Here’s the quote I loved best when I first read Brothers Karamazov, said by Father Zosima:
Love to throw yourself on the earth and kiss it. Kiss the earth and love it with an unceasing, consuming love. Love all men, love everything. Seek that rapture and ecstasy.
This time, I finished up the book flying back from Ansley’s beautiful March wedding with tears in my eyes. After leaving wonderful friends, I found Alyosha’s speech to the school boys especially moving. Though it’s wrapping up a minor subplot compared with the book’s murder trial and complex adult relationships, Dostoevsky obviously values remembrance, and reminds us again of the power that stories and memories have to affect our lives. Here’s what spoke to me:
Let us make a compact, here, at Ilyusha’s stone that we will never forget first, Ilyushechka, and second, one another.
And so in the first place, we will remember him, boys, all our lives. And even if we are occupied with most important things, if we attain to honor or fall into great misfortune–still let us always remember how good it was once here, when we were all together, united by a good and kind feeling which made us, for the time we were loving that poor boy, better perhaps than we are.
I recently received the digital copies of all the beautiful photos from our wedding (courtesy of the inimitable Phillip Parker). It’s been such fun to look back through them. Friends, I love you!
Love all men, love everything. Seek that rapture and ecstasy.
More photos to come!