From my blog ArtofQuotation – Artists Born in December Georges Seurat, Gustave Flaubert, Steven Spielberg, Ad Reinhardt, Rainer Maria Rilke, Diego Rivera, Henri Matisse, George Bernard Shaw, Paul Klee, Alain de Botton, Joseph Conrad, Frank… More
“You are protected, in short, by your ability to love!”
― J.K. Rowling,
“The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.”
“What is the meaning of life? That was all-a simple question; one that tended to close in on one with years, the great revelation had never come. The great revelation perhaps never did come. Instead, there were little daily miracles, illuminations, matches struck unexpectedly in the dark; here was one.”
― Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse
“But when fall comes, kicking summer out … it stays awhile like an old friend that you have missed. It settles in the way an old friend will settle into your favorite chair and take out his pipe and light it and then fill the afternoon with stories of places he has been and things he has done since last he saw you.”
― Stephen King,
“Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”
“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
In the mountains of southern California there is a lake with an island in its midst. Outside this island a majority of trees were consumed in a forest fire in 2003 (The infamous Cedar Fire). Many of the trees had stood 200-300 or more years. But on the lake’s island you can still walk through a landscape of beautiful ancient oak and pine trees. On a fall day, as I walked the island’s edges, I came upon this spot- a still standing glorious ancient survivor. Autumn perfection – Fall color surrounds, the air is crisp and clear, migratory birds call above and the sun rests on the horizon.
On my travels along the California coast this year I retreated from the 100 degree heat and the endless, unrelenting freeways into this otherworldly house of worship – the San Luis Rey Mission in Oceanside, California.
Here it is cool and still and with one step past the threshold the outside world simply ceases to exist. Here time stands still and the rarefied ambiance of 220 years takes over my being. One lone man sits in midday prayer before me.
Some time later, my being in balance, I depart through the church doors and, as I do, I recall the opening lyrics of the Elton John song “60 Years On”.
Who’ll walk me down to church when I’m sixty years of age
When the ragged dog they gave me has been ten years in the grave
And señorita plays guitar, plays it just for you
My rosary has broken and my beads have all slipped through.
— Bernie Taupin
“To live on a day-to-day basis is insufficient for human beings;
we need to transcend, transport, escape; we need meaning,
understanding, and explanation; we need to see over-all patterns
in our lives. We need hope, the sense of a future. And we need
freedom (or, at least, the illusion of freedom) to get beyond ourselves,
whether with telescopes and microscopes and our ever-burgeoning
technology, or in states of mind that allow us to travel to other worlds,
to rise above our immediate surroundings.”
— Oliver Sacks
“The sea answers all questions…
…and always in the same way; for when you read in the papers
the interminable discussions and the bickering and the
prognostications and the turmoil, the disagreements and the
fateful decisions and agreements and the plans and the
programs and the threats and the counter threats, then you
close your eyes and the sea dispatches one more big roller
in the unbroken line since the beginning of the world and it
combs and breaks and returns foaming and saying:
— E. B. White, “On A Florida Key”
“You only get one sunrise and one sunset a day, and you only get so many days on the planet. A good photographer does the math and doesn’t waste either.”
“When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.”
– William Least Heat Moon
“A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.”
“Life imitates art far more than art imitates life.”
– Oscar Wilde
“At first, art imitates life. Then life will imitate art.Then life will find its very existence from the arts.”
— Fyodor Dostoevsky
“There are only ten minutes in the life of a pear when it is perfect to eat.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
On my morning walk
I found this last lonely
unreachable by deer,
unscathed by birds,
unappreciated by walkers-by.
And so it’s victory
earned this study.
“For myself I hold no preferences among flowers, so long as they are wild, free, spontaneous. Bricks to all greenhouses! Black thumb and cutworm to the potted plant! “
“Summertime is always the best of
what might be.”
— Charles Bowden
Good retro morning to all from somewhere in Los Angeles, California!
Photo Dedicated to Ms. W. on the East Coast!