Fear knocked at the door and faith answered. No one was there. — Anonymous. Found in an English pub after one of the many London bombings by Hitler during World War II.
‘Let me light my lamp,’ say the star, ‘and never debate if it will help to remove the darkness.’ Before the end of my journey may I reach within myself the one which is the all, leaving the outer shell to float away with the drifting multitude upon the current of chance and change. —… Continue reading Rabindranath Tagore
Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans fires. — Francois de La Rochefoucauld, Maxims. (Penguin Classics; First Thus edition January 28, 1982) Originally published 1665.
Any and all water is the color of drowning. — Emil Cioran, All Gall Is Divided: Aphorisms. (Arcade Publishing August 25, 1999) Originally published 1952.
It is the passion that is in a kiss that gives to it its sweetness; it is the affection in a kiss that sanctifies it. — Christian Nevell Bovee, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought: Vol. 1. (1862)
Yes, I will go. I would rather grieve over your absence than over you. – Antonio Porchia, Voices. Translated by W. S. Merwin. (Copper Canyon Press; Bilingual edition April 1, 2003)
The shortness of life prevents us from entertaining far-off hopes. — Horace, Odes (1.4.15) 23 BC.