And There Was Light

In going through old journals, transcribing quotations I had copied out, I find this, well worth sharing. And There Was Light, by Jacques Lusseyran, is a book well worth reading.

From And There Was Light, by Jacques Lusseyran, copied 9-21-13:

And then there were the poets, those unbelievable people so different from other men, who told anyone who would listen that a wish is more important than a fortune, and that a dream can weigh more than iron or steel. What nerve they had, those poets, but how right they were! Everything, they said, comes from inside us, passes through things outside and then goes back in. and that to them is the meaning of life, feeling, understanding, love. P 71.

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From And There Was Light, by Jacques Lusseyran, copied 9-22-13:

And now, in conclusion, why has this Frenchman from France written his book in the United States to present it to his American friends today? Because today he is America’s guest. Loving the country and wanting to show his gratitude, he could find no better way of expressing it than in these two truths, intimately known to him and reaching beyond all boundaries.

The first of these is that joy does not come from outside, for whatever happens to us is within. The second truth is that light does not come to us from without. Light is in us, even if we have no eyes. Pp 311-312.

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