Haruki Murakami ~ Huge Cosmic Love
“Sometimes, when one is moving silently through such an utterly desolate landscape, an overwhelming hallucination can make one feel that oneself, as an individual human being, is slowly being unraveled. The surrounding space is so vast that it becomes increasingly difficult to keep a balanced grip on one's own being. The mind swells out to fill the entire landscape, becoming so diffuse in the process that one loses the ability to keep it fastened to the physical self. The sun would rise from the eastern horizon, and cut it's way across the empty sky, and sink below the western horizon. This was the only perceptible change in our surroundings. And in the movement of the sun, I felt something I hardly know how to name: some huge, cosmic love.”
― Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Peyrelebade Landscape, 1869
Odilon Redon
Elie Wiesel ~ In Memoriam
 



There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.

Elie Wiesel



Eliezer "Elie" Wiesel KBE was a Romanian-born American Jewish writer, professor, political activist, Holocaust survivor, and Nobel Laureate. Wikipedia 






Born: September 30, 1928, Sighetu Marmației, Romania




Died: July 2, 2016, Upper East Side, New York City, New York, United States


 
Ralph Waldo Emerson ~ On Books
Some books leave us free and some books make us free - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Eudora Welty ~ A Passion For Books
“It had been startling and disappointing to me to find out that story books had been written by people, that books were not natural wonders, coming up of themselves like grass. Yet regardless of where they come from, I cannot remember a time when I was not in love with them -- with the books themselves, cover and binding and the paper they were printed on, with their smell and their weight and with their possession in my arms, captured and carried off to myself. Still illiterate, I was ready for them, committed to all the reading I could give them ...”
― Eudora Welty, One Writer's Beginnings


Lady Clementina Hawarden
Lady Clementina’s daughter, also called Clementina
1860s
Virginia Woolf ~ Solitude
"To love makes one solitary, she thought."
Virginia Woolf, Mrs Dalloway (1925)
Gustave Flaubert ~ Read To Live
“Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.”
― Gustave Flaubert

Henri Roger-Viollet
1893
Thomas Hardy ~ Something Within Us…
"Time changes everything except something within us which is always surprised by change."
Thomas Hardy



Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), was an English novelist and poet. A Victorian realist in the tradition of George Eliot, he was influenced both in his novels and in his poetry by Romanticism, especially William Wordsworth. (Wikipedia)
Jealousy…the Green-ey’d Monster
Edvard Munch - Jealousy (1895)

“O, beware, my lord, of jealousy;
It is the green-ey'd monster, which doth mock
The meat it feeds on.”
― William Shakespeare, Othello
Charles Dickens ~ A Quiet Silent Man
“He had been for many years, a quiet silent man, associating but little with other men, and used to companionship with his own thoughts. He had never known before the strength of the want in his heart for the frequent recognition of a nod, a look, a word; or the immense amount of relief that had been poured into it by drops through such small means.”
― Charles Dickens, Hard Times

Burghers of Calais (detail)
Auguste Rodin.
Eudora Welty ~ On Writing A Novel
Writing a story or a novel is one way of discovering sequence in experience, of stumbling upon cause and effect in the happenings of a writer's own life.
Eudora Welty