Wisdom on Wednesdays—A man, not mankind


Peter, oil on canvas, c. 1941, 24 x 20 in.

Wisdom and prophetic intuition
Abide with a man
Not mankind
A man can remember his origins
And a man can live in apprehension of his end
Not mankind


Wisdom on Wednesdays—The wise man is never lonely

Gertrude pen and ink sketch - CROPPED

Gertrude, pen and ink and crayon on brown paper, c. 1920

“A man may be said to be wise when he has grasped the essential absurdity of stoicism as a final mode of conduct; when, in other words, he can suffer and be happy alone (that is dependent on God, not man).  When, in other words, he is never lonely.  The man who is wise can die alone.”  (1932)