11 July 2012

Literature Is a Private Club

Ludwig Andreas von Feuerbach, from his collection of aphorisms Abälard und Heloise (Ansbach: Carl Brügel, 1834), pp. 8-9. My own translation:
Life is like a coffee house that stands open to everyone without distinction, while literature is a private club, a closed society with its own statutes; it is only open to us, and our thoughts and feelings, after prior selection, deliberation, and discernment.