This quote is from James Clavell’s well known novel Shogun:
The blue sky above the earth
White clouds rise towards heaven
Life is only a butterfly’s dream
Death the way to eternal life
Charles Edmund Dumaresq Clavell, 1924 – 1994, Shogun
James Clavell at Wikipedia
- Quote of the day: The Myth of Sisyphus
- Quote of the day: Funeral Blues
- Quote of the day: Forgive your enemies
- Quote of the day: News and wars
I see many people die because they judge that life is not worth living. I see others paradoxically getting killed for the ideas or illusions that give them a reason for living (what is called a reason for living is also an excellent reason for dying). I therefore conclude that the meaning of life is the most urgent of questions.
Albert Camus, 1913 – 1960, The Myth of Sisyphus
One of W.H. Auden best known poems “Funeral Blues” in its second (shorter) and changed version. We are still searching for the original version with five stanzas which Auden wrote together with Christopher Isherwood in 1936.
Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.
Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.
He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong.
The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun,
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood;
For nothing now can ever come to any good.
Wystan Hugh Auden, 1907 – 1973, Funeral Blues
One should forgive one’s enemies, but not before they are hanged.
“Christian Johann Heinrich Heine“
Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets.
“Napoleon Bonaparte, Napoleon I, Emperor of the French “