There will be an agreement in whatever variety of actions, so they be each honest and natural in their hour. For of one will, the actions will be harmonious, however unlike they seem. These varieties are lost sight of at a little distance, at a little height of thought. One tendency unites them all. The voyage of the best ship is a zigzag line of a hundred tacks. See the line from a sufficient distance, and it straightens itself to the average tendency.
Jem always said that will rushed toward the end of a mission rather than proceeding in a measured manner, and that one must look at the next step on the path ahead, rather than the destination in the distance, or one would never reach ones goal. Will closed his eyes for a moment. He knew that jem was right, but it was hard to remember, when the goal that he sought was the girl that he loved.
There were so many people, so much to navigate, and as the distance fluctuated between us his hand kept slipping, down my arm to my wrist. And maybe he was going to let go as people pressed in on all sides, but all i could think was how when nothing made sense and hadn't for ages, you just have to grab onto anything you feel sure of. So as i felt his fingers loosening around my wrist, i just wrapped my own around them, right, and held on
She watched the prairies the rivers, the towns slipping past at an untouchable distance below - and she noted that the sense of detachment one feels when looking at the earth from a plane was the same sense she felt when looking at people: only her distance from people seemed longer. - dagny taggart
There has to be a moment at the beginning where you wonder whether youre in love with the person or in love with the feeling of love itself. if the moment doesnt pass, thats ityoure done. and if the moment does pass, it never goes that far. it stands in the distance, ready for whenever you want it back. sometimes its even there when you thought you were searching for something else, like an escape route, or your lovers face.
In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion; in order to serve others better, one has to hold them at a distance for a time. But where can one find the solitude necessary to vigor, the deep breath in which the mind collects itself and courage gauges its strength? There remain big cities.
Downtime is where we become ourselves, looking into the middle distance, kicking at the curb, lying on the grass or sitting on the stoop and staring at the tedious blue of the summer sky. I don't believe you can write poetry, or compose music, or become an actor without downtime, and plenty of it, a hiatus that passes for boredom but is really the quiet moving of the wheels inside that fuel creativity.
The car shot forward straight into the circle of light, and suddenly arthur had a fairly clear idea of what infinity looked like. It wasnt infinity in fact. Infinity itself looks flat and uninteresting. Looking up into the night sky is looking into infinitydistance is incomprehensible and therefore meaningless. The chamber into which the aircar emerged was anything but infinite, it was just very very very big, so big that it gave the impression of infinity far better than infinity itself.
Beckendorf closed eyes tight and brought his hand up to his watch. from that distance, the explosion shook the world. heat seared the back of my head. the princess andromeda blew up from both sides, a massive fireball of green flame roiling into the dark sky, consuming everything....i stared out the window into deep blue water. beckendorf was supposed to go to college in the fall. he had a girlfriend, lots of friends, his whole life ahead of him. he couldn't be gone.