Lightness Quotes

Quotes tagged as "lightness" (showing 1-29 of 30)
“Lightness and weightiness are both linked to a philosophy of life. They are choices in life. Heaviness can be the embodiment of a sense of responsibility, the expression of maturity, the result of profound meditation or the emanation of a search for meaning in life. Weightiness, however, may also lead to a feeling of oppression, when it is felt as a burden, an unbearable burden. Then time has come to let loose and things can finally lose their gravity. ( "The unbearable heaviness of being" )”
Erik Pevernagie

Alessandro Baricco
“…how it would be nice if, for every sea waiting for us, there would be a river, for us.
And someone -a father, a lover, someone- able to take us by the hand and find that river -imagine it, invent it- and put us on its stream, with the lightness of one only word, goodbye. This, really, would be wonderful. It would be sweet, life, every life. And things wouldn’t hurt, but they would get near taken by stream, one could first shave and then touch them and only finally be touched. Be wounded, also. Die because of them. Doesn’t matter. But everything would be, finally, human. It would be enough someone’s fancy -a father, a lover, someone- could invent a way, here in the middle of the silence, in this land which don’t wanna talk. Clement way, and beautiful.
A way from here to the sea.”
Alessandro Baricco, Ocean Sea

Milan Kundera
“We’ve known for a long time that it was no longer possible to overturn this world, nor reshape it, nor head off its dangerous headlong rush. There’s been only one possible resistance: to not take it seriously.”
Milan Kundera, The Festival of Insignificance

Milan Kundera
“Her drama was a drama not of heaviness but of lightness. What fell to her lot was not the burden but the unbearable lightness of being.”
Milan Kundera

Milan Kundera
“History is as light as individual human life, unbearably light, light as a feather, as dust swirling into the air, as whatever will no longer exist tomorrow.”
Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Anne Spollen
“I stood there feeling the lightness of my bones, knowing now this was not only lack of sleep that had transformed my bones into feathers, but my body's recognition that soon I would be leaving this place I had inhabited for one year, this place made entirely of grief.”
Anne Spollen, The Shape of Water

“Let me give you a wonderful Zen practice. Wake up in the morning...look in the mirror, and laugh at yourself.”
Bernie Glassman, The Dude and the Zen Master

Alessandro Baricco
“Fanno delle cose, le donne, alle volte, che c'è da rimanerci secchi. Potresti passare una vita a provarci: ma non saresti capace di avere quella leggerezza che hanno loro, alle volte. Sono leggere dentro. Dentro.”
Alessandro Baricco

Ray Bradbury
“I always figured we were born to fly, one way or other, so I couldn't stand most men shuffling along with all the iron of the earth in their blood. I never met a man who weighed less than nine hundred pounds.”
Ray Bradbury, Twice 22: The Golden Apples of the Sun / A Medicine for Melancholy

Joyce Vissell
“We have been together for 40 years, married for 36. There have been three times in our relationship when we were unable to resolve an issue on our own. We used all the skill that we have and yet it was still unresolved. In those three times we sought professional help because there was a blind spot for each of us. The therapist was able to listen to both of us and help us come to a place of resolution that we both felt good about. I feel very grateful for that help. Most times we have been able to work things through on our own. Sometimes we can clear the issue in a matter of a few minutes, sometimes an hour and sometimes it can take several days. But we still keep working on it until we both say that we feel complete, we understand our own part and responsibility in the issue rather than simply blaming each other, are willing to go on, and there is an even deeper connection and sometimes even humor to the situation. In working each issue through to completion we have been able to retain a beautiful lightness in our relationship that we both cherish.”
Joyce Vissell

Tom Robbins
“The notion that inspired play (even when audacious, offensive, or obscene) enhances rather than diminishes intellectual vigor and spiritual fulfillment, the notion that in the eyes of the gods the tight-lipped hero and the wet-cheeked victim are frequently inferior to the red-nosed clown, such notions are destined to be a hard sell to those who have E.M. Forster on their bedside table and a clump of dried narcissus up their ass.

