Category: culture

“Tír gan teanga, tír gan anam.” – Pádraig Pearse (A country without a language is a country without a soul.)

“Ecce deus fortior me, qui veniens dominabitur michi.” – Dante Alighieri, La Vita Nuova

(Behold, a deity stronger than I; who coming, shall rule over me.)

“Beatrice”, Marie Spartali Stillman,1895.  

“Man grows used to everything, the scoundrel!” – Fyodor Dostoevsky

Melancholy, Domenico Fetti

“Well you can’t get what you want
But you can get me
So let’s set out to sea
‘Cause you are my medicine
When you’re close to me…”

“Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.” – Plato

Listening to Schumann by Fernand Khnopff (1883)

“We suffer more often in imagination than reality.” – Seneca

“What is hell? I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love.” – Fyodor Dostoevsky (The Brothers Karamazov)

“I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.” – 

Vincent Van Gogh

View of Dresden by Moonlight, 

Johan Christian Dahl, 

1839.

“Amor vincit omnia, et nos cedamus amori.” – 

Virgil

(Love conquers all things, so we too shall yield to love.)

“Tristan and Isolde”, Edmund Leighton, 1902

“One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.” – 

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

(Joseph Haydn playing quartets, Anonymous, 1790.)