Friday, March 2, 2012

Collage 696

Heady stuff on the subject of genius and chance coming from Leo Tolstoy here:

In renouncing knowledge of the final purpose, we will clearly understand that, just as it is impossible to invent for any plant a flower and seed that correspond to it more than those it produces, so it is impossible to invent two other persons, with all their past, who would correspond to such a degree, in such minute detail, to the purpose they were meant to fulfill.
-p.1132 (referring to Napolean and Alexander)

Lynn Waskelis
from page 647-548, volume 2 of original text
collage, ribbon, copper leaf, ink
made 11/4/11
Pevear/Volokhonsky translation page 1131-1132

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