20/100 — Beautiful Words #2

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There’s too much in the world. It would be wiser to reduce it, rather than expanding or enlarging it. [...]
But I fear it may already be too late.
We have no choice now but to learn how to endlessly select. Learn how to be like a fellow traveler I once met on a night train who told me that every so often he goes back to the Louvre just to see the one painting he considers to be worthwhile, of John the Baptist. He just stands there before it, beholding it, gazing up at the saint’s raised finger.
— Olga Tokarczuk (trans. Jennifer Croft), "Flights" (2018)