"All through autumn we hear a double voice: one says everything is ripe; the other says everything is dying. The paradox is exquisite. We feel what the Japanese call “aware” — an almost untranslatable word meaning something like “beauty tinged with sadness.”"
– Gretel Ehrlich, The Solace of Open Spaces
"I want … to live “in grace” as much of the time as possible. I am not using this term in a strictly theological sense. By grace I mean an inner harmony, essentially spiritual, which can be translated into outward harmony."
– Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea (with thanks to msterrib)
"All the soarings of my mind begin in my blood…"
– Rainer Maria Rilke, Wartime Letters of Rainer Maria Rilke, trans. M. D. Herter Norton
"…who knows how deep the Heart is and how much it holds?"
– Emily Dickinson, Selected Letters of Emily Dickinson, edited by Thomas H. Johnson
"These two feelings, this knowledge of a world so awful, this sense of a life so extraordinary — how am I to resolve them?"
– Richard Flanagan, Gould’s Book of Fish: A Novel in Twelve Fish (with thanks to whiskey river)

The room is full
of the breath of the stories.

That is enough.

– Ko Un, from “Stories”, trans. from the Korean by Brother Anthony of Taizé and Lee Sang-Wha