touches a man.
The individual cannot think and communicate his thought, the governor and legislator cannot act effectively or frame his laws without words, and the solidity and validity of these words is in the care of the damned and despised litterati...when their very medium, the very essence of their work, the application of word to thing goes rotten, i.e. becomes slushy and inexact, or excessive or bloated, the whole machinery of social and of individual thought and order goes to pot.
With one day's reading a man may have the key in his hands.
Properly, we should read for power. Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one's hand.
Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one's hand.