Words can cause trouble like large rocks in one’s path.Wrong: Words can clear the largest rocks out of the way.Wrong again: Words can turn into dark chasms unbridgeable for a whole lifetime.We know very little about the power and the destructiveness of words. —Tarjei Vesaas, from The Boat in the Evening (Peter Owen Publishers, 2003)
The heart is split in two, irresolute between its desires. Yet the boat has to advance … night or day are merely shifting veils to be traversed. Advance with fierce courage. Not for the sake of men. For the sake of insoluble riddles. In utter secrecy the heart is split in two. —Tarjei Vesaas, The… Continue reading Tarjei Vesaas,
You no longer know,amid all this,if what hurtstill matters— — Tarjei Vesaas, from “Between Blue Shadows,” Through Naked Branches: Selected Poems of Tarjei Vesaas (Black Widow Press, 2018;first published 2000)
You have never loved me. You have only thought it pleasant to be in love with me. — Henrik Ibsen, A Doll’s House. (Hard Press November 3, 2006) Originally published December 1879.
This is the dream we carry through the world that something fantastic will happen that it has to happen that time will open by itself that doors shall open by themselves that the heart will find itself open that mountain springs will jump up that the dream will open by itself that we one early… Continue reading Olav H. Hauge
…I will exile my thoughts if they think of you again, and I will rip my lips out if they say your name once more. Now if you do exist, I will tell you my final word in life or in death, I tell you goodbye. ― Knut Hamsun, Hunger. (Dover Publications, November 17, 2003)
Life is short for those who are truly able to understand that one day the entire world will come to a complete end. Not everyone is capable of that. Not everyone has the ability to comprehend what going away for all eternity really implies. There are too many distractions, hour by hour, minute by minute,… Continue reading Jostein Gaarder