25 June 2012

The Folio Volumes of Life

Ludwig Andreas von Feuerbach (1804-1872), from his collection of aphorisms Abälard und Heloise (Ansbach: Carl Brügel, 1834), p. 8. My own translation:
Books are short excerpts from the wide-ranging folio volumes of life, and the only person who fulfills the writer's high calling is the one who sorts through the many bad things they sometimes contain and only reads out the best parts, separating the useless from the necessary and the common from the noble.