Monday, October 12, 2009

Thought


{Found eggshells photograph taken with a Polaroid 250 Land camera.}

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"Does knowing mean nothing to you, unless somebody else knows that you know it?"

{Persius, Satires, I, xxiii; via Michel De Montaigne, On Solitude.}

Reading On solitude I'm amazed how truly timeless Michel De Montaigne's words and ideas are; given that he was writing during the Renaissance, they are as fresh as today.
Plus the new penguin book covers are beautifully purple and tactile.

4 comments:

denise said...

Does knowing mean nothing to you, unless somebody else knows that you know it?

No, knowing can mean quite a lot to me, depending on what it is that I know, whether somebody else knows that I know it, or not.

Is that a question in the book? I'm intrigued. It seems my library doesn't carry this book, but I've added it to my list to buy.

tiina said...

Hi Denise!
It's a quote of a quote in the book (De Montaigne quoting Persius). His essays in the book are full of quotes, and aha moments!
It's taken me days to read just a few pages as I have to sit and mull each section over.

denise said...

Nice...seems like time well spent.

red-handed said...

Penguin does great design stuff.