the rigorous m

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quotes: genet on momentous occasions

Posted by rigorousm on January 21, 2011

Certain acts dazzle us and light up blurred surfaces if our eyes are keen enough to see them in a flush, for the beauty of a living thing can be grasped only fleetingly. To pursue it during its changes leads us inevitably to the moment when it ceases, for it cannot last a lifetime. And to analyze it, that is, to pursue it in time with the sight and the imagination, is to view it in its decline, for after the thrilling moment in which it reveals itself it diminishes in meaning.

— Jean Genet, Miracle of the Rose

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