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Random quote of the day

“We belong to the world that does not last. And all that does not last—and nothing but what does not last—is ours.”

—Albert Camus, Notebooks 1942-1952 (tr. Justin O’Brien)

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Random quote of the day:

“The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially.”

—Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms

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Random quote of the day:

“So few grains of happiness
measured against all the dark
and still the scales balance.

The world asks of us
only the strength we have and we give it.
Then it asks more, and we give it.

—Jane Hirshfield, “The Weighing”

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You are the Sun in drag.
You are God hiding from yourself.
Remove all the ‘mine’ – that is the veil.
Why ever worry about anything?
Listen to what your friend Hafiz
Knows for certain:
The appearance of this world
Is a Magi’s brilliant trick, though its affairs are
Nothing into nothing. You are a divine elephant with amnesia
Trying to live in an ant
Hole.
Sweetheart, O sweetheart
You are God in Drag!

—Hafiz
(translated by Daniel James Ladinsky, The Gift: Poems by the Great Sufi Master)*

**I have subsequently learned that this book is “fake” Hafiz. Ladinsky claims to be “channeling” Hafiz from his dreams. So take that for what it’s worth.

THE WEIGHING
by Jane Hirshfield

The heart’s reasons
seen clearly,
even the hardest
will carry
its whip-marks and sadness
and must be forgiven.

As the drought-starved
eland forgives
the drought-starved lion
who finally takes her,
enters willingly then
the life she cannot refuse,
and is lion, is fed,
and does not remember the other.

So few grains of happiness
measured against all the dark
and still the scales balance.

The world asks of us
only the strength we have and we give it.
Then it asks more, and we give it.

Random quote of the day:

“Some people become cops because they want to make the world a better place. Some people become vandals because they want to make the world a better looking place.”

—Banksy, Wall and Piece

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Random quote of the day:

“If the world were clear, art would not exist.”

—Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus

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Random quote of the day:

“In this yogi-ridden age, it is too readily assumed that ‘non-attachment’ is not only better than a full acceptance of earthly life, but that the ordinary man only rejects it because it is too difficult: in other words, that the average human being is a failed saint. It is doubtful whether this is true. Many people genuinely do not wish to be saints, and it is probable that some who achieve or aspire to sainthood have never felt much temptation to be human beings.”

—George Orwell, “Reflections on Gandhi”

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Random quote of the day:

“Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid.”

—Frederick Buechner, Beyond Words: Daily Readings in the ABC’s of Faith

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Random quote of the day:

“The enchanting, and sometimes terrifying, thing is that the world can be so many things to so many different souls. That it can be, and is, all these at one and the same time.”

—Henry Miller, Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymous Bosch

 

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this random quote of the day do not necessarily reflect the views of the poster, her immediate family, Lucy and Ethel, Justin Bieber, or the Kardashian Klan. They do, however, sometimes reflect the views of the Cottingley Fairies.

 

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