“You have to be an artist and a madman, a creature of infinite melancholy, with a bubble of hot poison in your loins and a super-voluptuous flame permanently aglow in your subtle spine (oh, how you have to cringe and hide!), in order to discern at once, by ineffable signs - the slightly feline outline of a cheekbone, the slenderness of a downy limbs, and other indices which despair and shame and tears of tenderness forbid me to tabulate - the little deadly demon among the wholesome children; she stands unrecognized by them and unconscious herself of her fantastic power.”—Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita (via mymindcravesnectar)
"[That cosmic music] is produced by the onward rush and motion of the astral bodies themselves; the intervals between them, though unequal, being exactly arranged in a fixed proportion, by an agreeable blending of high and low tones various harmonies are produced; for such mighty motions cannot be carried on so swiftly in silence; and Nature has provided that one extreme shall produce low tones while the other gives high
… Learned men, by imitating this harmony on stringed instruments and in song, have gained for themselves a return to this region, as others have obtained the same reward by devoting their brilliant intellects to divine pursuits during their earthly lives. Men’s ears, ever filled with this sound, have become deaf to it… This mighty music, produced by the revolution of the whole universe at the highest speed, cannot be perceived by human ears any more than you can look straight at the sun.”
Is it not uncanny how close Cicero’s words are to describing the American ideal of government?
Si vero ius suum populi teneant, negant quicquam esse praestantius, liberius, beautius, quipe qui domini sint legum, iudiciorum, belli, pacis, foederum, capitis unius cuiusque, pecuniae. Hanc unam rite rem ublicam, id est rem populi, appellari putant…
Facillimam autem in ea re ublica esse concordiam, in qua idem conducat omnibus; ex utilitatis varietatibus, cum aliis aliud epediant, nasci discordas… quare cum lex sit civilis societatis vinculum, ius autem legis aequale, quo iure societas civium teneri potest, cum par non sit condicio civium?
"But if the people would maintain their rights, they deny that any [form of government] would be superior, either in liberty or happiness, for they themselves would be masters of the laws and the courts, of war and peace, of international agreements, and of every citizen’s life and property; this government alone, they believe, can rightly be called a commonwealth, that is, ‘the property of the people…’
… And they insist that harmony is very easily obtainable in a State where the interests of all are the same, for discord arises rom conflicting interests where different measures are advantageous to different citizens… The law is the bond which unites the civic association, and the justice enforced by law is the same for all, by what justice can an association of citizens be held together when there is no equality among the citizens?”