Beautiful Words #3

Some beautiful words for the week:

“Why are you so surprised that the heavens complain? . . . Didn’t we know the world would be turned upside down by what just happened? . . . Indeed, isn’t this the way it should be? . . . Isn’t it right that the sky is torn to tatters and the sea put in a frenzy? Would we prefer it if the world did not care?” (Abarat, Clive Barker)

“I am afraid. Not of life, or death, or nothingness, but of wasting it as if I had never been.” (Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes)

“There will be time, there will be time
To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet;
There will be time to murder and crate,
And time for all the works and days of hands
That lift and drop a question on your plate;
Time for you and time for me,
And time yet for a hundred indecisions,
And for a hundred visions and revisions,
Before the taking of a toast and tea.” (The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, T.S. Eliot)

“As I paddle along, I slowly become aware that it’s been fear keeping me out of this pool for so many years. I never came here before because I was afraid I’d make a fool of myself by not having the endurance to complete a lap. The swimming wasn’t what scared me; failure was. My fear locked me in a state of arrested development for so many years. Fear kept me from tackling my weight, which I understand has simply been symptomatic of my greater fear, growing up. I glide down the lane on my back and reflect on how good I feel right now. It’s not because I’ve lost more than thirty pounds. I feel incredible because I’ve stopped being afraid.” (Such A Pretty Fat: One Narcissist’s Quest to Discover If Her Life Makes Her Ass Look Big, Or Why Pie Is Not The Answer, Jen Lancaster)

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