You can’t point to the one most terrible and wonder why it happened. If you look hard enough, you can always see reasons, but you’ll go crazy if you think it’s all punishment for your sins. God doesn’t punish us. He just grants us a life long enough to punish ourselves. —Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood… Continue reading Barbara Kingsolver
My heart leaps up when I behold A rainbow in the sky: So was it when my life began; So is it now I am a man; So be it when I shall grow old, Or let me die! The Child is father of the Man; And I could wish my days to be Bound… Continue reading William Wordsworth
I close my eyes, inhale, and feel a rush of heat and energy that takes my breath away. It is the feeling of wanting something so much that it borders on an actual need, and the power and urgency of this need overwhelms me. — Emily Griffin, Love the One You’re With. (St. Martin’s Press;… Continue reading Emily Griffin
Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, Or what’s a heaven for?” ― Robert Browning, from “Andrea del Sarto,” Men and Women and Other Poems. (Orion Publishing Group, Ltd. October 15, 1993) Originally published 1855.
Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts. I was better after I had cried, than before–more sorry, more aware of my own ingratitude, more gentle. ― Charles Dickens, Great Expectations. (Chapman & Hall; Serialized 1860-1; book form 1861)
What use is moonlight? I reach into it, fingers open, and my hand is silvered and blessed, and comes back to me holding nothing. — Margaret Atwood, from “Sumacs,” Interlunar. (Oxford University Press; First Edition edition 1984)
For the spectator does not see space, he sees the objects and events; he does not perceive the coordinates with the same cyclopean eye of the camera. With his entire body, desires, and fantasies, he perceives the existential dimensions by which the world is organized. — Mikel Dufrenne, The Phenomenology of Aesthetic Experience. (Northwestern University… Continue reading Mikel Dufrenne