The Secret Alchemy of Poetry – Percy Bysshe Shelley

  "Their language is vitally metaphorical; that is, it marks the before unapprehended relations of things and perpetuates their apprehension, until the words which represent them, become, through time, signs for portions or classes of thoughts instead of pictures of integral thoughts; and then if no new poets should arise to create afresh the associations … Continue reading The Secret Alchemy of Poetry – Percy Bysshe Shelley

Letter from Anton Chekhov To His Brother Nikolay – conditions cultured people must satisfy

Letter from Anton Chekhov To His Brother Nikolay Translated by Constance Garnett: MOSCOW, 1886. … You have often complained to me that people “don’t understand you”! Goethe and Newton did not complain of that…. Only Christ complained of it, but He was speaking of His doctrine and not of Himself…. People understand you perfectly well. … Continue reading Letter from Anton Chekhov To His Brother Nikolay – conditions cultured people must satisfy

Aldous Huxley on the abnormality of living without fuss in a society to which we ought not to be adjusted

The real hopeless victims of mental illness are to be found among those who appear to be most normal. “Many of them are normal because they are so well adjusted to our mode of existence, because their human voice has been silenced so early in their lives, that they do not even struggle or suffer … Continue reading Aldous Huxley on the abnormality of living without fuss in a society to which we ought not to be adjusted