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Carr’s Column – Old Man Goya

August 26, 2010

This is currently my favourite quote. it comes from a novelised treatment of Goya’s life called Old Man Goya by Julia Blackburn and I used it in giving a talk to The Inner Dialogues last night:

  “He knows neither what he wishes for, nor what he can hope for. He is celebrated for his restlessness, his angers, his passions; he is full of curiosity. He frequents fairs and popular fêtes, taking a lively interest in circus animals, acrobats and monsters.  He paints, draws, engraves, learns lithography and initiates himself in all the technical discoveries. His lucidity is absolute.”

 I like it because its how I would like to end up at 82, relentlessly curious.

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