Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Meandering in the shadows . . .

Today is the birthday of Arthur Machen (March 3, 1863 – December 15, 1947), author. He also is best known for a short story entitled The Bowmen and his role in creating the legend of the Angels of Mons.

"Every branch of human knowledge, if traced up to its source and final principles, vanishes into mystery." - Arthur Machen

"But in the meantime, as a temporary measure, I hold what I call the doctrine of the jig-saw puzzle. That is: this remarkable occurrence, and that, and the other may be, and usually are, of no significance. Coincidence and chance and unsearchable causes will now and again make clouds that are undeniable fiery dragons, and potatoes that resemble eminent statesmen exactly and minutely in every feature, and rocks that are like eagles and lions. All this is nothing; it is when you get your set of odd shapes and find that they fit into one another, and at last that they are but parts of a large design; it is then that research grows interesting and indeed amazing, it is then that one queer form confirms the other, that the whole plan displayed justifies, corroborates, explains each separate piece." — Arthur Machen

"It was better, he thought, to fail in attempting exquisite things than to succeed in the department of the utterly contemptible." - Arthur Machen

"Now, everybody, I suppose, is aware that in recent years the silly business of divination by dreams has ceased to be a joke and has become a very serious science." - Arthur Machen

"I dream in fire but work in clay." — Arthur Machen

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