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52. Scenes from the Second Seat on the Right

Wednesday, October 22nd, 8:00am
Pierre and Martin

Pierre: So I said to him, “How in the freaking hell can you say there’s enough light in here? 44 more words

Writing

a really profound mood

“Doubtless, it was something vastly profound; but it is to be observed, that when a man is in a really profound mood, then all merely verbal or written profundities are unspeakably repulsive, and seem downright childish to him.”

— Herman Melville, Pierre

Literature

jailers of themselves

“Oh, men are jailers all; jailers of themselves; and in Opinion’s world ignorantly hold their noblest part a captive to their vilest; as disguised royal Charles when caught by peasants.”

— Herman Melville, Pierre

Literature

one vile breath of truth

“And through Pierre’s mind there then darted a baleful thought; how that the truth should not always be paraded; how that sometimes a lie is heavenly, and truth infernal. 44 more words

Literature

their audacious, intermeddling impotency

“Like all youths, Pierre had conned his novel-lessons; had read more novels than most persons of his years; but their false, inverted attempts at systematizing eternally unsystemizable elements; their audacious, intermeddling impotency, in trying to unravel, and spread out, and classify, the more thin than gossamer threads which make up the complex web of life; these things over Pierre had no power now.”

— Herman Melville, Pierre

Literature

now I sit down and read

“Oh, hitherto I have but piled up words; bought books, and bought some small experiences, and builded me in libraries; now I sit down and read.”

— Herman Melville, Pierre

Literature

the ambiguous procession of events

“But here we draw a vail. Some nameless struggles of the soul can not be painted, and some woes will not be told. Let the ambiguous procession of events reveal their own ambiguousness.”

— Herman Melville, Pierre

Literature