Wednesday, July 29, 2015

In your beauty...

In your light I learn how to love. In your beauty, how to make poems. You dance inside my chest, where no one sees you, but sometimes I do, and that light becomes this art. 

~Rumi, as interpreted by Coleman Barks

Friday, July 24, 2015

Autumnal face....

No spring nor summer’s beauty hath such grace
As I have seen in one Autumnal face....


~John Donne, "Elegy IX: The Autumnal"

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Nothing else but light...

Louder and louder the deep thunder rolled, as through the myriad halls of some vast temple in the sky; fiercer and brighter came the lightning; more and more heavily the rain poured down. The eye, partaking of the quickness of the flashing light, saw in its every gleam a multitude of objects which it could not see at steady noon in fifty times that period.... in a trembling, vivid, flickering instant, everything was clear and plain: then came a flash of red into the yellow light; a change to blue; a brightness so intense that there was nothing else but light; and then the deepest and profoundest darkness. 

~Charles Dickens, Martin Chuzzlewit, Chapter XLII

Saturday, July 18, 2015

There is something haunting...

There is something haunting in the light of the moon; it has all the dispassionateness of a disembodied soul, and something of its inconceivable mystery. 

~Joseph Conrad

Thursday, July 16, 2015

If there's one thing...

If there's one thing that I pray for,
      As I live my daily life,
      It's that I may be courageous
      When I'm faced with bitter strife!...


So, I humbly pray for courage
      To be with me morn and night,
      Thro' the coldness of the Winter
      And the Summer's bright sunlight!


~Gertrude T. Buckingham, "Courage"

Friday, February 14, 2014

Treasured Memories..

How my memory treasures every sweet stray moment of our past — handclasp, kiss and heart-beat, the passion of those dear unfathomable eyes, the rustle of garments, the gliding steps and lingering farewells! 

~Byron Caldwell Smith, letter to Kate Stephens

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Stream of Blood...

Civilization is a stream with banks.  The stream is sometimes filled with blood from people killing, stealing, shouting and doing the things historians usually record, while on the banks, unnoticed, people build homes, make love, raise children, sing songs, write poetry and even whittle statues.  The story of civilization is the story of what happened on the banks.  Historians are pessimists because they ignore the banks for the river.  

~Will Durant

Friday, February 7, 2014

Good weather..!!

Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.  

~John Ruskin

Friday, January 24, 2014

A sense of one's being...!!

I am a dancer. I believe that we learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living.... In each it is the performance of a dedicated precise set of acts, physical or intellectual, from which comes shape of achievement, a sense of one's being, a satisfaction of spirit. One becomes in some area an athlete of God. 

~Martha Graham, c.1953

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Simple beauty...!!

We ascribe beauty to that which is simple; which has no superfluous parts; which exactly answers its end; which stands related to all things; which is the mean of many extremes.  

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, January 20, 2014

Keep the hue in you...!!!

It's wonderful when you can bring sparkle into people's lives without fading away from your own true color. Keep the hue in you. 

~Dodinsky, www.dodinsky.com

A Cup of blessing...!!

Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful; for beauty is God's handwriting - a wayside sacrament.  Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every fair flower, and thank God for it as a cup of blessing.  

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, January 17, 2014

I started smiling too....

Smiling is infectious,
You can catch it like the flu.
Someone smiled at me today,
And I started smiling too.


~Author Unknown

Friday, January 10, 2014

Life of things...

[T]hat blessed mood,
In which the burthen of the mystery,In which the heavy and the weary weightOf all this unintelligible world,Is lightened:—that serene and blessed mood,In which the affections gently lead us on,—Until, the breath of this corporeal frameAnd even the motion of our human bloodAlmost suspended, we are laid asleepIn body, and become a living soul:While with an eye made quiet by the powerOf harmony, and the deep power of joy,We see into the life of things.

~William Wordsworth, 1798

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Blue...!!!

The sky was a midnight-blue, like warm, deep, blue water, and the moon seemed to lie on it like a water-lily, floating forward with an invisible current. 

 ~Willa Sibert Cather

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Is it too much to ask ??

Is it too much to ask that women be spared the daily struggle for superhuman beauty in order to offer it to the caresses of a subhumanly ugly mate?  

~Germaine Greer, The Female Eunuch, 1970

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Its journey into forever....

Her eyes were of different colors, the left as brown as autumn, the right as gray as Atlantic wind. Both seemed alive with questions that would never be voiced, as if no words yet existed with which to frame them.... Her face was as fresh as an apple and as delicate as blossom.... Her mouth never curved into a smile. God, it seemed, had withheld that possibility.... She was a beam of starlight trapped in flesh and awaiting only the moment when it would continue on its journey into forever.


~Tim Willocks, The Religion

Monday, November 18, 2013

Flowers don't worry..

Flowers don't worry about how the're going to bloom.  They just open up and turn toward the light and that makes them beautiful.  

~Jim Carrey

Sunday, November 17, 2013

A World lives in you..!!

You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you.  

~Frederick Buechner

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Burn up human hearts..!!

Love is no respecter of age or practicality
Neither morality: unabashed
She enters where she will
Unheeding that her immortal fires
Burn up human hearts...


~Phillip Pulfrey, from Beyond Me, www.originals.net

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