this is this, and that is that...
"Not everything that is more difficult is more meritorious."
Saint Thomas Aquinas
"There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living."
"Having spent the better part of my life trying either to relive the past or experience the future before it arrives, I have come to believe that in between these two extremes is peace."
Balooning Over Paris
by Isiah and Benjamin Lane
"The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one's own country as a foreign land."
"The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning."
"Set out from any point. They are all alike. They all lead to a point of departure."
Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin
Bare branches and red maple leaves growing alongside the highway
by Raymond Gehman
"The moment one gives close attention to any thing, even a blade of grass it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself."
"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves."
"There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more."
~George Gordon, Lord Byron, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage
Two Girls Reading
by Pierre-Auguste Renoir
"A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face. It is one of the few havens remaining where a man's mind can get both provocation and privacy."
Edward P. Morgan
"I know every book of mine by its smell, and I have but to put my nose between the pages to be reminded of all sorts of things."
George Robert Gissing
"Books let us into their souls and lay open to us the secrets of our own."
Young Girl Writing at Her Desk with Birds
by Henriette Browne
"If there's a book you really want to read but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." Toni Morrison
"There's nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein."
Walter Wellesley "Red" Smith
"And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt."
have a very blessed thursday ya'll...
peaceful, and joyful, and filled with laughter and love.