Wednesday, June 1, 2011

... vertigo ...

(Created par moi from copyright-free images on Web)

"Anyone whose goal is 'something higher' must expect someday to suffer vertigo. What is vertigo? Fear of falling? No, Vertigo is something other than fear of falling. It is the voice of the emptiness below us which tempts and lures us, it is the desire to fall, against which, terrified, we defend ourselves."

— Milan Kundera (The Unbearable Lightness of Being)

"The Greek word for "return" is nostos. Algos means "suffering." So nostalgia is the suffering caused by an unappeased yearning to return."

— Milan Kundera (Ignorance)

"And therein lies the whole of man's plight. Human time does not turn in a circle; it runs ahead in a straight line. That is why man cannot be happy: happiness is the longing for repetition."

— Milan Kundera (The Unbearable Lightness of Being)

"...for there is nothing heavier than compassion. Not even one's own pain weighs so heavy as the pain one feels with someone, for someone, a pain intensified by the imagination and prolonged by a hundred echoes."

— Milan Kundera (The Unbearable Lightness of Being)



  1. "So nostalgia is the suffering caused by an unappeased yearning to return". I find this quote interesting... never thought of it that way! I suppose when I no longer have a sweet baby check to kiss I will be nostalgic. A yearning (not exactly suffering, but a form of it) as my 18 year old would think I lost my marbles if I cuddled with him! LOL Yes, these are all interesting quotes. I posted a link to a flicker slideshow on my post of today ... more Biltmore horses... :)

  2. i dont think you have to agree with a quote to appreciate it...i do like the one on compassion as i do think it is a heavy weight to bear...

  3. I am captivated by this image. The woman can be viewed as in flight or falling, very etheral. Wonder what it would look like if the floor of the fountain and the stairs disappear and you put in place of it vaporous elements like clouds or swirling smoke...

  4. Me too Brian!! Compassion is a heavy load to bear for sure!!
    But an attribute we need to foster and allow to grow. For the world needs more compassion!
    Have a great weekend

  5. These are thoughtful, original perspectives, Bonnie. As with almost everything you post here, I am made to think carefully.
    Reading Mila's comment made me go back to look at your illustration - she's exactly right about the ambiguity of the woman's pose.

  6. absolutely, utterly breathtakingly beautiful and thought provoking~!!!!!~
    what provocative work this is~!



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