Leaves of Grass – Walt Whitman Quotes

I recently finished ‘Leaves of Grass’ by Walt Whitman.  Below are some of the quotes I like:

You shall no longer take things at second or third hand…nor look through the eyes of the dead….nor feed on the spectres in books,
You shall not look through my eyes either, nor take things from me, 

You shall listen to all sides and filter them for yourself.  

A Child said, What is grass?  fetching it to me with full hands; 
How could I answer the child?….I do not know what it is any more than he.

Meditations – Marcus Aurelius

Meditations – Marcus Aurelius

I just finished Meditations and have written down quotes from it that I wish to remember.  As I’ve described in this post, I’m absolutely astounded at the knowledge of the Ancient World and just now realize what a disaster the fall of the Roman Empire was for the progress of human understanding about the universe.  I’m fascinated by this knowledge and this is the first of many books I will be reading.

Failure to observe what is in the mind of another has seldom made a man unhappy; but those who do not observe the movements of their own minds must of necessity be unhappy.  

The White Witch of Rose Hall

I just finished the White Witch of Rose Hall which I read in preparation for an upcoming trip to Jamaica.  I love history and researching Montego Bay learned that one of the only surviving plantation estates is Rose Hall.  According to my research the only reason it survives is that former slaves were afraid to go near the place and torch it due to the supposed ghost; they torched all the other slave owning plantations shortly after gaining freedom.

Reality Is Not What It Seems – The Journey To Quantum Gravity – Carlo Rovelli

I was hoping I could write this post during the quiet early morning where I could be at peace and really think.  But life has been too busy recently and I wanted to get this written.

Main Street – Nathaniel Hawthorne

Reading my Lapham’s Quarterly – Book of Nature, I came across “Main Street” by Nathaniel Hawthorne.  As this very blog is a testament, I am fascinated by the passage of time and it seems Mr. Hawthorne sees it in much the same way and was as enthralled by it as I.

Here are my favorite entries from “Main Street” by Nathaniel Hawthorne:

In my daily walks along the principal street of my native town, it has often occurred to me that if its growth from infancy upward, and the vicissitude of characteristic scenes that have passed along this thoroughfare during the more than two centuries of its existence, could be presented to the eye in a shifting panorama, it would be an exceedingly effective method of illustrating the march of time.