The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
My brain hums with scraps of poetry and madness.
For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.
A few times in my life, I’ve had moments of absolute clarity, when for a few, brief seconds, the silence drowns out the noise and I can feel, rather than think… I could never make these moments last. I cling to them, but like everything, they fade. I’ve lived my life on these moments, they pull me back to the present and I realise that everything is exactly the way it’s meant to be.
~“A Single Man”
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To love means to open ourselves to the negative as well as the positive – to grief, sorrow, and disappointment as well as to joy, fulfilment, and an intensity of consciousness we did not know was possible before.
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The world’s spiritual geniuses seem to discover universally that the mind’s muddy river, this ceaseless flow of trivia and trash, cannot be dammed, and that trying to dam it is a waste of effort that might lead to madness. Instead you must allow the muddy river to flow unheeded in the dim channels of consciousness; you raise your sights; you look along it, mildly, acknowledging its presence without interest and gazing beyond it into the realm of the real where subjects and objects act and rest purely, without utterance.
~Annie Dillard (Pilgrim at Tinker Creek)
This is too harmonious, grand and overwhelming a universe to believe that it’s all an accident.
~Mitch Albom (Tuesdays with Morrie)