Category Archives: SADNESS

“Melancholy were the sounds on a winter’s night.” ― Virginia Woolf, Jacob’s Room

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Men returning home on these nights 
have been led astray by the " faeu Bellengier " or Will o' 
the wisp, and when they believed themselves to be close to 
their own doors have found themselves, they knew not 
how, in quite another part of the island.  


The grasshopper flies about, but the kingfisher watches him. Samoan.

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a kingfisher’s burnished plunge, the colour   
of felicity afire, came glancing like an arrow   
through landscapes of untended memory: ardor   
illuminating with its terrifying currency
now no mere glimpse, no porthole vista
but, down on down, the uninhabitable sorrow.

Amy Clampitt, “The Kingfisher”

“Sorrow looks back, Worry looks around, Faith looks up” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson


“I find it best to worry about the little things. Things that can be helped by being worried about. Such as the making of clam chowder, coffee. The bigger stuff, well, you have to handle that as it faces you.”

― Terry Pratchett, The Long Earth


Not to have felt pain is not to have been human.

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This pain is not to make you sad, remember. That’s where people go on
missing…. This pain is just to make you more alert–because people
become alert only when the arrow goes deep into their heart and wounds
them. Otherwise they don’t become alert. When life is easy,
comfortable, convenient, who cares? Who bothers to become alert? When
a friend dies, there is a possibility. When your woman leaves you
alone–those dark nights, you are lonely. You have loved that woman so
much and you have staked all, and then suddenly one day she is gone.
Crying in your loneliness, those are the occasions when, if you use
them, you can become aware. The arrow is hurting: it can be used. The
pain is not to make you miserable, the pain is to make you more aware!
And when you are aware, misery disappears.

Osho Take it Easy, Volume 2 Chapter 12