Thursday, 16 November 2017

what do Lin Yutang & Father John Misty have in common?

I think 'Winter's Night and Day' is an appropriate title for these 2, that go together


years ago when I was very much searching for 'answers' I read a lot (much more than I manage these days, although some would say I still read lots) and in my quest for knowledge and useful insights into life, living et cetera, I used to copy passages from the books and many articles I ploughed my way through; I had a couple of notebooks full of these all important quotes, until one day (I no longer recall what year!) I decided to pair the collection down and for now unfathomable reasons the ones I considered worth keeping landed in this metal box, together with several cut-out news paper reviews; I haven't looked into the box for years, ha!

the stuff in there is still interesting, thankfully

I like this one for today: Lin Yutang "The Importance of Living" a book I found in my grandparents' house when we were clearing it out in the late eighties
'Speaking as a Chinese, I do not think that any civilization can be called complete until it has progressed from sophistication to unsophistication and made a conscious return to simplicity of thinking and living, and I call no man wise until he has made the progress from the wisdom of knowledge to the wisdom of foolishness and become a laughing philosopher, feeling first life's tragedy and then life's comedy. For we must weep before we can laugh. Out of sadness comes the awakening and out of the awakening come the laughter of the philosopher, with kindness and tolerance to boot.'

the quote is linked, in my mind, to Father John Misty's latest album Pure Comedy. I have been listening to his music a lots these past weeks, and on Monday the husband and I attended his concert in Utrecht!
It was absolutely awesome, I took some hazy pics with my phone, we were very close to the stage and I almost shook his hand as he walked of the stage.....I know it's stupid to want to make contact like that, so I'm completely okay with the fact it didn't happen; weird how we were all their trying to make connections with him and not one another, all seated/standing so close to each other, one of modern day life's ironies

link to Pitchfork concert

ending with yet another quote,from Zorba:

'Only death knows no trouble. To be alive is to undo your belt & look for trouble.'

3 comments:

Mo Crow said...

love your wintry night & day, the music & that last quote is a beauty!

Nancy said...

Love the nightness of the long Winter's Night and the one below...white house on green! Love it! I'm liking these long and narrow cloths very much. The box looks like a great treasure hunt to me. Have fun!

Saskia van Herwaarden said...

ha, isn't it absolutely spot on, Mo!

the long blue and green are two sides of the same piece, Nancy, thank you anyway