I imagine, therefore I belong and am free

juggling dolphin

Catching every minute... turning it upside down to expose its happy side

He was a fellow-student and close friend of the old poet, and of him he speaks with such warmth and penetration that what he has to say always moves me. “I sometimes think that I learned more from studying him than I did from studying philosophy. His exquisite balance of irony and tenderness would have put him among the saints had he been a religious man. He was by divine choice only a poet and often unhappy but with him one had the feeling that he was catching every minute as it flew and turning it upside down to expose its happy side. He was really using himself up, his inner self, in living. Most people lie and let life play upon them like the tepid discharges of a douche-bag. To the Cartesian proposition: ‘I think therefore I am’ he opposed his own, which must have gone something like this: ‘I imagine, therefore I belong and am free.‘”


by Lawrence Durrell (27 February 1912 – 7 November 1990)
from Justine
first book in the Alexandria Quartet
image – cesarastudillo

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One Response to “I imagine, therefore I belong and am free”

  1. clarissa mcfairy Says:

    I so love these lines: ‘He was by divine choice only a poet and often unhappy but with him one had the feeling that he was catching every minute as it flew and turning it upside down to expose its happy side. He was really using himself up, his inner self, in living.’ All of it is a cameo, and I do thank you for posting it, Elizabeth. It gives one pause to think, that, maybe, just maybe, one is not entirely alone, in being bedazzled by moments as they fly, rather than material frisbees.

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