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Tears

You have left me like a withering flower begging for dew, No amount of tears will soothe the parched leaves of a withering flower


by Ela

Autumn

My heart is empty.

Something died inside me.

There is a profound silence.

Autumn is here.

The trees are dormant. And so am I.


by Ela

Birds

Stray birds of summer come to my window to sing and fly away. And yellow leaves of autumn which have no songs flutter and fall there with a sigh.


by Rabindranath Tagore

Unconditional Love

I came out alone on my way to my tryst..

But who is this that follows me in the silent dark?

I move aside to avoid his presence but I escape him not.

He makes the dust rise from the earth with his swagger; he adds his loud voice to every word that I utter.

He is my own little self, my lord, he knows no shame; but I am ashamed to come to thy door in his company.


by Rabindranath Tagore

Reflection

Your voice, my friend, wanders in my heart, like the muffled sound of the sea among these listening reeds


by Rabindranath Tagore

Stream of Life

The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures.

It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth in numberless blades of grass and breaks into tumultuous waves of leaves and flowers.

It is the same life that is rocked in the ocean-cradle of birth and of death, in ebb and in flow. I feel my limbs are made glorious by the touch of this world of life. And my pride is from the life-throb of ages dancing in my blood this moment.


by Rabindranath Tagore

Storm

A storm brews in my heart, unquenched and thirsty


by Ela

In The Dusky Path Of A Dream

In the dusky path of a dream I went to seek the love who was mine in a former life.

She set her lamp down by the portal and stood before me.

She raised her large eyes to my face and mutely asked, 'Are you well, my friend?'

I tried to answer, but our language had been lost and forgotten.


by Rabindranath Tagore

An Unbelieving Smile

An unbelieving smile flits on your eyes when I come to you to take my leave.

I have done it so often that you think I will soon return. To tell you the truth I have the same doubt in my mind.

For the spring days come again time after time; the full moon takes leave and comes on another visit,

the flowers come again and blush upon their branches year after year, and it is likely that I take my leave only to come to you again. But keep the illusion awhile; do not send it away with ungentle haste. When I say I leave you for all time, accept it as true, and let a mist of tears for one moment deepen the dark rim of your eyes. Then smile as archly as you like when I come again


by Rabindranath Tagore

Moonlight

MOON, for what do you wait? To salute the sun for whom I must make way.


by Rabindranath Tagore

Chain Of Pearls

Mother, I shall weave a chain of pearls for thy neck with my tears of sorrow.

The stars have wrought their anklets of light to deck thy feet, but mine will hang upon thy breast.

Wealth and fame come from thee and it is for thee to give or to withhold them.

But this my sorrow is absolutely mine own, and when I bring it to thee as my offering thou rewardest me with thy grace.


by Rabindranath Tagore

When Day Is Done

If the day is done, if birds sing no more, if the wind has flagged tired, then draw the veil of darkness thick upon me, even as thou hast wrapt the earth with the coverlet of sleep and tenderly closed the petals of the drooping lotus at dusk.

From the traveler, whose sack of provisions is empty before the voyage is ended, whose garment is torn and dust-laden, whose strength is exhausted, remove shame and poverty, and renew his life like a flower under the cover of thy kindly night.


by Rabindranath Tagore

Trees

Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky, We fell them down and turn them into paper, That we may record our emptiness.


by Khalil Gibran

Incredible Greatness

Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.


by Khalil Gibran

Unlimited Wisdom

When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.


by Khalil Gibran

Life

One day you will ask me which is more important? My life or yours? I will say mine and you will walk away not knowing that you are my life.


by Khalil Gibran

Beauty

Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.


by Khalil Gibran

Death

For what is it to die, But to stand in the sun and melt into the wind? And when the Earth has claimed our limbs, Then we shall truly dance.


by Khalil Gibran

Strong Hope

Yesterday is but today's memory and tomorrow is today's dream.


