Fear is a cloak which old men huddle about their love, as if to keep it warm. ~William Wordsworth
[T]he departing world leaves behind… not an heir, but a pregnant widow. ~Alexander Ivanovich Herzen, Other ShoreSH
If a man could pass through Paradise in a dream, and have a flower presented to him as a pledge that his soul had really been there, and if he found that flower in his hand when he awake – Aye, what then? ~Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Never mind. The self is the least of it. Let our scars fall in love. ~Galway KinnellSD
As I was walking up the stair,
I met a man who wasn’t there.
He wasn’t there again today.
I wish, I wish he’d go away.
A naked lunch is natural to us,
we eat reality sandwiches
But allegories are so much lettuce.
Don’t hide the madness.
~Allen Ginsberg, “On Burroughs’ Work”ginsbergblog.blogspot.com/2011/06/mystery-of-inner-moonlight.html
He who holds me by a thread is not strong; the thread is strong. ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. MerwinTPV
…and leave wishes to those foolish enough to make them. ~Terri Guillemets
If only I could leave everything as it is, without moving a single star or a single cloud. Oh, if only I could! ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. MerwinTPV
We dance round in a ring and suppose,
But the Secret sits in the middle and knows.
~Robert Frost, In the Clearing, 1962MCDD
And upsidedown in the earth a dead man walks upon my soles when I walk. ~Bill Knott, "(End) of Summer (1966)" (Thanks, Laurie)SD
Silence moves faster when it’s going backward. ~Jean CocteauSD
The beginning of all wisdom is to look fixedly on clothes, or even with armed eyesight, till they become transparent. ~Thomas CarlyleOPV
The only interesting answers are those which destroy the questions. ~Susan SontagEsquire, 1968, PMB
Love, she said, should be said more slowly, and ran from the house. Words could not catch her as such. Honesty is so slow, that is the trouble. ~Author UnknownFD
I imagine that yes is the only living thing. ~e.e. cummingsSD
You’re only as sick as your secrets. ~Author Unknown
We have met the enemy and they are us! ~Walt Kelly, Pogo, 1971LCD
She throws her coin into a fountain already filled with hopeful coins, yet wonders if the wishes might become tangled. ~Dr. SunWolf, professorsunwolf.comtwitter.com/WordWhispers/status/152879567202304000
We cross our bridges when we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and a presumption that once our eyes watered. ~Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
No matter how fast light travels it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it. ~Terry Pratchettin "Reaper Man"
I am the vessel. The draft is God’s. And God is the thirsty one. ~Dag Hammarskjold, Markings, 1964MCDD
Clouds, birds, tree tops
The freedom of being on high
Closer to the sun
Further from the slum,
But farther to fall when they die.
Nothing is not only nothing. It is also our prison. ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. MerwinTPV
Invent a past for the present. ~Daniel SternFD
the high cost of
living isnt so bad if you
dont have to pay for it
~Don Marquis, Archy and Mehitabel, 1927LCD
You purchase pain with all that joy can give, and die of nothing but a rage to live. ~Alexander Pope
It is known that there is an infinite number of worlds, but that not every one is inhabited. Therefore, there must be a finite number of inhabited worlds. Any finite number divided by infinity is as near to nothing as makes no odds, so if every planet in the Universe has a population of zero then the entire population of the Universe must also be zero, and any people you may actually meet from time to time are merely the products of a deranged imagination. ~Douglas Adams, The Original Hitchhiker Radio ScriptFit the Fifth, p102; HM
If you come to a fork in the road, take it. ~Yogi Berra
We are never prepared for what we expect. ~James A. Michener, Caravans
You are sad because they abandon you and you have not fallen. ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin
You have your brush, you have your colors, you paint paradise, then in you go. ~Nikos Kazantzakis
Psychoanalysis and Zen, in my private psychic geometry, are equal to nicotine. They are anti-existential. Nicotine quarantines one out of existence. ~Norman Mailer
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
~Robert Frost, "The Road Not Taken," 1916published in Mountain Interval (1920 or ’21)