I know what the Greeks do not know, incertitude.
My taste runs to hourglasses, maps, seventeenth-century typefaces, etymologies, the taste of coffee, and the prose of Robert Louis Stevenson.
Time is the substance I am made of. Time is a river which sweeps me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger which destroys me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire which consumes me, but I am the fire.
We can handle all European themes, handle them without superstition, with an irreverence which can have, and already does have, fortunate consequences.
Whatever one man does, it is as if all men did it. For that reason, it is not unfair that one disobedience in a garden should contaminate all humanity; for that reason it is not unjust that the crucifixion of a single Jew should be sufficient to save it.
With relief, with humiliation, with terror, he understood that he too was a mere appearance, dreamt by another.
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