30 December 2011

Keep Apart

"Keep apart, keep apart, and preserve one's soul alive -- that is the teaching for the day. It is ill to have been born in these times, but one can make a world within the world. A glimpse of the morning or evening sky will give the right note, and then we must make what music we can."

George Gissing, in a letter to his brother, September 22, 1885.

The Collected letters of George Gissing: 1881-1885, Volume 2,
(Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 1990), p. 349.