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Carte Postale :: The Oath of Spartacus - Paris

The Oath of Spartacus, Le Serment de Spartacus
Le Serment de Spartacus by Louis-Ernest Barrias (1869)
Jardin des Tuileries - Paris

“It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, 
and so to make a few objects beautiful; 
but it is far more glorious to carve and paint 
the very atmosphere and medium through which we look...
To affect the quality of the day — that is the highest of arts.” 

- Henry David Thoreau


  1. I have a Thoreau quote tattooed on my arm. I'm not much of a quote person, but his always stand out to me.

    1. Christine, thank you for sharing that... I think if I were ever to get a tattoo, it would definitely be a quote too! Could you reveal the one tattooed on your arm? I find many of Thoreau's quotes to be so inspiring...

  2. Toro - in wikipedia he is a writer, thinker and also a naturalist

  3. Ooh, nice. Henry David Thoreau was the master of simple and authentic living. I'm so glad you posted this, Catherine. I love the last line. It's such a good reminder to live on.

  4. Valentina - If you get a chance to read some of Thoreau's writings, I think you'll be able to relate to his love of the natural world and his yearnings for a simple life :)

    Charmaine - Thank you, so happy you like the quote too! As you mentioned, it certainly IS a good reminder to [re]gain perspective and [re]focus...


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