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Thursday Thirteen Vol. 15

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13 Quotations for the Taurus Full Moon

Full Moon in Taurus
Sun. November 5, 2006
4:58 am PST / 7:58 am EST
Sun at 12.58 Scorpio / Moon at 12.58 Taurus

1. You can only attend to death for so long before the life force sucks you right in again.
~ Helen Prejean, U.S. nun and activist against the death penalty

2. The dead may look after the afterwards. But the magnificent here and now of life in the flesh is ours, and ours alone, and ours only for a time. ~ D.H. Lawrence

3. From the middle of life onward, only he remains vitally alive who is ready to die with life. ~ Carl Jung

4. It’s difficult to say what makes a life a real life…. You could also say it depends on a person being identical with himself. ~ Max Frisch

5. Night, the beloved. Night, when words fade and things come alive. When the destructive analysis of day is done, and all that is truly important becomes whole and sound again. When man reassembles his fragmentary self and grows with the calm of a tree. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, French aviator

6. Psychoanalysis has taught that the dead—a dead parent, for example—can be more alive for us, more powerful, more scary, than the living. It is the question of ghosts.
~ Jacques Derrida

7. You must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose.
~ Indira Gandhi

8. If you stand right fronting and face to face to a fact, you will see the sun glimmer on both its surfaces, as if it were a cimeter, and feel its sweet edge dividing you through the heart and marrow, and so you will happily conclude your mortal career. Be it life or death, we crave only reality. If we are really dying, let us hear the rattle in our throats and feel cold in the extremities; if we are alive, let us go about our business.
~ Henry David Thoreau

9. In nature, all is useful, all is beautiful. It is therefore beautiful, because it is alive, moving, reproductive; it is therefore useful, because it is symmetrical and fair.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

10. No poetic phantasy
but a biological reality,
a fact: I am an entity
like bird, insect, plant
or sea-plant cell;
I live; I am alive.
~ Hilda Doolittle

11. If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive … ~ Eleonora Duse

12. It is puzzling to me that otherwise sensitive people develop a real docility about the obvious necessity of eating, at least once a day, in order to stay alive. Often they lose their primal enjoyment of flavors and odors and textures to the point of complete unawareness. And if ever they question this progressive numbing-off, they shrug helplessly in the face of mediocrity everywhere. Bit by bit, hour by hour, they say, we are being forced to accept the not-so-good as the best, since there is little that is even good to compare it with. ~ M.F.K. Fisher

13. Thru all the tumult and the strife,
I hear that music ringing.
It sounds and echoes in my soul;
How can I keep from singing?
~ Quaker Hymn

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