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Flameja al sol ponent l'estol de veles
en el llunyà confí del cel i l'aigua
La mar, inquieta, com un pit sospira
en la platja reclosa i solitària.
Dòn pot venir la inquietud de l'ona?
Ni un núvol en el cel... ni un alè d'aire...
D'on pot venir la inquietud de l'ona?
Misteri de la mar! L'hora és ben dolça.
Flameja, al sol ponent, l'estol de veles. -- Joan Maragall (1911)
The nub of all these oriental philosophies is not an idea,
not a theory, not even a way of behaving, but a way of
experiencing a transformation of everyday consciousness so
that it becomes quite apparent to us that this is the way things are.
The tao that can be described
is not the eternal Tao.
The name that can be spoken
is not the eternal Name.
The nameless is the boundary of Heaven and Earth.
The named is the mother of creation.
Freed from desire, you can see the hidden mystery.
By having desire, you can only see what is visibly real. --Lao-tze
Quin rebolcar-se avui totes les ones escumejant sorroses, desiguals!
Com s'estiren i s'alcen tant com poden
per a fugir el gran turment del mar!
Tot el mar s'ensombreix i se sorolla,
ones vénen arreu, onades van,
corrent cap a la platja clamoroses,
l'escabellada escuma al vent donant.
--Joan Maragall (1891)
“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. … No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.”
From The Life and Work of Martha Graham