Saturday, December 4, 2010

He wrote more, but we fell asleep reading it

English novelist Samuel Butler (Erewhon, The Way of All Flesh) was born on this day in 1835. He wrote:

"Life is one long process of getting tired."

He was weary, worn out. His strenuous inner life, his contemplative exertions had taken their toll. Man was a thinking reed, but a reed. Sully’s weariness was profound. It couldn’t be assuaged even by eternal rest.   --  Chapter 45, The Misforgotten.   

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