Marginalia, no.28

Everything in nature is lyrical in its ideal essence; tragic in its fate, and comic in its existence.

~ George Santayana

One of Santayana’s more frequently quoted bits, usually accompanied by a photograph of a flower or some other cheery, ephemeral thing which seems effortlessly to embody its own ideal, ends regretfully in the mulch pile, and can look funny from a certain angle.  But really, the sentence has teeth.  Match it with a photograph of yourself instead.

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