I am reading the much acclaimed Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert these days and yes it is as good as they make it out to be. I have a feeling this one’s going to have a few memorable quotes. So here’s the first one.
I find the endurance of the Augusteum so reassuring, that this structure has had such an erratic career, yet always adjusted to the particular wildness of the times. (…)
I look at the Augusteum, and I think that perhaps my life has not be so chaotic, after all. It is merely this world that is chaotic, brining changes to us all that nobody could have anticipated. The Augusteum warns me to not get attached to any obsolete ideas about who I am, what I represent, whom I belong to, or what function I may once have intended to serve. Yesterday I might have been a glorious monument to somebody, true enough – but tomorrow I could be a fireworks depository. Even in the Eternal City, says the silent Augusteum, one must always be prepared for riotous and endless waves of transformation.