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April 21, 2018

Spring, messieurs et mesdames, is a most admirable season. In spring the birds sing “tweet-tweet”; the streams sing “zhr-r-r”; and the trees sway this way and that, this way and that, with extraordinary energy—but the poor forest alas!, must stand on its feet all day,...

April 21, 2018

A butterfly alighted on the muzzle of a cannon. It was so bright and beautiful, it looked like a tinted symbol of the Deity . . . a token of the good Lord, Who sits Above, and paints gay butterflies.

So, the butterfly alighted on the muzzle of a cannon, and—nothing more...

April 21, 2018

Lines on the Death of Moyshe Nadir

Composed by His Very Self

To the memory of Moyshe Nadir,—

Once among the living

And neatly combed—

Who did spend two or three hours daily

On the perfect knotting of his cravat,

And who loved his every finger nail;

Loved, and esteemed, and pro...

September 15, 2017

Once upon a time there was an emperor who ruled over a land that was immeasurably large, beautiful, and prosperous. Like every other emperor, he possessed a treasure-chamber, in the midst of which, among all the shining, glittering jewels, there lay a horn. But this wa...

September 15, 2017

If I had to die now,

I would say:

“Was that it?”

And:

“I’m not quite sure I understood it.

And:

“It was a bit loud.”

1935

Translated by Pól Peist

September 14, 2017

Plan your itinerary in broad strokes; let the details sort themselves out as the whims of the hour dictate.

The world is the biggest tourist attraction there is—get out there and see it.

There isn’t a man alive with such a comprehensive overview that he can understand an...

August 18, 2017

This part of the world is proud of itself, and with good reason. In Europe people are proud:

To be German.

To be French.

To be English.

Not to be German.

Not to be French.

Not to be English.

To be the best in the 3rd Company.

To be a German mother. To stand by the banks of the...

October 26, 2016

Foreign languages are nice, when you don’t understand them. I once asked the great J.V

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