Kierkegaard on the preposterousness of authors

“Julius Caesar is supposed to have said that he did not see how an augur or priest could look at another priest without both of them bursting into laughter. What a smart man this Caesar must have been! I happen to have a hard time understanding even how two men can look at each other at all and keep from laughing; and what I comprehend least of all is how one author can look at another author without both of them splitting their sides with laughter.”

– S. Kierkegaard, “Literary Quicksilver”, The Corsair Affair and Articles Related to the Writings (Kierkegaard’s Writings, vol. 13), trans. H. V. Hong and E. H. Hong (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1982), p. 83 (my stress)

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