Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The Highest Ecstasy Is The Attention At Its Fullest*

Fig. 1. Andrea Pozzo - Fresco representing Hercules’ deeds and apotheosis in the Hercules Hall of the Liechtenstein Garden Palace, 1704-1708

'I disregard the proportions, the measures, the tempo of the ordinary world. I refuse to live in the ordinary world as ordinary women. To enter ordinary relationships. I want ecstasy. I am a neurotic - in the sense that I live in my world. I will not adjust myself to the world. I am adjusted to myself.'

Anaïs Nin

* 'The highest ecstasy is the attention at its fullest.' (Simone Weil)