"If you can walk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!"
- Rudyard Kipling
"I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion." - Alexander the Great
"We need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship." - Omar Nelson Bradley
"Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather." - John Ruskin
Action without vision is only a way of passing the time
Vision without action is only a dream
Vision with action can change the world - - Joel A. Barker
Anyone can become angry - that is easy.
But to be angry with the right person,
to the right degree,
at the right time,
for the right purpose and in the right way,
that is not easy -
- Aristotle - The Nicomachean Ethics
I hear and I forget
I see and I remember
I do and I understand -
"Don't judge any man until you have walked two moons in his moccasins".
- Native American Proverb
"Come, come, whoever you are. Wonderer, worshipper, lover of leaving. It doesn't matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair. Come, even if you have broken your vow a thousand times Come, yet again, come, come."
- Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi
"For beauty being the best of all we know" by Robert Bridges
For beauty being the best of all we know
Sums up the unsearchable and secret aims
Of nature, and on joys whose earthly names
Were never told can form and sense bestow;
And man has sped his instinct to outgo
The step of science; and against her shames
Imagination stakes out heavenly claims,
Building a tower above the head of woe.
Nor is there fairer work for beauty found
Than that she win in nature her release
From all the woes that in the world abound;
Nay with his sorrow may his love increase,
If from man's greater need beauty redound,
And claim his tears for homage of his peace.
I saw a famous man eating soup.
I say he was lifting a fat broth
Into his mouth with a spoon.
His name was in the newspapers that day
Spelled out in tall black headlines
And thousands of people were talking about him.
When I saw him,
He was bending his head over a plate
Putting soup in his mouth with a spoon.
BY Carl Sandburg
DANCE by Tiziana Pantaleoni copyright 2015
Me and you,
You and I,
(atoms of immortal Psyche?)
they become one.
the more distant
and intense visceral pain,
seek each other out.
imperceptible and invisible,
the empty distances.
-chess like- -black and white-
light and slight,
Dance of Love.
"You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end, each of us must work for our own improvement and, at the same time, share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful." - Madame Marie Curie (won two Nobel Prizes but was never admitted to the French Academie des Sciences).
"To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all." - Oscar Wilde
“If I had but two loaves of bread, I would sell one and buy hyacinths, for they would feed my soul.” - The Koran
“One should eat to live, not live to eat.” — Mouliėre
“The defect of equality is that we only desire it with our superiors.” Henry Becque
“Old age is not an illness, it is a timeless ascent. As power diminishes, we grow towards the light.” May Sarton
“Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.”
“People ask for criticism, but they only want praise.” - W. Somerset Maugham
“We find fault with perfection itself.” - Blaise Pascal
“Please all, and you will please none.” - Aesop
“Everything must be taken seriously, nothing tragically.” - Louis Aldolphe Thiers
“No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.” - Helen Keller
“There is was no need to do any housework at all. After the first four years the dirt doesn’t get any worse.” Quentin Crisp
“We cannot despair of humanity, since we ourselves are human beings.” - Albert Einstein
“We’re all of us guinea pigs in the laboratory of God. Humanity is just a work in progress.” - Tennessee Williams
“Love and business and family and religion and art and patriotism are nothing but shadows of words when a man’s starving.” O. Henry
“In general, mankind, since the improvement of cookery, eats twice as much as nature requires.” - Benjamin Franklin
“Show me a person who has never made a mistake and I’ll show you somebody who has never achieved much—Joan Collins
“Modesty: the gentle art of enhancing your charm by pretending not to be aware of it.” - Oliver Herford
“It is only the modern that ever becomes old-fashioned.”—Oscar Wilde
From To You - by Walt Whitman
O I could sing such grandeurs and glories about you!
You have not known what you are -, you have slumber’d upon yourself all your life;
The mockeries are not you;
Underneath them and within them I see you lurk;
Whoever you are! claim your own...
The Speech Of The High One -
From the Old Norse, The Poetic Edda (ca. AD 1200)
I know I hung on that windswept tree,
Swung there for nine long nights,
Wounded by my own blade,
Bloodied for Odin,
Myself an offering to myself:
Bound to the tree
That no man knows
Whither the roots of it run.
None gave me bread,
None gave me drink.
Down to the deepest depths I peered
Until I spied the Runes.
With a roaring cry I seized them up,
Then dizzy and fainting, I fell.
