When religion, science, and morality are shaken (the last by the strong hand of Nietzsche) and when outer supports threaten to fall, man withdraws his gaze from externals and turns it inwards. Literature, music and art are the most sensitive spheres in which the spiritual revolution makes itself felt. They reflect the dark picture of the present time and show the importance of what was at first only a little point of light noticed by the few.
— Wassily Kandinsky, Concerning the Spiritual in Art
Images from the 18th century manuscript on alchemy Clavis Artis, attributed to Zoroaster. Biblioteca dell’Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Roma. (Source)
The world is already constituted, but also never completely constituted; in the first case we are acted upon, in the second we are open to an infinite number of possibilities…. There is, therefore, never determinism and never absolute choice, I am never a thing and never bare consciousness.
— Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Phenomenology of Perception
Maurice Blanchot, The Space of Literature
(Image: Gilbert Garcin)