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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Edgar Allen Poe, 1848

"I became insane with long intervals of horrible sanity."

"The Ugly Duckling", C.P. Estes

"His siblings and others of his community fly at him, peck at him, torment him.  They mean to chase him away.  And the ugly duckling is heartbroken really, to be rejected by his own.  It is a terrible thing especially since he really did nothing to warrant it other than look different and act a little different."

Chinese Proverb

"If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap.
 If you want happiness for a day, go fishing.
 If you want happiness for a month, get married.
 If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune.
 If you want happiness for a lifetime, help others."

Ayn Rand, "Atlas Shrugged"

"If you saw Atlas, the giant who holds the world on his shoulders, if you saw that he stood, blood running down his chest, his knees buckling, his arms trembling but still trying to hold the world aloft with the last of his strength, and the greater the effort the heavier the world bore down upon his shoulders - what would you tell him to do?

"I...don't know.  What...could he do? What would YOU tell him to do?"

"To shrug."

William Blake

"Every Night and every Morn,
 Some to Misery are Born;
 Every Morn and every Night, 
 Some are Born to Sweet Delight:
 Some are Born to Sweet Delight;
 Some are Born to Endless Night."

Mahatma Ghandi

"I like your Christ...I just don't like your Christians."

"Invisible Driving" by Alistair McHarg; 2007 Preface

"Perhaps everything that is terrible is in it's deepest being something helpless that wants help from us." - Rainer Maria Rilke, "Letters To A Young Poet"

Himmelhoch jauchzend, zu Tode betrübt

On top of the world, or in the depths of despair.
"Sensitive persons can certainly have mood disorders, but should not be mistaken for being chronically depressed only because of a pessimistic view of the future of the world or of their own abilities (a pessimism which may well be accurate, as in the case of depressive realism).  Likewise they do not have an anxiety disorder merely because they worry more than the nonsensitive, and they do not have a personality disorder merely because their unusualness has been present throughout their lives as an impediment to the cheerful, resilient functioning expected of most people most of the time...They cannot shut out the world's achingly subtle, fleeting beauty or it's inexplicable cruelty and suffering.  They must find their own meaning in it." - Aron, E.N:  The Clinical Implications of Jung's Concept of Sensitiveness; Journal of Jungian Theory and Practice; August 2006, 11-43 Source:  en.wikipedia.org/wiki/gifted.  See also Dabrowski translations on Sensitivity.