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Day 6, Tuesday. A favourite quote and why it’s special.
I’ve had literally hundreds of these in my lifetime, usually written on index cards and pasted someplace prominent, like my bathroom mirror or my locker door. They’re all super-meaningful when I write them down, and then I read them over and over so many times that they dissolve into nonsense sounds.
During most of undergrad I had this bit of wisdom from Walter Pater stuck to the wall above my desk:
“To burn always with this hard, gem-like flame, to maintain this ecstasy, is success in life.”
Which was pasted up alongside Anne Boleyn’s speech on the scaffold (readers may draw their own connections):
” Good Christian people, I am come hither to die, for according to the law, and by the law I am judged to die, and therefore I will speak nothing against it. I am come hither to accuse no man, nor to speak any thing of that, whereof I am accused and condemned to die, but I pray God save the king and send him long to reign over you, for a gentler nor a more merciful prince was there never; and to me was he ever a good, a gentle and sovereign lord. And if any person will meddle of my cause, I require them to judge the best. And thus I take my leave of the world and of you all, and I heartily desire you all to pray for me. O Lord, have mercy on me, to God I commend my soul. “