A Quote by Peter Matthiessen on memory, mystery, and pain

Soon the child's clear eye is clouded over by ideas and opinions, preconceptions and abstractions.  Simple free being becomes encrusted with the burdensome armor of the ego.  Not until years later does an instinct come that a vital sense of mystery has been withdrawn.  The sun glints through the pines, and the heart is pierced in a moment of beauty and strange pain, like a memory of paradise.  After that day we become seekers.

Peter Matthiessen

Source: Visionaries: The 20th Century's 100 Most Important Inspirational Leaders

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