27 February 2010

Quote of the day, yay!

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To think of time....to think through the retrospection,
To think of today..and the ages continued henceforward.
Have you guessed you yourself would not continue? Have you dreaded those earth-beetles?
Have you feared the future would be nothing to you?

Is today nothing? Is the beginningless past nothing?
If the future is nothing they are just as surely nothing.

To think that the sun rose in the east....that men and women were flexible and real and alive....that every thing was real and alive;
To think that you and I did not see feel think nor bear our part,
To think that we are now here and bear our part.

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I swear I see now that every thing has an eternal soul!
The trees have, rooted in the ground....the weeds of the sea have....the animals.

I swear I think there is nothing but immortality!
That the exquisite scheme is for it, and the nebulous float is for it, and the cohering is for it,
And all preparation is for it..and identity is for it..and life and death are for it.

-Walt Whitman, 'To Think of Time' from the first (1855) edition of Leaves Of Grass

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