Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Nathaniel. I will teach you fervour...

"...Nathaniel, I will teach you fervour.Our acts are attached to us as its glimmer is to phosphorous. They consume us, it is true, but they make our splendour.

And if our souls have been of any worth, it is because they have burnt more ardently than others.

Great fields, washed in the whiteness of dawn, I have seen you; blue lakes, I have bathed in your waters - and to every caress of the laughing breeze I have smiled back an answer - this is what I shall never tire of telling you, Nathaniel. I will teach you fervour."

André Gide (1869-1951)
Les Nourritures Terrestres [Fruits of the Earth]

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