Saturday, March 12, 2005

The Spirit of History

Woe to those who suddenly discover historical time unprepared, as an illiterate would discover chemistry. But woe also to those who deceive themselves by their obedience to an unchanging moral claim, because for them historical time, which demands of us constant renewal, is but fog and delusion. Even their art will be inert, for it has not been toughened in the purgatorial fires – and man’s unavoidable contradictions are his purgatory.

- Czeslaw Milosz

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