arcana imperii :: the book of j


quotations of the week

«weaker than a woman's tear,
tamer than sleep, fonder than ignorance,
less valiant than the virgin in the night,
and skilless as unpractised infancy.»
«i cannot fight upon this argument:
it is too starved a subject for my sword.»

~troilus and cressida, attrib. to shakespeare

«to be unable to master one's heart would seem to make one a slave to the passions, since mastery of the heart presumably means mastery of the passions. such mastery is traditionally understood to be the accomplishment of reason. such control, whether effected by will or by reason, implies a harmony between soul and body, a harmony absent in him.»