Friday, July 31, 2009

Rest is not idleness

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time.
Sir John Lubbock

Thursday, July 30, 2009


Death, so called, is a thing which makes men weep: and yet a third of Life is passed in sleep.
Lord Byron

Wednesday, July 29, 2009


Deep in their roots all flowers keep the light.
Theodore Roethke

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Between sleeping and awake

You know that place between sleeping and awake, that place where you can still remember dreaming? That's where I'll always think of you.
J.M. Barrie

Monday, July 27, 2009


Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction.
Antoine De Saint-Exupery

Saturday, July 25, 2009

The skyscraper.

By night the skyscraper looms in the smoke and the stars and has a soul.
— Carl Sandburg

Gates of Heaven.

Sunsets are so beautiful that they almost seem as if we were looking through the gates of Heaven.
- John Lubbock

Friday, July 24, 2009

You and I

Let us go then, you and I,
When the evening is spread out against the sky
Like a patient etherised upon a table
— T.S. Eliot

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Times change, and people change.

No summer ever came back, and no two summers ever were alike. Times change, and people change; and if our hearts do not change as readily, so much the worse for us.
— Nathaniel Hawthorne

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Hopes and dreams.

If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

I lift my eyes and all is born again.

I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead; I lift my eyes and all is born again.
- Sylvia Plath

Monday, July 20, 2009

A wall between two gardens.

Sadness is but a wall between two gardens.
- Khalil Gibran

Sunday, July 19, 2009


I will be the gladdest thing under the sun! I will touch a hundred flowers and not pick one.
Edna St. Vincent Millay

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Ask the young

Ask the young. They know everything.
Joseph Joubert

Friday, July 17, 2009

Morning thoughts

Thoughts are slow and deep and golden in the morning.
John Steinbeck

Thursday, July 16, 2009


Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror.
Kahlil Gibran

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Like cats

We are becoming like cats, slyly parasitic, enjoying an indifferent domesticity. Nice and snug in “the social,” our historic passions have withdrawn into the glow of an artificial cosiness, and our half-closed eyes now seek little other than the peaceful parade of television pictures.
Jean Baudrillard

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Kindliness of sheets

The cool kindliness of sheets, that soon smooth away trouble.
Rupert Brooke

Monday, July 13, 2009

A rose

It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Sunday, July 12, 2009


Perhaps our eyes are merely a blank film which is taken from us after our deaths to be developed elsewhere and screened as our life story in some infernal cinema or dispatched as microfilm into the sidereal void.
- Jean Baudrillard

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Books in collective dignity.

At night, when the curtains are drawn and the fire flickers, my books attain a collective dignity.
- E. M. Forster

Friday, July 10, 2009

Walking alone in the light.

Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.
- Helen Keller

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Control stops with the shore.

Roll on, deep and dark blue ocean, roll. Ten thousand fleets sweep over thee in vain. Man marks the earth with ruin, but his control stops with the shore.
- Lord Byron

Wednesday, July 8, 2009


Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Fragrant kitchen.

I have smelt all the aromas there are in the fragrant kitchen they call Earth.
- Heinrich Heine

Monday, July 6, 2009


Worry gives a small thing a big shadow.
- Swedish Proverb

Sunday, July 5, 2009

A blank sheet of paper, the greatest excitement.

Even now, this late in the day, a blank sheet of paper holds the greatest excitement there is for me — more promising than a silver cloud, and prettier than a red wagon.
- E.B. White

Saturday, July 4, 2009


Men have become the tools of their tools.
- Henry David Thoreau

Thursday, July 2, 2009

can, cannot.

You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming.
- Pablo Neruda

Out of sight.

As a rule, what is out of sight disturbs men's minds more seriously than what they see
- Julius Caesar

Wednesday, July 1, 2009


Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.
- Wallace Stevens