The Tongue’s Atrocities

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The Card Players – Christopher Wood

The life of an honest man must be a perpetual infidelity. For the man who wishes to remain faithful to truth must make himself continually unfaithful to all the continual, successive, indefatigable renascent errors. And the man who wishes to remain faithful to justice must make himself continually unfaithful to inexhaustibly triumphant injustices.

Charles Péguy, in Bar Cochebas

[Post title – Geoffrey Hill, in History as Poetry]

4 thoughts on “The Tongue’s Atrocities

  1. Reading Ray Monk’s bio of Wittgenstein – strikes me that “The life of an honest man must be a perpetual infidelity” could have been said by Wittgenstein, Speaking of Vienna (as if we were) how fares your reading of Musil?

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