I came to a point where I needed solitude and just stop the machine of thinking
and enjoying what they call living,
I just wanted to lie in the grass and look at the clouds…
– Jack Kerouac
Home is behind, the world ahead,
And there are many paths to tread
Through shadows to the edge of night,
Until the stars are all alight.
Then world behind and home ahead,
We’ll wander back and home to bed.
Mist and twilight, cloud and shade,
Away shall fade! Away shall fade!
– J.R.R. Tolkien
You have the power to tear me to pieces, to wound me so deep and true that I’ll never recover. You’re in my every breath and every thought, intertwined so deep inside me that love’s not a strong enough word – you have my devotion, your name branded on my soul, my wolf yours to command. A hundred years? It’ll never be enough, I want eternity… – Nalini Singh, Kiss of Snow.
Sometimes there is a single moment that changes your life forever.
After that moment nothing feels the same anymore.
You try to get back into your normal routine, but something is different, something’s changed.
Finally, you realize that everything is just the same as it always was.
The only thing different is you.
You are that moment, and you have changed me.
— Komal Kant
Nor less, I trust,
To them I may have owed another gift,
Of aspect more sublime; that blessed mood,
In which the burthen of the mystery,
In which the heavy and the weary weight
Of all this unintelligible world,
Is lightened—that serene and blessed mood,
In which the affections gently lead us on—
Until, the breath of this corporeal frame
And even the motion of our human blood
Almost suspended, we are laid asleep
In body, and become a living soul:
While with an eye made quiet by the power
Of harmony, and the deep power of joy,
We see into the life of things.
Tintern Abbey, William Wordsworth 1798
A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed. – Ansel Adams