The Intellectual’s Vice

Mark Tansey: A Short History of Modernist PaintingI never saw Princhard again. He had the intellectual’s vice; he was futile. The fellow knew too much and it confused him. He had to resort to a lot of tricks to kindle his own enthusiasm, to make up his mind.

I have never made any attempt to find out what happened to him, or if he really “disappeared”, this Princhard, as was said. But it is better that he should have disappeared.

Louis-Ferdinand Céline
Journey to the End of the Night (1932)

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