„After all Death is a Symbol that there was Life.“

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Mario Benedetti4
Uruguayan journalist, novelist, and poet 1920 - 2009

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Original: (la) Aut nihil est sensus animis a morte relictum
aut mors ipsa nihil.

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„I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! —and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.“

—  Elizabeth Barrett Browning, book Sonnets from the Portuguese

No. LXIII
Sonnets from the Portuguese (1850)
Context: How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday's
Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints,—I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! —and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

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„The large gray spiked form rising from the bottom of the picture is to me the symbol of death and ruin. And finally the black ovoid form is the symbol of fire, lava and destruction.“

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