on living in love with life

Words for Liberal Arts devotees & adventurers (and others) to live by:

The great affair, the love affair with life, is to live as variously as possible, to groom one’s curiosity like a high-spirited thoroughbred, climb aboard, and gallop over the thick, sun-struck hills every day. Where there is no risk, the emotional terrain is flat and unyielding, and, despite all its dimensions, valleys, pinnacles, and detours, life will seem to have none of its magnificent geography, only a length. It began in mystery, and it will end in mystery, but what a savage and beautiful country lies in between.

-Diane Ackerman, as quoted by Parker Palmer in The Courage to Teach

And for activists (and also others) passionate about human potential and life’s intrinsic worth:

You cannot understand how hard it is for one to be practical who hopes for tenderness behind every face. … Others can be impersonal, but not one who believes that [she] is on an eminently personal adventure. … Others can be sensible, but not one who knows in [her] heart how few things really matter. Others can be sober and restrained, but not one who is mad with the loveliness of live, and almost blind with its beauty.

-from Dorothy Kazel’s prayer book, as quoted by Ana Carrigan in Salvador Witness

(…madness: “much madness is divinest sense to a discerning eye” – E.D.)


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