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Halldór Laxness
“Fegurðin og mannlífið eru tveir elskendur sem fá ekki að hittast.”
Halldór Laxness, World Light

James  Thomson
“And now at last authentic word I bring,
Witnessed by every dead and living thing;
Good tidings of great joy for you, for all:
There is no God; no Fiend with names divine
Made us and tortures us; if we must pine,
It is to satiate no Being's gall.

It was the dark delusion of a dream,
That living Person conscious and supreme,
Whom we must curse for cursing us with life;
Whom we must curse because the life he gave
Could not be buried in the quiet grave,
Could not be killed by poison or the knife.

This little life is all we must endure,
The grave's most holy peace is ever sure,
We fall asleep and never wake again;
Nothing is of us but the mouldering flesh,
Whose elements dissolve and merge afresh
In earth, air, water, plants, and other men.

We finish thus; and all our wretched race
Shall finish with its cycle, and give place
To other beings with their own time-doom:
Infinite aeons ere our kind began;
Infinite aeons after the last man
Has joined the mammoth in earth's tomb and womb.”
James Thomson, The City of Dreadful Night

Halldór Laxness
“The farm brook ran down from the mountain in a straight line for the fold then swerved to the west to go its way down into the marshes. There were two knee-high falls in it and two pools, knee-deep. At the bottom there was shingle, pebbles and sand. It ran in many curves. Each curve had its own tone, but not one of them was dull; the brook was merry and music-loving, like youth, but yet with various strings, and it played its music without thought of any audience and did not care though no one heard for a hundred years, like the true poet.”
Halldór Laxness, Independent People

Marcel Proust
“Nor did these society people add to Elstir's work in their mind's eye that temporal perspective which enabled them to like, or at least to look without discomfort at, Chardin's painting. And yet the older among them might have reminded themselves that in the course of their lives they had gradually seen, as the years bore them away from it, the unbridgeable gulf between what they considered a masterpiece by Ingres and what they had supposed must forever remain a "horror" (Manet's Olympia, for example) shrink until the two canvases seemed like twins. But we never learn, because we lack the wisdom to work backwards from the particular to the general, and imagine ourselves always to be faced with an experience which has no precedents in the past.”
Marcel Proust, The Guermantes Way

Marcel Proust
“Do you suppose that it is within your power to insult me? You evidently are not aware to whom you are speaking? Do you imagine that the envenomed spittle of five hundred little gentlemen of your type, heaped one upon another, would succeed in slobbering so much as the tips of my august toes?”
Marcel Proust

Story of a Journey by Benedikt Gröndal (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: This is <b>not</b> my own story. It is, however, my original translation from the Icelandic of a work that is available in the public domain. The story is called <i>Ferðasaga</i> (<i>Story of a Journey</i>) and it's by Benedikt Gröndal, an Icelandic author who lived from 1826 - 1907. It is a very odd work, not the sort of thing you'd perhaps expect from the 19th century, and I hope I've done it some sort of justice in my translation. If any Icelanders chance to read this and notice errors that I may have made, then please tell me. The original story can be found here: http://www.snerpa.is/net/sma/ferdasag.htm
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