„We are all made of air
There's stars in my eyes and there's sun in my hair
And I'm runnin' away, it makes me feel better“
— Zooey Deschanel American actress, musician, and singer-songwriter 1980
Volume Two (2010), "Brand New Shoes".
„Life is wonderful. It's a gift to be alive, to see the sun and breathe the air. And there isn't really anything else.“
— Michael Crichton, book The Lost World
The Lost World (1995), Context: A hundred years from now, people will look back on us and laugh. They'll say, 'You know what people used to believe? They believed in photons and electrons. Can you imagine anything so silly?' They'll have a good laugh, because by then there will be newer and better fantasies. And meanwhile, you feel the way the boat moves? That's the sea. That's real. You smell the salt in the air? You feel the sunlight on your skin? That's all real. You see all of us together? That's real. Life is wonderful. It's a gift to be alive, to see the sun and breathe the air. And there isn't really anything else. Seventh Configuration "Departure"
„I believe that God is in me as the sun is in the colour and fragrance of a flower - the Light in my darkness, the Voice in my silence.“
— Helen Keller American author and political activist 1880 - 1968
„The eye which turns from a white object in the light of the sun and goes into a less fully lighted place will see everything as dark.“
— Leonardo Da Vinci Italian Renaissance polymath 1452 - 1519
I Prolegomena and General Introduction to the Book on Painting
— Jakob Dylan singer and songwriter 1969
Women + Country (2010), "Nothing But The Whole Wide World"
„I am part of the sun as my eye is of me. That I am part of the earth my feet know perfectly, and my blood is part of the sea.“
— D.H. Lawrence English novelist, poet, playwright, essayist, literary critic and painter 1885 - 1930
Context: What man most passionately wants is his living wholeness and his living unison, not his own isolate salvation of his "soul." Man wants his physical fulfillment first and foremost, since now, once and once only, he is in the flesh and potent. For man, the vast marvel is to be alive. For man, as for flower and beast and bird, the supreme triumph is to be most vividly, most perfectly alive. Whatever the unborn and the dead may know, they cannot know the beauty, the marvel of being alive in the flesh. 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. We ought to dance with rapture that we should be alive and in the flesh, and part of the living, incarnate cosmos. I am part of the sun as my eye is part of me. That I am part of the earth my feet know perfectly, and my blood is part of the sea. My soul knows that I am part of the human race, my soul is an organic part of the great human soul, as my spirit is part of my nation. In my own very self, I am part of my family. There is nothing of me that is alone and absolute except my mind, and we shall find that the mind has no existence by itself, it is only the glitter of the sun on the surface of the waters. Apocalypse (1930)
„If you came to see me in the evening,
That time of mild and magic weariness,
When nighttime softly covers everything,
And took me in your arms with tenderness.
And my lips are like a flower in the sun…
When my eyes are tightly closed with strong desire…
And I hold out my arms to bring you near…“
— Florbela Espanca Portuguese poet 1894 - 1930
The Flowering Heath (1931), "Se tu viesses ver-me hoje à tardinha", Se tu viesses ver-me hoje à tardinha, A essa hora dos mágicos cansaços, Quando a noite de manso se avizinha, E me prendesses toda nos teus barcos... [...] E é como um cravo ao sol a minha boca... Quando os olhos se me cerram de desejo... E os meus braços se estendem para ti... Citações e Pensamentos de Florbela Espanca (2012), p. 108 Translated by John D. Godinho
„Blind error, avaricious time, adverse fortune,
Deaf envy, vile madness, jealous iniquity,
Crude heart, perverse spirit, insane audacity,
Will not be sufficient to obscure the air for me,
Will not place the veil before my eyes,
Will never bring it about that I shall not
Contemplate my beautiful Sun.“
— Giordano Bruno Italian philosopher, mathematician and astronomer 1548 - 1600
Cause, Principle, and Unity (1584), Context: Cause, Principle, and One eternal From whom being, life, and movement are suspended, And which extends itself in length, breadth, and depth, To whatever is in Heaven, on Earth, and Hell; With sense, with reason, with mind, I discern, That there is no act, measure, nor calculation, which can comprehend That force, that vastness and that number, Which exceeds whatever is inferior, middle, and highest; Blind error, avaricious time, adverse fortune, Deaf envy, vile madness, jealous iniquity, Crude heart, perverse spirit, insane audacity, Will not be sufficient to obscure the air for me, Will not place the veil before my eyes, Will never bring it about that I shall not Contemplate my beautiful Sun. "Of Love" as translated in The Infinite in Giordano Bruno : With a Translation of His Dialogue, Concerning the Cause, Principle, and One (1978) by Sidney Thomas Greenburg, p. 89 Variant translation: Cause, Principle and One, the Sempiterne, On whom all being, motion, life, depend. From whom, in length, breadth, depth, their paths extend As far as heaven, earth, hell their faces turn : With sense, with mind, with reason, I discern That not, rule, reckoning, may not comprehend That power and bulk and multitude which tend Beyond all lower, middle, and superne. <p> Blind error, ruthless time, ungentle doom, Deaf envy, villain madness, zeal unwise, Hard heart, unholy craft, bold deeds begun, Shall never fill for one the air with gloom, Or ever thrust a veil before these eyes, Or ever hide from me my glorious sun. As quoted in "Giordano Bruno" by Thomas Davidson, The Index Vol. VI. No. 36 (4 March 1886), p. 429
„What can I do with this memory?
Shake the bones out of it?
Defoliate the smile?
Stub out the chin with cigarettes?
Take the face of the man I love
and squeeze my foot into it,
when all the while my heart is making a museum?
I love you the way the oboe plays.
I love you the way skinny dipping makes my body feel.
I love you the way a ripe artichoke tastes.
Yet I fear you,
as one in the desert fears the sun.“
— Anne Sexton poet from the United States 1928 - 1974
45 Mercy Street (1976), "Waking Alone" from The Divorce Papers
„My house has changed a little in the sun.
The fragrance of the magnolias come close,
False flick, false form, but falseness close to kin.“
— Wallace Stevens American poet 1879 - 1955
Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction (1942), It Must Be Abstract