Monday, May 5, 2008

the trick to living alone

Monday, May 5, 2008

“The trick to living alone up here, away from all agitating entanglements, allurements, and expectations, apart especially from one’s own intensity, is to organize the silence, to think of its mountaintop plenitude as capital, silence as wealth exponentially increasing. The encircling silence as your chosen source of advantage and your only intimate. The trick is to find sustenance in (Hawthorne again) ‘the communications of a solitary mind with itself.’ The secret is to find sustenance in
people like Hawthorne, in the wisdom of the brilliant deceased.”

- Philip Roth, The Human Stain, 2000

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