„Whatever it is that pulls the pin, that hurls you past the boundaries of your own life into a brief and total beauty, even for a moment, it is enough“
— Jeanette Winterson English writer 1959
Context: They were letting off fireworks down at the waterfront, the sky exploding in grenades of colour. Whatever it is that pulls the pin, that hurls you past the boundaries of your own life into a brief and total beauty - even for a moment - it is enough.
„Mirth is like a flash of lightning, that breaks through a gloom of clouds, and glitters for a moment; cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind, and fills it with a steady and perpetual serenity.“
— Joseph Addison politician, writer and playwright 1672 - 1719
No. 381 (17 May 1712).
„I am, gay creature,
With pardon of your deities, a mushroom
On whom the dew of heaven drops now and then.“
— John Ford (dramatist) dramatist 1586 - 1649
Act I, sc. iii.
— Stanisław Jerzy Lec Polish writer 1909 - 1966
Context: The moment of recognizing your own lack of talent is a flash of genius.<!-- p. 116
— Rabindranath Tagore Bengali polymath 1861 - 1941
— John Keats, The Complete Poems
" Sleep and Poetry http://www.bartleby.com/126/31.html", st. 5
„I seem to be a brief light that flashes but once in all the aeons of time — a rare, complicated, and all-too-delicate organism on the fringe of biological evolution, where the wave of life bursts into individual, sparkling, and multicolored drops that gleam for a moment... only to vanish forever.“
— Alan Watts British philosopher, writer and speaker 1915 - 1973
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„Oh ye! who all life's energies combine
The fadeless laurel round your brows to twine,
Pause but one moment in your brief career,
Nor seek for glory in a mortal sphere.“
— Susanna Moodie Canadian writer 1803 - 1885
From her poem Fame in Enthusiasm and Other Poems Smith, Elder and Co London 1831
„A shaft of fire that falls like dew,
And melts and maddens all my blood,
From out thy spirit flashes through
The burning glass of womanhood.“
— George William Russell Irish writer, editor, critic, poet, and artistic painter 1867 - 1935
— Apollonius of Rhodes ancient Greek poet -295 - -215 a.C.
„I have heard the mavis singing
Its love-song to the morn;
I've seen the dew-drop clinging
To the rose just newly born.“
— Charles Jefferys British music publisher 1807 - 1865
Mary of Argyle, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).