Gustav Klimt, born today in 1862, is primarily known for his paintings of figures, but he also painted landscapes throughout his career.
[Gustav Klimt. The Park. 1910 or earlier.]
How careful was I, when I took my way,
Each trifle under truest bars to thrust,
That to my use it might unused stay
From hands of falsehood, in sure wards of trust;
But thou, to whom my jewels trifles are,
Most worthy comfort, now my greatest grief,
Thou best of dearest, and mine only care,
Art left the prey of every vulgar thief.
Thee have I not locked up in any chest,
Save where thou art not, though I feel thou art,
Within the gentle closure of my breast,
From whence at pleasure thou mayst come and part;
And even thence thou wilt be stol’n, I fear;
For truth proves thievish for a prize so dear.
[read by Fiona Shaw]
It is easy to love people in memory; the hard thing is to love them when they are there in front of you.John Updike, My Father’s Tears and Other Stories (via larmoyante)
I still love the people I’ve loved, even if I cross the street to avoid them.Uma Thurman
Jesus take me as I am
I can come no other way
Take me deeper into you
Make my flesh life melt away
Make me like a precious stone
Crystal clear and finally home
Light of Jesus shining through
Giving glory back to you
Love taught the analytic mind a certain humility, the lesson that however hard it struggled to reach immobile certainties (numbering it’s conclusions and embedding them in near series), analysis could never be anything but flawed—and therefore never stray far from the ironic.Alain de Bottom, “On Love”
You should noti am seeing less and less of you, Emma Bleker (via larmoyante)
have to rip yourself
into pieces to keep
— Thomas Merton
Imagine everything you ever wanted shows up one day and calls itself your life. And then just when you start to believe in it - gone. And suddenly it gets very hard to imagine a future. That’s depression, right?Side Effects (2013) dir. Steven Soderbergh (via larmoyante)
The human being cannot live in a condition of emptiness for very long: if he is not growing toward something, he does not merely stagnate; the pent-up potentialities turn into morbidity and despair, and eventually into destructive activities.Rollo May, Man’s Search for Himself (via misswallflower)
Relax and get busy
It might seem like a contradiction to be active and involved while at the same time being relaxed and joyful. But there’s really no contradiction at all.
Activity and effort add great richness to life. And there’s no reason why you must be stressed and uptight about making that effort.
It’s idleness, not positive effort, that can bring so much despair to life. Avoid that despair by doing something valuable and meaningful every chance you get.
It’s great to be peaceful, relaxed, and enjoying life. And you can be all those things while putting forth disciplined, persistent, effective effort.
Don’t assume that you must wallow in idleness just to relax. Make the choice to relax and to enjoy yourself even in the busiest of times.
Life is an adventure, so live that adventure actively and enthusiastically. At the same time, relax and enjoy the process of adding real richness to your life and your world.
— Ralph Marston
From my partner @marseelee
Our whole spiritual transformation brings us to the point where we realize that in our own being, we are enough.Ram Dass (via childrenofthetao)