A Quote by Henry Ward Beecher on greatness, strength, solitary, loneliness, and alone

Greatness lies, not in being strong, but in the right using of strength; and strength is not used rightly when it serves only to carry a man above his fellows for his own solitary glory. He is the greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own.

Henry Ward Beecher (1813 - 1887)

Contributed by: Siona

A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on reverie, soul, solitary, love, and loving

The reveries of two solitary souls prepare the sweetness of loving.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 8

Contributed by: Chris

A Quote by Richard R. Powell on wabi sabi, japanese, japanese, tea, aloneness, understated, unrefined, contemplative, nature, hermit, and solitary


The definition of the Japanese words wabi sabi has changed over the years. At one time when the Japanese language was young, wabi meant "poverty," and sabi meant "loneliness." During the first major flowering of Japanese culture, "wabi" came to refer to the ideal hermit's life, lived in contemplation of nature and appreciation of the spiritual and aesthetic values underlying a solitary existence. His was a wabi way. The Japanese tea masters of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries developed a wabi style of tea ceremony as an alternative to the ornate and ostentatious ceremony in which the aristocracy would show off their valuable tea objects and forge political alliances. "Sabi" was refined over the years to emphasize a state of receptivity, fostered in remote natural settings. This positive aloneness was joined to the wabi appreciation of the understated and unrefined to form a phrase with deep resonance for the contemplative mind. People would dream of living in simple enlightened appreciation of nature.

Richard Powell

Source: Wabi Sabi for Writers: Find Inspiration. Respect Imperfection. Create Peerless Beauty., Pages: 6

Contributed by: Richard

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