“The unknown is what it is. And to be frightened of it is what sends everybody scurrying around chasing dreams, illusions, wars, peace, love, hate, all that. Unknown is what it is....”
“It began in mystery, and it will end in mystery, but what a savage and beautiful country lies in between.”
— Diane Ackerman
“If I were absolutely certain about all things, I would spend my life in anxious misery, fearful of losing my way. But since everything and anything are always possible, the...”
“I find my refuge from bleating tongues here in my library where all the ages lie silently before me…. Where is liberty to be found but in the memory and the contemplation of the...”
“Perhaps that’s the meaning of the phrase about genius being eternal patience, which I always thought rather absurd. If you truly want a thing, you don’t snatch; if you snatch you...”
“If only there were stillness, full, complete.”
“By working so hard at becoming wise and reasonable and well-informed, you have made our little planet, our precious little moist, blue-green ball, a saner place than it was before...”
“I read because one life isn’t enough, and in the page of a book I can be anybody.”
“There is a candle in your heart, ready to be kindled.
There is a void in your soul, ready to be filled.
You feel it, don’t you?”
“[It doesn’t end.] Never will it end.”
— Günter Grass, from Crabwalk