G C Lichtenberg: “It is as if our languages were confounded: when we want a thought, they bring us a word; when we ask for a word, they give us a dash; and when we expect a dash, there comes a piece of bawdy.”

H. P. Lovecraft: "What a man does for pay is of little significance. What he is, as a sensitive instrument responsive to the world's beauty, is everything!"

Werner Herzog: “We are surrounded by worn-out, banal, useless and exhausted images, limping and dragging themselves behind the rest of our cultural evolution.”

John Gray: "Unlike Schopenhauer, who lamented the human lot, Leopardi believed that the best response to life is laughter. What fascinated Schopenhauer, along with many later writers, was Leopardi’s insistence that illusion is necessary to human happiness."

Chris Ware: "Being a cartoonist means you don’t consider yourself too fancy."

Justin E.H. Smith: “One should of course take seriously serious efforts to improve society. But when these efforts fail, in whole or in part, it is only humor that offers redemption. So far, human expectations have always been strained, and have always come, give or take a bit, to nothing. In this respect reality itself has the form of a joke, and humor the force of truth.”

विलास सारंग: "संदर्भ कुठलेही असोत, संस्कृत, इंग्रजी, बुद्धिवादी, तांत्रिक, इतिहासाचे, खगोलशास्त्राचे, आधुनिक पदार्थविज्ञानाचे, शिवकालीन पेशवाईतील बखरीचे, अगणित ज्ञानक्षेत्रांचे, अशा वैविध्यपूर्ण ज्ञानावर लेखन- विशेषत: कवितालेखन- उभं राहत."

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

I’ll give thee a wind...Yes, I Have No Doubt

Today April 23 2013 is 397th Death Anniversary of  William Shakespeare

Hilary Mantel: 

“It’s for Shakespeare to penetrate the heart of a prince, and for me to study his cuff buttons.”

William Logan:

"...Usually in tragedy a good person is made to suffer through a flaw in his goodness. In ''Macbeth'' this pattern is reversed: it is the streak of goodness that causes pathos and suffering. (W H Auden) ''Macbeth and Lady Macbeth attempt to be murderers without malice.''..."



"...Second Witch: I'll give thee a wind.

First Witch: Thou'rt kind.

Third Witch:  And I another.

First Witch:  I myself have all the other,
                   And the very ports they blow,
                   All the quarters that they know..."


(Act I, Scene 3,  'Macbeth', c 1606)


I understand little of Macbeth or any of Shakespeare but I was bewitched (!) by the magnificence of this picture:



Artist: John Raphael Smith,  'Macbeth',  the Weird Sisters, 1785

courtesy: British Museum and Guardian  

After seeing the picture, I can't question the power of  "Three Weird Sisters"...