Thursday, March 24, 2011

Crazy love

Wanderer above the Sea of Fog - by Caspar David Friedrich

"Was it by reason that I attained to the knowledge that I must love my neighbour and not throttle him? They told me so when I was a child, and I gladly believed it, because they told me what was already in my soul. But who discovered it? Not reason! Reason has discovered the struggle for existence and the law that I must throttle all those who hinder the satisfaction of my desires. That is the deduction reason makes. But the law of loving could not be discovered by reason, because it is unreasonable."

The climax of Levin's search for meaning and purpose. Anna Karenina - Book 8, Chapter 12.


Marian said...

That's a great quote! Looking forward to your book review, too. :)

Rebekah said...

Wow! If the rest of the book is as good as that quote, I just might have to read it!

To the KING be all the glory!

Alexandra said...

Wow, awesome quote. Wowwwww.

Verrry interested in reading a review of the book...I've wavered back and forth about reading it.