GREATLY begin! though thou have time But for a line, be that sublime— Not Failure, but low aim, is crime! . . We are not poorer that we wept and yearned; Though earth swing wide from GOD’S intent, And though no man nor nation Will move with full consent In heavenly gravitation,— Yet by one Sun is every orbit bent! -Lowell in The Cloud of … Continue reading July 22, 2019. Time, but for a line
“Such is the story of Sir Gawaine, and from it I draw this significance: as that poor ugly beldame appeared unto the eyes of Sir Gawaine, so doth a man’s duty sometimes appear to him to be ugly and exceedingly-ill-favored unto his desires. But when he shall have wedded himself unto that duty so that he hath made it one with him as a bridegroom … Continue reading June 26, 2019. Ugly duty.
“At the foundry I started…by laying the sand in the molds. I was taught that in laying the sand I must never make a mistake. There was never any pressure for me to hurry, but I must never make a mistake. In those days a craftsman took a real pride in his work. – George E. Johnson in The Nebraskan by George E. Johnson II … Continue reading May 15, 2019. No hurry, no mistakes.
Painter John E. Millais’ encouragement to Beatrix Potter—“He gave me the kindest encouragement with my drawings… ‘ Plenty of people can draw, but you and my son John have observation.’” – taken from Beatrix Potter, A Life in Nature by Linda Lear p 45. Continue reading February 2, 2019. You have Observation.