The gradual, lifelong construction of a state of wonder and serenity

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Theme from Malèna by Ennio Morricone

♥ The purpose of art is not the release of a momentary ejection of adrenalin but is, rather, the gradual, lifelong construction of a state of wonder and serenity. – Glenn Gould
♥ something a lifetime in the making
♥ getting results
I look up to
Everything you are
In my eyes you do no wrong
I’ve loved you for so long
And after all is said and done
You’re still you
After all
You’re still you

♥ There are certain events which to each man’s life are as comets to the earth, seemingly strange and erratic portents; distinct from the ordinary lights which guide our course and mark our seasons, yet true to their own laws, potent in their own influences. – Edward Bulwer-Lytton
♥ real, measurable accomplishment
♥ unexpected encouragement
♥ a heart unveiled
♥ the feeling of returning to a place you’ve never been
I watched a rose-bud very long
Brought on by dew and sun and shower,
Waiting to see the perfect flower:
Then when I thought it should be strong
It opened at the matin hour
And fell at even-song.

– Christina G. Rossetti, Symbols
♥ He had her in his arms, her face like a wet flower at his lips, and all their vain terrors shriveling up like ghosts at sunrise. The one thing that astonished him now was that he should have stood for five minutes arguing with her across the width of the room, when just touching her made everything so simple. – from The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

4 Replies to “The gradual, lifelong construction of a state of wonder and serenity”

    1. These are my favorite to compile 🙂

      I’ve been making my “heart lists” for years now. It started when I went off to college in 2003 and I’ve just kept them going. I might have a book full at this point.

      So glad you enjoy them! If they bring a smile to one other person’s face, I’m glad.

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