The Benign Muse

 "Always do what you are afraid to do." 
Ralph Waldo Emerson


"All music jars when the soul is out of tune."
Miguel de Cervantes

 "A song will outlive all sermons in the memory."
Henry Giles

"Every man's work, whether it be literature,
or music or pictures or architecture or anything else,
is always a portrait of himself."
Samuel Butler

"The best of a book is not the thought which it contains,
but the thought which it suggests;
just as the charm of music dwells not in the tones,
but in the echoes of our hearts."
Oliver Wendell Holmes

"Music causes us to think eloquently."  
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Separation - W S Merwin
Your absence has gone through me  
Like thread through a needle.
Everything I do is stitched with its color.

"An unexamined life is not worth living."


 "To understand the heart and mind of a person,
look not at what he has already achieved, but what he aspires to."
Kahlil Gibran 

“And ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.”
Kahlil Gibran
“He who repeats what he does not understand is no
better than an ass that is loaded with books.”
Kahlil Gibran


"The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit."
Nelson Henderson

"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity,
and I'm not sure about the former."
Albert Einstein


"The eyes, those silent tongues of love."
Miguel de Cervantes

“My house says to me, 'Do not leave me, for here dwells your past.'
And the road says to me, 'Come and follow me, for I am your future.'
And I say to both my house and the road, 'I have no past, nor have I a future.
If I stay here, there is a going in my staying; and if I go, there is a staying in my going.
Only love and death change all things.'” 
Kahlil Gibran
"Whatever satisfies the soul is truth."
 Walt Whitman

“You give little when you give of your possessions.
It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”
Kahlil Gibran
"Time ripens all things; no man is born wise."
Miguel de Cervantes

"The will to do, the soul to dare."
Sir Walter Scott
"Be curious, not judgmental."
Walt Whitman

"To withdraw is not to run away, and to stay is no wise action,
when there's more reason to fear than to hope."

Miguel de Cervantes

"Too much sanity may be madness, and the maddest of all,
to see life as it is and not as it should be."
Miguel de Cervantes

"In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd."
Miguel de Cervantes

"Those who'll play with cats must expect to be scratched."
Miguel de Cervantes

"Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can
start today and make a new ending."

Maria Robinson

"You can't get off this wheel of karma,
you can't stop the hands of time."

XVII (I do not love you...) - Pablo Neruda

I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz,
or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off.
I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul.

I love you as the plant that never blooms
but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers;
thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,
risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
so I love you because I know no other way

than this: where I does not exist, nor you,
so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.


"The pages are still blank,
but there is a miraculous feeling of the words all being there,
written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible."
Vladimir Nabokov

"The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter -
it's the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning."
Mark Twain


"The Answer to the Great Question of....Life, the Universe and 42."
Douglas Adams 
"Every moment of light and dark is a miracle."
Walt Whitman 

"The present is the ever moving shadow
that divides yesterday from tomorrow.
In that lies hope."
Frank Lloyd Wright

"Once you make a decision,
the universe conspires to make it happen."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows
will fall behind you."
Walt Whitman

"We must let go of the life we have planned,
so as to accept the one that is waiting for us."
Joseph Campbell

"There is a road from the eye to the heart that does not go through the intellect."
Gilbert K. Chesterton


"Simplicity is the glory of expression."
Walt Whitman
"I exist as I am, that is enough."
Walt Whitman
"Love truth, and pardon error."
"And the day came for the risk it took to remain tight inside the bud
was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."
Anais Nin

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more,
From these our interviews, in which I steal
From all I may be, or have been before,
To mingle with the Universe, and feel
What I can ne'er express, yet cannot all conceal.
"There are no facts, only interpretations."
Frederich Nietzsche 
"Common sense is not so common."
"The truth is not always beautiful, nor beautiful words the truth."
Lao Tzu 

"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap
but by the seeds you plant."
Robert Louis Stevenson