to be witnesses of sorrow
To speak of sorrow
works upon it
moves it from its
crouched place barring
the way to and from the soul’s hall
to bring back treasures from the underworld
A book is another country. You enter it, but then you must leave: like the Underworld, you can’t live there.
to make art no matter how challenging the world
to assert that resonance and shadow are vital
We find beauty not in the thing itself but in the patterns of shadows, the light and the darkness, that one thing against another creates…Were it not for shadows, there would be no beauty.
Night, when words fade and things come alive. When the destructive analysis of day is done, and all that is truly important becomes whole and sound again. When one reassembles the fragmentary self and grows with the calm of the trees.
… vast serenity, the mystery of infinite space, the austerity of the stars […] today’s civilization is full of people who have not the slightest notion of the character or the poetry of night…
Learn to reverence night and to put away the vulgar fear of it, for, with the banishment of night from … experience of man, there vanishes as well … a poetic mood, which gives depth to the adventure of humanity.
to value doubt and the unknown
For a moment of night we have a glimpse of ourselves and of our world islanded in its stream of stars — pilgrims of mortality, voyaging between horizons across eternal seas of space and time,
Midway upon the journey of our life
I found myself within a forest dark,
for the straightforward pathway had been lost
… the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep
Sometimes, at four AM, this knowledge is almost enough to force a reconciliation between oneself and all one’s pain and error. Since, anyway, it will end one day, why not try it — life — one more time?
to grow and live
Becoming a different story
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