Leap Year Musings


(tablecloth, main coffee bar in Radium, B.C.)

“Language is our common denominator.”
–William Hazlitt, Political Essays, 1819

“Language as an instrument both to shape and understand reality.”
–Alberto Manguel, The City of Words

“I have to protect myself from the toxicity of this culture.”
–Kate Braverman, quoted in “From the Tropic of L.A.”

“The moment of change is the only poem.”
–Adrienne Rich, “Images for Godard”

“Everything hinges upon our realizing the essentially transitory possibilities.”
–Viktor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning

“Irony is wasted on the stupid.”
–Oscar Wilde

“I dwell in possibility.”
–Emily Dickinson

“A poet is a state of mind.”
–Virginia Moore, “Saint Teresa”

“Truth-telling implies disagreeableness. It is part of truth–the sting and edge of it.’
–Virginia Woolf, Granite and Rainbow

“A man can do all things if he will.”
–Leon Battista Alberti

“The limits of language stand for the limits of my world.”
–Ludwig Wittgenstein

“Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.”
–Rudyard Kipling

“Language is the soul’s ozone layer.”
–Sven Birkerts, The Gutenberg Elegies

“You can never step in the same river twice.”
“All is flux, nothing stays still.” “Nothing is permanent but change.”

“If a man is worth loving at all, he is worth loving generously, even recklessly.”
–Marie Dressler, My Own Story

“Love is, above all, the gift of oneself.”
–Jean Anouilh

“Touch is the meaning of being human.”
–Andrea Dworkin

“The course of true love never did run smooth.”
–William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

“We have to realize that we are as deeply afraid to live and love as we are to die.”
–R.D. Laing, The Politics of Experience

“To refuse The Call means stagnation.”
–Joseph Campbell

“Touch is the landscape of what is possible.”
–Kate Green

“Enthusiasm is life.”
–Paul Scofield

“There is nothing greater than enthusiasm.”
–Henry Moore

“The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice.’
–George Eliot, Daniel Deronda

“The last of human freedoms: to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstance.”
–Viktor Frankl

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