elizabethanism
elizabethanism
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elizabethanism · 11 minutes ago
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Ann Macbeth (1875 - 1948), embroiderer, clothes designer, teacher and author, a member of the Glasgow School
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elizabethanism · an hour ago
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The words of others are mistakes of our hearing, shipwrecks of our understanding.
How confidently we believe our meanings of other people's words.
— Fernando Pessoa
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elizabethanism · 3 hours ago
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"It is terrible to live, for it is necessary to stay / in the appalling reality of these years..."
--Vladimir Holan
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elizabethanism · 4 hours ago
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Edgar Degas
"...it is much better to draw only what remains in one's memory. This is a transformation in which imagination and memory collaborate."
Danseuse en blanc, c.1877
Trois danseuses en buste, 1898
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elizabethanism · 6 hours ago
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“I have liked remembering almost as much as I have liked living”
~ William Maxwell
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elizabethanism · 7 hours ago
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“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”
― Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
… or as the mystics say, we borrow a body from this earth when we come into this world, and must hand it back when we die.
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elizabethanism · 9 hours ago
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“Life is an experimental journey undertaken involuntarily. It is a journey of the spirit through the material world and, since it is the spirit that travels, it is the spirit that is experienced. That is why there exist contemplative souls who have lived more intensely, more widely, more tumultuously than others who have lived their lives purely externally.”
― Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet
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elizabethanism · 10 hours ago
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“I love to forget so that I can remember.”
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Colette
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elizabethanism · 13 hours ago
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“Each of us is several, is many, is a profusion of selves. So that the self who disdains his surroundings is not the same as the self who suffers or takes joy in them. In the vast colony of our being there are many species of people who think and feel in different ways.”
― Pessoa
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elizabethanism · 15 hours ago
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"It was the sea that I hoped to find, if I went to some town where they had gone. The most exclusive love for a person is always a love for something else."
― Proust, Within a Budding Grove
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elizabethanism · 16 hours ago
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"In the people whom we love, there is, immanent, a certain dream which we cannot always clearly discern… Just because we are furiously pursuing a dream in a succession of individuals, our loves for people cannot fail to be more or less of an aberration."
― Proust, Time Regained
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elizabethanism · 18 hours ago
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It’s Gertrude Stein dancing with a dog
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elizabethanism · 19 hours ago
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“Were it not for shadows, there would be no beauty.”
Junichiro Tanizaki
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elizabethanism · 21 hours ago
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When Emily Brontë said “whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same” and when Madeline Miller said “he is half my soul, as the poets say”
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elizabethanism · 22 hours ago
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"Totalitarianism no longer comes in the form of communism or fascism. It comes now from corporations... Individual freedom impedes their power and their profits. The state, through elaborate forms of political theater, seeks to maintain this fiction to keep us passive. And if we wake up, the state will not shy away from draconian measures. The goal is complete subjugation, the iron rule of our corporations and our power elite."
Chris Hedges
Our Only Hope Will Come Through Rebellion
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elizabethanism · a day ago
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I am very much enjoying Simone de Beauvoir's aggressive answers to John Gerassi's questions in this 1976 interview.
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The nothing new.
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The whole thing is here:
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elizabethanism · a day ago
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When Marina Tsvetaeva said "it is burning? or is it my life which must begin again?" / "this is inhuman – yet it’s mine"
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elizabethanism · a day ago
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Unfortunately the next day was not that vast, extraneous expanse of time to which I had feverishly looked forward. When it drew to a close, my laziness and my painful struggle to overcome certain internal obstacles had simply lasted twenty-four hours longer.
Marcel Proust, Within a Budding Grove, Part 2
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elizabethanism · a day ago
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"I believe that liberty is the only genuinely valuable thing that men have invented, at least in the field of government, in a thousand years. I believe that it is better to be free than to be not free, even when the former is dangerous and the latter safe. I believe that the finest qualities of man can flourish only in free air – that progress made under the shadow of the policeman's club is false progress, and of no permanent value. I believe that any man who takes the liberty of another into his keeping is bound to become a tyrant, and that any man who yields up his liberty, in however slight the measure, is bound to become a slave."
Why Liberty?
~ H. L. Mencken
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elizabethanism · a day ago
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"I am gradually beginning to savour the pleasures of this life of ease, and yesterday’s and last night’s confusion is gradually fading."
- Franz Kafka
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