by Khalil Gibran

Touching Words

Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding... And could you keep your heart in wonder at the daily miracles of your life, your pain would not seem less wondrous than your joy


by Khalil Gibran

Everlasting Truth

No human relation gives one possession in another—every two souls are absolutely different. In friendship or in love, the two side by side raise hands together to find what one cannot reach alone.


by Khalil Gibran

Life Long Learning

I have learned silence from the talkative, tolerance from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind. I should not be ungrateful to these teachers.


by Khalil Gibran

Painful Love

It takes a minute to have a crush on someone, an hour to like someone, and a day to love someone... but it takes a lifetime to forget someone.


by Khalil Gibran

The Madman

I have found both freedom and safety in my madness; the freedom of loneliness and the safety from being understood, for those who understand us enslave something in us.


by Khalil Gibran

Love Letters in the Sand

Hearts united in pain and sorrow will not be separated by joy and happiness.

Bonds that are woven in sadness are stronger than the ties of joy and pleasure.

Love that is washed by tears will remain eternally pure and faithful.


by Khalil Gibran

Music

Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.


by Khalil Gibran

Lasting Friendship

In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures.

For in the dew of little things, does the heart find its morning and is refreshed.


by Khalil Gibran

Earthly Delights

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet

and the winds long to play with your hair.


by Khalil Gibran

Love

Love one another, but make not a bond of love:

Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.


by Khalil Gibran

Romantic Scent

The minute I heard my first love story,

I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was.

Lovers don't finally meet somewhere.

They're in each other all along.


by Rumi

Beautiful Serendipity

Be like the sun for grace and mercy.

Be like the night to cover others' faults.

Be like running water for generosity.

Be like death for rage and anger.

Be like the Earth for modesty.

Appear as you are. Be as you appear.


by Rumi

Blessings

But listen to me. For one moment quit being sad.

Hear blessings dropping their blossoms around you.


by Rumi

Insanity

I have lived on the lip of insanity,

wanting to know reasons, knocking on a door.

It opens.

I've been knocking from the inside.


by Rumi

Lucid Dream

Come, come, whoever you are.

Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving.

It doesn't matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair.

Come, even if you have broken your vows a thousand times.

Come, yet again , come , come.


by Rumi

Unconditional Love

And still, after all this time,

The Sun has never said to the Earth,

"You owe me."

Look what happens with love like that.

It lights up the sky.


by Rumi

Great Design

Inside you there’s an artist you don’t know about

… say yes quickly, if you know,

if you’ve known it from before the beginning of the universe.


by Rumi

Heart knows

Only from the heart can you touch the sky.


by Rumi

Inebriated

My lips got lost on the way to the kiss - that's how drunk I was.


by Rumi

Inner Sight

Like a sculptor, if necessary, carve a friend out of stone.

Realize that your inner sight is blind

and try to see a treasure in everyone.


by Rumi

Winds of Change

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don't go back to sleep.


by Rumi

Envy

If the foot of the trees were not tied to earth, they would be pursuing me..

For I have blossomed so much, I am the envy of the gardens.


by Rumi

The Joy that Wounds

Oh sky, without me, do not change,

Oh moon, without me, do not shine;

Oh earth, without me, do not grow,

Oh time, without me, do not go.

...Oh, you cannot go, without me.


by Rumi

The Gift

The heart is a

The thousand-stringed instrument

That can only be tuned with

Love.


by Hafez

Who is a poet?

A poet is someone who can pour light into a cup,

then raise it to nourish your beautiful parched, holy mouth.


by Hafez

The Subject tonight is Love

Your soul once sat on an easel on my knee.

For ages I hve been sketching you

With myriad shapes of sounds and light;

Now awake, dear pilgrim,

With your thousand swaying arms

That need to caress the sky.


by Hafez

Silence

Sit quietly, doing nothing, spring comes, and the grass grows by itself


by Lao Tzu

Nature

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.


by Lao Tzu

Self Mastery

Mastering others is strength.

