Sunday, 8 October 2017

Four quotations

"We are or we become the result of our network: our ten or fifteen close friends, clients, partners, acquaintances and competitors. Choose them well!" 
Alain Cardon

"The habit of ignoring nature is deeply implanted in our times. I had to find some special occupation, some kind of work that would not force me to turn away from the sky and the stars, that would allow me to discover the meaning of life." 
Marc Chagall 

“Great wits are to madness near allied. And thin partitions do their bounds divide.”
John Dryden

St. Peter of Alcantara said to a friend who was bewailing the way of the world: "Let you and I first be what we ought to be. Let each do the same and all will be well."


  1. And then I found we were only strangers
    And that there had been neither giving nor taking
    But that we had merely made use of each other
    Each for his purpose. That’s horrible. Can we only love
    Something created by our own imagination?
    Are we all in fact unloving and unlovable?
    Then one is alone, and if one is alone
    Then lover and beloved are equally unreal
    And the dreamer is no more real than his dreams.

    T. S. Eliot - The Cocktail Party

    audio Decca DX 100 (1950) :
    Irene Worth (Celia Coplestone) and Alec Guinness (Sir Henry Harcourt-Reilly)

  2. “Marriage as a long conversation. — When entering into a marriage one ought to ask oneself: do you believe you are going to enjoy talking with this woman up into your old age? Everything else in marriage is transitory, but most of the time you are together will be devoted to conversation.”

    Friedrich Nietzsche, Human, All too Human (trans. R.J. Hollingdale)