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Weekend Words: Falling

by Weekend Editors on December 30, 2012

Peter Paul Rubens, "The Fall of Icarus" (1636). Oil on wood, 27 x 27 cm. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts, Brussels. (Image via the Web Gallery of Art)

Peter Paul Rubens, “The Fall of Icarus” (1636). Oil on wood, 27 x 27 cm. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts, Brussels. (Image via the Web Gallery of Art)

An exquisite corpse of apposite quotes from the Hyperallergic Weekend Editors.

With the country heading off the fiscal cliff, Weekend Words thinks about falling.

“My errors will point to thinking men the various roads, and will teach them the great art of treading on the brink of the precipice without falling into it.”

—Giacomo Casanova

 

“Falling short of perfection is a process that just never stops.”

—William Shawn

 

“Life is a horizontal fall.”

—Cocteau, Opium (1929)

 

“Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.”

—William Butler Yeats, “The Second Coming” (1919)

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