Wait a moment, here I have it. This: ‘Most men will not swim before they are able to.’ Is not that witty? Naturally, they won’t swim! They are born for the solid earth, not for the water. And naturally they won’t think. They are made for life, not for thought. Yes, and he who thinks, what’s more, he who makes thought his business, he may go far in it, but he has bartered the solid earth for the water all the same, and one day he will drown.
Herman Hesse, from Steppenwolfe (via index-rerum)
all the awards
truly a masterpiece of our time
Outskirts of Grozny.
Civilians fleeing the fighting. In the background, a burning petrol refinery.
mouth of hell
Thomas de Saluces, Le Chevalier errant, Paris ca. 1403-1404.
BnF, Français 12559, p. 192