Archive for the ‘wonder’ Category

“For what is real and true look at these stones, this bread, the spring of water, those sea waves, this horizon with its pure untroubled line. Only perceive purely and the spiritual and the material world vibrate as one. The power that saves is infinitely simple and infinitely close at hand.”

Iris Murdoch


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May your trails be crooked,

winding, lonesome,

dangerous, leading to the most amazing


May your rivers flow without end,

meandering through pastoral valleys

tinkling with bells,

past temples and castles and poets’ towers

into a dark primeval forest where tigers

belch and monkeys howl,

through miasmal and mysterious swamps

and down into a desert of red rock,

blue mesas, domes and pinnacles and

grottos of endless stone,

and down again into a deep vast ancient

unknown chasm

where bars of sunlight blaze on profiled


where deer walk across the white sand


where storms come and go

as lightning clangs upon the high crags,

where something strange and more beautiful

and more full of wonder than your deepest


waits for you –

beyond the next turning of the canyon


                            ——Edward Abbey

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“God does not die on the day when we cease to believe in a personal deity, but we die on the day when our lives cease to be illumined by the steady radiance, renewed daily, of a wonder, the source of which is beyond all reason.”

Dag Hammarskjold, Markings

quoted in This Sunrise of Wonder by Michael Mayne – one of my very favorite books.

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People travel to wonder

 at the height of the mountains,

 at the huge waves of the seas,

 at the long course of the rivers,

 at the vast compass of the ocean,

 at the circular motion of the stars,

 and yet they pass by themselves

 without wondering.


                                    Saint Augustine

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