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Author QuotedBronislaw Kasper Malinowski
Title QuotedDiary in the Strict Sense of the Term
Date (Year/Month/Day)1968/02/26
Imprint[S.l.] : Routledge. 1967
Quotation"Most important"¦to eliminate states of relaxation or inner emptiness, when innerresources are insufficient"¦. "The tendency to disperse oneself, to chatter, to make conquests (or I would add simply to make an impression) marks the degeneration of the creative tendency to reflect reality in one's own soul." These are good observations in Malinowski's diary (p. 112). [Note 13: Bronislaw Kasper Malinowski (1884-1942), the Polish anthropologist, was born in Kraków and taught in Poland, England, and the United States. He lectured at Yale University from 1939 until the time of his death in 1942.] "To get up, to walk around, to look for what is hidden around the corner"”all this is merely to run away from oneself, to exchange one person for another" (p. 115). Good!
JournalThe Other Side of the Mountain: The End of the Journey. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 7, 1967-1968.; Edited by Patrick Hart, O.C.S.O. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1998, p. 59-60
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