OK, I’ve had a busy couple of days; I’ll catch up with the rest of the letter of 5 Dec ’43 over the weekend. Meanwhile, I’ve been planning to have a quote of the week, so here goes. I’m not sure I have 52 good quotes stored up, so maybe some of you can help me by sending in some good ones.
bestirnte “bestarred,” starry,
damit with it, or with them
erfüllen fill, fulfill
sich beschäftigen to occupy oneself with something; to be devoted to,
je öfter und anhaltender “the more often and unceasingly,” i.e. the more frequently and persistently
je öfter und anhaltender sich das nachdenken damit beschäftigt“
The more frequently and persistently one devotes one’s thought to them (these two things)–or occupies one’s thoughts with them . . .
Recite this with a starry-eyed German expression on your face, wandering around looking up to the heavens. Fluff your eyebrows before beginning. Clear the area of obstacles before you begin your philosophical admiration wandering.