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“Let the past be content with itself, for man needs forgetfulness as well as memory”
James Stephens, Irish Fairy Tales
“Tell me your past, my beloved, for a man is his past, and is to be known by it.”
James Stephens, Irish Fairy Tales
“It is by love alone that we understand anything”
James Stephens, Irish Fairy Tales
tags: love
“We get wise by asking questions, and even if these are not answered we get wise, for a well-packed question carries its answer on its back as a snail carries its shell.”
James Stephens, Irish Fairy Tales
“A poem is a revelation, and it is by the brink of running water that poetry is revealed to the mind.”
James Stephens, Irish Fairy Tales
“There are more worlds than one, and in many ways they are unlike each other. But joy and sorrow, or, in other words, good and evil,are not absent in their degree from any of the worlds, for wherever there is life there is action, and action is but the expression of one or other of these qualities.”
James Stephens, Irish Fairy Tales
tags: life
“Why do you live on the bank of a river?' was one of these questions.
'Because a poem in a revelation, and it is by the brink of running water that poetry is revealed to the mind.”
James Stephens, Irish Fairy Tales
“In truth we do not go to Faery, we become Fairy, and in the beating of a pulse we may live for a year or a thousand years.”
James Stephens, Irish Fairy Tales
“There is a difference between this world and the world of Faery, but it is not immediately perceptible. Everything that is here is there, but the things that are there are better than those that are here. All things that are bright are there brighter. There is more gold in the sun and more silver in the moon of that land. There is more scent in the flowers, more savour in the fruit. There is more comeliness in the men and more tenderness in the women. Everything in Faery is better by this one wonderful degree, and it is by this betterness you will know that you are there if you should ever happen to get there.”
James Stephens, Irish Fairy Tales
tags: faery
“Fionn went [...] to carve a name for himself that will live while Time has an ear and knows an Irishman”
James Stephens, Irish Fairy Tales
“Even the wind had ceased, and there seemed to be nothing in the world but the darkness and himself. In that gigantic blackness, in that unseen quietude and vacancy, the mind could cease to be personal to itself. It could be overwhelmed and merged in space, so that consciousness would be transferred or dissipated, and one might sleep standing; for the mind fears loneliness more than all else, and will escape to the moon rather than be driven inwards on its own being.”
James Stephens, Irish Fairy Tales
“L'amore ci rende poveri. Non ci bastano gli occhi per vedere tutto ciò che è da vedere, né le mani per stringere un decimo di tutto ciò che desidereremmo. Quando la guardo negli occhi mi tormento perché non posso guardare le sue labbra, e quando vedo le sue labbra la mia anima grida: "Guarda i suoi occhi, guarda i suoi occhi!".”
James Stephens, Irish Fairy Tales
“Be at peace all of you, for hunger has a whip, and he will drive the strange away in the night.”
James Stephens, Traditional Irish Fairy Tales
“Knowledge, may it be said, is higher than magic and is more to be sought. It is quite possible to see what is happening and yet not know what is forward, for while seeing is believing it does not follow that either seeing or believing is knowing. Many a person can see a thing and believe a thing and know just as little about it as the person who does neither.”
James Stephens, Irish Fairy Tales