Not to worry. As long as words and ideas exist, there will be a few misfits who will cavort with them in a spirit of *approfondement*–if I may borrow that marvelous French word that translates roughly as ‘playing easily in the deep’–and in so doing they will occasionally bring to realization Kafka’s belief that ‘a novel should be an ax for the frozen seas around us’.”
Tom Robbins

Fatema Mernissi
“There are two prerequisites to growing wings: the first is to feel encircled and the second is to believe that you can break the circle.”
Fatema Mernissi

Karen Blixen
“She had what the Councillor knew, in the technical language of the ballet, as "ballon", a lightness that is not only the negation of weight, but which actually seems to carry upwards and make for flight, and which is rarely found in thin dancers - as if the matter itself had here become lighter than air, so that the more there is of it the better it works.”
Karen Blixen, Seven Gothic Tales

Virgil Kalyana Mittata Iordache
“I believe that with all things in life, there is a constant need to let go of the idea of "trying hard", there's a heaviness in trying hard to get something, have something or be something. As long as people comply with the idea of "trying hard" they will constantly remain in a place of heaviness. The opposite of this is the state of allowing, of setting out the intentions of what you wish, putting in the required action and not self-sabotaging yourself by "trying hard" or expecting results to unfold in a particular way. Anything that's worth something to you in life such as love, abundance, freedom, peace is in a continuous state of flow. A state of lightness is the only way to allow yourself to go with the flow of things. Heaviness only makes you become a rocky solid object at the bottom of the stream. You can see the flow of things in the life of others who embody the lightness, but you yourself become unmovable in your state of heaviness, as if blocking the flow from reaching you. Will you let yourself move with the flow of abundance or sink at the bottom with the heaviness of your scarcity mindset?”
Virgil Kalyana Mittata Iordache

Ana Claudia Antunes
“Love without restraint makes one saint and the other faint; the sweetest face and the tenderest embrace bring the sun to every place in such grace.”
Ana Claudia Antunes, The Tao of Physical and Spiritual

“My dad showed me that it's my responsibility to provide my own joy, and that every moment is a chance to find lightness.”
Whitney Cummings, I'm Fine...and Other Lies

Karl Ove Knausgård
“There is a sort of light surrounding Abel, something pure and strong radiates from him no matter where he is or what he's doing. Sometimes Cain thinks he possesses a soul without shadows. That's what people want to be close to. But if so, it's not like a child's, for a child's soul is delicate, its flickering flame needs no more than the opening of a door onto the world to blow it out. Nothing can destroy Abel's light. In his presence one never feels wicked, only foolish. That darkness which in solitude can seem so powerful, occasionally even intoxicating, seems risible in his company.”
Karl Ove Knausgård

Italo Calvino
“My working method has more often than not involved the subtraction of weight. I have tried to remove weight, sometimes from people, sometimes from heavenly bodies, sometimes from cities; above all I have tried to remove weight from the structure of stories and from language.”
Italo Calvino

“How heavy a body that has been traversed by death is, life is light, there's no need to let anyone make it heavy for us”
Elena Ferrante, The Days of Abandonment

Munia Khan
“The light within us can always identify our mind’s darkness”
Munia Khan

Lailah Gifty Akita
“Live in the light, Child of God.”
Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

“Love ~ Truth ~ Freedom
are three words that mean the same,
and none may exist without the other present.”
Alexia Penteleόn de aRcturi

“The heaviest of burdens is therefore simultaneously an image of life’s most intense fulfillment. The heavier the burden, the closer our lives come to the earth, the more real and truthful they become.”
Mila Kundera

Shannon  Mullen
“Suddenly, I’m lighter, only half of who I was.”
Shannon Mullen, See What Flowers

Shannon  Mullen
“I guess all the time I spend on social media has made me believe that love exists above the surface, that it’s supposed to be light all of the time.”
Shannon Mullen

Milan Kundera
“La luce rossastra del tramonto illumina ogni cosa con il fascino della nostalgia: anche la ghigliottina”
Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

“Feed yourself with the food of wisdom.
Wisdom is recognised by joy and peace.
When you allow your ways to be light you go high.
When your path supports heaviness it weighs you down.”
Raphael Zernoff

Milan Kundera
“Einmal ist keinmal. What happens but once might as well not have happened at all. The history of the Czechs will not be repeated, nor will the history of Europe. The history of the Czechs and of Europe is a pair of sketches from the pen of mankind's fateful inexperience, unbearably light, light as a feather, as dust swirling into the air, as whatever will no longer exist tomorrow.”
Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being