“Music takes us out of the actual and whispers to us dim secrets
that startle our wonder as to who we are, and for what, whence, and whereto.”
“Poetry should be great and unobtrusive,
a thing which enters into one’s soul,
and does not startle it or amaze it with itself, but with its subject.
“To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.”
“Mass, time , magnetic moment, the unconscious:
we have grown up with these symbolic concepts,
so that we are startled to be told that man had once to create them for himself.
He had indeed, and he has: for mass is not an intuition in the muscle,
and time is not bought ready-made at the watchmaker’s.”
“A chief event of life is the day in which we have encountered a mind that startled us.”
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