Monday, October 13, 2014


The Duration of Joy

Nikolai Gogol (1809-1852), "The Nose," tr. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky:
But nothing in this world lasts long, and therefore joy, in the minute that follows the first, is less lively; in the third minute it becomes still weaker, and finally it merges imperceptibly with one's usual state of mind, as a ring in the water, born of a stone's fall, finally merges with the smooth surface.

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