For my illustrated cards I now have a Poems and Quotes file of 35 pages and growing.   Here are a couple of illustrations and some texts:

 

 

When Nelson Mandela was released from prison after 27 years, he addressed a large crowd saying: I greet you all in the name of peace, democracy, and freedom.   I stand here before you not as a prophet but as a humble servant of you, the people. Your tireless and heroic sacrifices have made it possible for me to be here today.  I therefore place the remaining years of my life in your hands.

Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)

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Dover Beach (1867)

(The fourth and last stanza)

Ah, love, let us be true

To one another!   For the world which seems

To lie before us like a land of dreams,

So various, so beautiful, so new,

Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light,

Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain;

And we are here as on a darkling plain,

Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,

Where ignorant armies clash by night.

 

Matthew Arnold (1822- 1888)

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Ruby Tuesday

She would never say where she came from

Yesterday don’t matter if it’s gone

While the sun is bright

Or in the darkest night

No-one knows, she comes and goes

Goodbye Ruby Tuesday

Who could hang a name on you?

When you change with every new day

Still I’m gonna miss you.

Don’t question why she needs to be so free

She’ll tell you it’s the only way to be

She just can’t be changed

To a life where nothing’s gained

And nothing’s lost … at such a cost

‘There’s no time to lose’ I heard her say.

‘Catch your dreams before they slip away

Dying all the time

Lose your dreams and you will lose your mind

Ain’t life unkind?’

Goodbye …

Lyrics: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards/ Composition Brian Jones, all of the Rolling Stones

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‘That which does not kill us makes us stronger.’

‘The future influences the present just as much as the past.’

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 – 1900)

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‘There is ‘Beauty’ in a work of art, a picture or painting, in architecture or music, when something else shines through, something that is not part of the world of sense perception.’

Eckhart Tolle (b. 1948)

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‘If you do not find peace

Inside your own heart,

Then you will not find it

Anywhere else on earth.

Sri Chinmoy (1931 – 2007)

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xxx

 

 

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