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Author QuotedFriedrich Nietzsche
Title QuotedBirth of Tragidy from the Spirit of Music
Date (Year/Month/Day)1965/0806
Imprint[S.l.] : [s.n.]. 1872I
QuotationReturned to hermitage today after a week in St. Anthony's hospital. In a way it was trying, at least a test of patience. Had to rest, take medicine and sit in a room with machinery going outside-and with an air conditioner on day and night. At least the even noise of the air conditioner neutralized the heavy traffic on Barret Avenue and I was astounded to find myself sleeping nine hours a night!! Evidently it was something I needed, that and the diet, because my stomach calmed down. And I suppose I enjoyed it in a way-saying the new Mass (we don't have English at Gethsemani yet except for the Brothers), reading a lot. (Finished the Tom Wolfe Kandy Kolored, etc. book, a Herman Wouk novel, some Bultmann on New Testament, a book on Buddhism, Nietzsche's Birth of Tragedy, a couple of pages of Aeschylus, and Euripides' Iphigenia in Tauris.) Got some work done-finished the galleys of Seasons of Celebration and made a few additions.
Quotation SourceDancing in the Water of Life: Seeking Peace in the Hermitage. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 5, 1963-1965.; Edited by Robert E. Daggy. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1997, p. 277
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