‘Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a function.’ – Garrison Keillor.
“Let judges secretly despair of justice: their verdicts will be more acute. Let generals secretly despair of triumph; killing will be defamed. Let priests secretly despair of faith: their compassion will be true.” – Leonard Cohen.
When I read the papers
And I see the headlines
And all the pictures of pain
I find it hard to believe
but something inside me
looks on in silence
and tells me be still
this storm shall surely pass.
— Fraser and DeBolt, folk singers, 1970s, from ‘This Storm Shall Surely Pass’
“something careful is about to break
and it quivers like a thread … ” – Poetry: A Week Before
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” – Henry David Thoreau (gravesite, Concord, Massachusetts). Words Blog – Henry David Thoreau
The morning steals upon the night,
Melting the darkness.
“In the water, whales have become the dominant species,
Without killing their own kind.” – Heathcote Williams, Whale Nation.
“A sunset purifies all it touches.” – Words blog.
“I felt like lying down by the side of the trail and remembering it all. The woods do that to you, they always look familiar, long lost, like the face of a long-dead relative, like an old dream, like a piece of forgotten song drifting across the water, most of all like golden eternities of past childhood or past manhood and all the living and the dying and the heartbreak that went on a million years ago and the clouds as they pass overhead seem to testify (by their own lonesome familiarity) to this feeling.”
— Jack Kerouac (The Dharma Bums). — ‘Jack Kerouac Grave – Only a jolly story teller’
“Jails and prisons are designed to break human beings, to convert the population into specimens in a zoo – obedient to our keepers, but dangerous to each other. “ – Angela Davis in Ottawa – 2 Feb. 2010 (Biography Wikipedia)