❝ First we feel. Then we fall.
— James Joyce, Finnegans Wake
JAXA Astronaut Koichi Wakata: “The moon setting on the blue earth atmosphere.”
Credit: JAXA Astronaut Koichi Wakata
❝ I have sea foam in my veins, for I understand the language of waves.
— Le Testament d’Orphee, film written and directed by Jean Cocteau (1960)
❝ I read once that the ancient Egyptians had fifty words for sand & the Eskimos had a hundred words for snow. I wish I had a thousand words for love, but all that comes to mind is the way you move against me while you sleep & there are no words for that.
— Brian Andreas, Story People
❝ Find meaning. Distinguish melancholy from sadness. Go out for a walk. It doesn’t have to be a romantic walk in the park, spring at its most spectacular moment, flowers and smells and outstanding poetical imagery smoothly transferring you into another world. It doesn’t have to be a walk during which you’ll have multiple life epiphanies and discover meanings no other brain ever managed to encounter. Do not be afraid of spending quality time by yourself. Find meaning or don’t find meaning but “steal” some time and give it freely and exclusively to your own self. Opt for privacy and solitude. That doesn’t make you antisocial or cause you to reject the rest of the world. But you need to breathe. And you need to be.
❝ I like my body when it is with your body.
— e.e. cummings