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Guy Davenport
“When Heraclitus said that everything passes steadily along, he was not inciting us to make the best of the moment, an idea unseemly to his placid mind, but to pay attention to the pace of things. Each has its own rhythm: the nap of a dog, the procession of the equinoxes, the dances of Lydia, the majestically slow beat of the drums at Dodona, the swift runners at Olympia.”
Guy Davenport, The Geography of the Imagination: Forty Essays

Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain
“But we had with us, to keep and to care for, more than five hundred bruised bodies of men- men made in the image of God, marred by the hand of man and must we say in the name of God? And where is the reckoning for such things? And who is answerable? One might almost shrink from the sound of his own voice, which had launched into the palpitating air words of order- do we call it? - fraught with such ruin. Was it God's command we heard or His forgiveness we must forever implore?”
Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain

Martin Amis
“What did Nabokov and Joyce have in common, apart from the poor teeth and the great prose? Exile, and decades of near pauperism. A compulsive tendency to overtip. An uxoriousness that their wives deservedly inspired. More than that, they both lived their lives 'beautifully'--not in any Jamesian sense (where, besides, ferocious solvency would have been a prerequisite), but in the droll fortitude of their perseverance. They got the work done, with style.”
Martin Amis, Experience: A Memoir

Osip Mandelstam
“A raznochinets needs no memory—it is enough for him to tell of the books he has read, and his biography is done.”
Osip Mandelstam

Timothy Findley
“I doubt we will ever be forgiven. All I hope is – they'll remember we were human beings”
Timothy Findley, The Wars

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