"If you don't become the ocean, you'll be seasick every day."
Zora Neale Hurston said, "I have the nerve to walk my own way, however hard, in my search for reality, rather than climb upon the rattling wagon of wishful illusions."
HA! Quotes from Sir Terry Pratchett's works.
This quote from Terry Pratchett's book, Equal Rites, holds tremendous appeal to my self-indulgent sense of intellectual snobbery!
"They both savored the strange warm glow of being much more ignorant than ordinary people, who
were ignorant of only ordinary things."
"His age was indeterminate. But in cynicism and general world weariness, which is a sort of carbon dating of the personality, he was about seven thousand years old." - Guards! Guards!
If you don't turn your life into a story, you just become a part of someone else's story.
Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - Robert Pirsig
The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail - Jerome Lawrence & Robert Lee
La Seduction - Elaine Sciolini
Aphrodite - Isabel Allende
Trigger Warning - Neil Gaiman
Away In Virginia, I See a Mustard Field And Think Of You
by Barbara Crooker
because the blue hills are like the shoulder and slopes
of your back as you sleep. Often I slip a hand under
your body to anchor myself to this earth. The yellow
mustard rises from a waving sea of green.
I think of us driving narrow roads in France, under
a tunnel of sycamores, my hair blowing in the hot wind,
opera washing out of the radio, loud. We are feeding
each other cherries from a white paper sack.
And then we return to everyday life, where we fall
into bed exhausted, fall asleep while still reading,
forget the solid planes of the body in the country
of dreams. I miss your underwear, soft from a thousand
washings, the socks you still wear from a store
out of business thirty years. I love to smell your sweat
after mowing grass or hauling wood; I miss the weight
on your side of the bed.
"Away In Virginia, I See a Mustard Field And Think Of You" by Barbara Crooker from Radiance.
© Grayson Books, 2014.
"People who live entirely by the fertility of their imaginations are fascinating, brilliant and often charming, but they should be sat next to at dinner parties, not lived with." - Scottie Fitzgerald, (daughter of the other)
"... if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours." ~ Thoreau
"Not knowing the Second Law of Thermodynamics is like never having read a work of Shakespeare."
~ English novelist and scientist C.P. Snow
"I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by," ~ "Sea Fever", by John Masefield
Ernest Rutherford, physicist: "I haven't the money, so I've got to think."
"All science is either physics, or stamp collecting."