“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”
Language is like a cracked kettle on which we beat out our tunes for bears to dance to, while all the time we long to move the stars to pity.
Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary
Celestial Tip of the Day
Celestial tip of the day: when hiking on the orange Trail in Jefferson Memorial Forest, when you first start out, if the Sun is over your left shoulder when coming back be sure that the sun is over your right shoulder, that way when you come to the fork in the road you will take the right one. That is all.
Top 10 Best Lines from Raymond Chandler’s Little Sister
- She had a low lingering voice with sort of a moist caress in it like a damp bath towel.
- She looked almost as hard to get as a haircut.
- She smelled the way the Taj Mahal looks by moonlight.
- She picked a cigarette out of a box, tossed it in the air, caught it between her lips effortlessly and lit it from a match that came from nowhere.
- “Shut up, you slimy, blackmailing, keyhole peeper!”
- She put a couple of cold blue bullets into me with her eyes.
- She looked as if it would take a couple of weeks to get her dressed.
- She reached up and pulled a fingertip down the side of my cheek. It burned like a hot iron.
- Marlowe, a private detective. Not the brainiest guy in the world, but cheap. He started out cheap and he ended cheaper still.
- It could have been a beautiful friendship. Except for the ice pick, of course.
“Do you always wear black?”
“Yes. It is more exciting when I take my clothes off.”
“Do you have to talk like a whore?”
“You do not know very much about whores, amigo. They are always most respectable. Except of course the very cheap ones.”
From the Hagakure
“There is something to be learned from a rainstorm. When meeting with a sudden shower, you try not to get wet and run quickly along the road. But doing such things as passing under the eaves of houses, you still get wet. When you are resolved from the beginning, you will not be perplexed, though you will still get the same soaking. This understanding extends to everything.”
― Tsunetomo Yamamoto,
Understanding leads to tolerance and love.When all beings understand one another, they will accept and love one another.
~Thich Nhat Hahn
Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”
The Birth of Tragedy
The continuous development of art is bound up with the Apollonian and Dionysian duality; Just as procreation depends on the duality of the sexes, involving perpetual strife with only periodically intervening reconciliations.
Wild things leave skin behind them, and these are tokens passed from one to another so that the fugitive kind can always follow their kind ~ Tennessee Williams