• “We know now that you remain; we look upon you as transient because we are moving; your aspect changes in spite of your constancy as we sail by. . . . We, leaning over the waves from dusk to dawn, learn to distinguish transient things from the eternal isles.” —André Gide, Urien’s Voyage “They sucked in all the joy they could with a thirst, a mania, a sort of frenzy that struck us dumb with terror; it seemed that they were trying in this way to eliminate the time of remorse.” —André Gide, Urien’s Voyage “We set out one morning because we had learned through study that we must manifest our essence . . . knowing nothing of the tenebrous valley that connected the lofty room where we dreamed to the world where men lived—the valley so terrible and so mysterious that I expected death there, so tenebrous that my eyes mistook the waves for lights when finally I stood before the long-sought sea.” —André Gide, Urien’s Voyage