Light

A Quote by Leonard Cohen on peace, poetry, and light

The Birds they sang
at the break of day
Start again,
I heard them say,
Don’t dwell on what
has passed away
or what is yet to be.

The wars they will
be fought again
The holy dove
be caught again
bought and sold
and bought again;
the dove is never free.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack in everything.
That’s how the light gets in.

Leonard Cohen

Source: Stranger Music: Selected Poems and Songs (Vintage), Pages: 373

Contributed by: Robin

A Quote by Emily Dickinson on blindness, lies, light, success, and truth

Tell all the truth but tell it slant -
Success in Circuit lies
Too bright for our infirm Delight
The Truth's superb surprise
As Lightning to the Children eased
With explanation kind
The Truth must dazzle gradually
Or every man be blind -

Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886)

Source: The New Anthology of American Poetry: Traditions & Revolutions, Beginnings to 1900

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Emily Dickinson on certainty, light, and winter

There's a certain slant of light,
On winter afternoons,
That oppresses, like the weight
Of Cathedral tunes.

Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886)

Source: c. 1861. poem 258, st. 1.

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross on brevity, death, eternity, light, peace, people, and stars

Watching a peaceful death of a human being reminds us of a falling star; one of a million lights in a vast sky that flares up for a brief moment only to disappear into the endless night forever.

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Source: On Death and Dying, 1969

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Barry Lopez on answers, awareness, compassion, life, light, paradox, questions, self, and stage

How is one to live a moral and compassionate existence when one is fully aware of the blood, the horror inherent in life, when one finds darkness not only in one's culture but within oneself?  If there is a stage at which an individual life becomes truly adult, it must be when one grasps the irony in its unfolding and accepts responsibility for a life lived in the midst of such paradox.  One must live in the middle of contradiction, because if all contradiction were eliminated at once life would collapse.  There are simply no answers to some of the great pressing questions.  You continue to live them out, making your life a worthy expression of leaning into the light.

Barry Lopez

Source: Arctic Dreams

Contributed by: Zaady

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