Thursday, March 29

none of them extraordinary

It seems to me that the soul, when alone with itself and speaking to itself, uses only a small number of words, none of them extraordinary. This is how one recognizes that there is a soul at that moment, if at the same time one experiences the sensation that everything else—everything that would require a larger vocabulary—is mere possibility.

-- Paul Valéry, quoted in W.H. Auden's A Certain World