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,
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

Sick of love

“She loved the guy. She did it for him. She would’ve done anything for him. Some people are like that. Some loves are like that. Most loves are like that, from what I can see. Your heart starts to feel like an overcrowded lifeboat. You throw your pride out to keep it afloat, and your self-respect and your independence. After a while you start throwing people out—your friends, everyone you used to know. And it’s still not enough. The lifeboat is still sinking, and you know it’s going to take you down with it. I’ve seen that happen to a lot of people here. I think that’s why I’m sick of love.”

— from http://simply-quotes.net/post/27709992839/she-loved-the-guy-she-did-it-for-him-she

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Value of idleness

“Idleness is not just a vacation, an indulgence or a vice; it is as indispensable to the brain as vitamin D is to the body, and deprived of it we suffer a mental affliction as disfiguring as rickets. The space and quiet that idleness provides is a necessary condition for standing back from life and seeing it whole, for making unexpected connections and waiting for the wild summer lightning strikes of inspiration — it is, paradoxically, necessary to getting any work done.”

New York Times Article: The ‘Busy’ Trap, by Tim Kreider