Anna Akhmatova ~ Silent Words
''The triumphs of a mysterious non-meeting are desolate ones; unspoken phrases, silent words.''

Anna Akhmatova ((23 June 1889 – 5 March 1966 / Odessa)

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Alphonse Mucha ~ Woman With Daisies
Alphonse Mucha (Czech, 1860-1939).
Woman with Daisies, 1898-99.
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Merry Christmas
Wish you all a very merry Christmas ♥♥♥

Anton Heinrich Dieffenbach
A Christmas Party
-1865
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Simone De Beauvoir ~ One’s Past
“It's very hard to review one's past without cheating a little.”
Simone de Beauvoir
Tears Of Humanity…
Tears of humanity, tears of humanity,
flowing eternally early and late...
Flowing invisibly, flowing in secrecy,
ever abundantly, ever unceasingly -
flowing as rain flows with autumn finality
all through the night like a river in spate
(1849) Fyodor Tyutchev
translation Peter Tempest
Monument to the Dead (1895) by French sculptor Albert Bartholomé
Vive La France
VIVE LA FRANCE
Marianne,
Eugene Delacroix
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Christina Rossetti ~ October
OCTOBER


Crack your first nut and light your first fire;
Roast your first chestnut crisp on the bar;
Make the logs sparkle, stir the blaze higher,
Logs are cheery as sun or as star,
Logs we can find wherever we are.

Spring one soft day will open the leaves,
Spring one bright day will lure back the flowers;
Never fancy my whistling wind grieves,
Never fancy I've tears in my showers;
Dance, nights and days! And dance on, my hours!

Christina Rossetti,
from The Months: A Pageant.

Painting: Autumn Leaves
Sir John Everett Millais - 1855-1856
Ernest Hemingway ~ Immortality
From things that have happened and from things as they exist and from all things that you know and all those you cannot know, you make something through your invention that is not a representation but a whole new thing truer than anything true and alive, and you make it alive, and if you make it well enough, you give it immortality.
Ernest Hemingway
Frida Kahlo ~ The Curtain Of Madness
I wish I could do whatever I liked behind the curtain of “madness”. Then: I’d arrange flowers, all day long, I’d paint; pain, love and tenderness, I would laugh as much as I feel like at the stupidity of others, and they would all say: “Poor thing, she’s crazy!” (Above all I would laugh at my own stupidity.) I would build my world which while I lived, would be in agreement with all the worlds. The day, or the hour, or the minute that I lived would be mine and everyone else’s - my madness would not be an escape from “reality”.” 
― Frida Kahlo

Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, was painted by Frida Kahlo in 1940.
Rudyard Kipling ~ On Life
"This is a brief life, but in its brevity it offers us some splendid moments, some meaningful adventures.” 
― Rudyard Kipling, Kim

Rudyard Kipling
John Maler Collier - 1900