Perguntou-me o Mário, do A Voz Portalegrense, (a quem ainda tenho a agradecer esta simpatia),, pelos ”meus 5 livros do momento”; ora cá vão:

I – ”The Infinite and the Final Cause of Creation”,

outlines of a philosophical argument, by Emanuel Swedenborg – translated from the latin.

Man, as we all know well, was created do enjoy the delights of the world, and to possess the earth for himself and his posterity. Wisdom and reason were given him, to venerate and worship the infinite Deity, that he might better make use of wordly delights, and havve a finer or more delicious sense of them, to lead him to associate them with heavenly: also carry the world to a new perfection, which it could not attain without a material being and human means; lastly to commence a life and existence which should thenceforth be eternal and immortal, that he might increase the number of the angels. And that man might accomplish these ends, a body was given to him, with a brain therein, and this brain endowed with senses, and the senses with a soul.

The most extraordinary man – if we admit such superlatives – was that mysterious subject of Charles XII, Emanuel Swedenborg’ – Jorge Luis Borges

II – The Nag Hammadi Library – The definitive new translation – James M. Robinson – General Editor

III – De Weg naar Wijsheid – raadgevingen uit de Epistulae Morales, uma selecção das Epístolas Morais de Séneca

As palavras semeiam-se como as sementes. Embora pequenas, florescem e frutificam, se apreendidas por um espírito fértil. As lições e as sementes assemelham-se: são pequenas, mas originam grandes coisas.

(Minha tradução livre)

IV – The Letters of Virginia Woolf – volume III

We…so missed you – but I intend to miss you, in order that you may go on writing letters. Suppose we live in London till we’re 80, never meet, but correspond: what an interesting situation, and we might meet once, very, very old….

Delicious english, but not my cup of tea, – portanto agora que aqui o disse, decidi pô-lo de parte. Bem, já não apetecia, mas sentia-me na obrigação de continuar…

Foi substituído por What is this Thing Called Science? pelo A.F. Chalmers (formado em Física e Prof. de Filosofia da Ciência)

V – Sky Phenomena – A guide to naked eye observation of the sky, by Norman Davidson

Devotion! Daughter of Astronomy,
An undevout Astronomer is mad. –

From Night Thoughts by Edward Young

Agora imagine-se só a quantidade de ”loucos” que temos a ensinar-nos os segredos do Universo…? 🙂

Ou esta:

When I heard the learn’d astronomer,
When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns,
before me,
When I was shown the charts and diagrams, to add,
divide, and measure them,
When I sitting heard the astronomer where he lectured
with much applause in the lecture room,
How soon unaccountable I became tired and sick,
Till rising and gliding out I wander’d off by myself,
In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time,
Look’d up in perfect silence at the stars.

by Walt Whitman