Quote of the Day

From Wallace Stevens’ “Esthetique du Mal” via Bernard Williams’ Ethics and the Limits of Philosophy:

How cold the vacancy
When the Phantoms are gone and the shaken realist
First sees reality. The mortal no
Has its emptiness and tragic expirations.
The tragedy, however, may have begun,
Again, in the imagination’s new beginning,
In the yes of the realist spoken because he must
Say yes, spoken because under every no
Lay a passion for yes that had never been broken.

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