Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Monomaniacs

All my life I have been passionately interested in monomaniacs of any kind, people carried away by a single idea. The more one limits oneself, the closer one is to the infinite; these people, as unworldly as they seem, burrow like termites into their own particular material to construct, in miniature, a strange and utterly individual image of the world.


— from Chess Story, by Stefan Zweig.

3 comments:

Stefanie said...

Oh, I've been wanting to read this book for ages and now I want to read it even more!

Bybee said...

Brilliant quote.

Isabella said...

This was a thoroughly engrossing little book — I recommend it! I've been busy but hope to write a bit more about it this week...