Edmond Jabes

A Quote by Edmond Jabes on writing, books, kaballah, reading, and creation

WIDE, the margin between carte blanche and the white page. Nevertheless it is not in the margin that you can find me, but in the yet whiter one that separates the word-strewn sheet from the transparent, the written page from the one to be written in the infinite space where the eye turns back to the eye, and the hand to the pen, where all we write is erased, even as you write it. For the book imperceptibly takes shape within the book we will never finish.

There is my desert.

Edmond Jabes

Contributed by: gary

A Quote by Edmond Jabes on creation, writing, reading, books, and kaballah

WIDE, the margin between carte blanche and the white page. Nevertheless it is not in the margin that you can find me, but in the yet whiter one that separates the word-strewn sheet from the transparent, the written page from the one to be written in the infinite space where the eye turns back to the eye, and the hand to the pen, where all we write is erased, even as you write it. For the book imperceptibly takes shape within the book we will never finish.

There is my desert.

Edmond Jabes

Contributed by: gary

A Quote by Edmond Jabes on the writer, writing, reading, kaballah, and the book

THE WRITER can get free of his writing only by using it, that is, by reading oneself.  As if the aim of writing were to use what is already written as a launching pad for reading the writing to come.

Moreover, what he has written is read in the process, hence constantly modified by his reading.

The book is an unbearable totality.
I write against a background of facets.



Edmond Jabes

Contributed by: gary

A Quote by Edmond Jabes on writing, silence, death, kaballah, and identity

It is very hard to live with silence.  The real silence is death and this is terrible.  To approach this silence, it is necessary to journey to the desert.  You do not go to the desert to find identity, but to loses it, to lose your personality, to be anonymous.  You make yourself void.  You become silence.  You become more silent than the silence around you.  And then something extraordinary happens: you hear silence speak.

Edmond Jabes

Source: Disfiguring, book by Mark C. Taylor

Contributed by: gary

A Quote by Edmond Jabes on roses, offerings, and beauty

One rose is enough for the dawn

Edmond Jabes

Source: The Book of Questions: The Book of Questions/the Book of Yukel/Return to the Book/3 Books in 1 (The Book of Questions , Vol 1)

Contributed by: Ryan

A Quote by Edmond Jabes on argument, birds, controversy, doubt, meaning, and words

How could an argument soothe or settle a controversy when every word is a nest for a bird of doubt? (meaning of words as inferences)

Edmond Jabes

Contributed by: Zaady

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