Why should we injure our health by close study? The exalted pleasure
which intellectual pursuits afford would scarcely be equivalent to
the hours of langour that follow; especially, if it be necessary to
take into the reckoning the doubts and disappointments that cloud our
researches. Vanity and vexation close every enquiry: for the cause
which we particularly wish to discover flies like the horizon before us
as we advance. The ignorant, on the contrary, resemble children, and
suppose, that if they could walk straight forward they should at last arrive
where the earth and clouds meet.
Der Tempel steht gegenwärtig auf einem verwitterten Felsen; von
hier aus erstrecken sie die Stadtmauern gerade ostwärts auf einem
Kalklager hin, welches senkrecht über dem flachen Strande, den
das Meer früher und später, nachdem es diese Felsen gebildet
und ihren Fuß bespült, verlassen hat. Teils aus den Felsen
gehauen, teils aus denselben erbaut waren die Mauern, hinter welche
die Reihe der Tempel hervorragte.
The temple stands today on a barren cliff. From here the town walls
stretch directly eastwards to a limestone escarpment, which cuts across
the flat beaches that the sea has left, long ago and more recently,
after it made these cliffs and washed at their foot. The walls behind
which the row of temples stood was partly carved from the cliffs and
partly built of stone from them.
Forse tutta l'Italia va diventando Sicilia... A me è venuta
una fantasia, leggendo sui giornali gli scandali di quel governo regionale:
gli scienziati dicono che la linea della palma, cioè il clima che
è propizio alla vegetazione della palma, viene su, verso il nord, di
cinquecento metri, mi pare, ogni anno... La linea della palma... Io invece
dico: la linea del caffè ristretto, del caffè concentrato...
E sale come l'ago di mercurio di un termometro, questa linea della palma, del
caffè ristretto, degli scandali: su su per l'Italia, ed è
già oltre Roma...
Perhaps all of Italy is turning into Sicily. I had this idea, reading
in the newspapers about the scandals in the regional government:
scientists say that the palm line, the climate that suits palm trees,
is rising, coming up northwards, at five hundred metres a year I
think. The palm line...I'd say, the ristretto line, the strong coffee
line. And it's rising like the column of mercury in a thermometer,
this palm-coffee-scandal line, up and up through Italy, and it's past
He hated injustice as he hated cruelty and he lay in his rage that
blinded his mind until gradually the anger died down and the red,
black, blind, killing anger was all gone and his mind now as quiet,
empty-calm and sharp, cold-seeing as a man is after he has had
sexual intercourse with a woman that he does not love.
The effect of this would be that the white people of the United States
and Canada would find themselves marooned on a hostile continent, with
the rest of the white world probably unwilling and certainly unable
to come to their aid. All this is not, to my mind, the most imminent of
possibilities, but if I were a Muslim, this is the possibility that I would
find myself holding in the centre of my mind, and driving towards. And if
I were a Muslim, I would not hesitate to utilize - or, indeed, to exacerbate -
the social and spiritual discontent that reigns here, for, at the very worst,
I would merely have contributed to the destruction of a house I hated, and it
would not matter if I perished too. One has been perishing here so long!
I can all but hear the soft suck of a hubble-bubble in the café
next door, and if I half-open my eyes and look at the tower of the
Apostoli, along the street, I swear I can see the muezzin up there in
the belfry, taking a deep dogmatic breath before summoning us to
And you look at his chart and it says SHRDLU QWERTYOP and
you say Well, why SHRDNTLU QWERTYOP and he says
one set of glasses won't do.
C'est à très juste titre que Freud a fait porter sa
critique sur le rêve. Il est inadmissible, en effet, que cette
part considérable de l'activité psychique (puisque, au
moins de la naissance de l'homme à sa mort, la pensée ne
présente aucune solution de continuité, la somme des
moments de rêve, au point de vue temps, à ne
considérer même que le rêve pur, celui du sommeil,
n'est pas inférieure à la somme des moments de
réalité, bornons-nous à dire: des moments de
veille) ait encore si peu retenu l'attention.
Freud is entirely justified in turning his attention to dreams. It is
quite wrong that this large part of psychological activity should have
been so disregarded; for, at least between a man's birth and his
death, thought is certainly not a continuing state and the total
amount of dreaming, in terms of time, even only taking into account
pure dreaming while asleep, is no less than the total amount of
reality, or let us say of wakefulness.
Qual in colle aspro, ad imbrunir di sera
L'avezza giovinetta pastorella
Va bagnando l'herbetta strana e bella
Che mal si spande a disusata spera
Fuor di sua natia alma primavera
Cosi Amor meco insù la lingua snella
Desta il fior novo di strania favella
Mentre io di te, vezzosamente altera
Canto, dal mio buon popol non inteso
E'l bel Tamigi cangio col bel Arno.
As at dusk on the high mountain the expert young shepherdess waters the
beautiful exotic plant, which struggles to flourish in different surroundings,
transplanted from its native soil: so love makes from my unpractised tongue
new sounds bud forth, when I sing of you, lovely and remote: my own people
do not understand me, and I give the beautiful Thames for the beautiful Arno.
His letter had one effect that would have astonished him. Worried and put
out of temper by it, I slouched to the wicket after lunch without caring a
hoot whether I stayed there or not. The result was that, favoured by a fair
amount of luck, I "carted" the bowling all over the field; at the end of our
innings I was not out forty-three. This was the highest score I had ever
made for the village; and, although we lost the match by five wickets, I
finished the day in a glow of self-satisfaction which was undamped by a
tremendous thunderstorm which overtook us on the way home.