Clarice Lispector on Looking in the Mirror

Clarice Lispector on Looking in the Mirror

"When I suddenly see myself in the depths of the mirror, I take fright. I can scarcely believe that I have limits, that I am outlined and defined. I feel myself to be dispersed in the atmosphere, thinking inside other creatures, living inside things beyond myself. When I suddenly see myself in the mirror, I am not startled because I find myself ugly or beautiful. I discover, in fact, that I possess another quality. When I haven't looked at myself for some time, I almost forget that I am human, I tend to forget my past, and I find myself with the same deliverance from purpose and conscience as something that is barely alive. I am also surprised to find as I gaze into the pale mirror with open eyes that there is so much in me beyond what is known, so much that remains ever silent."

- Clarice Lispector in Near to the Wild Heart, 1943

 
Novelist Clarice Lispector

Novelist Clarice Lispector

 

 

Feature image by Josephine Sacabo in Beyond Thought: Homage to Clarice Lispector

3 Summer Styling Ideas Courtesy of Grace Kelly

3 Summer Styling Ideas Courtesy of Grace Kelly

A Non-Utilitarian View of Beauty in Birds

A Non-Utilitarian View of Beauty in Birds