I read an article some time ago about a documentary called An Encounter with Simone Weil by Julia Haslett. In the article Haslett mentions two quotes by Weil, the first well known, the second not so well known:
Attention is the highest and purest form of generosity.
When you have to decide to do something, always do what will cost you the most.
I’ve also just remembered that I posted a quote from Rebecca Solnit about paying attention, and then realised that this blog is filled with posts that mention ideas to do with attention:
- Randall Szott quoting Mark T. Mitchell about how learning to pay attention is one of our culture’s greatest needs
- what our attention is first drawn to in Feldenkrais
- paying attention and empathetic writing
- Alva Noë and not knowing what we are looking for
- Anneke Hansen on the practice of paying attention
- paying attention in dramaturgy
- Lisa Nelson and patterns of entrainment
- attention, friendship and dramaturgy, and how in english we pay attention, i.e. it costs us something
- there are a bunch more posts as well