Fernand Toussaint – ANGEL WITH MASK (detail)
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”
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.
“He was never without misery, and never without hope.”
— Joseph Heller
“I hear now the rustle of the snow the angels listening above me”
— Margaret Atwood, from Resurrection in “Selected Poems I: 1965-1975″