THINGS ARE SUCH
Things are such, that someone lifting a cup,
or watching the rain, petting a dog,
or singing, just singing – could be doing as
much for this universe as anyone.
(translated by Daniel Ladinsky)
* Post one quotation a day for three days (they can be from other sources or one of your own).
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And here’s today’s quote, which is, in a sense, a continuation of yesterday’s theme as directed at writers (and other artists):
Don’t be led away by those howls about realism. Remember, pine woods are just as real as pigsties and a darn sight pleasanter to be in.
L. M. Montgomery, Emily’s Quest
(In the book, the advice is addressed to Emily, the main character, a young girl at the beginning of her writing career.)
And yes – yes, Yes, YES!! Pine woods are as real as pigsties, rainbows are as real as rubble. Being an English major, I’ve had my fair share of having to read depressing stories of people being miserable and hopeless (Heart of Darkness, anyone?), wallowing in rubble and pigsties. But misery is not all there is to life.Yes, death is a reality, but so is birth. Like Luther planting apple trees in the face of doom, Emily writes about pine woods rather than pigsties – it’s the writer’s raspberry at the doom of the world. So there!
Life, the Universe, and Our Final Quote of the Day. Anyone have a favourite to share?