— Francesca Lia Block American children's writer 1962
„At bottom, the world is to be interpreted in terms of joy, but of a joy that includes all the pain, includes it and transforms it and transcends it.
The Light of the World is a light that is saturated with the darkness which it has overcome and transfigured.“
— Felix Adler German American professor of political and social ethics, rationalist, and lecturer 1851 - 1933
Section 1 : The Meaning of Life
Founding Address (1876), Life and Destiny (1913)
Contesto: The divine in man is our sole ground for believing that there is anything divine in the universe outside of man. Man is the revealer of the divine.
At bottom, the world is to be interpreted in terms of joy, but of a joy that includes all the pain, includes it and transforms it and transcends it.
The Light of the World is a light that is saturated with the darkness which it has overcome and transfigured.
— Arthur Schopenhauer, libro Parerga e paralipomena
Parerga and Paralipomena (1851), On Books and Reading
„Hope is like a harebell, trembling from its birth,
Love is like a rose, the joy of all the earth,
Faith is like a lily, lifted high and white,
Love is like a lovely rose, the world’s delight.
Harebells and sweet lilies show a thornless growth,
But the rose with all its thorns excels them both.“
— Christina Rossetti English poet 1830 - 1894
Hope is like a Harebell; reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
— David Almond, libro Kit's Wilderness
Origine: Kit's Wilderness
„The dark does not destroy the light; it defines it. It's our fear of the dark that casts our joy into the shadows.“
— Brené Brown US writer and professor 1965
Origine: The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
— Eckhart Tolle German writer 1948
Origine: The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
„The studio was filled with the rich odour of roses, and when the light summer wind stirred amidst the trees of the garden, there came through the open door the heavy scent of the lilac, or the more delicate perfume of the pink-flowering thorn.“
— Oscar Wilde, libro Il ritratto di Dorian Gray
Origine: The Picture of Dorian Gray
— William Penn, libro No Cross, No Crown
No Cross, No Crown (1682)
„Can there be joy and laughter When always the world is ablaze? Enshrouded in darkness Should you not seek a light?“
— Gautama Buddha philosopher, reformer and the founder of Buddhism -563 - -483 a.C.
Origine: Pali Canon, Sutta Pitaka, Khuddaka Nikaya (Minor Collection), Dhammapada
„My mother says that pain is hidden in everyone you see. She says try to imagine it like big bunches of flowers that everyone is carrying around with them. Think of your pain like a big bunch of red roses, a beautiful thorn necklace. Everyone has one.“
— Francesca Lia Block, libro Witch Baby
Origine: Witch Baby
— Jennifer Donnelly, libro Revolution
— Nikos Kazantzakis, libro The Saviors of God
The Saviors of God (1923)
Contesto: From every joy and pain a hope leaps out eternally to escape this pain and to widen joy.
And again the ascent begins — which is pain — and joy is reborn and new hope springs up once more. The circle never closes. It is not a circle, but a spiral which ascends eternally, ever widening, enfolding and unfolding the triune struggle.
„There is a day of sunny rest
For every dark and troubled night;
And a grief may bid, and evening guest,
Bot joy shall come with early light“
— William Cullen Bryant American romantic poet and journalist 1794 - 1878
Blessed are they that mourn
„Do right! and thou hast naught to fear;
Right hath a power that makes thee strong.
The night is dark, but light is near;
The grief is short, the joy is long.“
— Thomas Cogswell Upham American philosopher and psychologist 1799 - 1872
Reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 201.
„He felt an inner secret joy!
A spirit of unfettered will
Through light and darkness moving still
Within the All to find its own,
To be immortal and alone.“
— George William Russell Irish writer, editor, critic, poet, and artistic painter 1867 - 1935
By Still Waters (1906)
„The Land is neither of the Dark nor the Light, nor ever was. Its enchantment was of a separate kind, the magic of the mind and the hand and the eye, that owes no allegiance because it is neither good nor bad. It has no more to do with the behaviour of men, or the great absolutes of the Light and the Dark, than does the blossom of a rose or the curving leap of a fish.“
— Susan Cooper English fantasy writer 1935
Origine: The Dark Is Rising (1965-1977), Silver on the Tree (1977), Chapter 12 “The Journey” (p. 164)