Consider the subtleness of the sea; how its most dreaded creatures glide under water, unapparent for the most part, and treacherously hidden beneath the loveliest tints of azure. Consider also the devilish brilliance and beauty of many of its most remorseless tribes, as the dainty embellished shape of many species of sharks. Consider, once more, the universal cannibalism of the sea; all whose creatures prey upon each other, carrying on eternal war since the world began.
Consider all this; and then turn to the green, gentle, and most docile earth; consider them both, the sea and the land; and do you not find a strange analogy to something in yourself? For as this appalling ocean surrounds the verdant land, so in the soul of man there lies one insular Tahiti, full of peace and joy, but encompassed by all the horrors of the half-known life. God keep thee! Push not off from that isle, thou canst never return!
— Herman Melville – Moby Dick
"i thank You God for most this amazing
day:for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes"
— e.e. cummings
"Meaninglessness does not come from being weary of pain. Meaninglessness comes from being weary of pleasure. When you have exhausted that last dream and you find it leaves you barren or empty"
— G.K. Chesterton
"This life’s five windows of the soul
Distorts the Heavens from pole to pole,
And leads you to believe a lie
When you see with, not thro’, the eye
That was born in a night, to perish in a night,
When the soul slept in the beams of light."
— William Blake
"When you realize we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, it is not that they’re watching us, it is but what we see in them. At the end of it all we do know who is watching us, and that’s the very Son of God who stands up to receive his own when the last word has been written, that divine accolade, “Well done.” I want you to so play, and so run, that you’re being watched by Him who loves you the most, who created you for a purpose. Live for Him so that the coaches and the specialist of this world will know why it is you’ve given your heart and soul into accomplishing it with Brilliance."
— Ravi Zacharias "Why Hope?" Sermon