Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Meandering to and fro . . .

Today is the birthday of René Daumal (March 16, 1908 - May 21, 1944), writer and poet.

"Each time dawn appears, the mystery is there in its entirety." - René Daumal

"Words are made for a certain exactness of thought, as tears are for a certain degree of pain. What is least distinct cannot be named; what is clearest is unutterable." - René Daumal

"Common experience is the gold reserve which confers an exchange value on the currency which words are; without this reserve of shared experiences, all our pronouncements are checks drawn on insufficient funds." - René Daumal

"It is still not enough for language to have clarity and content... it must also have a goal and an imperative. Otherwise from language we descend to chatter, from chatter to babble and from babble to confusion." - René Daumal

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