The Art of Tetman Callis

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October 27th, 2021 · No Comments

“I was a coward and a slave. I say this without the slightest embarrassment. Every decent man of our age must be a coward and a slave. That is his normal condition. Of that I am firmly persuaded. He is made and constructed to that very end. And not only at the present time owing […]

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Tags: Fyodor Dostoyevsky · Lit & Crit

October 26th, 2021 · No Comments

“Every man has reminiscences which he would not tell to everyone, but only to his friends. He has other matters in his mind which he would not reveal even to his friends, but only to himself, and that in secret. But there are other things which a man is afraid to tell even to himself, […]

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October 25th, 2021 · No Comments

“Does not man, perhaps, love something besides well-being? Perhaps he is just as fond of suffering? Perhaps suffering is just as great a benefit to him as well-being? Man is sometimes extraordinarily, passionately, in love with suffering, and that is a fact. There is no need to appeal to universal history to prove that; only […]

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October 24th, 2021 · No Comments

“With the ant-heap the respectable race of ants began and with the ant-heap they will probably end, which does the greatest credit to their perseverance and good sense. But man is a frivolous and incongruous creature, and perhaps, like a chess player, loves the process of the game, not the end of it. And who […]

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October 22nd, 2021 · No Comments

“What can be expected of man since he is a being endowed with strange qualities? Shower upon him every earthly blessing, drown him in a sea of happiness, so that nothing but bubbles of bliss can be seen on the surface; give him economic prosperity, such that he should have nothing else to do but […]

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October 21st, 2021 · No Comments

“One may say anything about the history of the world–anything that might enter the most disordered imagination. The only thing one can’t say is that it’s rational.” – Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes from the Underground (trans. unknown) Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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October 20th, 2021 · No Comments

“Reason is an excellent thing, there’s no disputing that, but reason is nothing but reason and satisfies only the rational side of man’s nature, while will is a manifestation of the whole life, that is, of the whole human life including reason and all the impulses. And although our life, in this manifestation of it, […]

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October 19th, 2021 · No Comments

“I was just going to say that the devil only knows what choice depends on, and that perhaps that was a very good thing, but I remembered the teaching of science … and pulled myself up. And here you have begun upon it. Indeed, if there really is some day discovered a formula for all […]

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October 18th, 2021 · No Comments

“Civilisation has made mankind if not more bloodthirsty, at least more vilely, more loathsomely bloodthirsty. In old days he saw justice in bloodshed and with his conscience at peace exterminated those he thought proper. Now we do think bloodshed abominable and yet we engage in this abomination, and with more energy than ever. Which is […]

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October 17th, 2021 · No Comments

“Oh, if I had done nothing simply from laziness! Heavens, how I should have respected myself, then. I should have respected myself because I should at least have been capable of being lazy; there would at least have been one quality, as it were, positive in me, in which I could have believed myself. Question: […]

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October 16th, 2021 · No Comments

“Can a man of perception respect himself at all?” – Fyodor Dostoyevsky, “Notes from the Underground” (trans. unknown) Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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October 8th, 2021 · No Comments

“Nature does not ask your permission, she has nothing to do with your wishes, and whether you like her laws or dislike them, you are bound to accept her as she is, and consequently all her conclusions. A wall, you see, is a wall … and so on, and so on.” – Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes […]

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October 7th, 2021 · No Comments

“I am forty years old now, and you know forty years is a whole lifetime; you know it is extreme old age. To live longer than forty years is bad manners, is vulgar, immoral. Who does live beyond forty? Answer that, sincerely and honestly I will tell you who do: fools and worthless fellows.” – […]

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October 6th, 2021 · No Comments

“that stern androckbound coast feltlike an amateurwhen it saw how grimthe puritans thatlanded on it were”— Don Marquis, “Certain Maxims of Archy” Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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October 3rd, 2021 · No Comments

“It would be nice, if it were possible to arrest life. But it goes on. What does it mean, — life goes on? Life goes on, means, — the hair falls out and grows gray, the teeth decay, there appear wrinkles, and there is an odour in the mouth. Even before everything ends, everything becomes […]

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Tags: Guy de Maupassant · Lit & Crit

