A New Universe, a False World

‘I am still obsessed with creating a false world, and will be until I die. Today I don’t line up spools of thread and chess pawns (with an occasional bishop or knight sticking out) in the drawers of my chest, but I regret that I don’t, and in my imagination I line up the characters- so alive and dependable! – who occupy my inner life, and this makes me feel cosy, like sitting by a warm fire in winter.’

Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet, translated by Richard Zenith.

‘If I were commissioned to design a new universe, I would be mad enough to undertake it.’

Giovanni Battista Piranesi, apparently as quoted by Jacques Guillaume Legrand in Notice historique sur la vie et les ouvrages de J. B. Piranesi.

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