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W.B. Yeats

We can make our minds so like still water that beings gather about us that they may see, it may be, their own images, and so live for a moment with a clearer, perhaps even with a fiercer life because of our quiet. ― W.B. Yeats, from “Earth, Fire, and Water,” The Celtic Twilight: Faerie… Continue reading W.B. Yeats

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Ezra Pound

What thou lovest well remains,                                                   the rest is dross What thou lov’st well shall not be reft from thee What thou lov’st well is thy true heritage Ezra Pound, from “Canto LXXXI,” Cantos of Ezra Pound (New Directions Publishing Corporation, 1993

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John Donne

For I am every dead thing, In whom Love wrought new alchemy. For his art did express A quintessence even from nothingness, From dull privations, and lean emptiness; He ruin’d me, and I am re-begot Of absence, darkness, death—things which are not.” —  John Donne from “A Nocturnal Upon St. Lucy’s Day, Being the Shortest… Continue reading John Donne

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Hermann Hesse

Because the world is so full of death and horror, I try again and again to console my heart and pick the flowers that grow in the midst of hell. — Hermann Hesse, Narcissus and Goldmund. Published by Fischer Verlag 1930, published in English 1932 (Dunlop translation as Death and the Lover); 1968 (Molinaro translation… Continue reading Hermann Hesse

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