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Fernand Toussaint – ANGEL WITH MASK (detail)

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I aim to make good use of my talents and my experience, if Providence have given me reason to boast of either one. I read, I study, I examine, I listen, I think, and out of all of that, I try to form an opinion into which I cram as much common sense as possible.

The Marquis de Lafayette, “To the Duc d’Ayen in Pennsylvania, December 16, 1777”


Letter in:

Lafayette in the Age of the American
Revolution: Selected Letters and Papers, 1776-1790.
Ed. Stanley J. Idzerda.
Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press, 1977, 194.

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simena:

Rudolf Bacher (detail)

“As a flower breathing up to heaven the incense of her prayer like a natural altar.”

Gerald Manly Hopkins

“The Fraxinella,” in Pietas Metrica

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inkxlenses:

Hôtel de Lassay | by triistan_fy

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barcarole:

Haikko Trees in Bloom, Albert Edelfelt, 1901.

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