Thursday, May 25, 2006

Art, Libraries

The first quote is from Theodore Roethke, and the second from Ralph Waldo Emerson. Yes, I've been at the Writer's Almanac again. They both have birthdays today.

Art is the means we have of undoing the damage of haste. It's what everything else isn't.

Meek young men grow up in libraries, believing it their duty to accept the views, which Cicero, which Locke, which Bacon, have given, forgetful that Cicero, Locke, and Bacon were only young men in libraries, when they wrote those books.