Mastering yourself is true power.


by Lao Tzu

Vision

To see things in the seed, that is genius.


by Lao Tzu

Non-attachment

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.


by Lao Tzu

Meditation

To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.


by Lao Tzu

Life is a journey

“Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small.

A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.


by Lao Tzu

Joy of Being

At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.


by Lao Tzu

DewDrops

The whole moon and the entire sky are reflected in one dewdrop on the grass


zen quote

Absence

My love, We have found each other

Thirsty and we have Drunk up all the water and the Blood,

We found each other Hungry

And we bit each other As fire bites, Leaving wounds in us.


by Neruda

All the world is a Stage

All the world's a stage,

And all the men and women merely players;

They have their exits and their entrances,

And one man in his time plays many parts


by Shakespeare

Incredible Greatness

We shall not cease from exploration

And the end of all our exploring

Will be to arrive where we started

And know the place for the first time


by T.S. Eliot

Live your Life

There are two ways to live your life.

One is as though nothing is a miracle.

The other is as though everything is a miracle


by Albert Einstein

Paint

If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.


by Vincent Van Gogh

Dare to Dream

Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart.

Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.


by Carl Jung

Intuition

The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery.

There comes a leap in consciousness, call it intuition or what you will, and the solution comes to you and you don't know how or why.


by Albert Einstein

Strong Hope

A In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.


by Francis Bacon

Touching Words

Music is mediator between spiritual and sensual life.


by Ludwig Van Beethoven

Everlasting Truth

Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears form the eyes of woman.


by Ludwig Van Beethoven

Joyful Life

He who binds to himself a joy Does the winged life destroy; But he who kisses the joy as it flies Lives in eternity's sun rise.


by William Blake

Singularity

Whether you listen to a piece of music, or a poem, or look at a picture or a jug, or a piece of sculpture, what matters about it is not what it has in common with others of its kind, but what is singularly its own.


by Basil Bunting

Passion

As long as I retain my feeling and my passion for Nature, I can partly soften or subdue my other passions and resist or endure those of others.


by Lord Byron

An Artist in the Woods

I sat staring, staring, staring - half lost, learning a new language or rather the same language in a different dialect. So still were the big woods where I sat, sound might not yet have been born.


by Emily Carr

Advice to an Artist

Look at the earth crowded with growth, new and old bursting from their strong roots hidden in the silent, live ground, each seed according to its own kind... each one knowing what to do, each one demanding its own rights on the earth... So, artist, you too from the deeps of your soul... let your roots creep forth, gaining strength.


by Emily Carr

Fruits of Labour

Let us learn to appreciate there will be times when the trees will be bare, and look forward to the time when we may pick the fruit.


by Anton Chekov

If Truth be Known

In dreams the truth is learned that all good works are done in the absence of a caress.


by Leonard Cohen

Poetry

Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.


by Leonard Cohen

Romantic Notion

The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions - the little, soon forgotten charities of a kiss or a smile, a kind look or heartfelt compliment.


by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Pain

After great pain, a formal feeling comes. The Nerves sit ceremonious, like tombs.


by Emily Dickson

Hope

Hope is the thing with feathers

That perches in the soul

And sings the tune without the words

And never stops at all


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Lovely Scenery

Beauty is a form of genius - is higher, indeed, than genius, as it needs no explanation. It is of the great facts in the world like sunlight, or springtime, or the reflection in dark water of that silver shell we call the moon.


by Oscar Wilde

Unique Being

At bottom every man knows well enough that he is a unique being, only once on this earth; and by no extraordinary chance will such a marvelously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is, ever be put together a second time


by Friedrich Nietzsche

Poem

A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness


by Robert Frost

The Voice Within

The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still voice within


by Mahatma Gandhi

Explore-Dream-Discover

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.


by Mark Twain