Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Another edition of other people's words...

[Photography] has given more positive pleasure to poor suffering humanity than anything else that has 'cast up' in my time or is like to -- this art by which even the 'poor' can possess themselves of tolerable likenesses of their absent dear ones. And mustn't it be acting favorably on the morality of the country?
- Jane Welsh Carlyle (1801-1866)

I especially like the last sentence.

Dear to us are those who love us... but dearer are those who reject us as unworthy, for they add another life; they build a heaven before us whereof we had not dreamed, and thereby supply to us new powers out of the recesses of the spirit, and urge us to new and unattempted performances.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

... as today was yet another day tainted by a 'no' letter.

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