XLIII. “How Do I Love Thee?”
“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right.
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints, — I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! — and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.“
-Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)
“Death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those around you who transform into the Force. Mourn them do not. Miss them do not. Attachment leads to jealousy. The shadow of greed that is. Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose.”
-Master Yoda, after reading the end part of the quote in one of my friend’s tweet.
“To me, making a tape is like writing a letter — there’s a lot of erasing and rethinking and starting again. A good compilation tape, like breaking up, is hard to do. You’ve got to kick off with a corker, to hold the attention (I started with “Got To Get You Out Of My Mind”, but then realized that she might not get any further than track one, side one if I delivered what she wanted straightaway, so I buried it in the middle of side two), and then you’ve got to up it a notch, or cool it a notch, and you can’t have white music and black music together, unless the white music sounds like black music and you can’t have two tracks by the same artist side by side unless you’ve done the whole thing in pairs and… Oh there are loads of rules.“
Nick Hornby, from his High Fidelity, on making a mixtape. I remember reading this quote when I was making one as a birthday present for my boyfriend (which I’m 100% sure he hasn’t listened to it yet :p). Helped me a lot and I was satisfied with the result, but it was indeed not an easy job so I can’t really imagine doing it for anybody I love less, unless of course, I’m getting paid for it.
“Infinity is of course temporal as well as spatial. Time has a very interesting relationship with boredom and its representations. We have all experienced the sluggishness of time when we have been confined in boring situations. According to one of the late Clement Freud’s famous witticisms, ‘if you resolve to give up smoking, drinking and loving you don’t actually live longer, it just seems longer.“
— Anatomy of Boredom, a lively history of boredom to show that it isn’t entirely bad. Telling it to myself, actually.
“Writing is a struggle against silence.“
— Carlos Fuentes
“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.“
— Anaïs Nin
“I am an excitable person who only understands life lyrically, musically, in whom feelings are much stronger as reason. I am so thirsty for the marvelous that only the marvelous has power over me. Anything I can not transform into something marvelous, I let go. Reality doesn’t impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls.“
— Anaïs Nin. Was just going to post Carlin’s quote from earlier, but the lovely WordPress’ sidebar wouldn’t leave me alone and gave me Anaïs Nin quote at the latter and found more beautiful quotes she said as I googled her.