Archive for C.S. Lewis

To Light a Fire

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 8, 2013 by stevemccurry

To learn to read is to light a fire;
every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.

- Victor Hugo

BURMA-10573Burma

ITALY-10406    Umbria, Italy

At one magical instant  the page of a book –
that string of confused, alien ciphers–shivered into meaning. 

Words spoke to you, gave up their secrets; at that moment,
whole universes opened. 

You became, irrevocably, a reader.
- Alberto Manguel

BURMA-10566 Mandalay, Burma

Everywhere I go in the world, I see young and old,
rich and poor, reading books.
Whether readers are engaged in the sacred or the secular,
they are, for a time, transported to  another world.

AFGHN-12373NF  Bamiyan, Afghanistan

We are familiar with words describing images, but not so
familiar with images describing words and the
impact reading has on our lives.

THAILAND-10147 (1)Thailand

Garrett Stewart’s book, The Look of Reading:
Book, Painting, Text, explores the relationship of

reading and art.He points out that a wide array of artists from Rembrandt to  Picasso and Cassatt
and dozens more,over the past 500 years
have painted people reading and the “look of reading” on the subjects’ faces.

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Switzerland

RUSSIA-10075  Moscow, Russia

We read to know we are not alone.
- C.S. Lewis

INDIA-11986India

A great book that comes from a great thinker
is a ship of thought, 
deep freighted with truth and beauty.
- Pablo Neruda

YEMEN-10071, Sana'a, Yemen, 1997. A man reads the Qu'ran.  Yemen

Books are the plane, and the train, and the road.
They are the destination, and the journey.
They are home.
- Anna Quindlen

INDIA-12041India

I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.
– Jorge Luis Borges

BURMA-10597NFBurma

There is no frigate like a book
To take us lands away,
Nor any coursers like a page
Of prancing poetry.
This traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of toll;
How frugal is the chariot
That bears a human soul!
- Emily Dickinson

TURKEY-10212Turkey

SRILANKA-10087, Sri Lanka, 12/1995, Boy Reading with mother in temple.Sri Lanka

Reading is everything.
Reading makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something,
learned something, become a better person.
Reading makes me smarter.
Reading gives me something to talk about later on…
Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.
- Nora Ephron

JAPAN-10145Japan

Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly,
into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.
- Joyce Carol Oates

DSC_1841_sfBurma

ITALY-10512
Italy

UNITED_ARAB_EMIRATES-10004Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates


Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.
- Joseph Addison

INDIA-10309NF2India

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Italy

00728_128, Hazara, Afghanistan, AFGHN-13113NF3Bamiyan, Afghanistan

FRANCE-10068Lourdes, France

MOROCCO-10059Morocco

AFGHN-13093Afghanistan

Two by Two

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 2, 2013 by stevemccurry
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead.
Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow.
Just walk beside me and be my friend.
- Albert Cam

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India

If we are a metaphor of the universe, the human couple is the metaphor par excellence,
the point of intersection of all forces and the seed of all forms.
The couple is time recaptured, the return to the time before time.
- Octavio Paz

Rome, Italy, 10/1994, 00472_06, ITALY-10054

Italy

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Italy

In the arithmetic of love, one plus one equals everything, and
two minus one equals nothing.
- Mignon McLaughlin

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New York, United States


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Ethiopia

 

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India

Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their labor.
- Ecclesiastes 4:9 KJV

INDIA-10679NF2, Bombay, India, 09/1993. Textiles,

India

Only a life lived for others is worth living.
- Albert Einstein

ITALY-10076-(1)

Italy

Friendship is born at that moment when
one person says to another, ‘What! You too? I
thought I was the only one.”
- C. S. Lewis

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Morocco

No road is long with good company.
- Turkish Proverb

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Luoyang, China


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Peru

 A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five
people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.
 - Tenneva Jordan

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India


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Honduras

I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the
need for a father’s protection.
- Sigmund Freud

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Kashmir


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Afghanistan

 

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Cambodia


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Burma/Myanmar

Thou art thy mother’s glass, and she in thee
Calls back the lovely April of her prime.
- William Shakespeare

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Afghanistan


ITALY-10125-(1)

Italy

Brothers and sisters are as close as hands and feet.
- Vietnamese Proverb

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Tibet

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Italy


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Afghanistan


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Tibet


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Goa, India

 Every action in our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.
- Edwin Hubbel Chapin

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Kampala, Uganda

It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can
sincerely try to help another without helping himself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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Fiji

If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.
- Emily Dickinson
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To Fly

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 8, 2012 by stevemccurry

To read is to fly:
it is to soar to a point of vantage which gives a view
over  wide terrains of history,

human variety, ideas, shared experience and the
fruits of many inquiries.

