Friday, October 31, 2008

Two aphorisms in search of their authors

I've quoted these so often, and I can't find the source: any ideas?

"The sentimentalist is he who would enjoy without incurring responsibility for the thing enjoyed" (This comes from somewhere in Joyce, but for some reason I believe it originates with Meredith).

"Nowadays events no longer occur: the clich├ęs operate spontaneously" (I believe this is from Karl Krauss. I used to use it as a definition of structuralism, but it applies to almost any late 20th century thought)


Anonymous said...

"Sentimentalists," says The Pilgrim's Scrip, "are they who seek to enjoy without incurring the Immense Debtorship for a thing done."

-Ordeal of Richard Feverel by George Meredith, p. 186.

Sean Cubitt said...

many thanks: any indication which edition you're referencing?


Anonymous said...

Ah, I should have been more specific. The full title is The Ordeal of Richard Feverel: A History of a Father and Son. Written by George Meredith and published in London, by Constable & Company Ltd in 1919.

And I've given you the wrong page number - I realised the quote is in fact on p. 178 - mustn't have had my glasses on - apologies!