Posted by Vale
The book of the week on Radio 4 this week has been the Winter Journal by Paul Auster. I was struck by two quotes from Joseph Joubert included in today’s excerpt. Joubert, who was living in the early 1800s, published nothing in his lifetime but a book of Pensees was culled from his note books and papers. Auster reports that this jotting was found amongst them:
‘The end of life is bitter’
But, written about a year later this was found:
‘One must die lovable (if one can).
Now, there’s a challenge!