“Every good writer must discover the yawning crevasse which separates Man’s finite destiny from his infinite potentialities. It is afterward that he will reveal his artistic courage and so register the protest which is a final plea for order…” Chapter 2, “The Unquiet Grave,” Cyril Connolly, Hamish Hamilton 1957.
“Literature — which is art married to thought, and realization untainted by reality — seems to me the end toward which all human effort would have to strive, if it were truly human and not just a welling up of our animal self.” p. 30, “The Book of Disquiet,” Fernando Pessoa, Penguin Classics 2002.
- “What I write, bad as it is, may provide some hurt or sad soul a few moments of distraction from something worse. That’s enough for me, or it isn’t enough, but it serves some purpose, and so it is with all of life.” ~ Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet (poietes.wordpress.com)