solitude

A Quote by Kolbein Falkeid on blue, earth, eternity, life, light, sea, solitude, soul, and stars

Like the prodigal son
I return to you, the sea.
You who scare the idylls off
into tame inner fjords, bays and inlets
because you are much too majestic for weekend yachtsmen,
outboard motors and hobby anglers.
Without so much as a blink you swallow the sun
like a raw egg-yolk for supper
and at daybreak you lift heavy banks of cloud
dense with rain and squalls, a wet cloth
on sleep-heavy eyes and throbbing temples.
With the horizon like a diadem about your brows
you write your salt letters to the shore.
Land changes,
men and beasts come and go.
Only you
live your solitary life, the world's
blue eyes fixed on the stars and eternity.

If the Earth has a soul,
it swims in you.

Kolbein Falkeid

Source: Homecoming to the Sea

Contributed by: ingebrita

A Quote by Michelle Skye on cerridwyn, dream, goddess, magic, movement, rebirth, renewal, solitude, space, time, winter, and yule

Cerridwyn is one of the most magical of Welsh goddesses.  She is the quintessential stereotypical "hag witch" -- hunchbacked, cackling, stirring her cauldron full of magic potion.  Yet this image is but one side of the great goddess Cerridwyn.

Cerridwyn is also a mother, to a dark boy named Morfran and a beautiful girl named Creidwy, and a wife to the giant Tegid Foel.  Her family means a great deal to her, and her magic stems from her need to help them.  She seeks to protect her family, to remove obstacles on their paths.  Like all good parents, she wishes the very best for her children and strives to provide for them.  No young, virginal maid, Cerridwyn has the resources, self-confidence, and inner power and wisdom to forge ahead and aid her family members.

Michelle Skye

Source: Goddess Alive! Inviting Celtic & Norse Goddesses Into Your Life

Contributed by: ingebrita

A Quote by Franz Winkler MD on analytical intellect, consciousness, ecstasy, heart, intuition, intuitive perception, life, mysticism, nature, perception, reality, science, solitude, soul, spirit, and time

Not too long ago thousands spent their lives as recluses to find spiritual vision in the solitude of nature.  Modern man need not become a hermit to achieve this goal, for it is neither ecstasy nor world-estranged mysticism his era demands, but a balance between quantitative and qualitative reality.  Modern man, with his reduced capacity for intuitive perception, is unlikely to benefit from the contemplative life of a hermit in the wilderness.  But what he can do is to give undivided attention, at times, to a natural phenomenon, observing it in detail, and recalling all the scientific facts about it he may remember.  Gradually, however, he must silence his thoughts and, for moments at least, forget all his personal cares and desires, until nothing remains in his soul but awe for the miracle before him.  Such efforts are like journeys beyond the boundaries of narrow self-love and, although the process of intuitive awakening is laborious and slow, its rewards are noticeable from the very first.  If pursued through the course of years, something will begin to stir in the human soul, a sense of kinship with the forces of life consciousness which rule the world of plants and animals, and with the powers which determine the laws of matter.  While analytical intellect may well be called the most precious fruit of the Modern Age, it must not be allowed to rule supreme in matters of cognition.  If science is to bring happiness and real progress to the world, it needs the warmth of man's heart just as much as the cold inquisitiveness of his brain.

Franz Winkler

Source: Man: The Bridge Between Two Worlds, Pages: 229-230

Contributed by: manofflowerz

A Quote by Blaise Pascal on happiness, silence, and solitude

Silence.  All human unhappiness comes from not knowing how to stay quietly in a room.

Blaise Pascal (1623 - 1662)

Source: Pearls of Wisdom

Contributed by: ingebrita

A Quote by Paulo Coelho on dependence and solitude

A warrior balances solitude and dependence.

Paulo Coelho

Contributed by: ~Matthew

A Quote by Laurence Sterne on alone, loneliness, solitude, and strength

In solitude the mind gains strength and learns to lean upon itself.

Laurence Sterne (1713 - 1768)

Contributed by: Siona

A Quote by John Muir on nature, earth, environment, learning, alone, and solitude

Take a course in good water and air; and in the eternal youth of Nature you may renew your own. Go quietly, alone; no harm will befall you.

John Muir (1838 - 1914)

Contributed by: Siona

A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on alone, companionship, and solitude

I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

Contributed by: Siona

A Quote by Dana Hawksister on quiet, stillness, solitude, and ecstasy

Just become quiet, still, and solitary, and the world will offer itself to you to be unmasked; it has no choice. It will roll in ecstasy at your feet.

Dana Hawksister

Contributed by: Ra

A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on children, nature, parents, respect, and solitude

Respect the child.  Wait and see the new product of Nature.  Nature loves analogies, but not repetitions.  Respect the child.  Be not too much his parent.  Trespass not on his solitude.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

Source: Education

Contributed by: ingebrita

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