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A Poet Reflects

Posts tagged realization:

Now I realize I worked for years
in the coded silence of a paper heart.

J. P. Dancing Bear, closing lines to “Auricle,” Mississippi Review (vol. 39, no. 1-3, 2012)

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Johnny Rivers

"Summer Rain"

Realization LP (Remastered)

journalofanobody:

“Many of us are returning from a long journey during which we were forced to search for things that were of no interest to us. Now we realize that they were false. But this return cannot be made without pain, because we have been away for a long time and feel that we are strangers in our own land. It will take some time to find the friends who also left, and the places where our roots and treasures lie. But this will happen.”

—Paulo Coelho 

(Source: dawnofconsciousness)

Realize deeply that the present moment is all you will ever have.

Eckhart Tolle (via suterrain)

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"There are, it seems, two muses: the Muse of Inspiration, who gives us inarticulate visions and desires, and the Muse of Realization, who returns again and again to say, ‘It is yet more difficult than you thought.’ This is the muse of form." 

—Wendell Berry

The more things I threw away, the more I found.

Don DeLillo, White Noise (Viking Press, 1985) (via alinwright)

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oldmanflower:

“How wrong to have been so negative, how wrong to have been so gloomy, how wrong to have run away from life, how wrong to have said no, again and again, instead of yes.”

—Jonathan Franzen (via psychportal)

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"What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner.” 
― Colette
Photograph: Andre Kertesz, Colette, Paris, 1930. via poboh

"What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner.” 

― Colette

Photograph: Andre Kertesz, Colette, Paris, 1930. via poboh

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“It goes a long way back, some twenty years. All my life I had been looking for something, and everywhere I turned someone tried to tell me what it was. I accepted their answers too, though they were often in contradiction and even self-contradictory. I was naive. I was looking for myself and asking everyone except myself questions which I, and only I, could answer. It took me a long time and much painful boomeranging of my expectations to achieve a realization everyone else appears to have been born with: That I am nobody but myself. But first I had to discover that I am an invisible man!”
—Ralph Ellison, from Invisible Man (Random House, 1952)

“It goes a long way back, some twenty years. All my life I had been looking for something, and everywhere I turned someone tried to tell me what it was. I accepted their answers too, though they were often in contradiction and even self-contradictory. I was naive. I was looking for myself and asking everyone except myself questions which I, and only I, could answer. It took me a long time and much painful boomeranging of my expectations to achieve a realization everyone else appears to have been born with: That I am nobody but myself. But first I had to discover that I am an invisible man!”

—Ralph Ellison, from Invisible Man (Random House, 1952)


"It breaks the heart to see."  —Weldon Kees

"It breaks the heart to see."  —Weldon Kees

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