Posts tagged ‘exile’

January 8, 2018

we all carry within us our places of exile

Whatever we may do, excess will always keep its place in the heart of man, in the place where solitude is found. We all carry within us our places of exile, our crimes and our ravages. But our task is not to unleash them on the world; it is to fight them in ourselves and in others.

―Albert Camus, from The Rebel (1951)

November 4, 2015

at its gentlest and most human

We all long for Eden, and we are constantly glimpsing it: our whole nature at its best and least corrupted, its gentlest and most human, is still soaked with the sense of exile.

From The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien.

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