We Are The Dark

The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Whoever does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as good as dead, and his eyes are dimmed.


“Once, from this vantage, he’d seen something vast rippling through the water beyond the sandbars, a kind of shadow, the grayness so dark and deep it had formed a thick, smooth shape against the blue. Even with his binoculars he could not tell what creature it was, or what it might become if he stared at it long enough. Didn’t know if eventually it had scattered into a thousand shapes, revealed as a school of fish, or if the color of the water, the sharpness of the light, changed and made it disappear, revealed as an illusion. In that tension between what he could and couldn’t know about even the mundane world, he felt at home in a way he would not have five years ago. He needed no greater mysteries now than those moments when the world seemed as miraculous as in his old sermons. And it was a good story for down at the village bar, the kind of story they expected from the lighthouse keeper, if anyone expected anything from him at all.”

—   Jeff Vandermeer, Acceptance

“My brain hums with scraps of poetry and madness.”

—   Virginia Woolf (via thatkindofwoman)

(Source: observando, via enchanted-forest00)

“The cure for anything is salt water - tears, sweat, or the sea.”

—   Isak Dinesen, Seven Gothic Tales

“Introverts are collectors of thoughts, and solitude is where the collection is curated and rearranged to make sense of the present and future.”

—   Laurie Helgoe, “Revenge of the Introvert” in Psychology Today (via goldenlocket)

(Source: wordsnquotes, via booklover)

“I am one of the searchers. There are, I believe, millions of us. We are not unhappy, but neither are we really content. We continue to explore life, hoping to uncover its ultimate secret. We continue to explore ourselves, hoping to understand. We like to walk along the beach, we are drawn by the ocean, taken by its power, its unceasing motion, its mystery and unspeakable beauty. We like forests and mountains, deserts and hidden rivers, and the lonely cities as well. Our sadness is as much a part of our lives as is our laughter. To share our sadness with one we love is perhaps as great a joy as we can know - unless it be to share our laughter. We searchers are ambitious only for life itself, for everything beautiful it can provide. Most of all we love and want to be loved. We want to live in a relationship that will not impede our wandering, nor prevent our search, nor lock us in prison walls; that will take us for what little we have to give. We do not want to prove ourselves to another or compete for love.”

—   James Kavanaugh, There Are Men Too Gentle to Live Among Wolves Via jonathancarrollstories and theodoragoss
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“Every person needs to take one day away. A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future. Jobs, family, employers, and friends can exist one day without any one of us, and if our egos permit us to confess, they could exist eternally in our absence. Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.”

—   Maya Angelou

“Schrödinger’s cat has far more than nine lives, and far fewer. All of us are unknowing cats, alive and dead at once, and of all the might-have-beens in between, we record only one”

—   Yoon Ha Lee, The Black Abacus. From ‘Conservation of Shadows’.

“The comfort of reclusion, the poetry of hibernation.”

—   Marcel Proust, Swann’s Way (via thelostdeer)

(Source: wordsnquotes.com, via booklover)

“If there’s a truth and nobody knows it, is it still true? Or is it like a light burning in a locked, shuttered house that nobody will ever get to see?”

—   K.J. Parker, A Small Price to Pay for Birdsong, from Academic Exercises

in the world
is usual today
This is
the first morning”

—   Izumi Shikibu

“If I dwell upon the impossible, I achieve nothing. But if I do what I can, where I can—I might get somewhere.”

—   Yoon Ha Lee, ‘Swanwatch’ from Conservation of Shadows