The saddest people

“And then sometimes I think the people to feel saddest for are people who once knew what profoundness was, but who lost or became numb to the sensation of wonder–people who closed the doors that leads us into the secret world–or who had the doors closed for them by time and neglect and decisions made in times of weakness.”

— Douglas Coupland, from Life After God (Simon & Schuster, 2002)

Memorize poetry

“Memorize poetry, treasure beautiful words, write them on the walls of your heart. Then, when deep, unspeakable things happen— a glorious sunset, a broken heart, great love and great grief— you will have words to honour the abundant mystery and beauty of life.” (Joy Clarkson)

Why are we reading?

“Why are we reading, if not in hope of beauty laid bare, life heightened, and its deepest mystery probed? … Why are we reading if not in hope that the writer will magnify and dramatize our days, will illuminate and inspire us with wisdom, courage, and the possibility of meaning, and will press upon our minds the deepest mysteries, so we may feel again their majesty and power?”  (Annie Dillard)