Friday, July 22, 2005

What, Then, Shall We Read?

In reading great literature I become a thousand men and yet remain myself. Like the night sky in the Greek poem, I see with a myriad eyes, but it is still I who see. Here, as in worship, in love, in moral action, and in knowing, I transcend myself; and am never more myself than when I do.

–C. S. Lewis,
An Experiment in Criticism

Image: Edward Robert Hughes
'Night With Her Train Of Stars

2 comments:

Mark said...

Wonderful quote; Lewis is magnifacent, isn't he?

Also, I love the pictures you post. Where do you find these things?

Filia Dei said...

Thanks on both counts!

I usually think of an image I@m already familliar with when I read the quote. Which means I then have to go find it in artcyclopedia or one of those poster store websites. But in doing all those searches I've also accumulated a nice little file of other things I like, for future quote matching potential. The hard part is trying to find out enough about the artist to know they didn't do any really nasty and scandalous work that would defeat the purpose of supporting them with a link.