To exaggerate the fairness of hair, i come even to orange tones, chromes and pale yellow ... I make a plain background of the richest, intensest blue that i can contrive, and by this simple combination of the bright head against the rich blue background, i get a mysterious effect, like a star in the depths of an azure sky.
O, when i am safe in my sylvan home,i mock at the pride of greece and rome;and when i am stretch'd beneath the pineswhen the evening star so holy shines,i laugh at the lore and pride of man,at the sophist's schools, and the learned clan;for what are they all in their high conceit,when man in the bush with god may meet?
Daughter of time, the hypocrite days,muffled and dumb like barefoot dervishes,and marching single in an endless file,bring diadems and fagots in their hands;to each they offer gifts after his will,bread, kingdom, stars, and sky that holds them all;i, in my pleached garden watched the pompforgot my morning wishes, hastilytook a few herbs and apples, and the dayturned and departed silent. I too lateunder her solemn fillet saw the scorn.
To express the love of two lovers by a marriage of two complementary colors, their mingling and their opposition, the mysterious vibrations of kindred tones. To express the thought of a brow by the radiance of light tone against a somber background; to express hope by some star, the eagerness of a soul by a sunset radiance.
We had the sky up there, all speckled with stars, and we used to lay on our backs and look up at them, and discuss about whether they was made, or only just happened - jim he allowed they was made, but i allowed they happened; i judged it would have took too long to make so many. Jim said the moon could a laid them; well that looked kind of reasonable, so i didn't say nothing against it, because i've seen a frog lay most as many, so of course it could be done.
I also learned that you didnt come onto this earth as a perfectionist or control freak. You werent born a person of cringe and contraction. You were born as energy, as life, made of the same stuff as stars, blossoms, breezes. You learned contraction to survive, but that was then. You have paid through the nose-paid but good. It is now your turn to reap.
If the rate of expansion one second after the big bang had been smaller by even one part in a hundred thousand million million, it would have recollapsed before it reached its present size. On the other hand, if it had been greater by a part in a million, the universe would have expanded too rapidly for stars and planets to form.
Have you ever been approached by a grim-looking man, carrying a naked sword with a blade about ten miles long in his hand, in the middle of the night, beneath the stars on the shores of lake michigan? If you have, seek professional help. If you have not, then believe you me, it can scare the bejeezus out of you.
At present i absolutely want to paint a starry sky. It often seems to me that night is still more richly coloured than the day; having hues of the most intense violets, blues and greens. If only you pay attention to it you will see that certain stars are lemon-yellow, others pink or a green, blue and forget-me-not brilliance. And without my expatiating on this theme it is obvious that putting little white dots on the blue-black is not enough to paint a starry sky.
In every landscape, the point of astonishment is the meeting of the sky and the earth, and that is seen from the first hillock aswell as from the top of the alleghanies. The stars at night stoop down over the brownest, homeliest common, with all the spiritual magnificence which they shed on the campagna, or on the marble deserts of egypt.
Wherever snow falls, or water flows, or birds fly, wherever day and night meet in twilight, wherever the blue heaven is hung by clouds, or sown with stars, wherever are forms with transparent boundaries, wherever are outlets into celestial space, wherever is danger, and awe, and love, there is beauty, plenteous as rain, shed for thee, and though thou shouldest walk the world over, thou shalt not be able to find a condition inopportune or ignoble.
I heard someone walk out of the alley behind me, and my body went tense and tight, despite my weariness. Then a young woman's voice said, in a passable british accent, "the little people are easily startled, but they'll soon be back. And in greater numbers." i sagged in sudden, exhausted relief. The bad guys hardly ever quote star wars.
We begin with friendships, and all our youth is a reconnoitering and recruiting of the holy fraternity they shall combine for thesalvation of men. But so the remoter stars seem a nebula of united light, yet there is no group which a telescope will not resolve; and the dearest friends are separated by impassable gulfs.
In this way, his unhappy soul struggled with its anguish. Eighteen hundred years before this unfortunate man, the mysterious being, in whom all the sanctities and all the sufferings of humanity come together, he too, while the olive trees trembled in the fierce breath of the infinite, had brushed away the fearful cup that appeared before him, streaming with shadow and running over with darkness, in the star-filled depths. (pg. 236)
French intellectual life has, in my opinion, been turned into something cheap and meretricious by the 'star' system. It is like hollywood. Thus we go from one absurdity to another - stalinism, existentialism. Lacan, derrida - some of them obscene ( stalinism), some simply infantile and ridiculous ( lacan, derrida). What is striking, however, is the pomposity and self-importance, at each stage.