“Listen closely to the rush of thought …”

“Nothing identifies Marx more closely with enlightenment innocence than his affirmation that mankind only poses those questions to itself for which there will be an answer. It is the opposite which comes closer to the truth. It is ‘jesting Pilate’ … Listen closely to the rush of thought and you will hear, at its inviolate centre, doubt and frustration.”
– George Steiner, “Ten (Possible) Reasons for the Sadness of Thought”

George Steiner, circa 1970

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