Mirror, mirror on the wall (XXIII)

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“The illuminating mind is like lightning, it flashes rapidly over the greatest distances. It leaves everything aside and shoots for one thing, which it does not know before illuminating it. Its effectivity begins when it strikes. Without some minimum of destruction, without terror, it never takes shape for human beings. Illumination per se is too boundless and too shapeless. The fate of the new knowledge depends on the place of the striking.”

(Elias Canetti, The Human Province)

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14 thoughts on “Mirror, mirror on the wall (XXIII)

  1. Great ones! I like it for it’s striking strikelessness, it’s focusing without focus and of course for it’s light falling and melting into one sight.

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