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Clarice Lispector quotes: rejoicing, not knowing, primeval mystery, preconceptions, and salvation

excerpted from THE WAY OF WONDER: a return to the mystery of ourselves, by Jack Haas

 

                

 

“The man was now rejoicing, as if not understanding were a kind of creation.”

                Clarice Lispector

 

 

“There had been a wearing away of his previous knowledge, and as far as words, he only knew them as a person who had once suffered from them- as if he had been cured.”

                Clarice Lispector

 

 

“Was that, then, the way we do things? ‘Not knowing?’- was that the way the most profound things happened? ...Was the secret of never escaping from the greater life the secret of living like a sleepwalker?”

                Clarice Lispector

 

 

“The man had expected nothing and he saw what he saw, as if he had not been made to draw conclusions but just to look.”

                Clarice Lispector

 

 

“Sitting there in his plot he was enjoying his own vast emptiness. That way of not understanding was the primeval mystery and he was an inextricable part of it.”

                Clarice Lispector

 

 

“He stood there, stupid, modest, haloed.”

                Clarice Lispector

 

 

“I do not know much. But there are certain advantages in not knowing. Like virgin territory, the mind is free of preconceptions. Everything I do not know forms the greater part of me: This is my largesse. And with this I understand everything. The things I do not know constitute my truth.”

                Clarice Lispector

 

 

“All sudden understanding is in the last analysis the revelation of a clear nonunderstanding.”

                Clarice Lispector

 

 

“Because having touched upon the incomprehensible knot of the dream he accepted the great absurdity that mystery is salvation.”

                Clarice Lispector

 

 

“I am not referring to the simple-minded. The desirable thing is to be intelligent and not to understand. It is a strange blessing, like experiencing madness without being insane. It is quiet indifference, and idiotic gentleness.”

                Clarice Lispector

 

 

“...without even giving me time to know what it was called, I had somehow fallen down on my knees before it, like a slave I swear I don’t know what had happened to me, but my heart was beating, I was I, and what had to happen was happening.”

                Clarice Lispector

 

 

“There's a place where, before order and names, I am I!”

                Clarice Lispector

 

 

excerpted from:

 

way of wonder, sacred geometry, sri yantra

 

 

THE WAY OF WONDER: a return to the mystery of ourselves

by Jack Haas

author Jack Haas, Canadian, American writer, artist, photographer

 

 

 

      

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