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|Archived Since:||July 13, 2011|
"My life... runs back through time and space to the very beginnings of the world and to its utmost limits. In my being I sum up the earthly inheritance and the state of the world at this moment."
"I long for poems of an inner harmony in utter contrast to the chaos in which they exist. Insofar as poetry has a social function it is to awaken sleepers by other means than shock."
"It is crucial to understand that experience itself is not merely an empirical process of appropriating or digesting blocks of life. Experience is rather a journey of transfiguration. Both that which is lived and the one who lives it are transfigured."
"One must know what one wants to be. In the latter endeavors irresolution produces false steps, and in the life of the mind confused ideas."
"You don’t love yourself enough. Or you’d love your nature too, and what it demands of you."
"In times like these to have you listen at all, it's necessary to talk about trees."
"...the heart has got to open in a fundamental way."
"All the goodness and the heroisms will rise up again, then be cut down again and rise up. It isn’t that the evil thing wins — it never will — but that it doesn’t die."
"The creative person has the courage to experience opposites of his nature and to attempt some reconciliation of them in an individuated expression of himself."
"Don't shoot for the stars, we already know what's there. Shoot for the space in between because that's where the real mystery lies."
"The saving of time and the conquest of leisure have no meaning if we are not moved by the laugh of a child at play."
How a Scottish polymath forever changed the course of gender in science and made a high art of connecting the seemingly disconnected.
"From the evening breeze to this hand on my shoulder, everything has its truth. Consciousness illuminates it by paying attention to it."
"Not to go onwards (in verse, as in everything) means to go backwards — that is, to leave the scene."
"Spend the afternoon. You can’t take it with you."
"The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the convinced Communist, but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction (i.e., the reality of experience) and the distinction between true and false (i.e., the standards of thought) no longer exist."
"No really creative transformation can possibly be effected by human beings... unless they are in the creative state of mind that is generally sensitive to the differences that always exist between the observed fact and any preconceived ideas, however noble, beautiful, and magnificent they may seem to be."
"A writer ought not to be an opinion-machine... The job of the writer is to make us see the world as it is, full of many different claims and parts and experiences."
From loneliness to love to black holes, by way of Neil Gaiman, Annie Dillard, and Mary Oliver.
How a doctor, a philosopher, a poet, and a sculptor co-created the modern concept of empathy.