September 30th, 2021 · No Comments

“When a master does not consider what he is doing, a sensible servant should set him right.” – Molière, “The Imaginary Invalid” (trans. Charles Heron Wall) Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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September 19th, 2021 · No Comments

“Read as little as possible of literary criticism — such things are either partisan opinions, which have become petrified and meaningless, hardened and empty of life, or else they are just clever word-games, in which one view wins today, and tomorrow the opposite view. Works of art are of an infinite solitude, and no means […]

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September 18th, 2021 · No Comments

“Irony: Don’t let yourself be controlled by it, especially during uncreative moments. When you are fully creative, try to use it, as one more way to take hold of life. Used purely, it too is pure, and one needn’t be ashamed of it; but if you feel yourself becoming too familiar with it, if you […]

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September 8th, 2021 · No Comments

“Precisely in the deepest and most important matters, we are unspeakably alone.” – Rainier Maria Rilke, “Letters to a Young Poet” (trans. Stephen Mitchell) Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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September 4th, 2021 · No Comments

“Nothing touches a work of art so little as words of criticism: they always result in more or less fortunate misunderstandings. Things aren’t all so tangible and sayable as people would usually have us believe; most experiences are unsayable, they happen in a space that no word has ever entered, and more unsayable than all […]

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September 3rd, 2021 · No Comments

“Great art, whether expressing itself in words, colours, or stones, does not say the same thing over and over again.” – John Ruskin, “The Nature of Gothic” Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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September 2nd, 2021 · No Comments

“Do not let us suppose that love of order is love of art. It is true that order, in its highest sense, is one of the necessities of art, just as time is a necessity of music; but love of order has no more to do with our right enjoyment of architecture or painting, than […]

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August 26th, 2021 · No Comments

“In an egg, as in the meat of a chicken, in beef, or in mutton, in milk, in everything, one perceives, and ought to taste, the juice, the quintessence of all the food on which the animal has fed. How much better food we could have if more attention were paid to this!” – Guy […]

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August 25th, 2021 · No Comments

Silentium Speak not, lie hidden, and concealthe way you dream, the things you feel.Deep in your spirit let them riseakin to stars in crystal skiesthat set before the night is blurred:delight in them and speak no word. How can a heart expression find?How should another know your mind?Will he discern what quickens you?A thought once […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Vladimir Nabokov

August 24th, 2021 · No Comments

“Greek democracies could never pardon the introduction of new gods. Their objection to this was not, however, that the gods in question were false gods. If they had been so, it would not have mattered so much. What they could not tolerate was that any one should establish a private means of communication between himself […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · The Ancients

August 23rd, 2021 · No Comments

“Ancient religions cared nothing for a man’s belief, if only it did not set him in open opposition to the public worship of the State, and, so long as the proper ceremonial was correctly performed, any explanation of it that occurred to the spectator might be given. He might believe or disbelieve that the Mysteries […]

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August 12th, 2021 · No Comments

“Some people travel abroad to find themselves. I’m not one of them.” – Adriana Paramo, “He Tells Me That I’m Beautifool” Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Verandah

August 11th, 2021 · No Comments

“The fondness for the jingle leaves us with that for the rattles and baubles of childhood, and if we continue to read rhymed verse at a later period of life it is such only where the poet has had force enough to bring great beauties of thought and diction into this form. When young any […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · The American Constitution · Thomas Jefferson

August 1st, 2021 · No Comments

“Let us preserve our reputation by performing our engagements; our credit by fulfilling our contracts; and friends by gratitude and kindness; for we know not how soon we may again have occasion for all of them.” – Benjamin Franklin, “Letter to Samuel Mather”, May 12, 1784 Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Tags: Benjamin Franklin · Economics · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · The American Constitution · Verandah

July 23rd, 2021 · No Comments

“Take care that you never spell a word wrong. Always before you write a word consider how it is spelt, and if you do not remember it, turn to a dictionary. It produces great praise to a lady to spell well.” – Thomas Jefferson, “Letter to Martha Jefferson”, November 28, 1783 Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Tags: Lit & Crit · The American Constitution · Thomas Jefferson