"We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and privacy: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship." C S Lewis
Isn't it amazing that C S Lewis died in 1963, well before the age of the internet and social media, and yet his words are so prescient? It proves to me, yet again, that nothing we encounter or experience in this world is ever truly original. The material world may change, and therefore the nature of our current distractions: but human beings don't. I find this continuity comforting.
"Do you believe in Magic?" asked Colin.
"That I do, lad," she answered. "I never knowed it by that name, but what does th' name matter? I warrant they call it a different name i' France an' a different one i' Germany. Th' same thing as set th' seeds swellin' an' th' sun shinin' made thee well lad an' it's th' Good Thing. It isn't like us poor fools as think it matters if us is called out of our names. Th' Big Good Thing doesn't stop to worrit, bless thee. It goes on makin' worlds by th' million - worlds like us. Never thee stop believin' in th' Big Good Thing an' knowin' th' world's full of it - an call it what tha' likes. Eh! lad, lad - what's names to th' Joy Maker."
From 'The Secret Garden', by Frances Hodgson Burnett
"There is no way to happiness - happiness is the way."
The Dalai Lama
"If you don't stand for something you will fall for anything."