" I would be
glad to know which is worse, to be ravaged a hundred times by
pirates, to have one buttock cut off, to run the gauntlet among
the Bulgarians, to be whipped and hanged at an auto-da-fe, to be
dissected, to be chained to an oar in a galley; and, in short,
to experience all the miseries through which every one of us
hath passed, or to remain here doing nothing?
- VOLTAIRE -
" Be indulgent
when you compare us to those who were the perfection of order,
we who look for adventure everywhere. We are not your enemies.
We want to bring you vast and strange domains, where mystery in
flower spreads out for those who would pluck it...Pity us who
fight always at the boundaries of infinity and the future. Pity
us our errors...pity us our sins."
- APPOLINAIRE -