GIOVANNI MARRADI - Gracefully
Nydia Lozano Art
I believe a man is born first unto himself - for the happy
developing of himself, while the world is a nursery,
and the pretty things are to be snatched for, and pleasant
things tasted; some people seem to exist thus right
to the end. But most are born again on entering manhood;
then they are born to humanity, to a consciousness
of all the laughing, and the never-ceasing murmur of pain
and sorrow that comes from the terrible multitudes
To hold our tongues when everyone is gossiping, to smile without hostility at people and institutions, to compensate for the shortage of love in the world with more love in small, private matters; to be more faithful in our work, to show greater patience, to forgo the cheap revenge obtainable from mockery and criticism: all these are things we can do.
Every man is more than just himself; he also represents the unique, the very special and always significant and remarkable point at which the world's phenomena intersect, only once in this way, and never again. That is why every man's story is important, eternal, sacred; that is why every man, as long as he lives and fulfills the will of nature, is wondrous, and worthy of consideration. In each individual the spirit has become flesh, in each man the creation suffers, within each one a redeemer is nailed to the cross.
color=red> Hermann Hesse, Demian
We are sun and moon, dear friend; we are sea and land. It is not our purpose to become each other; it is to recognize each other, to learn to see the other and honor him for what he is: each the other's opposite and complement.
Hermann Hesse, Narcissus and Goldmund
The person in life that you will always be with the most,
is yourself. Because even when you are with others, you
are still with yourself, too! When you wake up in the
morning, you are with yourself, laying in bed at night
you are with yourself, walking down the street in
the sunlight you are with yourself.What kind of person
do you want to walk down the street with? What kind
of person do you want to wake up in the morning with?
What kind of person do you want to see at the end of
the day before you fall asleep? Because that person
is yourself, and it's your responsibility to be that
person you want to be with. I know I want to spend
my life with a person who knows how to let things go,
who's not full of hate, who's able to smile and be
carefree. So that's who I have to be.”
C. JoyBell C.
Can human nature be so entirely transformed inside and out? Can man, created by God, be made wicked by man? Can a soul be so completely changed by its destiny, and turn evil when its fate is evil? Can the heart become distorted, contract incurable deformities and incurable infirmities, under the pressure of disproportionate grief, like the spinal column under a low ceiling? Is there not in every human soul a primitive spark, a divine element, incorruptible in this world and immortal in the next, which can be developed by goodness, kindled, lit up, and made to radiate, and which evil can never entirely extinguish.
Victor Hugo, Les Misérables
Things That Never Die
The pure, the bright, the beautiful
Charles Dickens (1812-1870)
that stirred our hearts in youth,
The impulses to wordless prayer,
The streams of love and truth,
The longing after something lost,
The spirit's longing cry,
The striving after better hopes-
These things can never die.
The timid hand stretched forth to aid
A brother in his need;
A kindly word in grief's dark hour
That proves a friend indeed;
The plea for mercy softly breathed,
When justice threatens high,
The sorrow of a contrite heart-
These things shall never die.
Let nothing pass, for every hand
Must find some work to do,
Lose not a chance to waken love-
Be firm and just and true.
So shall a light that cannot fade
Beam on thee from on high,
And angel voices say to thee-
"These things shall never die."
The pure, the bright, the beautiful