Quotes

ora et labora

– Pray and Work (From Rule of St. Benedict)

I am the daughter of Earth and Water,
And the nursling of the Sky;
I pass through the pores of the ocean and shores;
I change, but I cannot die.

Percy Bysshe Shelley ~

I tire so of hearing people say,
Let things take their course.
Tomorrow is another day.

I do not need my freedom when I’m dead.
I cannot live on tomorrow’s bread.

Langston Hughes ~

When I’m killed,
don’t think of me
Buried there in Cambrin Wood,
Nor as in Zion
think of me
With the Intolerable Good.
And there’s one thing
that I know well,
I’m damned if I’ll be damned to Hell!
So when I’m killed,
don’t wait for me,
Walking the dim corridor;
In Heaven or Hell,
don’t wait for me,
Or you must wait for evermore.
You’ll find me buried,
living-dead
In these verses that you’ve read.
So when I’m killed,
don’t mourn for me,
Shot, poor lad,
so bold and young,
Killed and gone — don’t mourn for me.
On your lips my life is hung:
O friends and lovers,
you can save
Your playfellow from the grave.
Robert Graves
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