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DON QUIXOTE ~ ON MADNESS

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“When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? Perhaps to be too practical is madness. To surrender dreams — this may be madness. Too much sanity may be madness — and maddest of all: to see life as it is, and not as it should be!”
― Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote

Don Quixote by Honore Daumier
c. 1865 – 1870

FYODOR DOSTOYEVSKY ~ WHITE NIGHTS

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“I am a dreamer. I know so little of real life that I just can’t help re-living such moments as these in my dreams, for such moments are something I have very rarely experienced. I am going to dream about you the whole night, the whole week, the whole year. I feel I know you so well that I couldn’t have known you better if we’d been friends for twenty years. You won’t fail me, will you? Only two minutes, and you’ve made me happy forever. Yes, happy. Who knows, perhaps you’ve reconciled me with myself, resolved all my doubts.

When I woke up it seemed to me that some snatch of a tune I had known for a long time, I had heard somewhere before but had forgotten, a melody of great sweetness, was coming back to me now. It seemed to me that it had been trying to emerge from my soul all my life, and only now-

If and when you fall in love, may you be happy with her. I don’t need to wish her anything, for she’ll be happy with you. May your sky always be clear, may your dear smile always be bright and happy, and may you be for ever blessed for that moment of bliss and happiness which you gave to another lonely and grateful heart. Isn’t such a moment sufficient for the whole of one’s life?”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, White Nights

Photo is from the movie Le notti bianche…
Le Notti Bianche is a 1957 Italian film directed by Italian neorealist Luchino Visconti. The movie takes its title and basic plot from Fyodor Dostoevsky’s 1848 short story, White Nights.

FRANZ KAFKA ~ THE METAMORPHOSIS

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“I cannot make you understand. I cannot make anyone understand what is happening inside me. I cannot even explain it to myself.”
― Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis

Herbert Bayer
Metamorphosis, 1936

ALFRED LORD TENNYSON ~ DREAMS

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Dreams are true while they last, and do we not live in dreams?
Alfred Lord Tennyson

Émile Constant Puyo
Sommeil
ca. 1887

ANDRE BRETON ~ EXISTENCE IS EVERYWHERE

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“It is living and ceasing to live that are imaginary solutions. Existence is elsewhere.”
Andre Breton

Photo by Henry Cartier -Bresson.

WILLIAM BLAKE ~ ON IMAGINATION

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Imagination is the real and eternal world of which this vegetable universe is but a faint shadow.
William Blake

William Blake (1757-1827)
Hecate or the Three Fates
Watercolor and pen and black ink
1795

TEARS OF HUMANITY…

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Tears of humanity, tears of humanity,

flowing eternally early and late…

Flowing invisibly, flowing in secrecy,

ever abundantly, ever unceasingly –

flowing as rain flows with autumn finality

all through the night like a river in spate

(1849) Fyodor Tyutchev

translation Peter Tempest

Monument to the Dead (1895) by French sculptor Albert Bartholomé

EDWARD STEICHEN ~ THE PHOTOGRAPHER

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“Every other artist begins with a blank canvas, a piece of paper the photographer begins with the finished product.

Edward Steichen

“The Flatiron” 1905 by Edward Steichen
1897-1973

KIERKEGAARD ~ HARMONY

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“Adversity draws men together and produces beauty and harmony in life’s relationships, just as the cold of winter produces ice-flowers on the window-panes, which vanish with the warmth.”
― Søren Kierkegaard

Painting: Paul Delvaux (Belgian, Surrealism, 1897–1994)

Harmony (L’Harmonie), 1927.

VLADIMIR ODOEVSKY ~ THE SOULLESS

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“The soulless have no need of melancholia”
― Vladimir Odoevsky

Edgar Degas, Melancholy, 1874

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