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quotes: girard on quests

Posted by rigorousm on January 21, 2011

A man sets out to discover a treasure he believes is hidden under a stone; he turns over stone after stone but finds nothing. He grows tired of such a full undertaking but the treasure is too precious for him to give up. So he begins to look for a stone which is too heavy to lift. He places all his hopes in that stone and will waste all his remaining strength on it.

— Rene Girard, Deceit, Desire, and the Novel: Self and Other in Literary Structure, p. 176.

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