Sunday, March 19, 2006

From The Journals of Andre Gide, Volume II: 1924 -1949

Are so many words necessary? and the concentration of the mind, the effort to construct a plot, in order to stretch before the reader that motley embroidery which, for a time, shimmers before him and veils reality....
(1928, Detached Pages)

The best thing Sisyphus can do is to leave his rock alone and to climb up on it in order to "dominate the situation". But, for this, it is still essential that the rock should be of good quality. How many of these young writers, who make so much of their writhings, are pushing only a cardboard rock, or have nothing to life but a bookcase. (October 20, 1927)

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