Thursday, 29 January 2015

Two (or three or even four) similar thoughts

There is a remark attributed to Gertrude Stein (1874-1946). When commenting on a nondescript American town, she said "When you get there, you discover there's no there there!"

Another similar though comes in the following:
"When you get there, you'll discover that you've been there all the time."

One could, perhaps, go further and make reference to T.S. Eliot's East Coker (from The Four Quartets) in which he muses upon the phrase 'In my beginning is my end' and concludes with 'In my end is my beginning'. (This later phrase being something Mary, Queen of Scots (1542-1587) embroidered on her cloth of estate while in prison in England.)

Furthermore, in Burnt Norton (another poem that comprises The Four Quartets), Eliot also muses that "Time present and time past/Are both perhaps present in time future/And time future contained in time past."