“What should we be without the help of that which does not exist? Very little. And our unoccupied minds would languish if fables, mistaken notions, abstractions, beliefs, monsters, hypotheses and the so-called problems of metaphysics did not people with beings and objectless images our natural depths and darkness. Myths are the souls of our actions and our loves. We cannot act without moving toward a phantom. We can love only what we create.”

Paul Valéry, The Outlook for Intelligence

“A carpenter can put boards together, but a good carpenter would know seasoned wood from green.”

— Ezra Pound

The Memory Palace