Category Archives: quotations and poetry

all that I know to be true right now

I’d have to stare at them all night to take them in.  It’s tempting.  I plant a kiss on each of their heads.  It will never be enough.  A lifetime of kisses would not fill the space in me that belongs to them.  In the morning, when they come for me before the sun is […]

to see something

The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world is to see something and tell what it saw in a plain way. – John Ruskin Thank you to Hilary for sharing this beautiful passage with me.

not the way we expected

They lay next to each other and listened to the rain. So life hasn’t turned out right for either of us, not the way we expected, he said. Except it feels good now, at this moment. Better than I have reason to believe I deserve, he said. Oh, you deserve to be happy.  Don’t you […]

life is not lived in the future

But she grasped the urgency of the moment, knowing what almost everyone in France knows, which is to say that life is not lived in the future.  “Seize the moment,” she said.  “Pay attention to your life right now.” -Kate Betts, My Paris Dream: An Education in Style, Slang, and Seduction in the Great City […]

that defines you

I hope you’ll discover, as I have, that its not what lands you in the dark woods that defines you, but what you do to make it out. – Joseph Luzzi, In a Dark Wood

what consoles us and what redeems us

Our hermitage is the act of living with attention in the midst of things: amid the rhythms of work and love, the bath with the child, the endlessly growing paperwork, the ever-present likelihood of war, the necessity for taking action to help the world. For us, a good spiritual life is permeable and robust. It […]

things that don’t need explaining

It’s not about having things figured out, or about communicating with other people, trying to make them understand what you understand. It’s about a chicken dinner at a drive-in. A soft pillow. Things that don’t need explaining. – Ann Beattie

to be at peace with myself

I want first of all to be at peace with myself. I want a singleness of eye, a purity of intention, a central core to my life that will enable me to carry out these obligations and activities as well as I can. I want, in fact – to borrow from the language of the […]

other marvels

I have learned to release my expectations.  Sometimes, you have to be content to face east instead of west, miss the eclipse, feel the strangeness at your back, and know there will be other marvels.  You have no idea.  The world is full of them. – Jillian Lauren, Everything You Ever Wanted

the evanescent extraordinary makes its quicksilver

Art replaces the light that is lost when the day fades, the moment passes, the evanescent extraordinary makes its quicksilver.  Art tries to capture that which we know leaves us, as we move in and out of each other’s lives, as we all must eventually leave this earth. Great artists know that shadow, work always […]