Tags: Books, Ideas & Inspiration
I really like this paragraph, and I felt I had to share it with you folks.
“But we never get back our youth. The pulse of joy that beats in us at twenty becomes sluggish. Our limbs fail, our senses rot. We degenerate into hideous puppets, haunted by the memory of the passions of which we were too much afraid, and the exquisite temptations that we had not the courage to yield to. Youth! Youth! There is absolutely nothing in the world but youth!”
Emphasis mine. A line like that hasn’t affected me in such a way ever since I read “Ffangs the Vampire Bat and the Kiss of Truth” (for approximately the 5th or 6th time) and was suddenly struck by the phrase, “guzzling cakes.”
I wish Knit The Classics was currently reading this book so that it would be relevant to knitting. It should be; the first two chapters at least have been obsessed with the concept of art, creativity and genius. I think any knitter would benefit from reading it. There’s also a romantic subplot that feels a little like 19th century pseudo-slash.
OMG, I just looked up Oscar Wilde on Wikipedia and it says he made out with Walt Whitman!