I was proof that the great Sun Tzu was right, that the strongest warrior is decided long before the battle begins, and its execution is a mere formality.
While Anselm of Canterbury's famous philosophical nugget was meant for no more than to simply illuminate the splendor of God to the unbelievers of old, someone nonetheless must have imagined as an intellectual curiosity the largest possible human being, one that could not be possibly any bigger if anyone could even try. That intellectual curiosity would nine months later emerge in Barkhamstead, CT.
What an incredible thing it was, the marriage of artistic ambition with craftsmanlike discipline.
The beating of his heart confirmed what he knew was true all along, that time was still passing, that one beat could be added to another, and so one moment could follow the last.
"Can we really leave for the moon," Jeanne remembered asking Georges, delirious with joy, "oh, Georges, can we really leave?" "Not without leaving a piece of youth," he replied.
You really think this is all going on just within the city limits? These are two whole universes, two entire histories converging on each other, my friend. You think our ghost city isn’t going to catch up with you in America? You want to outrun it, so you say? Well, then, how far to the end of the universe will your plane go? If you don’t like being in two places at once here and now, how do you think you’ll like it for the rest of your life?
They went to the Hagia Sophia first... It was the highlight of the whole trip, and it lasted just over an hour.