page 79 of 192 of The Pisan Cantos

“you can neither eat manuscript not Confucius” Philosophy won’t do you much good when you’re starving. How many good people will steal bread to stay alive then years later denounce a thief? Philosophy is only as good as you are comfortable.

“beyond the stockade there is chaos and nothingness” Funny how a prisoner who wants freedom is also scared of that freedom.