"I am not one who was born in the custody of wisdom. I am one who is fond of olden times and intense in quest of the sacred knowing of the ancients." Gustave Courbet

31 October 2020


A monk should surely love his books with humility, wishing their good and not the glory of his own curiosity; but what the temptation of adultery is for laymen and the yearning for riches is for secular ecclesiastics, the seduction of knowledge is for monks.

Umberto Eco, from The Name of the Rose

My remarks were truly out of place ...

The order that our mind imagines is like a net, or like a ladder, built to attain something. But afterward you must throw the ladder away, because you discover that, even if it was useful, it was meaningless.

Umberto Eco, from The Name of the Rose

It is because they often contain a wisdom that is different from ours ... 

Vanessa Werder's "The Name of the Rose: The Monastic, Labyrinthine Library, and Companion of Its Illustration in the Book and the Movie" ... HERE.

No comments: