Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Dostoevsky on 'Don Quixote'

There is nothing in life more powerful than this piece of fiction. It is still the final and the greatest expression of human thought, the most bitter irony that a human is capable of expressing; and if the world came to an end and people were asked somewhere there: ‘Well, did you understand anything about your life on earth and draw any conclusion from it?’ a person could silently hand over Don Quixote. ‘Here is my conclusion about life. Can you condemn me for it?’

1 comment:

Eric said...

And Daumier's paintings of the Don and Sancho are the perfect visual rendition of this irony.