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But one has seen…

Everyone has their favourite quotations for various reasons and purposes. I rediscovered one of mine in the search for something similar:

“You cannot stay on the summit forever; you have to come down again. So why bother in the first place? Just this: What is above knows what is below, but what is below does not know what is above. One climbs, one sees. One descends, one sees no longer, but one has seen. There is an art of conducting oneself in the lower regions by the memory of what one saw higher up. When one can no longer see, one can at least still know.” (Mount Analogue, René Daumal 1952)

Daumal, a French spiritual surrealist writer, was working on the text of ‘Mount Analogue’ until his death in May 1944 – the unfinished 122 page work itself was not published for another eight years and is one that I cannot believe that I have never read!

Mount Analogue book cover

But what of the quotation?

I’ll leave that to you to ponder (and perhaps share your thoughts in the comment box below) and will return to this once I have a copy of the book and have read it properly.