Miriam Kramer

Sign in to Goodreads to learn more about Miriam.


Add as a Friend Follow Reviews   Send Message | Compare Books





Finding the Drago...
Rate this book
Clear rating

 
Anna Karenina
Miriam Kramer is currently reading
bookshelves: currently-reading
Rate this book
Clear rating

progress: 
 
  (1%)
"Just starting over to delve deeply in a better translation with my handy Russian-language version at hand." Feb 09, 2013 09:32AM

 
The Man Without a...
Rate this book
Clear rating

 
See all 5 books that Miriam is reading…

Miriam’s Recent Updates

Miriam Kramer is now friends with Laura Combs
67949765
Miriam Kramer entered a giveaway
In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri
Rate this book
Clear rating
Miriam Kramer wants to read
The Immoralist by André Gide
Rate this book
Clear rating
Miriam Kramer wants to read
1971 - Never a Dull Moment by David Hepworth
Rate this book
Clear rating
Miriam Kramer rated a book liked it
In the Morning I'll be Gone by Adrian McKinty
Rate this book
Clear rating
Miriam Kramer wants to read
Moletown by Torben Kuhlmann
Rate this book
Clear rating
Miriam Kramer wants to read
Lug, Dawn of the Ice Age by David Zeltser
Lug, Dawn of the Ice Age
by David Zeltser (Goodreads Author)
Rate this book
Clear rating
Miriam Kramer wants to read
Fallen Land by Taylor  Brown
Fallen Land
by Taylor Brown (Goodreads Author)
Rate this book
Clear rating
Miriam Kramer wants to read
The Sound of Gravel by Ruth Wariner
Rate this book
Clear rating
Miriam Kramer wants to read
In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri
Rate this book
Clear rating
More of Miriam's books…
Linda McCartney
“If slaughterhouses had glass walls, the whole world would be vegetarian.”
Linda McCartney, Linda's Kitchen: Simple and Inspiring Recipes for Meals Without Meat

Hermann Hesse
“For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. I revere them when they live in tribes and families, in forests and groves. And even more I revere them when they stand alone. They are like lonely persons. Not like hermits who have stolen away out of some weakness, but like great, solitary men, like Beethoven and Nietzsche. In their highest boughs the world rustles, their roots rest in infinity; but they do not lose themselves there, they struggle with all the force of their lives for one thing only: to fulfil themselves according to their own laws, to build up their own form, to represent themselves. Nothing is holier, nothing is more exemplary than a beautiful, strong tree. When a tree is cut down and reveals its naked death-wound to the sun, one can read its whole history in the luminous, inscribed disk of its trunk: in the rings of its years, its scars, all the struggle, all the suffering, all the sickness, all the happiness and prosperity stand truly written, the narrow years and the luxurious years, the attacks withstood, the storms endured. And every young farmboy knows that the hardest and noblest wood has the narrowest rings, that high on the mountains and in continuing danger the most indestructible, the strongest, the ideal trees grow.

Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life.

A tree says: A kernel is hidden in me, a spark, a thought, I am life from eternal life. The attempt and the risk that the eternal mother took with me is unique, unique the form and veins of my skin, unique the smallest play of leaves in my branches and the smallest scar on my bark. I was made to form and reveal the eternal in my smallest special detail.

A tree says: My strength is trust. I know nothing about my fathers, I know nothing about the thousand children that every year spring out of me. I live out the secret of my seed to the very end, and I care for nothing else. I trust that God is in me. I trust that my labor is holy. Out of this trust I live.

When we are stricken and cannot bear our lives any longer, then a tree has something to say to us: Be still! Be still! Look at me! Life is not easy, life is not difficult. Those are childish thoughts. Let God speak within you, and your thoughts will grow silent. You are anxious because your path leads away from mother and home. But every step and every day lead you back again to the mother. Home is neither here nor there. Home is within you, or home is nowhere at all.

A longing to wander tears my heart when I hear trees rustling in the wind at evening. If one listens to them silently for a long time, this longing reveals its kernel, its meaning. It is not so much a matter of escaping from one's suffering, though it may seem to be so. It is a longing for home, for a memory of the mother, for new metaphors for life. It leads home. Every path leads homeward, every step is birth, every step is death, every grave is mother.

So the tree rustles in the evening, when we stand uneasy before our own childish thoughts: Trees have long thoughts, long-breathing and restful, just as they have longer lives than ours. They are wiser than we are, as long as we do not listen to them. But when we have learned how to listen to trees, then the brevity and the quickness and the childlike hastiness of our thoughts achieve an incomparable joy. Whoever has learned how to listen to trees no longer wants to be a tree. He wants to be nothing except what he is. That is home. That is happiness.”
Hermann Hesse, Bäume. Betrachtungen und Gedichte

Milan Kundera
“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring--it was peace.”
Milan Kundera

Evan
881 books | 32 friends

Laura C...
0 books | 38 friends

Imani M...
263 books | 126 friends

Judith ...
0 books | 13 friends

Jen
Jen
134 books | 64 friends

Jordan
55 books | 35 friends

Ian Sip...
0 books | 9 friends

Matthew
0 books | 384 friends

More friends…

Quizzes and Trivia

questions answered:
2 (0.0%)

correct:
2 (100.0%)

skipped:
0 (0.0%)

890347 out of 1485293

streak:
2

best streak:
2

questions added:
0



Polls voted on by Miriam

Lists liked by Miriam