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.”

W H Auden: "But in my arms till break of day / Let the living creature lie. / Mortal, guilty, but to me/ The entirely beautiful."

Will Self: “To attempt to write seriously is always, I feel, to fail – the disjunction between my beautifully sonorous, accurate and painfully affecting mental content, and the leaden, halting sentences on the page always seems a dreadful falling short. It is this failure – a ceaseless threnody keening through the writing mind – that dominates my working life, just as an overweening sense of not having loved with enough depth or recklessness or tenderness dominates my personal one.”

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."

Art Spiegelman: "You know words in a way are hitting you on the left side of your brain, music and visual arts hit on the right side of the brain, so the idea is to pummel you, to send you from left brain to right brain and back until you're as unbalanced as I am."

विलास सारंग: "संदर्भ कुठलेही असोत, संस्कृत, इंग्रजी, बुद्धिवादी, तांत्रिक, इतिहासाचे, खगोलशास्त्राचे, आधुनिक पदार्थविज्ञानाचे, शिवकालीन व 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"...