“Sad; so sad, those smoky-rose, smoky-mauve evenings of late autumn, sad enough to pierce the heart. The sun departs the sky in winding sheets of gaudy cloud; anguish enters the city, a sense of the bitterest regret, a nostalgia for things we never knew, anguish of the turn of the year, the time of impotent yearning, the inconsolable season.”
~Angela Carter - Saints and Strangers
(From the Two Tree Series)
'You've been through a lot in your life.'
Too much, I sometimes think.
'But you keep going'.
I have to. I've got someone counting on me.”
(From the Ireland Series | Maam Cross Horse Auction, County Galway, Ire.)
“I am of old and young, of the foolish as much as the wise,
Regardless of others, ever regardful of others,
Maternal as well as paternal, a child as well as a man,
Stuffed with the stuff that is course, and stuffed with the stuff that is fine, one of the nation, of many nations, the smallest the same and the the largest the same."
(From the Superman Building Series, Providence, RI)
"Listen carefully to first criticisms made of your work. Note just what it is about your work that critics don’t like - then cultivate it. That’s the only part of your work that’s individual and worth keeping."
"We are among people who believe they are absolutely right, whether in their machines or in their ideas. And for all those who can live only in the dialogue and friendship of men, this silence is the end of the world."
“The ego is the false self-born out of fear and defensiveness.”
~John O'Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom
“We do not need to grieve for the dead. Why should we grieve for them? They are now in a place where there is no more shadow, darkness, loneliness, isolation, or pain. They are home.”
“Knot by knot I untie myself from the past
And let it rise away from me like a balloon.
What a small thing it becomes.
What a bright tweak at the vanishing point...”
“Life moves on, whether we act as cowards or heroes. Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly. Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy, and strength, if faced with an open mind. Every moment is a golden one for him who has the Vision to recognize it as such”
"Learn to trust your own judgment, learn inner independence, learn to trust that time will sort good from bad - including your own bad."
-Doris Lessing, born today, 1919