Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace.   -Victor Hugo

 I do not have much patience with a thing of beauty that must be explained to be understood. If it does need additional interpretation by someone other than the creator, then I question whether it has fulfilled its purpose.  -Charlie Chaplin

…If you're anxious for to shine in the high aesthetic line
as a man of culture rare,
You must get up all the germs of the transcendental terms,
and plant them ev'rywhere.
You must lie upon the daisies and discourse in novel phrases
of your complicated state of mind,
The meaning doesn't matter if it's only idle chatter
of a transcendental kind...   –Bunthorne in Patience /Gilbert & Sullivan

In temple today, sitting zazen, no one notices (good) that I smuggled a small book for notes of the thoughts that fly by to be wrangled momentarily, and then knocked aside so that I can attempt to see the clear void.
Sometimes Buddha, some times the other guys.


  1. Wonderful quotes Jayne, food for thoughts. And i love your painting that reminds me of ols Japanese or Chinese art. And the touch of autumn.

    Sweet greetz!

  2. oh my--that's a gorgeous painting

  3. wonderful art...and i smuggle my notebook every where i go...just in case i capturea few to press between the pages...

  4. My notebook is a void. Really must try the transcendental state although idle chatter is my forte

  5. how wonderfully subversive, writing down those thoughts we're supposed to push away! Wonderful quotes, too. Thanks for sharing them, and the lovely painting.

  6. Leap into the void and make it your home!

  7. Leap into the void and make it your home!

  8. I was going to say, "trap them thoughts and press them in your book like Victorian wild flowers". But, of course, that is exactly what you do, and have done ever since that splendid day when I first discovered your blog.

  9. Quite the sneak you are = I like it ; )