28 October 2012

A Quote from L.E.J. Brouwer

"Life is a magic garden. With miraculously soft shining flowers, but amidst the flowers the little people walk, that I am so afraid of, they stand on their heads, and the worst is, that they cry out to me that I must also stand on my head, now and then I try it, and I burn with shame; but sometimes the little people then shout that I do it very well, and that I am after all a real gnome too. But under no circumstances are they going to make me believe that."

 From a letter to Carel Adama van Scheltema, August 7, 1906. Cited here.

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