“A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness. ”
He who listens to truth is not less than he who utters truth. -Kahlil Gibran, poet and artist (1883-1931).
The willow which bends to the tempest, often escapes better than the oak which resists it; and so in great calamities, it sometimes happens that light and frivolous spirits recover their elasticity and presence of mind sooner than those of a loftier character. -Walter Scott, novelist and poet (1771-1832).
That sorrow which is the harbinger of joy is preferable to the joy which is followed by sorrow. -Saadi, poet (c. 1213-1291).
Naive you are / if you believe / life favours those / who aren’t naive. -Piet Hein, poet and scientist (1905-1996).
Where is the Life we have lost in living? Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information? -T.S. Eliot, poet (1888-1965).
Nobody can be lucky all the time; / so when your luck deserts you in some fashion / don’t think you’ve been abandoned in your prime, / but rather that you’re saving up your ration. -Piet Hein, poet and scientist (1905-1996).