brutal

+++If I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend I hope I should have the guts to betray my country. -E.M. Forster, What I Believe+++ The best thing I could say in honour of Shakespeare, the man, is that he believed in Brutus, and cast not a shadow of suspicion on the kind of virtue which Brutus represents! It is to him that Shakespeare consecrated his best tragedy. It is at present still called by a wrong name, to him, and to the most terrible essence of lofty morality. Independence of soul! that is the question at…

increase, perfection

+++ When I consider every thing that growsHolds in perfection but a little moment, -Sonnet 15 +++ I believe that artists often do not know what they can do best, because they are too vain and have fixed their minds on something prouder than those small plants seem to be that really can grow on their soil to perfection and are new, strange, and beautiful. They do not think much of what is actually good in their own garden or vineyard; and their love and insight are not of the same order. -Nietzsche, The Gay Science, Chapter 87, Of the vanity…

only connecting

+++ The heart is an organ of fire. -Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient +++ The mind is a connecting organ. -I.A. Richards, The Philosophy of Rhetoric +++ … Assaying by his devilish art to reachThe organs of her fancy, and with them forgeIllusions as he list, phantasms and dreams… -John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book IV, 801-803 +++Only connect! That was the whole of her sermon. Only connect the prose and the passion, and both will be exalted, and human love will be seen at its height. Live in fragments no longer.-E.M. Forster, Howards End +++