January 22, 2011


The jungle, existing exclusively in the present, is certainly subject to time, but remains forever ageless. Any concept of justice would be antithetical to all this. But is there justice in the desert, either? Or in the oceans? And in the depths? Life in the sea must be pure hell, an infinite hell of constant and ever-present danger, so unbearable that in the course of evolution some species -- including Homo Sapiens -- crawled, fled, onto some clods of firm land, the future continents.

-- Werner Herzog diary entry, April 12, 1981. Published in Conquest of the Useless: Reflections from the Making of Fitzcarraldo, 2009.