Category Archives: LIGHT

“To want and not to have, sent all up her body a hardness, a hollowness, a strain. And then to want and not to have- to want and want- how that wrung the heart, and wrung it again and again! ― Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse

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the ocean, under the pulsation of lighthouses and noise of bell buoys, advances as usual, looking as if it were not that ocean in which dropped things are bound to sink— in which if they turn and twist, it is neither with volition nor consciousness.

Marianne Moore

So we are moving to a lighthouse, you and I While seas drown sailors, we’ll be locked up safe and dry. Josh Pyke.

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My father was the keeper of the Eddystone light
And he slept with a mermaid one fine night
Out of this union there came three
A porpoise and a porgy and the other was me!
Yo ho ho, the wind blows free,
Oh for the life on the rolling sea!

One night, as I was a-trimming the glim
Singing a verse from the evening hymn
I head a voice cry out an “Ahoy!”
And there was my mother, sitting on a buoy.
Yo ho ho, the wind blows free,
Oh for the life on the rolling sea!

“Oh, what has become of my children three?”
My mother then inquired of me.
One’s on exhibit as a talking fish
The other was served in a chafing dish.
Yo ho ho, the wind blows free,
Oh for the life on the rolling sea!

Then the phosphorus flashed in her seaweed hair.
I looked again, and my mother wasn’t there
But her voice came angrily out of the night
“To Hell with the keeper of the Eddystone Light!”
Yo ho ho, the wind blows free,
Oh for the life on the rolling sea!

He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lampposts, for support rather than illumination. – Andrew Lang, a gentle needle

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When asked why he went about with a lamp in broad daylight, Diogenes confessed, “I am looking for an honest man.” Seeing a young man blush, he remarked that it was the complexion of virtue.

“Looking up gives light, although at first it makes you dizzy.” – Rumi

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Anxiety may be compared with dizziness. He whose eye happens to look down into the yawning abyss becomes dizzy. But what is the reason for this? It is just as much in his own eye as in the abyss, for suppose he had not looked down. Hence, anxiety is the dizziness of freedom, which emerges when the spirit wants to posit the synthesis and freedom looks down into its own possibility, laying hold of finiteness to support itself. Freedom succumbs to dizziness. Further than this, psychology cannot and will not go. In that very moment everything is changed, and freedom, when it again rises, sees that it is guilty. Between these two moments lies the leap, which no science has explained and which no science can explain. He who becomes guilty in anxiety becomes as ambiguously guilty as it is possible to become.

Vigilius Haufniensis, The Concept of Anxiety p. 61

I can never remember whether it snowed for six days and six nights when I was twelve or whether it snowed for twelve days and twelve nights when I was six. Dylan Thomas

http://www.drmardy.com/chiasmus/types.shtml

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I like the night. Without the dark, we’d never see the stars.”

Stephenie MeyerTwilight

When I had a look at the lights of Broadway by night, I said to my American friends : “What a glorious garden of wonders this would be, to any who was lucky enough to be unable to read. G. K. Chesterton

http://www.midmanhattan.com/articles/new-york-quotes.htm

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There’s a broken light for every heart on Broadway.

There’s a broken heart for every light on Broadway. 

Diane Dickey

Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” ― Socrates

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I’m simply saying that there is a way to be sane. I’m saying that you can get rid of all this insanity created by the past in you. Just by being a simple witness of your thought processes.

It is simply sitting silently, witnessing the thoughts, passing before you. Just witnessing, not interfering not even judging, because the moment you judge you have lost the pure witness. The moment you say “this is good, this is bad,” you have already jumped onto the thought process.

It takes a little time to create a gap between the witness and the mind. Once the gap is there, you are in for a great surprise, that you are not the mind, that you are the witness, a watcher.

And this process of watching is the very alchemy of real religion. Because as you become more and more deeply rooted in witnessing, thoughts start disappearing. You are, but the mind is utterly empty.

That’s the moment of enlightenment. That is the moment that you become for the first time an unconditioned, sane, really free human being.”

