"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover."
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
"All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man's life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom."
Falling in love with Science will never end up with heartbreak
"During our brief stay on planet Earth, we owe ourselves and our descendants the opportunity to explore — in part because it's fun to do. But there's a far nobler reason. The day our knowledge of the cosmos ceases to expand, we risk regressing to the childish view that the universe figuratively and literally revolves around us." - Neil DeGrasse Tyson
Completely natural for the style of the prominent swiss analytical psychologist, he puts the accent on the endless dynamics between the opposing forces in the human mind and soul. As truth is never linear, or in black and white, the same with our feelings and emotions. Our consciousness is presenting reality to us in an intrinsic and sometimes perplexing but still, the most exciting way. In order to understand Love, one should face the lack of it, and as C.G. Jung affirms - to know yourself, you shall first meet your shadow. Now, to become truly powerful we should fathom the depths of love, however, to comprehend and enjoy Love we have to yield our power to it. Spectacular dialectic. Accept your darkness and you will become luminous!
Where love rules, there is no will to power, and where power predominates, love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other.
Image credit: gettyimages.com / Portrait of Walt Whitman by John W. Alexander
Walt Whitman (May 31, 1819 - March 26, 1892) - the father of American free verse
"This is what you shall do; Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body."