Thursday, September 9

a word

A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanged; it is the skin of a living thought and may vary greatly in color and content according to the circumstances and time in which it is used.

-- Oliver Wendell Holmes


Some mystic or other speaks of the intellect as standing in the same relation to the soul as the senses to the mind; and beyond a certain border, surely we come to this place where the ecstasy is not a whirl or a madness of the senses, but a glow arising from the exact nature of perception.

-- Ezra Pound The Spirit of Romance