Osho

A floodlight, a strobe light a light in the window a search light, a flashlight a lighthouse shining in the darkness. Raymond A. Foss

 

http://www.inspirationalstories.com/poems/a-floodlight-a-strobe-light-raymond-a-foss-poem/

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Give Me Little Sugar With My Beer Sylvie

Give me little sugar with my beer Sylvie
give me little sugar with my beer
it’s a bitter taste but I’ll drink a case
if you give me little sugar with my beer.

Huddie met two girls dancing
they both were fine high browns
they asked him where he came from
he said Chicago town.

Those two girls started jiving him
he was only fourteen years old
daddy won’t you take us way up town
and buy us some beer that’s cold?

Huddie ordered up two glasses
then he ordered up one more
he filled his mouth and swallowed down
then he spat it on the floor.

Oh daddy you from Chicago
but you can’t hold your beer.
Huddie said no I can’t drink it straight
unless you bring me little sugar over here.
Give me little sugar with my beer Sylvie
give me little sugar with my beer
it’s a bitter taste but I’ll drink a case
if you give me little sugar with my beer.

Joe Dolce, Quadrant (July-August 2012)

http://www.australianpoetry.org/2012/10/18/the-seven-lighthouse-moments-of-joe-dolce/

“May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

IZZY FOREAL IN THE LIGHT

LEE EMMETT

ILLUMINATION

through shadows of deep sorrow
small light shines with hope
one by one stars appear
widening life’s scope

within space of moments
see boundless heavenly treasure
heart oppressed by lonely fear
opens to endless pleasure

extend inner eye beyond
selfish focus narrow
radiant force appreciate 

http://www.voicesnet.org/displayonepoem.aspx?poemid=130125

“Every person is like a single tulip. While they may blend when together, each one is special in its own light.”

  Kessler, Daniella

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“She’s always getting into trouble because she gets bored really really easily.
My mum says it’s because Celia has an attention span the size of a sesame seed.
Celia’s mum says it’s because Celia’s identity is unfurling itself slowly, like a tulip bud, and it’s a breathtakingly beautiful thing to see.”

― Jaclyn Moriarty, Feeling Sorry for Celia

“Don’t be afraid that your life will end, be afraid that it will never begin.”

http://www.thoughts-about-god.com/quotes/quotes-life.htm

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“It is to be remembered that all art is magical in origin – music,
sculpture, writing, painting – and by magical I mean intended to
produce very definite results. Paintings were originally formulae
to make what is painted happen. Art is not an end in itself, any
more than Einstein’s matter-into-energy formulae is an end in itself.
Like all formulae, art was originally FUNCTIONAL, intended to make
things happen, the way an atom bomb happens from Einstein’s
formulae.”

― William S. Burroughs

 

Be a good animal,true to your instincts.”

― D.H. Lawrence, The White Peacock

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“The thing you fail to grasp is that people are not basically good. We are basically selfish. We shove and clamour and cry for adoration, and beat down everyone else to get it. Life is a competition of prattling peacocks enraptured in inane mating rituals. But for all our effacing and self-importance, we are all slaves to what we fear most. You have so very much to learn. Here. Let me teach you.”

― Christopher Nolan, Batman Begins

Do not let your difficulties fill you with anxiety, after all it is only in the darkest nights that stars shine more brightly.”

― Ali Ibn Abi Talib AS

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Look at the stars!  Look, look up at the skies!
Oh look at all the fire-folk sitting in the air!
The bright boroughs, the circle-citadels there!

Gerard Manley Hopkins

I’ve always been able to vomit as silently as a ninja; it’s a questionable talent and a poor party trick.”

― Jason Purdy, Cigarette

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“Yes, the world was very strange. But you had to walk through. That was the trick. You had to keep walking through, always, with your chin held high, the way she had passed through the tunnels of the underworld, with only the dim light of the lumpen to guide her. That was the other trick, the other truth: Light would come to you from unexpected places.”
― Lauren Oliver, The Spindlers

Wide sea, that one continuous murmur breeds along the pebbled shore of memory!

