Damn, Horace!

“Lonely people write letters, so that they can communicate with those whose eyes are turned elsewhere. Often such letters are merely negative, calls for sympathy, cries of despair. Often they are dreary personal reports, tedious self-analyses, lists of miniscule happenings within one tiny system.”

From Poets In A Landscape by Gilbert Highet (the Horace chapter).

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4 responses to “Damn, Horace!”

  1. Gord Sellar says :

    Damn, I resemble that remark. Apologies.

  2. Gord Sellar says :

    Yeah, I was thinking about how it’s probably widespread. I didn’t think it was a jab at me, in any case. Though I’d think these days, it’s probably as applicable (if not more) to bloggers. The expat blogosphere in Korea in general being one great example… ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Justin says :

      Here’s another quote you might find of interest: “Not only a man’s art, but his temperament, is reflected in his style. Any intellectual reader of Ezra Pound’s Cantos would know, without further information, that Pound had led a life of spiritual and intellectual excitement, disorganization, intermittence, and conflict. The random quizzical ethos of Laurence Sterne, and even his frail health, are reflected in his punctuation. Chopin’s music gradually becomes tubercular.”

      It made me chuckle.

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