On Darkness

1) A poet is someone who stands outside in the rain hoping to be struck by lightning.

(James Dickey)

2) Some things you know all your life. They are so simple and true they must be said without elegance, meter and rhyme… they must be naked and alone, they must stand for themselves.

(Philip Levine)

3) I can be hurt by nothing but my thoughts.

(A Course in Miracles, Lesson 281)

4) And as for happiness, there’s a lot of different kinds of happiness, just as there’s a hell of a lot of different kinds of dead. Me, I’ll just take what I can get when I can get it.

(Neil Gaiman via Mr. Nancy, American Gods)

5) We know that we come from the winds, and that we shall return to them; that all of life is perhaps a knot, a tangle, a blemish in the eternal smoothness. But why should this make us unhappy? Let us rather love one another, and work and rejoice. I don’t believe in this world of sorrow.

(E.M. Forster via Mr. Emerson, A Room with a View)

6) What do we live for if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?

(George Eliot, Middlemarch)

7) One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up on your work. Work gives you meaning and purpose, and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away.

(Stephen Hawking)

8) There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.

(Charles Dickens)

9) Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

(Winston Churchill)

10) …the habit of despair is worse than despair itself.

(Albert Camus, The Plague)




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