John Keats

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“Sometimes I feel alone. Some days are long and hard. But when I look out into this world, I am struck by the impossible beauty of it all. Those billions of magnificent accidents that led us to where we are today, that led us to paper planes and nautilus shells and the tiny, crooked smiles of children. When I think about the small perfections of the world, I have faith that my time will come. I have faith that someday, a warm light will flood over me and I will find peace.”

― Avery Monsen, All my friends are dead

A sense of humour is the only divine quality of man”

― Arthur Schopenhauer

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Out of compassion I destroy the darkness of their ignorance. From within them I light the lamp of wisdom and dispel all darkness from their lives.

Bhagavad Gita

If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your own path.

Bankei

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“The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said: “My Companions are as stars. Whomsoever of them you follow, you will be rightly guided.” When a man looks at a star, and finds his way by it, the star does not speak any word to that man. Yet, by merely looking at the star, the man knows the road from roadlessness and reaches his goal.”
― Jalaluddin Rumi

You can’t have a light without a dark to stick it in.

Arlo Guthrie

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The Keeper of the Eddystone Light

Me father was the keeper of the Eddystone Light,
And he slept with a mermaid one fine night
Out of this union there came three,
A porpoise and a porgy, and the other was me!
Chorus:
With a yo-ho-ho, let the wind blow free,
It’s all for the life on the rolling sea!

http://home.comcast.net/~debee2/NNNS/Eddystone.html

Israfel has long been a house of cards, and he has been disturbed. He can feel his supports collapsing, day by day.

― Louise Blaydon, The Time of the Singing

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“How is one to live a moral and compassionate existence when one is fully aware of the blood, the horror inherent in life, when one finds darkness not only in one’s culture but within oneself? If there is a stage at which an individual life becomes truly adult, it must be when one grasps the irony in its unfolding and accepts responsibility for a life lived in the midst of such paradox. One must live in the middle of contradiction, because if all contradiction were eliminated at once life would collapse. There are simply no answers to some of the great pressing questions. You continue to live them out, making your life a worthy expression of leaning into the light.”
― Barry Lopez

“If you are facing a difficult task don’t put it off. If you do it will just keep tormenting you.” Joyce Meyer

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“The world is not respectable; it is mortal, tormented, confused, deluded forever; but it is shot through with beauty, with love, with glints of courage and laughter; and in these, the spirit blooms timidly, and struggles to the light amid the thorns.”

― George Santayana

In a futile attempt to erase our past, we deprive the community of our healing gift. If we conceal our wounds out of fear and shame, our inner darkness can neither be illuminated nor become a light for others.

― Brennan Manning, Abba’s Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging

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THE DEVIL OF THE PICNIC TREE

If seen from treetop level
the world is far enough away to kill you
with a fall. Be more careful than the bird.
Let the sky that is low yet as high in its flight still  
     you
with its colours, treeleaf-green, earthen-ware, and the  
     devil
in the wind go by. Trust in the tree you heard;
and you heard it then. It holds me like an arm
in the same limb that holds you; I have been sent to save
     you
for the climbs that are mine, and it is the world I
     climb,
and all my pitfall ages, having survived
the devil of the picnic tree. The climbing is nearly
     over,
but I am assigned to be here to see that you
stay up, go on; else what shall I do with my shadow?
Even the falling shadows are ours from the picnic tree.
(The Weekend Australian Review, July 1, 2000)

DAVID ROWBOTHAM

http://www.qct.com.au/rowbotham/australian.html

Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly. ― G.K. Chesterton

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“Dare to Be
When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully.
When there is darkness, dare to be the first to shine a light.
When there is injustice, dare to be the first to condemn it.
When something seems difficult, dare to do it anyway.
When life seems to beat you down, dare to fight back.
When there seems to be no hope, dare to find some.
When you’re feeling tired, dare to keep going.
When times are tough, dare to be tougher.
When love hurts you, dare to love again.
When someone is hurting, dare to help them heal.
When another is lost, dare to help them find the way.
When a friend falls, dare to be the first to extend a hand.
When you cross paths with another, dare to make them smile.
When you feel great, dare to help someone else feel great too.
When the day has ended, dare to feel as you’ve done your best.
Dare to be the best you can –
At all times, Dare to be!”

― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free