„The whole world will smile at you when your heart is peaceful and your mind is clean. When you can smile at yourself, not a single trouble in the world will affect you. When you are sincere to yourself, no one in the world can deceive you.“
— Jun Hong Lu Australian Buddhist leader 1959
Malaysia, (28 August 2017).
„Light came into the darkness, but the darkness didn't understand it," Susan said. "Look to the light. Only the light can save you from yourself.“
— Ted Dekker, libro House
Variante: The light came into the darkness, and the darkness did not understand it, but that no longer mattered because the light was now obliteration the darkness.
„Stories are light. Light is precious in a world so dark. Begin at the beginning. Tell Gregory a story. Make some light.“
— Kate DiCamillo, libro The Tale of Despereaux
Origine: The Tale of Despereaux (2004)
„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
— Kate DiCamillo, libro The Tale of Despereaux
Origine: The Tale of Despereaux
— Jodi Picoult, My Sister's Keeper
Origine: My Sister's Keeper
„A lot of times we look at the whole world and think, 'it's so daunting, how can we change the whole world?' and you don't need to do that, what you need to do is change your world a little bit, and see if you can, through example, inspire others to do the same thing.“
— Michael Franti American rapper 1966
Michael Franti Interview http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5s75CPceiCw&feature=related
„I'm sorry, Gemma. But we can't live in the light all of the time. You have to take whatever light you can hold into the dark with you.“
— Libba Bray, A Great and Terrible Beauty
Origine: A Great and Terrible Beauty
„Look at yourself. You came into this world, but what you have to realize is that you came from Him and you must return to Him. The light within you has to merge with that One Light. Then the dark show of life will disappear. My love you, my children. This is the most important thing to understand in life.“
— Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Sri Lankan Sufi leader 1900 - 1986
Come To The Secret Garden: Sufi Tales of Wisdom (1994)
— Nick Drake (poet) British writer 1961
The Rahotep series, Book 2: Tutankhamun
„A candle throws its light into the darkness
In a nasty world, so shines the good deed
Make sure the fortune, that you seek
Is the fortune you need.“
— Ben Harper singer-songwriter and musician 1969
Diamonds On The Inside
Song lyrics, Diamonds on the Inside (2003)
— Anaïs Nin writer of novels, short stories, and erotica 1903 - 1977
February 1954 The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 5 as quoted in Woman as Writer (1978) by Jeannette L. Webber and Joan Grumman, p. 38
Diary entries (1914 - 1974)
Contesto: The artist is the only one who knows that the world is a subjective creation, that there is a choice to be made, a selection of elements. It is a materialization, an incarnation of his inner world. Then he hopes to attract others into it. He hopes to impose his particular vision and share it with others. And when the second stage is not reached, the brave artist continues nevertheless. The few moments of communion with the world are worth the pain, for it is a world for others, an inheritance for others, a gift to others, in the end. When you make a world tolerable for yourself, you make a world tolerable for others.
We also write to heighten our own awareness of life. We write to lure and enchant and console others. We write to serenade our lovers. We write to taste life twice, in the moment, and in retrospection. We write, like Proust, to render all of it eternal, and to persuade ourselves that it is eternal. We write to be able to transcend our life, to reach beyond it. We write to teach ourselves to speak with others, to record the journey into the labyrinth. We write to expand our world when we feel strangled, or constricted, or lonely. We write as the birds sing, as the primitives dance their rituals. If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don't write, because our culture has no use for it. When I don't write, I feel my world shrinking. I feel I am in a prison. I feel I lose my fire and my color. It should be a necessity, as the sea needs to heave, and I call it breathing.
„To the whole world you might be just one person, but to one person you might just be the whole world.“
— Pablo Casals Catalan cellist and conductor 1876 - 1973
— John Muir, libro Our National Parks
The Cruise of the Corwin http://www.sierraclub.org/john_muir_exhibit/writings/cruise_of_the_corwin/default.aspx (1917), chapter 3: Siberian Adventures <!-- Terry Gifford, LLO, page 738 -->
(Echoing William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida, iii, 3: "One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.")
Variante: One touch of nature makes all the world kin.
Origine: Our National Parks
„A candle is enough to light the world.
It makes it clear. Even at noon
It glistens in essential dark.
At night, it lights the fruit and wine,
The book and bread, things as they are…“
— Wallace Stevens American poet 1879 - 1955
The Man With the Blue Guitar (1937)