Friday, August 10, 2007

The Child's Eye

"Soon the child's clear eye is clouded over by ideas and opinions, preconceptions and abstractions. Simple free being becomes encrusted with the burdensome armor of the ego. Not until years later does an instinct come that a vital sense of mystery has been withdrawn. The sun glints through the pines, and the heart is pierced in a moment of beauty and strange pain, like a memory of paradise. After that day . . . we become seekers."

- Peter Matthiessen

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3 comments:

Brendan said...

Simply wonderful, Paul.

Nice find.

Paul said...

I'm so happy you like it, Brendan. The moment I saw the quote, I thought, "I must post this for Brendan!"

Guitar's Cry said...

The transparent eyeball does become clouded by habit, doesn't it?

Great quote!