- A. C. Grayling

Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991

Books are the plane, and the train, and the road.
They are the destination, and the journey.
They are home.
- Anna Quindlen


Germany

India 

Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something,
learned something, become a better person.
Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on…
Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.
- Nora Ephron

India

Everywhere I go in the world, I see young and old, rich and poor, reading books.  

Whether readers are engaged in the sacred or the secular, they are, for a time,
transported to  another world.

Thailand

India

Reading a good book is a universal activity, and people read while they do
just about everything else, and that includes reading while playing the
piano, which my sister used to do.

Sri Lanka

At one magical instant in your early childhood,
the page of a book–that string of confused, alien ciphers–shivered into meaning.
Words spoke to you, gave up their secrets; at that moment, whole universes opened.
You became, irrevocably, a reader.
- Alberto Manguel

Burma

Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly,
into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.
- Joyce Carol Oates

Lourdes, France

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends;

they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the
most patient of teachers. 
- Charles William Eliot

Italy

Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind.
- James Russell Lowell

India

We read to know we are not alone. 
- C.S. Lewis

Tibet

I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.
- Jorge Luis Borges

China

Books, I found, had the power to make time stand still,
retreat or fly into the future.
- Jim Bishop

Thailand


That’s what I love about reading: one tiny thing will interest you in a book,

and that tiny thing will lead you to another book, and another bit there will
lead you onto a third book. It’s geometrically progressive
- all with no end in sight, and for no other reason than sheer enjoyment.
― Mary Ann Shaffer, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

India

Kashmir

Korea

We live for books.
-Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose 

Canada

Turkey

Afghanistan

To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.
- Victor Hugo

Italy 

Yemen

I’m old-fashioned and think that reading books is the
most glorious pastime that humankind has yet devised.
- Wisława Szymborska
1996 Nobel Prize in Literature

India

Cuba

Japan

The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries.
- Rene Descartes

Solitude and Silence

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 17, 2012 by stevemccurry

Solitude is the profoundest fact of the human condition.
– Octavio Paz, Nobel Laureate

MALI-10066

Mali

Language… has created the word “loneliness” to express the pain of being alone
And it has created the word “solitude” to express the glory of being alone.
– Paul Tillich

INDIA-10640

India

We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private:
and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship.
-C.S. Lewis, Weight of Glory

KASHMIR-10074

Kashmir

In this wired age of non-stop communication with
little or no time for reflection and contemplation,
many find it necessary to carve out time in order to have the opportunity to be
creative, innovative, and imaginative.

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Tibet

 

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Costa Rica

I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.

– Henry David Thoreau, Walden

KASHMIR-10090

Kashmir

The happiest of all lives is a busy solitude.
– Voltaire

SRILANKA-10144

Sri Lanka

Religious figures from Moses to Jesus, Mohammed
and the Buddha all found great value in solitude.

IRAQ-10057

Iraq

A man can be himself only so long as he is alone;
if he does not love solitude, he will not love freedom;
for it is only when he is alone that he is really free.
– Arthur Schopenhauer

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Umbria, Italy

Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is richness of self.

- May Sarton

INDIA-10381

India

CANADA-10004

Canada

Silence is more musical than any song.
– Christina Rossetti

Maimana, Afghanistan


Quiet is peace. Tranquility. Quiet is turning down the volume knob on life.

Silence is pushing the off button. Shutting it down. All of it.
- Khaled Hosseini,  Amir in The Kite Runner

AFGHN-13684

Bamiyan, Afghanistan

Work is not always required.
There is such a thing as sacred idleness.
– George MacDonald

THAILAND-10033

Thailand

MEXICO-10037

Mexico

NEPAL-10051

Nepal

In Silence there is eloquence.
– Rumi

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