metaxu ~= "in between"

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seek freedom

Seek freedom and become captive of your desires; seek discipline and find your liberty.

Frank Herbert, Dune

life’s illusions

It’s life’s illusions i recall
i really don’t know life
at all …

Joni Mitchell, “Both Sides Now”

kiss the joy as it flies

He who binds to himself a joy,
Doth the winged life destroy,
But he who kisses the joy as it flies
Lives in eternity’s sunrise.

William Blake

frog and toad

Frog – practical, a problem-solver, eternally patient – and his best friend Toad, who is ruled by his reactions to his surroundings: he wants this, he fears that. Frog never comments on Toad’s behavior, he takes gentle action. More often than not, a story ends not with Toad learning a lesson but with the two friends simply continuing on, side by side.

“Discovering the dharma in ‘Frog and Toad'”, by Arnold Lobel – article by Kathryn Jezer-Morton at LionsRoar.com

makes ice melt

As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.

Albert Schweitzer

when artists go to work

This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal.

I know the world is bruised and bleeding, and though it is important not to ignore its pain, it is also critical to refuse to succumb to its malevolence. Like failure, chaos contains information that can lead to knowledge — even wisdom. Like art.

Toni Morrison, in The Nation

flashing before your eyes

It is said that your life flashes before your eyes just before you die. That is true. It’s called Life.

Terry Pratchett