Tag: Inspiration

Echoes through time: the very dreams that blister sleep

It would not be too much to say that myth is the secret opening through which the inexhaustible energies of the cosmos pour into human cultural manifestation. Religions, philosophies, arts, the social forms of primitive and historic man, prime discoveries in science and technology, the very dreams that blister sleep, boil up from the basic, magic ring of myth.

Joseph Campbell (1904 – 87), The Hero With a Thousand Faces (Ch 1, para 2)

Echoes through time: the stages of life

There are three things which the gentleman guards against. In youth, when the physical powers are not yet settled, he guards against lust. When he is strong and the physical powers are full of vigour, he guards against quarrelsomeness. When he is old, and the animal powers are decayed, he guards against covetousness.

Confucius (551-479 BC), The Analects, Book XVI, para. 19 

What you seek will take hard work

Yes, you can dream. You can devote hours to seeking hacks and work-arounds and short-cuts. You can refuse the call and distract yourself with the siren-call of the mundane: the lawn always needs cutting, there’s always more news to read, those books could be tidied and re-ordered.

But, in the end, there is no real escape.

The essential Nicholas Bate reminds us of the basics of Hard Work…

1. What you seek will take hard work.
2. There is no quick fix for health, publication nor financial security.
3. Hard work-once started-feels good.
4. …

Read the rest, here. Then get to work.

Photo by Jordan Whitfield on Unsplash

A man sees in the world…

Steve Layman, in his “Checking in with…” series, gathers some inspiring quotes from Goethe:

A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart.

Find the others, here. Well worth a ponder.

I realise I know hardly anything about Goethe, other than Faust.

The above quote reminds me of Marcus (Meditations, 5.16): “for the soul becomes dyed with the colour of its thoughts.”

Image: Goethe in 1828, by Joseph Karl Stieler.

Echoes through time: life begins anew

Principles can only lose their vitality when the first impressions from which they derive have sunk into extinction; and it is for you to keep fanning these continually into new flame… You have only to see things once more in the light of your first and earlier vision, and life begins anew.

Marcus Aurelius (AD 120 – 180), Meditations (7.2)