Monday, March 06, 2006

And I Quote ...

Do you enjoy quotes?

I have no time to construct my own creative product today. All is encroaching—an incomplete Sr. Project, a huge trip that demands my attention and planning, an “ethics bowl” I agreed to participate in which is crushing me!

Here are some quotes I love:

“We are in awe precisely of the human power to frame ideas which cannot be intuited. Imaginatively we stretch out towards what imagination cannot apprehend. We realize that there is more in what we see than meets or can ever meet even the inner eye.” Catherine Warnock (literary critic)

“Reason is to imagination … as the shadow to the substance.” Percy Bysshe

“This spiritual love acts not, nor can exist/ Without imagination, which in truth/ Is but another name for agbsolute power/ And clearest insight, amplitude of mind, And reason in her most exalted mood.” Wordsworth (Prelude)

“Poetic testimony reveals to us another world inside this world, the other world that is this world. The senses, without losing their powers, become servants of the imagination and let us hear the inaudible and see the invisible. … The senses are and are not of this world. By means of tehm, poetry traces a bridge between seeing and believing. By that bridge, imagination is embodied and bodies turn into images.” Octavio Paz (The Double Flame)

And then just some beautiful quotes from Brokeback Mountain:

“There were only the two of them on the mountain flying in euphoric, bitter air, looking down on the hawk’s back and the crawling lights of vehicles on the plan below, suspended above ordinary affairs and distant from tame ranch dogs barking in the dark hours.” Annie Proulx

”The mountain boiled with demonic energy, glazed with flickering broken-cloud light, the wind combed the grass and drew from the damaged krummholz and slit rock a bestial drone. As they descended the slope Ennis felt he was in a slow-motion, but headlong, irreversible fall.” Annie Proulx


At 8:43 PM, Blogger doc slm said...

so I was flipping through blogs and found your's appealing. I got curious and looked at your profile and saw that we are the same age and enjoy the same books and movies.
I just finished writing my dissertation and must miss writing (ha!) because I found myself looking for a way to communicate with the world.
anyway...I enjoyed reading your blog, love the picture of your mom.

At 11:50 PM, Blogger Pamela said...

I bow down in utter admiration to anyone who has completed a dissertation, as completing my Sr. Thesis (an attempt to identify the borderland Cyborg of Donna Haraway's Cyborg Manifesto in the space of blogging), has proven to be the most daunting task I've ever encountered. At this juncture one finds their brain wrung out like laundry hanging on a line! I can only imagine ...

What was the focus of your dissertation?

It's always a joy to run across fellow Tigers (our Chinese year), and to recognize that I'm not the only one re-invigorated by the pursuit of a higher education. I'd love to hear more about you, and about the favorite books and films that we had in common. I could fill my profile with twice the favorites I've named--there's so much good stuff floating out there.

I've just finished Deborah Eisenberg's new short story collection, Twilight of the Superheros, and it's my new favorite.

Please drop by again!

At 5:01 PM, Blogger doc slm said...

There should be no bowing down...I think I need to be committed! I now have two Master's and one Doctorate and my own passkey to the psych ward. Just kidding. My background is public education (k-12). My dissertation was taking a look at what technology can do for middle school students who don't speak English. Do NOT ask me how I ended up with that topic, because even I couldn't tell you.
So, I noticed the books you have read and did not observe any "romance" novels (forgive me if you are a closet romance novel reader)and did notice some authors we have in common, which I viewed as a good sign. I love Amy Tan. Just finished one of her's: Saving Fish From Drowning (awesome book, really made me think about life). I really like Elizabeth Berg; don't know if you've read any of her books. Of course, i don't have much time to read (correction, I will have lots of time to read once my dissertation gets final acceptance).
I also love most of the movies you listed. I am the only person I know that has watched Eternal Sunshine several times. I learn something new every single time. Loved, loved, loved Like Water for Chocolate! have seen Breakfast at Tiffany's many times and have actually READ the book.
So anyway, thanks for letting me lurk and ramble.

At 10:35 AM, Blogger Sarie said...

I am so stressed out about our senior project! I feel so behind! When this term is over, we need to hit that restaurant for some pomegranate martinis.


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