“I have heard it explained that, within chess, the movement of the pieces represents how their loyalty is split between the Church and the Crown. Orthogonal movement represents political (Crown) affiliation, and diagonal movement represents religious (Church) affiliation. So, Bishops are exclusively loyal to the Church, while Rooks are exclusively loyal to the Crown. The King and Queen serve both, but not at the same time. Pawns move at the command of the Crown, but fight for their Church. Knights, with their code of chivalry, are sworn to serve both equally. So the Knights’ L-Shaped movement is actually a political action combined with a religious action.” —
This is really cool.
“Just as it is not the desire for fame but the habit of work that allows us to produce a masterpiece, so it is not the joy of the present moment but the wise reflections of the past that help us preserve our future.” —Marcel Proust (via fuckyeahproust)