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Author QuotedCoventry Patmore
Title QuotedPoems
Date (Year/Month/Day)1941/09/26
QuotationIn spite of a stupid, pompous, inanity stuck in the front of the Phoenix Library Edition of [Coventry] Patmore's Poems, I have again made some kind of effort to read him but I guess it's no use. The quotation which should have kept me out of the book in the first place is: "I have respected posterity; and should there be a posterity which care for letters, I dare to hope that it will respect me!" It is enough to make you want to throw the book on the floor and stamp on it. I give up wondering what he could possibly mean by "I have respected posterity." But if he does mean anything by it at all, as for instance "I have worried a lot about whether or not I would be remembered after I died," then he is confessing himself to be a man with very trivial concerns.
Quotation SourceRun to the mountain: The Story of a Vocation. The journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 1, 1939-1941.; Edited by Patrick Hart, O.C.S.O. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1995, p. 410
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