Charles Peguy via Clive James

Posted by Brian PCF
Aug 30 2011

Stumbled on this when I found Clive James website, which I am ridiculously excited about. Cultural Amnesia, one of my favorite books of all time.

Haven’t read much of anything from Peguy, but some interesting quotes on James’ website and wikiquote (especially considering everything describes Peguy as a socialist):

“Humanity will surpass the first dirigibles as it has surpassed the first locomotives. It will surpass M. Santos-Dumont as it has surpassed Stephenson. After telephotography it will continually invent graphies and scopes and phones, all of which will be tele and one will be able to go around the earth in less than no time. But it will always be only the temporal earth. And it will even be possible to burrow inside the earth and pierce it through as I do this ball of clay. But it will always be the carnal earth.”

“Homer is new and fresh this morning, and nothing, perhaps, is so old and tired as today’s newspaper.”

“It will never be known what acts of cowardice have been committed for fear of not looking sufficiently progressive.”

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