transcendence

“For whatever reason, the heart cannot separate the world’s appearance and actions from morality and valor, and the power of every idea is intensified, if not actually created, by its expression in substance. Over and over in the butterfly we see the idea of transcendence. In the forest we see not the inert but the aspiring. In water that departs forever and forever returns, we experience eternity.”

— Mary Oliver, “Wordsworth’s Mountain,” Long Life

feast

Who goes to dine must take his Feast
Or find the Banquet mean –
The Table is not laid without
Till it is laid within.

– Emily Dickinson, “Who goes to dine must take his Feast”

prescribed

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“I would love to announce that I’m a person without regrets but, alas, I am not. I have regrets. Many of them, in fact. Things I wish I’d done better. Times I wish I had more grace. Moments that required more kindness than I was able to summon. 

No, I don’t believe a life that is lived perfectly is the goal. A life that has produced scars and wrinkles and a heart open enough that’s bound to get broken a few times. That’s what I’m after. 

I read something that our souls have chosen this exact life. That death comes after you fulfill your prescribed journey. There’s something I quite liked about that — it’s a bit of magic, isn’t it?” 

— Tales of the City, S1E10

sand

 

“No man’s land. There was a time when stopping halfway across this bridge would have been unthinkable to you. How things change. … You have nothing to be sorry about. I was standing between you and your dreams for this place. You did what you had to do.”

“I thought you said this place was just sand.”

“Sand has its virtues. On sand, nothing is fixed. Nothing is permanent. And fates change so quickly. Yesterday Captain Hornigold was immovable from that fort. And Captain Vane was a beggar. Now look at them today. Yesterday I was a whore of little consequence easily dismissed, easily forgotten. Today I am a madam with an income and allies and a woman who has learned the most important of lessons. Never let anyone stand in between you and you’re ambitions. Thank you for teaching it to me.”

— Black Sails S01 E08

legacies

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“There are no legacies in this life, are there? No monuments, no history. Just the water. It pays us, and then it claims us. Swallows us whole, as if we’d never been here at all.”

— Black Sails, S01 E08

weather

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“Life is economics. A natural system of profit and loss. Wholly reliant on perpetual storm to sustain itself. Violent gales of creative destruction ceaselessly creating paths for something new. The only true choice we have is to weather the storm, or to welcome it. I always strive for the latter. Because there can be no creation without destruction. No beginning without end.”

– What If, S1E1

agendas

"'Everything happens for a reason.' Think about that for a moment. All your efforts – personal, professional, carnal ... utter and absolutely slaves to some cosmically predetermined set of outcomes. As if we have no say in, let alone culpability for the defining moments in our lives. If you want a life of purpose, begin by inverting the notion that everything happens for a reason.

Redefine it. Not as some future explanation for terrible tragedy or glorious achievement, but as validation for the deliberate choices that lead us to these critical junctures in the first place. Assert authority over chance, fate, and destiny, because everything does happen for a reason. And that reason is you. To attain elite success, you must be willing to make the hard choices, do the unpleasant things, risk your most valuable assets. And do away with the shackles designed by society to limit us – love, marriage, children, and, above all, the uninvited imposition of lesser people's moral agendas. Because nothing worthwhile is ever achieved without sacrifice. And true greatness only comes to those willing to pursue at any cost."

– What If, S1E1

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trivia

“It is never easy to confront life-changing news, especially when you are deeply embroiled in the everyday and the banal, which we always are. They absorb almost everything, make almost everything small, apart from the few events that are so immense that they lay waste to all the everyday trivia around you." 

— Karl Ove Knausgaard

“I'm willing to work within your metaphor.”

freed

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“The habit of being happy enables one to be freed, or largely freed, from the dominance of outward conditions.” 

— Robert Louis Stevenson


fragrance

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“To interact with people of a noble character is like walking in a room filled with fragrant orchids. After some time you can no longer smell their fragrance because you are now part of it.” — Confucius

ready

"‘How? Why?’ doesn't really matter now. What does matter is that as of this moment, we are at war. You've trained for this. You're ready for this. Stand to your duties, trust your fellow shipmates, and we'll all get through this.”

– Captain Adama

dreams

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” — Epicurus

lives

"There was another life that I might have had, but I am having this one.” — Kazuo Ishiguro

becoming

"Healing may not be so much about getting better, as about letting go of everything that isn't you — all of the expectations, all of the beliefs — and becoming who you are."

- Rachel Naomi Remen