The entirety of ‘Bellocq’s Ophelia’ was a project, and I was interested in doing research and looking at photographs and writing about them, imagining this woman Ophelia and what her life was like and the kinds of things she thought about.
No man made great by death offers more hope to lowly pride than does Abraham Lincoln; for while living he was himself so simple as often to be dubbed a fool.
Man has to awaken to wonder – and so perhaps do peoples. Science is a way of sending him to sleep again.
Every indication of wisdom, taken from the effect, is equally an indication of power to execute what wisdom planned.
It is so characteristic, that just when the mechanics of reproduction are so vastly improved, there are fewer and fewer people who know how the music should be played.
The world is the totality of facts, not of things.
It seems to me that, in every culture, I come across a chapter headed ‘Wisdom.’ And then I know exactly what is going to follow: ‘Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.’
One often makes a remark and only later sees how true it is.
A confession has to be part of your new life.
Language is a part of our organism and no less complicated than it.