“…I must write you a line or two and see if that will assist in dismissing you from my Mind for ever so short a time…I cannot exist without you – I am forgetful of every thing but seeing you again – my Life seems to stop there – I see no further. You have absorb’d me. I have a sensation at the present moment as though I was dissolving…My sweet Fanny, will your heart never change? My love, will it?…Do not threat me even in jest. I have been astonished that Men could die Martyrs for religion – I have shudder’d at it – I shudder no more – I could be martyr’d for my Religion – Love is my religion – I could die for that – I could die for you…You have ravish’d me away by a Power I cannot resist: and yet I could resist till I saw you; and even since I have seen you I have endeavoured often “to reason against the reasons of my Love.” I can do that no more – the pain would be too great – My Love is selfish – I cannot breathe without you.”
–John Keats: Letters to Fanny Brawne, 1819
“I really enjoy writing novels. It’s like the ocean. You can just build a boat and take off.” –Denis Johnson
“I saw also that there was an ocean of darkness and death, but an infinite ocean of light and love, which flowed over the ocean of darkness.” –George Fox
“A few minutes ago every tree was excited, bowing to the roaring storm, waving, swirling, tossing their branches in glorious enthusiasm like worship. But though to the outer ear these trees are now silent, their songs never cease.”–John Muir
“When you wish someone joy, you wish them peace,
love, prosperity, happiness… all the good things.”–Maya Angelou
From Bailey’s home to yours, we wish you joy this holiday season.
I would hurl words into this darkness and wait for an echo, and if an echo sounded, no matter how faintly, I would send other words to tell, to march, to fight, to create a sense of hunger for life that gnaws in us all. ~Richard Wright, American Hunger, 1977
*I’m on a mission to hurl at least 5000 words at the WIP today. I’ll be up all hours of the night. Wish me luck.
“All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.”–T. E. Lawrence
“The difficulties you meet will resolve themselves as you advance. Proceed, and light will dawn, and shine with increasing clearness on your path.” –Jim Rohn
“When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure”–Peter Marshall
“Without a wish, without a will,
I stood upon that silent hill,
And stared into the sky until,
My eyes were blind with stars and still
I stared into the sky.”
“In your light I learn how to love.
In your beauty, how to make poems.
You dance inside my chest,
where no one sees you.”
–Jalal ad-Din Rumi