22 November 2013

Individuals

George Gissing, Born in Exile (London: Adam and Charles Black, 1896), pp. 271-272:
I can't pretend to care for anything but individuals. The few whom I know and love are of more importance to me than all the blind multitude rushing to destruction. I hate the word majority; it is the few, the very few, that have always kept alive whatever of effectual good we see in the human race. There are individuals who outweigh, in every kind of value, generations of ordinary people.
Gissing was born on this day in 1857.

Caspar David Friedrich, Zwei Männer am Meer (1817)