Never make fun of someone’s passion because that’s the thing that saves them from the world.


When the blood of your veins returns to the sea and the dust of your bones returns to the ground, maybe then will you remember that this earth does not belong to you, you belong to this earth

ars poetica

Persephone is having sex in hell.
Unlike the rest of us, she doesn’t know
what winter is, only that
she is what causes it.
Louise Gl├╝ck
“Persephone the Wanderer”

quoth the madman

One mustn’t look at the abyss, because there is at the bottom an inexpressible charm which attracts us.
Gustave Flaubert.


Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.
Groucho Marx.


Poor and without stars, I am.
In blue shadows, by memory
I understand; not every flower opens.
Dorothy Doyle Mienko, closing lines to “While Pondering the Iris of His Eyes,” Tryst


I want to confess as best I can, but my heart is void. The void is a mirror. I see my face and feel loathing and horror. My indifference to man has shut me out. I live now in a world of ghosts, a prisoner in my dreams.
Bergman, Ingmar. The Seventh Seal.


Yet, even amidst the hatred and carnage, life is still worth living. It is possible for wonderful encounters and beautiful things to exist.
Hayao Miyazaki

quoth the madman

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Simplifying life would not mean a ‘relapse into barbarism’, for culture is not dependent upon luxury or upon the gratification of needlessly created wants.
Otto Johann Maximilian Strasser


Home is not where you were born; home is where all your attempts to escape cease.
Naguib Mahfouz