When Ulysses hears his own story sung by an epic poet and then he reveals his identity and the poet wants to continue singing, Ulysses isn’t interested any longer. That’s very astonishing.
Now is the age of anxiety.
To save your world you asked this man to die; would this man, could he see you now, ask why?
The center that I cannot find is known to my unconscious mind.
May it not be that, just as we have to have faith in Him, God has to have faith in us and, considering the history of the human race so far, may it not be that ‘faith’ is even more difficult for Him than it is for us?
It’s a sad fact about our culture that a poet can earn much more money writing or talking about his art than he can by practicing it.
A very great Iliad… concerns the creation of a nation.
Fiction has consisted either of placing imaginary characters in a true story, which is the Iliad, or of presenting the story of an individual as having a general historical value, which is the Odyssey.
It is the creator of fiction’s point of view; it is the character who interests him. Sometimes he wants to convince the reader that the story he is telling is as interesting as universal history.
Evil is unspectacular and always human, and shares our bed and eats at our own table.