Snapshots from a Summer

When I was preparing to write my last post, I looked over some journals and story drafts from the summer of 2004 and found the following five quotations, all written on the same page – a very telling freeze-frame of what I was thinking and feeling:

          “Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And when you look long into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you.” –Nietzsche

          “We have ended up loving our prisons and passing them on to our children.” –Maria Montessori

          “The self is not something one can study and provide for; he is something one struggles for. But unless he also struggles for himself, unless he knows that there is a struggle, he is going to be just what the planners think he is.” – Walker Percy

           “Perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us turn beautiful and brave. Perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being something helpless that wants help from us.” – Rilke

          “But I reckon I got to light out for the Territory ahead of the rest, because Aunt Sally she’s going to adopt me and sivilize me and I can’t stand it. I been there before.” –Twain

(to this day I think of my first department chair every time I read the final line of Huck Finn…)

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