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Author QuotedFyodor Dostoyevsky
Title QuotedPossessed / by Fyodor Dostoyevsky ; transl. from the Russian by Constance Garnett ; with a foreww by Avrahm Yarmolinsky and a transl. of the hitherto-suppressed chapter "At Tihon's"
Date (Year/Month/Day)1958/08/20
ImprintNew York : The Modern library. [c1936]
QuotationYesterday good day of recollection in the woods. Read the part of The Possessed about the mad Saint Symeon and something clicked - a strange light on Bernard's "fiducia" ["trust"] and one he might perhaps have repudiated, but the root of my problem remains fear of my own solitude-imagined solitude - the fear of rejection, which I nevertheless anticipate - as if it mattered! I should be more bravely real-it is what I need, and no one would be surprised at it in me - I think even my vocation requires it.
Quotation SourceA Search for Solitude: Pursuing the Monk's True Life. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 3, 1952-1960.; Edited by Lawrence S. Cunningham. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1996, p. 214
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