Friday, February 08, 2008

Splash du Jour: Friday

"There is no single way to read well, though there is a prime reason why we should read. Information is endlessly available to us; where shall wisdom be found? If you are fortunate, you encounter a particular teacher who can help, yet finally you are alone, going on without further mediation. Reading well is one of the great pleasures that solitude can afford you, because it is, at least in my experience, the most healing of pleasures. It returns you to otherness, whether in yourself or in friends, or in those who may become friends. Imaginative literature is otherness, and as such alleviates loneliness. We read not only because we cannot know enough people, but because friendship is so vulnerable, so likely to diminish or disappear, overcome by space, time, imperfect sympathies, and all the sorrows of familial and passional life."
-- Harold Bloom –

Have a great Friday!

4 comments:

Jeane said...

I love that quote. And a beautiful image you posted with it, too. Who did the painting?

cipriano said...

Jeane, it is beautiful isn't it?
The painting is called In The Orangery and it's done by 19th Century Italian painter, Charles Edward Perugini.

Vienna for Beginners said...

How true, thank you for digging up these gems. :-)
Here I have a beautiful story by my favorite Canadian poet, in this week's New Yorker Magazine:
Free Radicals
by Alice Munro
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Have a wonderful Sunday,
M.

patricia said...

Yes, beautiful quote.

That Harry says some pretty clever stuff, don't he?