If a man could pass through paradise

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

As i was walking up the stair

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.
~Hugh Mearns

A naked lunch is natural to us

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

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

If only i could leave everything as

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

We dance round in a ring and suppose,
But the Secret sits in the middle and knows.
~Robert Frost, In the Clearing, 1962MCDD

The beginning of all wisdom is to

The beginning of all wisdom is to look fixedly on clothes, or even with armed eyesight, till they become transparent.  ~Thomas CarlyleOPV

Love she said should be said more

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

We cross our bridges when we come

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

No matter how fast light travels it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it.  ~Terry Pratchettin "Reaper Man"

It is known that there an infinite

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

Two roads diverged in a wood and

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)