Well-being I won
And wisdom too.
From a word to a word
I was led to a word,
From a deed to another deed.
Too slow for those who wait,
Too swift for those who fear,
Too long for those who grieve,
Too short for those who rejoice,
But for those who love, time is
Eternity. Hours fly, flowers die,
New days, new ways, pass by.
By Henry Van Dyke
I call you Far Rider…because you are one who rides far from himself. And wishes not to look home. Until you do…you are lost.”
Chief Eagle Horn – Hidalgo
Innocence and Perception
God-like visions in child’s eyes,
Fragrant gems drape from heavy-laden boughs
Adorning prosperous bushes
Parading street corners,
Adults walk by, unseeing.
SD © 2015
Ode to the Creative Soul
Hour of dark,
In love and struggle,
Strength by artist’s pen
Sparks the candle for
Not razing life.
S.D. © 2015
Photograph Sarina Damen Copyright 2015
Not Alone by Earl Waller copyright 2015
For now that I have gone home
It is time for you to hold the throne
To fear the least my young child
Just know that you are not alone.
To hear the whispers and see the flickers
To remember our long jokes and little snickers
To avoid any groans and moans
Just know that you are not alone.
For a vision that may overtake
A sight of me you may mistake
For what I’m now could be a stone
Just know that you are not alone.
Within this world of great deceased
I bring about you joy and peace
And with every smile on your face it’s shown
So just know you are not alone.
And again we will be as one
Within this heavenly place called home
Until then, just know that you are not alone.
And that you are still alive
In you my child I shall reside
But one day eventually you will see
The same treatment done to me-
In which my master will set YOU free.
Japan by Earl Waller copyright 2015
Born an American
But I was raised multicultural
I’ve ventured too many places
But this was the most historical.
An island all by itself by the name of Japan
With a make-up similar to an architectural plan
Where from a birds-eye resembled no ones land
Afraid of whether or not I’d land.
Once on my feet I begin to reminisce
On a life that I’d truly miss
In desperate search of a trustee
That whom was the same as me.
Mesmerized by the paintings that lay upon the walls,
Aligned sightings of a dragon holding crystal balls,
Ladies dressed in golden kimono robes,
Tables set up with many different origami shows.
As I watched them it seemed like fancy tricks,
For some odd reason they ate with sticks,
With music that seemed like the Japanese blues,
It was then I noticed the mats that stated: “please remove your shoes.”
To me this seemed as something new,
Something in North America I would not do,
From that moment I knew,-
This was going to take some getting used to.
“I would rather be able to appreciate things I can not have than to have things I am not able to appreciate.” Elbert Hubbard
“Outside show is a poor substitute for inner worth.” - Aesop
“The Lord prefers common-looking people. That is why he made so many of them.” - Abraham Lincoln
“Be careless in your dress if you must, but keep a tidy soul.” - Mark Twain
“Children require guidance and sympathy far more than instruction.” - Anne Sullivan
“What a commentary on our civilization when being alone is considered suspect; when one has to apologize for it, make excuses, hide the fact that one practices it—like a secret vice!” Anne Morrow Lindbergh
“The nurse of full-grown souls is solitude.” James Russell Lowell
“Grief is the agony of an instant; the indulgence of grief the blunder of a life.” Benjamin Disraeli
“In youth we learn; in age we understand.” - Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbach
“Zeal without knowledge is fire without light.” - Thomas Fuller
“The only Zen you find on the top of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.” -Robert M. Pirsig
“One fifth of the people are against everything all the time.” - Robert F. Kennedy
“I have no country to fight for: my country is the earth, and I am a citizen of the world.” - Eugene V Debs
“Nature is the art of God.” - Dante
“The good neighbour looks beyond the external accidents and discerns those inner qualities that make all men human and therefore, brothers.” - Martin Luther King, JR.
“Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.” - English Proverb
“There are two levers for moving men—interest and fear.” - Napoleon 1
“After a certain number of years, our faces become our biographies.” - Cynthia Ozick
“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.” - Aldous Huxley
“A celebrity is a person who works hard all his life to be known, then wears dark glasses to avoid being recognized.” - Fred Allen
“All outward forms of religion are almost useless, and are the causes of endless strife...Believe there is a great power silently working all things for good, behave yourself and never mind the rest.” - Beatrix Potter