Starry Night Over the Rhone, Van Gogh
I’m not a particularly arty or art-aware person, but this has to be one of my favourite paintings. It is a painting of the bank of the Rhone river in Arles, where Van Gogh was living at the time, and I just think it looks so beautifully peaceful. I love the night’s sky. Then the other day, I came across this quote below by a Persian poet, and it reminded of this painting.
“Even after all this time, the sun never says to the earth, “You owe me.” Look what happens with a love like that. It lights the whole sky.”
“Rien n’est plus beau qu’un corps nu. Le plus beau vêtement qui puisse habiller une femme ce sont les bras de l’homme qu’elle aime. Mais, pour celles qui n’ont pas eu la chance de trouver ce bonheur, je suis là.”
“Nothing is more beautiful than a naked body. The most beautiful clothing in which a woman can dress is the arms of the man who loves her. But for those who haven’t had the chance of finding that happiness, I am there.”
Yves Saint Laurent
I came across this in the French and thought it was a rather nice little quote. Also, in one month’s time I move my life to France for a little while, better get practicing my translation!
“Whose is this footstep? Whose is this shadow? Who knocked at my heart and entered here? Who spread a vibrant colour through me? I died from happiness, it killed me, it killed me.”
“Yeh kiski hai ahat, yeh kiska hai saya, hui dil mein dastak, yahan kaun aya. ham par yeh kisne hara rang dala, khusi neh hamari hamen mar dala, mar dala.”
Mar Dala, Devdas
This is a fantastic Bollywood film that I re-watched recently; I forgot how well made it was, how it paints such a tragic love story, but is also a film that looks at many fundamental issues that existed in India at that time (at that still do to an extent today). I also really like watching it for the scenery, the houses and the clothes – it was one of the most expensive Bollywood movies ever made and you can definitely tell when you watch it! The songs in the film are generally lyrically beautiful and catchy; this is one of my favourites.
“Just as time knew to move on since the beginning,
And the seasons know exactly when to change,
Just as kindness knows no shame,
Know through all your joy and pain,
That I’ll be loving you always “
As, Stevie Wonder
Today, I sang this song in the shower 🙂
“I almost wish we were butterflies and liv’d but three summer days – three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain.”
John Keats, Bright Star: Love letters and poems of John Keats to Fanny Browne.
I thought this was a beautiful quote in a few ways – from the lovely, summery imagery to the meaning behind Keats’ words. Our weather has been gorgeous at the moment and our garden has been full of butterflies and pretty flowers!
“Guardi le stelle che tremano d’amore, e di speranza!”
“Watch the stars that tremble with love and with hope!”
Giacomo Puccini, Turandot, Nessun Dorma
I am off to travel around Italy tomorrow for 9 days and will even be seeing some opera while I am in Torino (Donizetti’s L’elisir D’amore) and I can’t wait!
“I’m not sentimental–I’m as romantic as you are. The idea, you know,
is that the sentimental person thinks things will last–the romantic
person has a desperate confidence that they won’t.”
F Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paraside
Recently I have been doing a lot of packing. Packing and sorting and organising and unpacking and re-shuffling. When I was sorting through my room at university, I came across a few bits and pieces that I’d kept from years ago, from the most random people. They certainly put a smile on my face, but re-discovering them made me realise how sentimental I actually am. I’m not sure whether its entirely a good thing. I think I just like to hold on to good and positive memories; I think I’m a bit scared I’ll forget.