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Percy Bysshe Shelley

We look before and after, And pine for what is not: Our sincerest laughter With some pain is fraught; Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought… Teach me half the gladness That thy brain must know, Such harmonious madness From my lips would flow The world should listen then — as I am listening now.

Laughter | Listening | Madness | Pain | Teach | World |

Philip Caputo

Directly overhead the Milky Way was as distinct as a highway across the sky. The constellations shown brilliantly, except the north, where they were blurred by the white sheets of the Aurora. Now shimmering like translucent curtains drawn over the windows of heaven, the northern lights suddenly streaked across a million miles of space to burst in silent explosions. Fountains of light, pale greens, reds, and yellows, showered the stars and geysered up to the center of the sky, where they pooled to form a multicolored sphere, a kind of mock sun that gave light but no heat, pulsing, flaring, and casting beams in all directions, horizon to horizon. Below, the wolves howled with midnight madness and the two young men stood in speechless awe. Even after the spectacle ended, the Aurora fading again to faint shimmer, they stood as silent and transfixed as the first human beings ever to behold the wonder of creation. Starkmann felt the diminishment that is not self-depreciation but humility; for what was he and what was Bonnie George? Flickers of consciousness imprisoned in lumps of dust; above them a sky ablaze with the Aurora, around them a wilderness where wolves sang savage arias to a frozen moon.

Consciousness | Light | Madness | Men | Space | Wonder |

Petrarch, anglicized from Italian name Francesco Petrarca NULL

True, we love life, not because we are used to living, but because we are used to loving. There is always some madness in love, but there is also always some reason in madness.

Love | Madness | Reason |

Plato NULL

The madness of love is the greatest of heaven's blessings.

Love | Madness |

Ray Bradbury, fully Ray Douglas Bradbury

If you want to write, if you want to create, you must be the most sublime fool that God ever turned out and sent rambling. You must write every single day of your life. You must read dreadful dumb books and glorious books, and let them wrestle in beautiful fights inside your head, vulgar one moment, brilliant the next. You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads. I wish you a wrestling match with your Creative Muse that will last a lifetime. I wish craziness and foolishness and madness upon you. May you live with hysteria, and out of it make fine stories

Books | Day | God | Madness | Will | God |

Ray Bradbury, fully Ray Douglas Bradbury

When people ask me where I get by imagination, I simply lament, God, here and there, makes madness a calling.

Madness | People |

Robert Service, fully Robert William Service

It's coming soon and soon, mother, it's nearer every day, When only men who work and sweat will have a word to say; When all who earn their honest bread in every land and soil Will claim the Brotherhood of Man, the Comradeship of Toil; When we, the Workers, all demand: `What are we fighting for?' . . . Then, then we'll end that stupid crime, that devil's madness -- War

Brotherhood | Fighting | Land | Madness | Men | Will | Work |

Salvador Dalí, fully Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech

There is only one difference between a madman and me. The madman thinks he is sane. I know I am mad.

Madness | Method |

Samuel Butler

There are two classes [of scientists], those who want to know and do not care whether others think they know or not, and those who do not much care about knowing but care very greatly about being reputed as knowing.

Madness |

Stoics, The Stoics or Stoicism NULL

The Stoics agree to put in the forefront the doctrine of presentation and sensation, inasmuch as the standard by which the truth of things is tested is generically a presentation, and again the theory of assent and that of apprehension and thought, which precedes all the rest, cannot be stated apart from presentation. For presentation comes first; then thought, which is capable of expressing itself, puts into the form of a propositions that which the subject receives from a presentation. [Diocles the Magnesian]

Good | Madness | Reason | Soul |

Theodore Roethke

What shakes the eye but the invisible? Running from God's the longest race of all.

Madness | Nobility | Soul |

Thomas Brooks

Ah, souls, you can easily sin as the saints—but can you repent with the saints? Many can sin with David and Peter, that cannot repent with David and Peter—and so must perish forever!

Dirty | Madness |

Thomas Carlyle

Every day that is born into the world comes like a burst of music and rings the whole day through, and you make of it a dance, a dirge, or a life march, as you will.

Madness | Vision |

Thomas Merton

I am able to approach the Buddhas barefoot and undisturbed, my feet in wet grass, wet sand. Then the silence of the extraordinary faces. The great smiles. Huge and yet subtle. Filled with every possibility, questioning nothing, knowing everything, rejecting nothing, the peace not of emotional resignation but of Madhyamika, of sunyata, that has seen through every question without trying to discredit anyone or anything — without refutation — without establishing some other argument. For the doctrinaire, the mind that needs well-established positions, such peace, such silence, can be frightening.

Haste | Madness | Success | Time |

Thomas Merton

The things I thought were so important—because of the effort I put into them—have turned out to be of small value. And the things I never thought about, the things I was never able either to measure or to expect, were the things that mattered.

Good | Madness | Zen |

Warren Buffett, fully Warren Edward Buffett, aka Oracle of Omaha

Writing a check separates a commitment from a conversation.

Absolute | Cause | Madness | Money | People |

Warren Buffett, fully Warren Edward Buffett, aka Oracle of Omaha

Look at market fluctuations as your friend rather than your enemy; profit from folly rather than participate in it.

Law | Madness | Work |

Wallace Stevens

He brushed away the thunder, then the clouds, then the colossal illusion of heaven. Yet still the sky was blue.

Madness |