Wednesday, February 01, 2006

On paying close attention

From The Acceptance World, by Anthony Powell
I reflected, not for the first time, how mistaken it is to suppose there exists some "ordinary" world into which it is possible at will to wander. All human beings, driven as they are at different speeds by the same Furies, are at close range equally extraordinary.

From "The Mortals in the House," by Charles Dickens
I will not say that everything was utterly commonplace, because I doubt if anything can be that, except to utterly commonplace people—and there my vanity steps in . . .

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