Quotation by Walter Pater

A sudden light transfigures a trivial thing, a weather-vane, a wind-mill, a winnowing flail, the dust in the barn door; a moment,—and the thing has vanished, because it was pure effect; but it leaves a relish behind it, a longing that the accident may happen again.
Walter Pater (1839–1894), British writer, educator. "Joachim du Bellay," p. 145, Studies in the History of the Renaissance, Macmillan (1873).
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