Man is but a reed, the most feeble thing in nature, but he is a thinking reed.
Buddhism teaches us not to try to run away from suffering. You have to confront suffering. You have to look deeply into the nature of suffering in order to recognize its cause, the making of the suffering.
By its very nature the beautiful is isolated from everything else. From beauty no road leads to reality.
It is by a wise economy of nature that those who suffer without change, and whom no one can help, become uninteresting. Yet so it may happen that those who need sympathy the most often attract it the least.
Haiti is always talking about decentralization and nothing has been so obvious, perhaps a weakness, as the centralized nature of Haitian society as being revealed by the earthquake. I mean, they lost all these medical training programs because they didn’t have them anywhere else.
In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.
The old cathedrals are good, but the great blue dome that hangs over everything is better.
Poetry is not a genre in harmony with the modern world; its innermost nature is hostile or indifferent to the dogmas of modern times, progress and the cult of the future.
Yes, I am well aware that nature – or what we call nature: that totality of objects and processes that surrounds us and that alternately creates us and devours us – is neither our accomplice nor our confidant.