“When the quarrel had finally worn itself out they had found themselves at opposite ends of the earth, though lying side by side in the same bed.”
“Many and incredible are the tales the grandfathers tell from those days when the wilderness was yet untamed, and when they, unwittingly, founded the Kingdom.”
“A feeling of unfathomable loneliness settled upon her.”
“Here was the endless prairie, so rich in its blessings of fertility, but also full of great loneliness--a form of freedom which curiously affected the minds of strangers, especially those to whom the Lord had given a sad heart.”
“But more to be dreaded than this tribulation was the strange spell of sadness which the unbroken solitude cast upon the minds of stone.”
“People had never dwelt here, people would never come; never could they find home in this vast, wind-swept void.”
“The explanation was plain; this desolation out here called forth all that was evil in human nature.”
“The caravan headed for the sky; it steered straight onward. Now, at last, Per Hansa had time to look about him and rejoice in what he saw... All he saw was beautiful”
“Tish-ah!" said the grass. "Tish-ah, tish-ah!" Never had it said anything else--never would it say anything else. It bent resiliently under the trampling feet; it did not break, but it complained aloud every time--for nothing like this had ever happened to it before.”
“An endless plain. From Kansas--Illinois, it stretched, far into the Canadian North, God alone knows how far; from the Mississippi River to the wester Rockies, miles without number... Endless...beginningless.”
“Everything he had planted that spring was blooming like a garden. Why, he could just hear the potatoes grow!”
“But it had been as if a resistless flood had torn them loose from their foundations and was carrying them helplessly along on it's current---flinging them here and there, hurling them madly onward, with no known destination ahead.”
“It seemed plain to her now that human life could not endure in this country.”
“I make sure to keep a good distance between us, just in case she decides to get happy with a knife or something.”
“قلت للضابط إن ما يحدث لأمر سيء جداً، وقلت لن انه ليس على المفوض أن يعطي مثل هذه الأوامر. قلت أن الأمر كان سيئاً جداً، وأن علينا ألا نتقاتل، لأننا أخوة، وقال الضابط أنه لافرق، حيث أن الأمريكيين مولعون بالقتال حتى ولو كانوا أبناء أم واحدة,
نيكاغات زعيم اليوت”
“The tea ritual: such a precise repetition of the same gestures and the same tastes; accession to simple, authentic and refined sensations, a license given to all, at little cost, to become aristocrats of taste, because tea is the beverage of the wealthy and the poor; the tea ritual, therefore, has the extraordinary virtue of introducing into the absurdity of our lives an aperture of serene harmony. Yes, the world may aspire to vacuousness, lost souls mourn beauty, insignificance surrounds us. Then let us drink a cup of tea. Silence descends, one hears the wind outside, autumn leaves rustle and take flight, the cat sleeps in a warm pool of light. And, with each swallow, time is sublimed.”
“If you can't understand it without an explanation, you can't understand it with an explanation.”
“Teach me to live, that I may dread
The grave as little as my bed.
Teach me to die…”
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