Authors on Vanishing II

Five More Pieces of Fleeting Advice

  • “I cannot help vanishing and disappearing and dissolving. It is my foremost trait. -Stephen Crane-
  • “One way or another, it seems, we all perform vanishing tricks, effacing history, locking up our lives and slipping day by day into the graying shadows.” -Tim O’Brien-
  • “I do have a sense, and I’ve never not had it, of how easily things can vanish.” -Doris Lessing-
“Smith Road #1”
  • “I have a sense of melancholy isolation, life rapidly vanishing, all the usual things. It’s very strange how often strong feelings don’t seem to carry any message of action.” -Phillip Larkin-
  • “The past itself, as historical change continues to accelerate, has become the most surreal of subjects-making it possible…to see a new beauty in what is vanishing.” -Susan Sontag-

-K-

Authors on Night

Six Bits of Wisdom

  • “What hath night to do with sleep?” -John Milton-
  • “No one but Night, with tears on her dark face, watches beside me in this windy place.” -Edna St. Vincent Millay-
  • “At night we are all strangers, even to ourselves.” -Alexander McCall Smith
“No Traffic”
  • “No man knows till he has suffered from the night how sweet and dear his heart and eye the morning can be.” -Bram Stoker-
  • “Night, the mother of fear and mystery, was coming upon me.” -H.G. Wells-
  • “Beware the night, child. All cats are black in the dark.” -Jean Genet-

-K-

Wisdom of James Joyce

Five Bits to Ponder for St. Patrick’s Day

  • “There’s no friends like old friends.”
  • “…and yet her name was like a summons to all my foolish blood.”
  • “The light music of whisky falling into glasses made an agreeable interlude.”
  • “I wanted real adventures to happen to myself. But real adventures do not happen to people who remain home: they must be sought abroad.”
  • “One by one they were all becoming shades. Better pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion than fade and wither dismally with age.”

-K-

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