“If you don’t like the world the way it is, change it -
one step at a time.
Be prepared for how long change might take
and how hard it will sometimes be. Always remember
the quote you wrote in your diary after hearing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speak:
‘If you can’t fly,
if you can’t run,
if you can’t walk,
but by all means
keep moving.’ ”
- Marian Wright Edelman
Some wonder if the star of Bethlehem
Occurred when Jupiter and Saturn crossed;
It’s comforting to look up from this roof
And feel that, while all changes, nothing’s lost,
To recollect that in antiquity
The winter solstice fell in Capricorn
And that, in the Orion Nebula,
From swirling gas, new stars are being born.
Timothy Steele, from "Toward the Winter Solstice."
from 'A Season in Hell' by Arthur Rimbaud
On the road, on winter nights, no shelter, no clothes, no food, a voice would fasten on my heart:
'weakness and strength: the fact is you are here - that much is strength. You don't know where you're going or why. Go everywhere, answer every greeting. You're no more likely to get yourself killed than if you were already a corpse.'
In the morning my eyes would be so blank, my expression so dead, that people I encountered may not even have seen me.
Arthur Rimbaud - Selected Poems and Letters
Translated with an Introduction and Notes by Jeremy Harding and John Sturrock
Penguin Books, 2004, p. 147