Tag: Quotations

Echoes through time: for what task were you created?

Everything – a horse, a vine – is created for some duty. This is nothing to wonder at: even the sun-god himself will tell you, ‘There is a work that I am here to do,’ and so will the other sky-dwellers. For what task, then, were you yourself created? For pleasure? Can such a thought be tolerated?

Marcus Aurelius (AD 120 – 180), Meditations (8.19)

You want approval? That’s anathema to me.

Actor Daniel Craig, interviewed in the Sunday Times and asked: When did people start to care what others thought?

It’s social media. There is a constant looking, in life, for approval, and it really jars with me. But I’m a 51-year-old man. Nobody listens to me. Or they will stop listening to me sooner rather than later, so it doesn’t really matter what I think. But I grew up when punk rock was on the scene. You want approval? That’s anathema to me. It doesn’t make any sense to me — in art. It’s anti-art. It’s anti-creativity.

Read the full interview, here.

Image: UNITED ARTISTS/COLUMBIA PICTURES

Be more wolf

Be more wolf, less sheep, with Nicholas Bate…

7. more wolf
8. less sheep
9. (although no reason
10. -no reason at all-
11. why you can’t be a
12. nice wolf.)
13. But how?
14. Read so much you can out-think anyone;
15. Think so much you can out-solve anything;
16. Solve so much you know exactly the Life you want.
17. Write so much you tumble with ideas;
18….

Read the full fifty, here.

The wolf vs. sheep debate reminds me of this cartoon from Hugh MacLeod at Gaping Void (a copy of which hangs over my desk)…

Image by Andrea Bohl from Pixabay

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 

Echoes through time: a brief sojourning in an alien land

In the life of a man, his time is but a moment, his being an incessant flux, his senses a dim rushlight, his body a prey of worms, his soul an unquiet eddy, his fortune dark, and his fame doubtful. In short, all that is of the body is as coursing waters, all that is of the soul as dreams and vapours; life, a warfare, a brief sojourning in an alien land; and after repute, oblivion.

Marcus Aurelius (AD 120 – 180), Meditations (2.17)

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.