It is especially difficult

to look another human in the eye for any period of time at all without beginning to fall in love. That is why people look away from each other so quickly. They don’t dare look each other right in the eye for very long. The love that will follow will overwhelm them. Yet it is because they don’t know what to do with that love that they are overwhelmed.

— Neil Donald Walsch

The truth is, when the period at which

a man of talent is condemned to live is dull and stupid, the artist is, unconsciously to himself, haunted by a sensation of morbid yearning for another century… In some cases, it is a return to past ages, to vanished civilizations, to dead centuries; in others, it is an impulse towards the fantastic, the land of dreams, it is a vision more or less vivid of a time to come whose images reproduce, without his being aware, as a result of atavism, that of by-gone epochs.

(…or, in these days, yearning for a future history that never will be, save in dreaming…)

— J. K. Huysmans, “Against the Grain” (1926)

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