‘Tis been a bountiful week for new favourite quotations:
“To live in the world of creation–to get into it and stay in it–to frequent it and haunt it–to think intensely and fruitfully–to woo combinations and inspirations into being by a depth and continuity of attention and meditation–this is the only thing.” – Henry James, found through Wallace Stevens who definitely lived “in it”.
“People are curious. A few people are. They will be driven to find things out, even trivial things. They will put things together, knowing all along that they may be mistaken. You see them going around with notebooks, scraping the dirt off gravestones, reading microfilm, just in the hope of seeing this trickle in time, making a connection, rescuing one thing from the rubbish.”- Alice Munro, sent by a friend – which was eerie because I was doing a bit of planning for an upcoming trip – noting down which microfilms to go through and locating a grave I want to see.