Sunday, September 8, 2013
Monday, September 2, 2013
Literature deals with the most difficult and important problems of existence/ and/ therefore/ litterateurs consider themselves the most important of people. A bank clerk/ who is always handing money out/ might just as well consider himself a millionaire. The high estimate placed upon the unexplained/ unsolved questions ought really to discredit writers in our eyes. And yet these literary men are so clever/ so cunning at stating their own case and revealing the high importance of their mission/ that in the long run they convince everybody/ themselves most of all. This last event is surely owing to their own limited intelligence. The Roman augurs had subtler/ more versatile minds. In order to deceive others/ they had no need to deceive themselves. In their own set they were not afraid to talk about their secrets/ even to make fun of them/ being fully confident that they could easily vindicate themselves before outsiders/ in case of necessity/ and pull a solemn face befitting the occasion. But our writers of to-day/ before they can lay their improbable assertions before the public/ must inevitably try to be convinced in their own minds. Otherwise they cannot begin.