donderdag 6 juni 2013

Overdaad schaadt

“Again, while it is a great blessing that a man no longer has to be rich in order to enjoy the masterpieces of the past, for paperbacks, first-rate color reproductions, and stereo-phonograph records have made them available to all but the very poor, this ease of access, if misused — and we do misuse it — can become a curse. We are all of us tempted to read more books, look at more pictures, listen to more music than we can possibly absorb, and the result of such gluttony is not a cultured mind but a consuming one; what it reads, looks at, listens to is immediately forgotten, leaving no more traces behind than yesterday’s newspaper.”
W. H. Auden, Secondary Worlds, 1967.
Het prentje: Wystan Hugh Auden (1907-1973).

1 opmerking:

Anoniem zei

Recht in de roos. Maar dat zijn we gewend, van W.H. Auden.