Thursday, October 27, 2011

from Berlin's The roots of Romanticism

"What occurred was a kind of retreat in depth. It sometimes happens in human history--though parallels may be dangerous--that when the natural road towards human fulfillment is blocked, human beings retreat into themselves, become involved in themselves, and try to create inwardly that world which some evil fate has denied them externally" (p. 37).

"You gradually hedge yourself round with a kind of tight wall by which you seek to reduce your vulnerable surface--you want to be as little wounded as possible. Every kind of wound has been heaped upon you, and therefore you wish to contract yourself into the smallest possible area, so that as little of you as possible is exposed to further wounds" (p. 37). 

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