I said careful now, what you do to my head/Make your mind up, make your little mind up/To each his own, each his or her o-o-own/Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, this heart is burning up
Let us do something, while we have the chance! It is not every day that we are needed. Not indeed that we personally are needed. Others would meet the case equally well, if not better. To all mankind they were addressed, those cries for help still ringing in our ears! But at this place, at this moment of time, all mankind is us, whether we like it or not. Let us make the most of it, before it is too late!
Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot
Doesn’t it seem to you,” asked Madame Bovary, “that the mind moves more freely in the presence of that boundless expanse, that the sight of it elevates the soul and gives rise to thoughts of the infinite and the ideal?
Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary
And we go back to where we moved out to the places
Heart it races
If you are in love — that’s a good thing — that’s about the best thing that can happen to anyone. Don’t let anyone make it small or light to you.
John Steinbeck, in a letter to his eldest son Thomas Steinbeck, 1958 (x
In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.
On the way, I passed the room where we sat
With the window view behind you
That I pretended to be staring through
When I was really looking at you
The less the mind understands and the more things it perceives, the greater its power of feigning is; and the more things it understands, the more that power is diminished.
Baruch Spinoza, The Ethics/Treatise on the Emendation of the Intellect/Selected Letters