"There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are
dreamt of in your philosophy."
[The above quote is one of my all time favorites which I've used in signatures, paintings, letters and, of course, my blog. It says so much in just a few words, and is full of depth and vision. I love that it was also used in one of my favorite movies of all, "L.A. Story" with Steve Martin--a twin soul story if ever there was one!]
"Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained."
[I found this quote in a biography written by her daughter, Eve, when I was 9 years old--it has inspired me and guided me ever since.]
"Art is not a pastime but a priesthood."
"I want to do it because I want to do it."
[I think this is about the best answer one can give to people who question your decisions!]
"You can know the name of a bird in all the languages of the world, but when you're finished, you'll know absolutely nothing whatever about the bird... So let's look at the bird and see what it's doing -- that's what counts. I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something."
[He was a rare genius, full of power, humor, wisdom and curiosity--this is but one of his wonderful quotes.]
"A woman knows the face of the man she loves like a sailor knows the open sea."
(Henri de Balzac)
[This one I have always loved for the sheer romance and truth of it.]
"An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it."
"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is an attribute of the strong."
"Music is the one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge which comprehends mankind but which mankind cannot comprehend."
[He is for me, one of God's greatest Gifts--an incredible, shining star in the firmament! I have read 6 of his biographies, and his music can move me like no other composer.]
"In the middle of the journey of life I came to myself within a dark wood where the straight way was lost. Ah, how hard a thing it is to tell what a wild and rough and stubborn wood this was, which in my thought renews the fear!"
"Fundamentally the particle is only an abstraction that is manifest to our senses. 'What is', is always a totality of ensembles which intermingle and interpenetrates each other throughout the whole of space."
(speaking of her Visions)
"And I saw no difference between God and our Substance: but as it were all God."
(Julian of Norwich)
[This blessed anchorite and mystic has much to say on the nature of God that, though ancient, seems somehow fresh and brilliant in this modern world--I highly recommend her writings.]
"We should highly rejoice that God dwells in our soul and still more highly should we rejoice that our soul dwells in God. Our soul is made to be God's dwelling place, and the dwelling place of our soul is God who was never made."
(Julian of Norwich)
"Your apprehension draws from some real fact
An inward image, which it shows to you,
And by that image doth the soul attract:
And if the soul attracted, yearns thereto,
That yearning's Love. (XVIII.22-26)"
"Consider that men WILL do the same things nevertheless, even though thou shouldst burst."
[Though let's be fair and say that we ladies are the same way!]
";I have been here before./ But when or how I cannot tell:/ I know the grass beyond the door,/ The sweet keen smell,/ The sighing sound, the lights around the shore."
(Dante Gabriel Rossetti)
[He is one of my favorite artists--I simply love his beautiful colors and the radiant lady he painted over and over. His poetry, his spirituality always intrigued me--this quote vibrates delicately with the knowledge of Reincarnation.)
"Degrees of value are objectively present in the Universe. Everything except God has some natural superior, everything except unformed matter has some natural inferior. The goodness, happiness, and dignity of every being consists in obeying its natural superior and ruling its natural inferiors."