Jottings

-Man is an immortal, timeless being that lives immersed in the changeable and temporal. A sign of this is how we continually speak about how things “are” when in fact they are more typified by a complete lack of determination; we speak of genera, classes and types of things- and these universals never come to be or pass away, even though all things within them pass away.

-Once, after some awful experience (it was really only complaint, but…) I thought “If I had only thought about Christ this whole time I would have been happy. All that time was wasted”

-Translators are not traitors- there is no malice. Translation is a sadder affair: like being a cook who can offer someone the meat but not the sauce. Vergil or Catullus in translation? Baby- back ribs cooked dry in a frying pan.

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