Monday, August 31, 2009

Only So Long As It Never Becomes An End In Itself

Fig. 1. Jacques-Louis David - The Lictors Bring to Brutus the Bodies of His Sons, 1789

'To choose a hardship for ourselves is our only defense against that hardship. This is what is meant by accepting suffering. Those who, by their very nature, can suffer completely, utterly, have an advantage. That is how we can disarm the power of suffering, make it our own creation, our own choice; submit to it.'

Cesare Pavese