Friday, May 28, 2010

Meandering in the stacks . . .

Today is the birthday of Walker Percy (May 28, 1916 – May 10, 1990), author.

"Why is it that one can look at a lion or a planet or an owl or at someone’s finger as long as one pleases, but looking into the eyes of another person is, if prolonged past a second, a perilous affair?" - Walker Percy

"I had discovered that a person does not have to be this or be that or be anything, not even oneself. One is free." - Walker Percy

"I have discovered that most people have no one to talk to, no one, that is, who really wants to listen. When it does at last dawn on a man that you really want to hear about his business, the look that comes over his face is something to see." - Walker Percy

"You live in a deranged age, more deranged that usual, because in spite of great scientific and technological advances, man has not the faintest idea of who he is or what he is doing." - Walker Percy

"You can get all A's and still flunk life." - Walker Percy

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