Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Song of the Rolling Earth - shower forever falling...

This grand show is eternal.
It is always sunrise somewhere;
the dew is never all dried at once;
a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising.
Eternal sunrise, eternal sunset, eternal dawn and gloaming,
on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn,
as the round earth rolls.
- My First Summer in the Sierra, John Muir

Goethe - Portrait of the Artist

Ilse Graham - page 318

"These reflections have levered us almost imperceptibly into the heart of the problem with which Goethe grapples in his Faust. Infinite man straightjacketed in a finite garb, faced with the annihilating fact of temporality; this is the beating heart of the tragedy."

From the chapter: The grateful Moment: The Element of Time in 'Faust'

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Ben Franklin - Independence Day eve...

He that would live in peace and at ease, must not speak all he knows nor judge all he sees.”

“Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.”

“Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.”

“How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them.”

“Human felicity is produced not as much by great pieces of good fortune that seldom happen as by little advantages that occur every day. ”

“I conceive that the great part of the miseries of mankind are brought upon them by false estimates they have made of the value of things. ”

“Observe all men, thyself most. ”