14 May 2012

Let the Abyss Alone

Allen Tate in his novel The Fathers, quoted in Paul Murphy's The Rebuke of History; The Southern Agrarians and American Conservative Thought (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2001), p. 83:
Excessively refined persons have a communion with the abyss; but is not civilization the agreement, slowly arrived at, to let the abyss alone?