the colour of our lives

poetry • celebration • faith • nature • humanity • imperfections • glory

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“It is the business of a poet . . . to be destitute as well as honest. He may have money; but he should recognise that it is dirt. He may have prestige; but let him hate it and wear it like an old filthy coat. Then he may be able to stay awake a little better. Love will not harm him, though. It will slice him open like a fish, and hang him up by the heels, and let the sun into his private bag of dreams and idiot ambitions. He will think he is dying when he is just beginning to wake up”
James K. Baxter (1961)

“…every day do something that won’t compute. Love the Lord. Love the world. Work for nothing”
Wendell Berry [LAST USED 2011-03-10]

“Got to kick at the darkness ’til it bleeds daylight”
Bruce Cockburn, Lovers In A Dangerous Time

“Poetry is certainly something more than good sense, but it must be good sense…just as a palace is more than a house, but it must be a house.”
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

“I describe a world with no exit, convinced that God accompanies man throughout his history.”
Jacques Ellul, Interview in Le Monde (1981), as quoted in “A short biography of Jacques Ellul (1912-1994)” by Patrick Chastenet, as translated by Lesley Graham

“You will find poetry nowhere unless you bring some of it with you.”
Joseph Joubert

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

” If you see a whole thing – it seems that it’s always beautiful. Planets, lives… But up close a world’s all dirt and rocks. And day to day, life’s a hard job, you get tired, you lose the pattern.”
Ursula K. LeGuin

“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art…. It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.”
C.S. Lewis (The Four Loves)

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.”
C.S. Lewis

“I didn’t go to religion to make me happy. I always knew a bottle of Port would do that. If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity.”
C.S. Lewis

“I pray because I can’t help myself. I pray because I’m helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time- waking and sleeping. It doesn’t change God- it changes me.”
C.S. Lewis

“No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.”
C.S. Lewis

“A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.”
C.S. Lewis

“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.”
C.S. Lewis

“The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us.”
C.S. Lewis

“We do not retreat from reality, we rediscover it. As long as the story lingers in our mind, the real things are more themselves… By dipping them in myth we see them more clearly.”
C.S. Lewis

“How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.”
Henry David Thoreau, Journals (1838-1859), August 19, 1851

“The poet is he who can write some pure mythology to-day without the aid of posterity.”
Henry David Thoreau, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849)

“If you can speak what you will never hear, if you can write what you will never read, you have done rare things.”
Henry David Thoreau, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849)

“If you want to be an artist, you go to an art supply house and get some ink and some paper and pens, and a calligraphy brush and charcoal, and aim at virtually whatever is in front of you, the subject matter is not that important. And then try and cheat and deceive and lie and exaggerate and most particularly distort as absolutely, as extremely, as you can. And after some six months or a year, or usually in a state of intense frustration, you’ll see something that you truly have never seen before, and that is the beginning of yourself, and that heralds the beginning of difficult pleasure.”
Brett Whiteley in Difficult Pleasure: A Portrait of Brett Whiteley (1989)

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