Friday, 22 February 2013

Weekend Quote #33

“Despair and hope make thee ridiculous
The one doth flatter thee in thoughts unlikely,
In likely thoughts the other kills thee quickly”

Another quote this weekend, from dear grandpa William. I'm still in love with his Venus and Adonis, describing the goddess of love herself loving a man, a mortal man to the point of madness. She was looking for Adonis in the wood, afraid that he was dead already, when she ehard a voice of a hunter. Thinking that it might be Adonis, she uttered the words in our quote today.

As human beings, we experience despair and hope in our daily lives. We sometimes hope too high, thinking that there's hope still when it is very unlikely. At other times, we despair when the worst has not and maybe will not happen anyway. Sometimes after all is over, we look back and realise how ridiculous we are.

That's what I'd like to share with all of you this week. Have a nice weekend and don't forget to share anything if you want to.


  1. Your quote is lovely - have a wonderful weekend.

  2. "What is called good sense or reason, is naturally equal in all men. We do not arrive at a diversity of opinions because some are more reasonable than others, but because we drive our thoughts through various channels, and do not think about the same things. It is not enough to have a good mind, it is more important what we do with it. "

    René Descartes, Discourse on Method (1637)

    A bit about how I think these ideas influenced French literature in the 17th century: