“Death is a good old farce which stops us taking life too seriously. It pardons us. This is why people want, at any cost, not to die, to be immortal, to be even more alive afterwards than before: so that they can remain serious. Death liberates us from that.”
— Julien Torma in a letter to René Daumal (Nov. 2, 1929), translated by Dennis Duncan and cited in the pamphlet Pataphysical Letters [The London Institute of ‘Pataphysics, 2012]
Was Julien Torma a fictional creation of Daumal’s? Click to read page 56 of Kathleen Ferrick Rosenblatt’s René Daumal: The Life and Work of a Mystic Guide.