Monday, May 31, 2010

Seamus Heaney

I credit poetry for making this space-walk possible.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Ernst Moritz Arndt

Nothing that is really good and God-like dies.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Hermann Hesse

Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows
how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning
and precepts, they preach undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life

Friday, May 28, 2010

Jorge Luis Borges

Any life is made up of a single moment, the moment in which a man
finds out, once and for all, who he is

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Franz Kafka

Anyone who cannot come to terms with his life while he is alive needs one
hand to ward off a little his despair over his fate... but with his other
hand he can note down what he sees among the ruins.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Czeslaw Milosz

The voice of passion is better than the voice of reason. The passionless
cannot change history.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Matthew Arnold

It is so small a thing to have enjoyed the sun, to have lived
light in the spring, to have loved, to have thought, to have done

Sunday, May 23, 2010

e.e. cummings

Humanity I love you because when you're hard up you pawn your
intelligence to buy a drink.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Meng Hao-jan

Anight On The River
Moored in island mist,
as the sun sets, a traveler's grief arises.

Beyond the great plain, the sky closes on trees.
On this gentle river, the moon arrives


To have a great man for an intimate friend seems pleasant to those
who have never tried it; those who have, fear it.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Joseph Brodsky

I do not believe in political movements. I believe in personal movement,
that movement of the soul when a man who looks at himself is so ashamed
that he tries to make some sort of change - within himself, not on
the outside.

Thursday, May 20, 2010


Characteristics of a popular politician: a horrible voice, bad breeding,
and a vulgar manner.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Samuel Tayler Coleridge

A man may devote himself to death and destruction to save a
nation; but no nation will devote itself to death and
destruction to save mankind.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Anne Bradstreet

Authority without wisdom is like a heavy ax without an edge,
fitter to bruise than polish.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Kin Hubbard

"Don't knock the weather: nine-tenths of the people couldn't start
a conversation if it didn't change once in a while."

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Joan Baez

The point of nonviolence is to build a floor, a strong new floor, beneath
which we can no longer sink. A platform which stands a few feet above napalm, torture, exploitation, poison gas, A and H bombs, the works. Give man a
decent place to stand

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Robert Frost

A civilized society is one which tolerates eccentricity to the point
of doubtful sanity.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Philip James Bailey

Let each man think himself an act of God, His mind a thought,
his life a breath of God; And let each try, by great thoughts
and good deeds, To show the most of Heaven he hath in him.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Ruben Dario

Sweet as sweetest Grecian honey will my song be when I sing,
O Beloved, in the season of the Spring!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Jorge Luis Borges

I foresee that man will resign himself each day to new abominations,
and soon that only bandits and soldiers will be left.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


The sky and the strong wind have moved the spirit inside me
till I am carried away trembling with joy.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Anne Grant

Grief is perhaps an unknown territory for you. You might feel both
helpless and hopeless without a sense of a "map" for the journey.
Confusion is the hallmark of a transition. To rebuild both your
inner and outer world is a major project.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Rosemary Verey

The stillness of the early morning scene enables me to take in and
enjoy many things which pass me by during the bustle of the day.
First, there are the scents, which seem even more generous
with their offerings than they are in the evening.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man is a method, a progressive arrangement; a selecting principle, gathering his likes to him; wherever he goes.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Anne Raver

A garden is like the self. It has so many layers and
winding paths, real or imagined, that it can never
be known, completely, every by the most
intimate of friends.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Constantly risking absurdity and death whenever he performs above the heads of his audience, the poet, like an acrobat, climbs on rhyme to a high wire of his own making.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Samuel Johnson

One of the disadvantages of wine is that it makes a man mistake words for thoughts.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Langston Hughs

Hold fast to your dreams, for without them life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Violet Fane

Let me arise and open the gate,
to breathe the wild warm air of the heath,
And to let in Love, and to let out Hate,
And anger at living and scorn of Fate,
To let in Life, and to let out Death.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Kahlil Gibran

A friend who is far away is sometimes much nearer than one who is at hand. Is not the mountain far more awe-inspiring and more clearly visible to one passing through the valley than to those who inhabit the mountain?

Saturday, May 1, 2010

W. H. Auden

Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh.