The hope of philosophy was to create a tranquility so stable that the world could not assail it. This stability will always turn out to be a madness or obsession or brutal indifference to the world. Philosophy is rather the self-mastery that frees one enough — of laziness, selfishness, rage, jealousy, and such failures of spirit — to help others, write for others, draw for others, be friends….
[Guy Davenport, “Journal I,” in The Hunter Gracchus]


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