Saturday, February 7, 2009

:::quote of the week -- february 7, 2009:::

my favorite quote from my favorite piece of writing --


"we owe to our first journeys the discovery that place is nothing. at home i dream that at naples, at rome, i can be intoxicated with beauty and lose my sadness. i pack my trunk, embrace my friends, embark on the sea and at last wake up in naples, and there beside me is the stern fact, the sad self, unrelenting, identical, that i fled from. i seek the vatican and the palaces. i affect to be intoxicated with sights and suggestions, but i am not intoxicated.
my giant goes with me wherever I go."

-- Self-Reliance, Ralph Waldo Emerson

6 comments:

annette said...

This makes me feel sad and hopeful at the same time.

rebekah said...

it's a good thing to realize though, that you can't run away from your problems, and that your life in one place wouldn't be improved just because of a change in location.

Sarah C. said...

That is ridiculously wonderful and ridiculously painful all at the same time. Oh, Ralph. Really? Ouch.

Anonymous said...

I disagree, if I moved away my problem with "The over extended guest" would be gone! And yet I know, I would still have problems but not this one! Some times a change is what is needed to clear minds and rejuvenate the spirit.. My 2 cents.....

rebekah said...

nope, you'd still have problems with 'the house guest', since the issue is with the underlying relationship, not the living situation, and that would go with you wherever you went...

Anonymous said...

...and what do i owe for this session?