Lo que tu mano hiere
en tu mano también vive
"Tout fin n'est pas un but. La fin d'une mélodie n'est pas son but; pourtant, si la mélodie ne trouve pas sa fin, elle n'atteint son but. Une parabole."
When you arise in the morning,
give thanks for the morning light,
for your life and strength.
Give thanks for your food
and the joy of living.
If you see no reason for giving thanks,
the fault lies in yourself.
J'ai tendu des chaines d'or,
d'étoile Ã* étoile,
et je danse.
So you start all over again, and again, until it's right,
and then it looks quite simple -- successful, somehow --
as if it were perfectly easy to repeat. But unfortunately
you have to take the long way round every time.
You have to put in the whole effort to paint a picture,
fail, go on painting and so on.
What countries may we
What lines should we all
What songs travel toward us
from far away
to deepen our days?
-Naomi Shihab Nye
When my country, into which I had just set foot, was set on fire about my ears, it was time to stir. It was time for every man to stir.
Do not choose a coward's explanation
That hides behind the cause and the effect.
If at the bottom of everything there were only a wild ferment,
a power that twisting in dark passions produced everything great
or inconsequential; if an unfathomable, insatiable emptiness lay
hid beneath everything, what would life be but despair?
It is forbidden to dream again;
We maim our joys or hide them;
Horses are made of chromium steel
And little fat men shall ride them.
And if it is a despot you would dethrone, see first that his throne
erected within you is destroyed. For how can a tyrant rule the free
and the proud, but for a tyranny in their own freedom and a shame
in their own pride? And if it is a care you would cast off, that care
has been chosen by you rather than imposed upon you. And if it is a
fear you would dispel, the seat of that fear is in your own heart and
not in the hand of the feared. Verily all things move within your being
in constant half embrace, the desired and the dreaded, the repugnant
and the cherished, the pursued and that which you would escape.