“What takes the ironist time is the solicitude he employs in dressing himself in the costume proper…”

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“What takes the ironist time is the solicitude he employs in dressing himself in the costume proper to the poetic character he has poetically composed for himself. At times he walks around with the proud air of a Roman patrician wrapped in a bordered toga, or he sits in the sella curulis with imposing Roman earnestness; at times he conceals himself in the humble costume of a penitent pilgrim; then once again he sits with legs crossed like a Turkish pasha in his harem; at times he flutters about as light and free as a bird in the role of an amorous zither player.”

Søren Kierkegaard, The Concept of Irony

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