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  • #1
    Czesław Miłosz
    “Tomber amoureux. To fall in love. Does it occur suddenly or gradually? If gradually, when is the moment “already”? I would fall in love with a monkey made of rags. With a plywood squirrel. With a botanical atlas. With an oriole. With a ferret. With a marten in a picture. With the forest one sees to the right when riding in a cart to Jaszuny. With a poem by a little-known poet. With human beings whose names still move me. And always the object of love was enveloped in erotic fantasy or was submitted, as in Stendhal, to a “cristallisation,” so it is frightful to think of that object as it was, naked among the naked things, and of the fairy tales about it one invents. Yes, I was often in love with something or someone. Yet falling in love is not the same as being able to love. That is something different.”
    Czesław Miłosz

  • #2
    Charles Wright

    The toadstools are starting to come
    circular and dry.
    Nothing will touch them,
    Gophers or chipmunks, wasps or swallows.
    They glow in the twilight like rooted will-o’-the-wisps.
    Nothing will touch them.
    As though little roundabouts from the bunched unburiable,
    Powers, dominions,
    As though orphans rode herd in the short grass,
    as though they had heard the call,
    They will always be with us,
    transcenders of the world.
    Someone will try to stick his beak into their otherworldly styrofoam.
    Someone may try to taste a taste of forever.
    For some it’s a refuge, for some a shady place to fall down.
    Grief is a floating barge-boat,
    who knows where it’s going to moor?”
    Charles Wright

  • #3
    William Shakespeare
    “To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
    Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
    To the last syllable of recorded time;
    And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
    The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
    Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player,
    That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
    And then is heard no more. It is a tale
    Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
    Signifying nothing.”
    William Shakespeare, Macbeth

  • #4
    John Keats
    “Fairy Song
    Shed no tear! oh, shed no tear!
    The flower will bloom another year.
    Weep no more! oh, weep no more!
    Young buds sleep in the root’s white core.
    Dry your eyes! oh, dry your eyes!
    For I was taught in Paradise
    To ease my breast of melodies,—
    Shed no tear.

    Overhead! look overhead!
    ‘Mong the blossoms white and red—
    Look up, look up! I flutter now
    On this fresh pomegranate bough.
    See me! ’tis this silvery bill
    Ever cures the good man’s ill.
    Shed no tear! oh, shed no tear!
    The flower will bloom another year.
    Adieu, adieu—I fly—adieu!
    I vanish in the heaven’s blue,—
    Adieu, adieu!”
    John Keats
    tags: fairy

  • #5
    Mae West
    “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”
    Mae West

  • #6
    Iimani David
    “All things pass away. Only Love and her creations endure.”
    Iimani David

  • #7
    Jill A. Davis
    “Happy endings aren't for cowards.”
    Jill A. Davis, Girls' Poker Night

  • #8
    D.H. Lawrence
    “What man most passionately wants is his living wholeness and his living unison, not his own isolate salvation of his "soul." Man wants his physical fulfillment first and foremost, since now, once and once only, he is in the flesh and potent. For man, the vast marvel is to be alive. For man, as for flower and beast and bird, the supreme triumph is to be most vividly, most perfectly alive. Whatever the unborn and the dead may know, they cannot know the beauty, the marvel of being alive in the flesh. The dead may look after the afterwards. But the magnificent here and now of life in the flesh is ours, and ours alone, and ours only for a time. We ought to dance with rapture that we should be alive and in the flesh, and part of the living, incarnate cosmos. I am part of the sun as my eye is part of me. That I am part of the earth my feet know perfectly, and my blood is part of the sea. My soul knows that I am part of the human race, my soul is an organic part of the great human soul, as my spirit is part of my nation. In my own very self, I am part of my family. There is nothing of me that is alone and absolute except my mind, and we shall find that the mind has no existence by itself, it is only the glitter of the sun on the surface of the waters.”
    D.H. Lawrence

  • #9
    Anaïs Nin
    “If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don't write, because our culture has no use for it.”
    Anaïs Nin

  • #10
    Anaïs Nin
    “From the backstabbing co-worker to the meddling sister-in-law, you are in charge of how you react to the people and events in your life. You can either give negativity power over your life or you can choose happiness instead. Take control and choose to focus on what is important in your life. Those who cannot live fully often become destroyers of life.”
    Anaïs Nin

  • #11
    Rabindranath Tagore
    “You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.”
    Rabindranath Tagore

  • #12
    Peter Robinson
    Allow the point of the Croccodrillo
    its hazy cypress trees in profile
    Like a rough sketch for the Isle
    of the Dead, as seen from yellow
    stucco, his Villa Igea where Lawrence
    finished "Sons and Lovers," wild thyme
    scenting olive-grove grass, crime
    scenery come back to more than once.
    Again you're mirrored in lake shadow,
    a white sail flaking on its turquoise
    wavelets, keep awake by traffic noise
    Along the Gardesana...and you know
    that this beauty's unbearable as before
    even if seen from its opposite shore.”
    Peter Robinson

  • #13
    Marcus Tullius Cicero
    “A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
    Marcus Tullius Cicero

  • #14
    Iimani David
    “Cynicism is the calling card of unhappy people.”
    Iimani David

  • #15
    “Soap is the cornerstone of elegance.”
    Geneviève Antoine Dariaux

  • #16
    Charles Darwin
    “If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once every week.”
    Charles Darwin, The Autobiography of Charles Darwin, 1809–82

  • #17
    Lewis Carroll
    “The sun was shining on the sea,
    Shining with all his might:
    He did his very best to make
    The billows smooth and bright
    -- And this was odd, because it was
    The middle of the night.

    The moon was shining sulkily,
    Because she thought the sun
    Had got no business to be there
    After the day was done
    -- "It's very rude of him," she said,
    "To come and spoil the fun!"

    The sea was wet as wet could be,
    The sands were dry as dry.
    You could not see a cloud, because
    No cloud was in the sky:
    No birds were flying overhead
    -- There were no birds to fly.

    In a Wonderland they lie
    Dreaming as the days go by,
    Dreaming as the summer die.”
    Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

  • #18
    Iimani David
    “The life you make is the life you will have. Your decisions are your blueprint.”
    Iimani David

  • #19
    Iimani David
    “The only thing between you and success is your thinking. Defeatist thoughts are the mother of inaction.”
    Iimani David

  • #20
    When you call yourself an Indian or a Muslim or a Christian or a European,
    “When you call yourself an Indian or a Muslim or a Christian or a European, or anything else, you are being violent. Do you see why it is violent? Because you are separating yourself from the rest of mankind. When you separate yourself by belief, by nationality, by tradition, it breeds violence. So a man who is seeking to understand violence does not belong to any country, to any religion, to any political party or partial system; he is concerned with the total understanding of mankind.”
    Jiddu Krishnamurti

  • #21
    “Sometimes truths are what we run from, and sometimes they are what we seek.”
    R.D. Ronald, The Elephant Tree

  • #22
    C.S. Lewis
    “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”
    C.S. Lewis

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