Bk. 1, line 34.
„Eek for to winne love in sondry ages,
In sondry londes, sondry ben usages.“
Troilus and Criseyde (1380s)
Context: Ye knowe eek, that in forme of speche is chaunge
Withinne a thousand yeer, and wordes tho
That hadden prys, now wonder nyce and straunge
Us thinketh hem; and yet they spake hem so,
And spedde as wel in love as men now do;
Eek for to winne love in sondry ages,
In sondry londes, sondry ben usages.
Book 2, line 22-28
Bk. 1, line 34.
„On a huge hill, Cragged and steep, Truth stands,
and hee that will Reach her, about must, and about must goe;
And what the hills suddenness resists, winne so;
Yet strive so, that before age, deaths twilight, Thy Soule rest,
for none can worke in that night.“
— John Donne English poet 1572 - 1631
Satyre III (c. 1598)
„It is surely one of the strangest of our propensities to mark out those we love best for the worst usage“
— Samuel Laman Blanchard British author and journalist 1804 - 1845
"That Good Wine Needs No Bush".
Sketches from Life (1846)
Context: It is surely one of the strangest of our propensities to mark out those we love best for the worst usage; yet we do, all of us. We can take any freedom with a friend; we stand on no ceremony with a friend.
„Every age has its massive moral blind spots. We might not see them, but our children will. Slavery was one of them and the people who best served that age were the ones who called it as it was — which was ungodly and inhuman. Ben Franklin called it what it was when he became president of the Pennsylvania Abolition Society.“
— Bono Irish rock musician, singer of U2 1960
PENN Address (2004)
Source: U2 By U2
„It came again with a great wakening light,
And showed the names whom love of God had blessed,
And, lo! Ben Adhem's name led all the rest!“
— Leigh Hunt English critic, essayist, poet and writer 1784 - 1859
Abou Ben Adhem
Context: Abou Ben Adhem (may his tribe increase!)
Awoke one night from a deep dream of peace,
And saw, within the moonlight in his room,
Making it rich, and like a lily in bloom,
An Angel writing in a book of gold: Exceeding peace had made Ben Adhem bold,
And to the Presence in the room he said,
"What writest thou?" The Vision raised its head,
And with a look made of all sweet accord
Answered, "The names of those who love the Lord." "And is mine one?" said Abou. "Nay, not so,"
Replied the Angel. Abou spoke more low,
But cheerily still; and said, "I pray thee, then,
Write me as one who loves his fellow men." The Angel wrote, and vanished. The next night
It came again with a great wakening light,
And showed the names whom love of God had blessed,
And, lo! Ben Adhem's name led all the rest!
„The territorial aristocracy of former ages was either bound by law, or thought itself bound by usage, to come to the relief of its serving-men and to relieve their distresses. But the manufacturing aristocracy of our age first impoverishes and debases the men who serve it and then abandons them to be supported by the charity of the public.“
Book Two, Chapter XX.
Democracy in America, Volume II (1840), Book Two
— Anaïs Nin writer of novels, short stories, and erotica 1903 - 1977
„When I am in India I gravitate to the poor and forgotten; in the fields I love photographing the workers who eek out a living and a little bit of food from the earth. All of this has everything to do with this area, as Western New York has many people working in the fields as migrant families.“
— Manuel Rivera-Ortiz American photographer 1968
Buffalo Rising interview (2007)
„Relish love in your old age! Aged love is like aged wine; it becomes more satisfying, more refreshing, more valuable, more appreciated and more intoxicating!“
— Leo Buscaglia Motivational speaker, writer 1924 - 1998
— Peter J. Carroll British occultist 1953
Source: PsyberMagick (1995), p. 65
Context: New Age-ism
I could Love it: —
If dolphins had as much intelligence as cats,
And stopped trying to rescue sinking pieces of wood.
If crystals actually did something useful,
Other than grease the wheels of commerce.
If the Goddess had made animals taste less good,
So I didn't want to eat them.
If astrology could tell me anything,
Other than the trite and obvious.
If whales could do something more impressive,
Than merely occupy a lot of space.
If corn circles came from enlightened aliens,
Rather than Wiltshire pranksters on cider.
If channellers could speak in hieroglyphics,
Instead of pop-psychological twaddle.
If sharing, caring, non-sexist men,
Could do anything useful in a crisis.
— Becky Stark American singer 1976
You Broke My Heart, One Day Like Rain video (2007) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbuzXRGXCpY - live performance Siren Festival (2007) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpgz-roS08w
Cavalry of Light (2005)
Context: Why do I hear what I can't see?
Why do I fear what I can be?
I feel the field of battle within my life! I hear the calvalry of light!
I see the sound of endless sight!
I feel the field of battle within my life! It was a life that had no end
A time of love with you, my friend
Begin the age of love you know about!
„There is no such thing as an age for love … because the man capable of loving — in the complex and modern sense of love as a sort of ideal exaltation — never ceases to love.“
— Paul Bourget French writer 1852 - 1935
Pierre Fauchery, as quoted by the character "Jules Labarthe"
The Age for Love
Context: There is no such thing as an age for love... because the man capable of loving — in the complex and modern sense of love as a sort of ideal exaltation — never ceases to love. I will go further; he never ceases to love the same person. You know the experiment that a contemporary physiologist tried with a series of portraits to determine in what the indefinable resemblances called family likeness consisted? He took photographs of twenty persons of the same blood, then he photographed these photographs on the same plate, one over the other. In this way he discovered the common features which determined the type. Well, I am convinced that if we could try a similar experiment and photograph one upon another the pictures of the different women whom the same man has loved or thought he had loved in the course of his life we should discover that all these women resembled one another. The most inconsistent have cherished one and the same being through five or six or even twenty different embodiments.
The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1984), Part One: Lightness and Weight
„And still to love, though prest with ill,
In wintry age to feel no chill,
With me is to be lovely still,
— William Cowper (1731–1800) English poet and hymnodist 1731 - 1800
"To Mary", st. 11 (1791).
The Rover, Part II, Act V.
„To fall into mere unreasoning deliquium of love and admiration, was not good; but such unreasoning, nay irrational supercilious no-love at all is perhaps still worse!—It is a thing forever changing, this of Hero-worship: different in each age, difficult to do well in any age. Indeed, the heart of the whole business of the age, one may say, is to do it well.“
— Thomas Carlyle Scottish philosopher, satirical writer, essayist, historian and teacher 1795 - 1881
1840s, Heroes and Hero-Worship (1840), The Hero as Prophet