“Now wakes the hour
Now sleeps the swan
Behold the dream
The dream is gone.”
And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.
Roald Dahl in The Minpins
It’s been said that “who we are and who we become depends, in part, on whom we love.” But the opposite is also true — we blossom into who we are under the warming light of the love that surrounds us.
-Maria Popova about Andrew Solomon’s book ‘Far from the Tree’
“Be bwave, widdoe wabbit.”
Our anxiety does not come from thinking about the future but from trying to control it.
“Your purpose is really the thread that connects all the dots and experiences of your life. Your real job is to figure out what that thread is and to honor it, to celebrate it, to revere it, to fine tune it, and to master it. That is your real job.”
There is always magic in a gift from your mother. Always.
The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.— Gustave Flaubert
Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
Quote from poet Antonio Machado–
Last night as I was sleeping
I dreamt—marvelous error!—
that I had a beehive
here inside my heart.
And the golden bees
were making white combs
and sweet honey
from my old failures.
The beauty of imperfection is the possibility for improvement
Truth is, everybody is going to hurt you; you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.
You must be the change you wish to see in the world
Our best friends are those who know their faults well enough to forgive ours
-Moulton H. Farnham
If you cannot be a poet, be the poem.
“Never, never, never give up, because one ‘never’ may not be enough”
-Winston Churchill, paraphrased by Mel Smith
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”
“You don’t love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.”
Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment. –Eckhart Tolle
“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but in is the journey that matters, in the end.” –Ernest Hemingway
“The artist is always beginning. Any work of art which is not a beginning, an invention, a discovery is of little worth.” –Ezra Pound
“Patience is the calm acceptance that things can happen in a different order than the one you have in mind.” – David G. Allen
poem (below) written by Gallway Kinnel to a student contemplating suicide:
Wait, for now.
Distrust everything, if you have to.
But trust the hours. Haven’t they
carried you everywhere, up to now?
Personal events will become interesting again.
Hair will become interesting.
Pain will become interesting.
Buds that open out of season will become lovely again.
Second-hand gloves will become lovely again,
their memories are what give them
the need for other hands. And the desolation
of lovers is the same: that enormous emptiness
carved out of such tiny beings as we are
asks to be filled; the need
for the new love is faithfulness to the old.
Don’t go too early.
You’re tired. But everyone’s tired.
But no one is tired enough.
Only wait a while and listen.
Music of hair,
Music of pain,
music of looms weaving all our loves again.
Be there to hear it, it will be the only time,
most of all to hear,
the flute of your whole existence,
rehearsed by the sorrows, play itself into total exhaustion.
Why draw instead of photograph? from The Book of Life
‘No changing of place at a hundred miles an hour will make us one whit stronger, happier, or wiser. There was always more in the world than men could see, walked they ever so slowly; they will see it no better for going fast. The really precious things are thought and sight, not pace. It does a bullet no good to go fast; and a man, if he be truly a man, no harm to go slow; for his glory is not at all in going, but in being.’
–John Ruskin 1875
“The closer you look the more you see.”
–Mel Smith (a cameraman at heart)
quote from Northern Farm–Henry Beston
“When this twentieth century of ours became obsessed with a passion for mere size, what was lost sight of was the ancient wisdom that the emotions have their own standards of judgment and their own sense of scale. In the emotional world a small thing can touch the heart and the imagination every bit as much as something impressively gigantic; a fine phrase is as good as an epic, and a small brook in the quiet of a wood can have its say with a voice more profound than the thunder of any cataract. Who would live happily in the country must be wisely prepared to take great pleasure in little things.”
“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
There is that which has always been there,
Which has never left your side,
Which has always been present,
Whatever the feeling, the circumstance.
When you turn your attention to trusting that,
You surrender to yourself. –annonymous
I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, ‘If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.’ –Kurt Vonnegut
“All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone” — Blaise Pascal
“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.
“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
–J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring