Another Book Begins

the elegance of the hedgehog "I have often wondered, as I watch him go by with his huge arrogant nose: Can one be so gifted and yet impervious to the presence of things? It seems one can. Some people are incapable of perceiving in the object of their contemplation the very thing that gives it its intrinsic life and breath, and they spend their entire lives conversing about mankind as if they were robots,  and about things as though they have no soul and must be reduced to what can be said about them all at the whim of their own subjective inspiration."