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FERNANDO PESSOA ~ AN AWARENESS OF FEELING

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Dreams by Frederic William Burton and a quote by Fernando Pessoa

Some Wisdom by Fernando Pessoa

From The Book of Disquiet written by Fernando Pessoa. (1888-1935)

“What can I expect from myself? My sensation in all their horrible acuity, and a profound awareness of feeling. A sharp mind that only destroys me, and an unusual capacity for dreaming to keep me entertained. A dead will and a reflection that cradles it, like a living child.”

 Dreams

Frederic William Burton (1816-1900)
Dreams
Watercolor and body color over
-1861

 

JEALOUSY…THE GREEN-EY’D MONSTER

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Edvard Munch – Jealousy (1895)

“O, beware, my lord, of jealousy;
It is the green-ey’d monster, which doth mock
The meat it feeds on.”
― William Shakespeare, Othello

ALAIN DE BOTTON ~ A BLEND OF JOY AND MELANCHOLY

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“Our sadness won’t be of the searing kind but more like a blend of joy and melancholy: joy at the perfection we see before us, melancholy at an awareness of how seldom we are sufficiently blessed to encounter anything of its kind. The flawless object throws into perspective the mediocrity that surrounds it. We are reminded of the way we would wish things always to be and of how incomplete our lives remain.”
― Alain de Botton, The Architecture of Happiness

Isaac Levitan (Lithuanian-Russian, 1860–1900)

Fog over Water, c. 1895.

VIRGINIA WOOLF ~ A REWARD FOR BOOKWURMS?

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“When the Day of Judgment dawns and people, great and small, come marching in to receive their heavenly rewards, the Almighty will gaze upon the mere bookworms and say to Peter, “Look, these need no reward. We have nothing to give them. They have loved reading.”

Virginia Woolf

WILLIAM MORRIS HUNT ~ PEASANT GIRL

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William Morris Hunt (1824-1879)
Peasant Girl
Oil on canvas
1852

JOHN EVERETT MILLAIS ~ PRE-RAPHAELITE PAINTER

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“I may honestly say that I have never consciously placed an idle touch upon canvas…”

John Everett Millais (1829 – 1896)

Ophelia, 1851-1852

Portrait of a Girl (Sophie Gray), 1857

VIRGINIA WOOLF ~ COUNTING UP

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“Often on a wet day I begin counting up; what I’ve read and what I haven’t read.” 
Virginia Woolf,  Between the Acts

ANIMALS OF THE SEA

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Animals of the Sea
“There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more.”

Lord Byron

Animals of the Sea
Odilon Redon – 1910

W.H. AUDEN ~ ON BOOKS

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“Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered.”

W.H. Auden,

‘Reading’, 1963.

VIRGINIA WOOLF ~ THE POETRY OF HUMAN LIFE

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“That perhaps is your task–to find the relation between things that seem incompatible yet have a mysterious affinity, to absorb every experience that comes your way fearlessly and saturate it completely so that your poem is a whole, not a fragment; to re-think human life into poetry and so give us tragedy again and comedy by means of characters not spun out at length in the novelist’s way, but condensed and synthesized in the poet’s way–that is what we look to you to do now.”
― Virginia Woolf

Photograph: Virginia and Leonard Woolf

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