Monday, July 12, 2010
"All is riddle..."
"Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood. All is riddle, and the key to a riddle is another riddle. There are as many pillows of illusion as flakes in a snow-storm. We wake from one dream into another dream. The toys, to be sure, are various, and are graduated in refinement to the quality of the dupe. The intellectual man requires a fine bait; the sots are easily amused. But everybody is drugged with his own frenzy, and the pageant marches at all hours, with music and banner and badge."
Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Conduct of Life: "Illusions" (1860)
The Riddle of the Sphinx, Gustave Dore (1832-1883)