Librarian of Alexandria


A true revelation, it seems to me, will only emerge from stubborn concentration on a solitary problem. I am not in league with inventors or adventurers, nor with travelers to exotic destinations. The surest—also the quickest—way to awake the sense of wonder in ourselves is to look intently, undeterred, at a single object. Sudenly, miraculously, it will reveal itself as something we have never seen before.

—Cesare Pavese, Dialoghi con Leucò