For Friday, November 17, 2017:
“They were nothing more than people, by themselves. Even paired, any pairing, they would have been nothing more than people by themselves. But all together, they have become the heart and muscles and mind of something perilous and new, something strange and growing and great.
“Together, all together, they are the instruments of change.”
Keri Hulme, in her novel THE BONE PEOPLE
For Tuesday, November 14, 2017:
If imitation plays a central role in the performing arts, where incessant practice, repetition, and rehearsal are essential, it is equally important in painting or composing or writing, for example. All young artists seek models in their apprentice years, models whose style, technical mastery, and innovations can teach them. Young painters may haunt the galleries of the Met or the Louvre; young composers may go to concerts or study scores. All art, in this sense, starts out as “derivative,” highly influenced by, if not a direct imitation or paraphrase of, the admired and emulated models
Oliver Sacks, THE RIVER OF CONSCIOUSNESS
For Friday, November 10, 2017:
… [T]he time is come when even a woman or child who can speak a word for freedom and humanity is bound to speak …
Harriet Beecher Stowe
For Tuesday, November 7, 2017:
I don’t have a clue. Ideas are simply starting points. I can rarely set them down as they come to my mind. As soon as I start to work, others well up in my pen. To know what you’re going to draw, you have to begin drawing… When I find myself facing a blank page, that’s always going through my head. What I capture in spite of myself interests me more than my own ideas.
Pablo Picasso, in CONVERSATIONS WITH PICASSO by Brassaï
For Friday, November 3, 2017:
The boundlessness of love is made evident when the veils between this world and the invisible world are thinnest. At birth and death, love melts any division…. In such moments, we glimpse a love without limitation, a love unlike the commerce-like reciprocal exchange that characterizes many romantic relationships (as when someone else expresses love for us and we feel obliged to react in turn). This is an entirely different order of love, one that springs from the very source of our being. It recognizes and responds to the intrinsic goodness of the human heart. It is both profoundly receptive and dynamically expressive.
Frank Ostaseski (co-founder of the Zen Hospice Project)
THE FIVE INVITATIONS: DISCOVERING WHAT DEATH CAN TEACH US ABOUT LIVING FULLY
For Tuesday, October 31, 2017:
Who would deduce the dragonfly from the larva, the iris from the bud, the lawyer from the infant? … We are all shape-shifters and magical reinventors. Life is really a plural noun, a caravan of selves.
For Friday, October 27, 2017:
Be patient toward all that is unresolved in your heart … Try to love the questions themselves … Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given because you would not be able to live them – and the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answers.
Rainer Maria Rilke
For Tuesday, October 24, 2017:
Nothingness is the sister of possibility. It makes an urgent space for that which is new, surprising, and unexpected. When you feel nothingness and emptiness gnawing at your life, there is no need to despair. This is a call from your soul, awakening your life to new possibilities.
John O’Donohue, ANAM CARA
For Friday, October 20, 2017:
The pause is especially important for the freedom of being, what I have called essential freedom. For it is in the pause that we experience the context out of which freedom comes. In the pause we wonder, reflect, sense awe, and conceive of eternity. The pause is when we open ourselves for the moment to the concepts of both freedom and destiny.
Rollo May, FREEDOM AND DESTINY
For Tuesday, October 17, 2017:
… That is beautiful which is produced by the inner need, which springs from the soul.
Wassily Kandinsky, CONCERNING THE SPIRITUAL IN ART (1910)