“They say that every snowflake is different. If that were true, how could the world go on? How could we ever get up off our knees? How could we ever recover from the wonder of it?”
Jeanette Winterson, The Passion
This is something I came across a long time ago, and when I read it, it made me feel massively insignificant. For me, it highlighted just a tiny part of the wonder that is found in this world; it eludes to something so intelligent and constructed and complex. A simple thing, like a snowflake, can stand for something so awe-filled.
“If you want to view paradise, simply look around and view it. Anything you want to, do it, want to change the world? There’s nothing to it.
There is no life I know, to compare with pure imagination. Living there, you’ll be free if you truly wish to be.”
Willy Wonka, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
I was channel flicking last night and ended up watching the bit where Willy Wonka is singing this song. I just remembered how much I loved this bit of the film as a child: the wonder and the magic really drew me in. And when listening to the lyrics of the song, I just love how it is purely escapist and so optimistic – the complete antithesis to reality.
*massive nerd alert*
“Sam: It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.
Frodo: What are we holding onto, Sam?
Sam: That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo… and it’s worth fighting for.”
J.R.R Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Okay, so I understand that The Lord of the Rings is not everybody’s cup of tea, but I love it. About once a year my family and I make a thing of watching all of the films over 3 or 4 nights in a row. This quote is from the end of the 3rd film and I think it’s quite a poignant one.
“If the stars should appear but one night every thousand years, how man would marvel and stare.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Whilst walking back to the main campus after this evening’s Italian class, I noticed just how clear and luminescent the sky was. The stars were out in their full splendour and shining brightly. Although I totally did not nearly trip over whilst looking up, I would advise not walking through a woody area whilst indulging in a spot of stargazing, rather staying stationary to enjoy the night sky.*
*all very cheesy, I know.