Jun 8, 2007

The Quote Shelf

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Own only what you can carry with you; know language, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag.
-- Alexander Solzhenitsyn

1 comment:

microdot said...

Great quote from a great man...
I am a great admirer of the artist Marcel Duchamp and he lived a period of his early life with his art work condensed into a small valise/museum he could carry with him and made his living as a chess master in America and Argentina. He needed money at one point so he printed up his own bank notes, with a portrait of himself as "Moses" and sold them to backers who financed a trip to Monte Carlo, where he won enough to pay everyone back and live comfortably off of for the next 5 years.
My favorite Marcel Duchamp tale is of how he set up a phony business as a "cheese dealer" during the German Occupation of France and managed to smuggle a lot of artists who would have ended up in camps and their work out of France and into America, a lot of which became the basis for the Guggenheim Museum.
Someday, someone has to make a movie abouut this guy!