„The murderer smiles palely in wine,
Death's horror grips the sick.
Excoriated and naked, the nun prays
Before the Savior's agony on the cross.
The mother sings quietly in sleep.
Peacefully the child looks into the night
With eyes that are completely truthful.
In the whorehouse laughter rings.
By candlelight down in the cellar hole
The dead one paints with white hand
A grinning silence on the wall.
The sleeper whispers still.“
"Romance in the Night"
„Even the blue-and-white Delftware tile is back up on the wall because, when you took it down, the pale square of paint behind it broke your heart.“
— Andrea Lewis (writer) Microsoft employee
“Shored Against My Ruins,” The Southeast Review, Vol. 31, No. 1 (2013)
„It was like discovering a complete wine-filled cellar filled with bottles of an amazing wine of a kind and flavor never tasted before. It quite intoxicated me….“
— John Ronald Reuel Tolkien British philologist and author, creator of classic fantasy works 1892 - 1973
No. 163: On his discovery of Finnish language, in a letter to W. H. Auden (1955)
„In the long, sleepless watches of the night,
A gentle face — the face of one long dead —
Looks at me from the wall, where round its head
The night-lamp casts a halo of pale light.“
— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow American poet 1807 - 1882
The Cross of Snow http://www.americanpoems.com/poets/longfellow/19251 (1879).
„Before him, numberless lovers smiled and talked.
And death was observed with sudden cries,
And birth with laughter and pain.
And the trees grew taller and blacker against the skies
And night came down again.“
— Conrad Aiken American novelist and poet 1889 - 1973
The House of Dust (1916 - 1917)
— Peter Greenaway British film director 1942
The Baby of Mâcon
„“Squatting on old bones and excrement and rusty iron, in a white blaze of heat, a panorama of naked idiots stretches to the horizon. Complete silence - their speech centres are destroyed - except for the crackle of sparks and the popping of singed flesh as they apply electrodes up and down the spine. White smoke of burning flesh hangs in the motionless air. A group of children have tied an idiot to a post with barbed wire and built a fire between his legs and stand watching with bestial curiosity as the flames lick his thighs. His flesh jerks in the fire with insect agony.“
— William S. Burroughs, livro Naked Lunch
Naked Lunch (1959)
„To look upon its grass grown yard, where the sunbeams seem to sleep so quietly, one would think that there at least the dead might rest in peace.“
— Washington Irving, livro The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Fonte: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
„God makes sech nights, all white an' still,
Fur'z you can look or listen,
Moonshine an' snow on field an' hill,
All silence an' all glisten.“
— James Russell Lowell American poet, critic, editor, and diplomat 1819 - 1891
The Courtin' , st. 1.
The Biglow Papers (1848–1866), Series II (1866)
„You came out of the night,
Wearing a mask in white colour.
My eyes were shining
On the wine, and your aura.“
— Kate Bush British recording artist; singer, songwriter, musician and record producer 1958
Song lyrics, The Kick Inside (1978)
„The air is bright with hues of light
And rich with laughter and with singing:
Young hearts beat high in ecstasy,
And banners wave, and bells are ringing:
But silence falls with fading day,
And there's an end to mirth and play.
— Lewis Carroll English writer, logician, Anglican deacon and photographer 1832 - 1898
Four Riddles, no. III
Rhyme? and Reason? (1883)
„He (Wells) closed his eyes and he turned his head and he raised one hand to fend away what could not be fended away. Chigurh shot him in the face. Everything that Wells had ever known or thought or loved drained slowly down the wall behind him. His mother's face, his First Communion, women he had known. The faces of men as they died on their knees before him. The body of a child dead in a roadside ravine in another country.“
— Cormac McCarthy, livro No Country for Old Men
No Country for Old Men (2005)
„The candlelight dances off her mahogany-coloured skin as she un-robes, and she is smiling from the very middle of herself, and you look at them and you think "This is the one, this is it" and then—and then the cage comes down!“
— Dylan Moran Irish actor and comedian 1971
Like, Totally (2006)
„O sleepers! what a thing is slumber! Sleep resembles death. Ah, why then dost thou not work in such wise as that after death thou mayst retain a resemblance to perfect life, when, during life, thou art in sleep so like to the hapless dead?“
— Leonardo Da Vinci Italian Renaissance polymath 1452 - 1519
XIX Philosophical Maxims. Morals. Polemics and Speculations.
„With the cry I wake;—and around me
The mother and child at her feet
Breathe peace in even whispers;
And the night falls heavy and sweet.“
— Francis Turner Palgrave English poet and critic 1824 - 1897
Past and Present
— Letitia Elizabeth Landon English poet and novelist 1802 - 1838
(1836-3) (Vol.48) Subjects for Pictures. Second Series. II. A Supper of Madame de Brinvilliers
The Monthly Magazine
„Such grinning inanity is very sad to the soul of man. Human faces should not grin on one like masks; they should look on one like faces! I love honest laughter, as I do sunlight; but not dishonest“
— Thomas Carlyle Scottish philosopher, satirical writer, essayist, historian and teacher 1795 - 1881
1840s, Past and Present (1843)
Contexto: "No man in this fashionable London of yours," friend Sauerteig would say, "speaks a plain word to me. Every man feels bound to be something more than plain; to be pungent withal, witty, ornamental. His poor fraction of sense has to be perked into some epigrammatic shape, that it may prick into me;—perhaps (this is the commonest) to be topsyturvied, left standing on its head, that I may remember it the better! Such grinning inanity is very sad to the soul of man. Human faces should not grin on one like masks; they should look on one like faces! I love honest laughter, as I do sunlight; but not dishonest: most kinds of dancing too; but the St.-Vitus kind not at all! A fashionable wit, ach Himmel, if you ask, Which, he or a Death's- head, will be the cheerier company for me? pray send not him!"
„It speaks to me in the silence of this one
then through the words of that one speaking;
it whispers to me through an eyebrow raised
and the message of an eye winking.“
— Fakhruddin 'Iraqi Persian philosopher 1213 - 1289
Fakhruddin Iraqi: Divine Flashes (1982)