The test of a democracy is not the magnificence of buildings or the speed of automobiles or the efficiency of air transportation, but rather the care given…… Read more “Helen Keller, Test of a Democracy”
R. M. Rilke, Blood-Remembering
“Ah! but verses amount to so little when one writes them young. One ought to wait and gather sense and sweetness a whole life long, and a…… Read more “R. M. Rilke, Blood-Remembering”
There is nothing artificial about a moment of inspiration. ~Winton Marsalis Photo by Riccardo Annandale on Unsplash
Flannery O’Connor, ‘That’s the Order’
Truth, Joy, Love, and Peace. That’s the order. You have to cherish life at the same time you struggle to endure it.~Flannery O’Conner Photo by Jelleke Vanooteghem…… Read more “Flannery O’Connor, ‘That’s the Order’”
Bugbee, Limitless Meaning
It seems that there is a stream of limitless meaning flowing into our lives if we can but patiently entrust ourselves to it. There is no hurry,…… Read more “Bugbee, Limitless Meaning”
Corrie Ten Boom
Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.~Corrie Ten Boom Photo by Daniel Reeves on Unsplash
A Gift Just when you seem to yourselfnothing but a flimsy webof questions, you are giventhe questions of others to holdin the emptiness of your…… Read more “Levertov, Dust”
On Greek Spirit, Hegel
For the Greeks only *watch* the objects of Nature, and form *surmises* respecting them; inquiring, in the depths of their souls, for the hidden meaning. According to…… Read more “On Greek Spirit, Hegel”
Oliver Wendell Holmes
– When I feel inclined to read poetry, I take down my dictionary. The poetry of words is quite as beautiful as the poetry of sentences. The…… Read more “Oliver Wendell Holmes”
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt, This Is My Story 1937 ~ When you cease to make a contribution you… Read more "Eleanor"
There are so many people, especially among our comrades, who imagine that words are nothing – on the contrary, isn't it true that saying a thing well… Read more "Vincent"
Einstein on Beauty
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. ~ Albert Einstein 1879-1955
A New Sun Rises
Today a new sun rises for me;everything lives, everything is animated,everything seems to speak to me of my passion,everything invites me to cherish it. — Anne De…… Read more “A New Sun Rises”
‘If the Furies Should Take…’
‘It is widely rumored, and also true, that I wrote my first novel in a closet. Before I get all rapturous and carried away here, I had…… Read more “‘If the Furies Should Take…’”
Roethke, from ‘The Middle of a Roaring World’
To Possess or to be possessed by one’s identity?*The self, the anti-self in dire embrace.*Instead of embracing God, he hugs himself.~ Theodore Roethke, The Middle of a…… Read more “Roethke, from ‘The Middle of a Roaring World’”
Thoreau on the (Hu)man
"See how he cowers and sneaks, how vaguely all day he fears, not being immortal or divine, but the slave and prisoner of his own opinion of… Read more "Thoreau on the (Hu)man"
“I never feel that I have comprehended an emotion, or fully lived even the smallest events, until I have reflected upon it in my journal; my pen… Read more "Truest Confidant"
‘soul not found’
so much laughter…