„The obliterated place is equal parts destruction and creation. The obliterated place is pitch black and bright light. It is water and parched earth. It is mud and it is manna. The real work of deep grief is making a home there.“
Source: Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar
„I find in working always the disturbing intrusion of elements not a part of my most interested vision, and the inevitable obliteration and replacement of this vision by the work itself as it proceeds..“
— Edward Hopper prominent American realist painter and printmaker 1882 - 1967
1911 - 1940, Notes on Painting - Edward Hopper (1933)
— Bashō Matsuo Japanese poet 1644 - 1694
Source: Japanese Haiku
„To be enlightened is to obliterate all self-consciousness. What need is there to make others understand? This shows precisely that he has not yet attained real awakening and final enlightenment.“
As quoted in Enchantment and Disenchantment: Love and Illusion in Chinese Literature by Wai-yee Li (Princeton University Press, 1993), p. 221
„The earth was parched, the trees were sear'd,
And blasted every branch appear'd;
At one end yawned a gloomy cave,
Black, as its mouth were that of the grave;
And dark, as if the waters of death
Were in its depths, rose a well beneath.“
— Letitia Elizabeth Landon English poet and novelist 1802 - 1838
The Golden Violet - The Ring
The Golden Violet (1827)
— Warren Farrell author, spokesperson, expert witness, political candidate 1943
Source: The Boy Crisis (2018), pp. 203
„Crystals! Harmony of matter
Born without any clatter
but with Holy's mighty venture
as the sparkling kids of Nature
Crystals! Time past memorizing,
Nature's story vitalizing,
witnessing the world's creation
warning its obliteration…“
— Ivan Kostov Nikolov Bulgarian mineralogist 1913 - 2004
Ode on Crystals, st. 2 & 3 (24 January 2001).
„This is the most beautiful place on earth.
There are many such places. Every man, every woman, carries in heart and mind the image of the ideal place, the right place, the one true home, known or unknown, actual or visionary.“
"The First Morning", p. 1
Desert Solitaire (1968)
Context: This is the most beautiful place on earth.
There are many such places. Every man, every woman, carries in heart and mind the image of the ideal place, the right place, the one true home, known or unknown, actual or visionary. A houseboat in Kashmir, a view down Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, a gray gothic farmhouse two stories high at the end of a red dog road in the Allegheny Mountains, a cabin on the shore of a blue lake in spruce and fir country, a greasy alley near the Hoboken waterfront, or even, possibly, for those of a less demanding sensibility, the world to be seen from a comfortable apartment high in the tender, velvety smog of Manhattan, Chicago, Paris, Tokyo, Rio, or Rome — there's no limit to the human capacity for the homing sentiment.
— Cædmon Ancient English poet 657 - 680
Creation. The First Day (c. 670).
Source: Terminal World (2010), Chapter 16 (p. 265)
„The places where water comes together with other water. Those places stand out in my mind like holy places.“
— Raymond Carver American short story author and poet 1938 - 1988
Source: Where Water Comes Together with Other Water: Poems
„Would but some wing'ed Angel ere too late
Arrest the yet unfolded Roll of Fate,
And make the stern Recorder otherwise
Enregister, or quite obliterate!“
— Omar Khayyám Persian poet, philosopher, mathematician, and astronomer 1048 - 1131
The Rubaiyat (1120)
„For large minds, the Earth is a small place. Not small enough to exhaust in one lifetime, but a compact home, cozy, buoyant, a place to cherish, the spectral center of our life. But how could we stay at home forever?“
Source: A Natural History of the Senses (1990), Chapter 5 “Vision” (p. 281)
„Safe in the womb of an everlasting night,
You find the darkness can give the brightest light.
Safe in your place deep in the earth,
That's when they'll know what you were really worth.“
— Nick Drake British singer-songwriter 1948 - 1974
Song lyrics, Five Leaves Left (1969)
„May you be turned every man of you into earth and water as you sit spiritless and inglorious in your places.“
VII. 99–100 (tr. Samuel Butler).
Iliad (c. 750 BC)
Original: (el) Ἀλλ' ὑμεῖς μὲν πάντες ὕδωρ καὶ γαῖα γένοισθε
ἥμενοι αὖθι ἕκαστοι ἀκήριοι ἀκλεὲς αὔτως.
— Philip José Farmer American science fiction writer 1918 - 2009
"Imagination" in America Sings (1949)
Context: Miles above the Earth we know,
Fancy's rocket roars. Below,
Here and Now are needles which
Sew a pattern black as pitch,
Waiting for the rocket's light.
„The common people (live in) poverty so great and miserable that the life of the people can be depicted or accurately described only as the home of stark want and the dwelling place of bitter woe… their houses are built of mud with thatched roofs. Furniture there is little or none, except some earthenware pots to hold water and for cooking…“
— Francisco Pelsaert Dutch merchant, commander of the ship Batavia 1591 - 1630
Pelsaert, quoted from Lal, K. S. (1992). The legacy of Muslim rule in India. New Delhi: Aditya Prakashan.
„In this situation, any feeling of gee-wiz exhilaration would be out of place. Consternation and fear would be closer to the mark; but the most appropriate attitude may be a bitter determination to be as competent as we can, much as if we were preparing for a difficult exam that will either realize our dreams or obliterate them.“
Source: Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies (2014), Ch. 15
„The only place I felt at home was in your heart. You were the only light that didn't go out on me.“
— Ben Hecht American screenwriter 1894 - 1964
Angels Over Broadway (1940)