Saturday, January 24, 2009

Riding the Winds

While previous civilizations
rode the winds in their imaginations . . .

(Leonardo's sketch for a flying machine, around 1490)

. . . we ride the winds in reality.

But that doesn't mean that we're allowed
to shut down our imaginations.
No, now more than ever,
we need to experience
the pleasures of mental flight.

Henry Fuseli, "Ariel," around 1805

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