Hedy Lamarr Delilah red and silver“Beauty and seduction are nature’s tools for survival, because we protect what we fall in love with.” – Louie Schwartzberg at TEDxSF

“Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public.” – Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

Kira from Riddick“Every Night and every Morn
Some to Misery are born.
Every Morn and every Night
Some are born to Sweet Delight,
Some are born to Endless Night. ”
William Blake (1757–1827)

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”  – Frank Herbert (1920-1986)

Kileau Fissure Eruption 3_7_2011Fires that shook me once, but now to silent ashes fall’n away.
Cold upon the dead volcano sleeps the gleam of dying day.
– Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)

“Hwæt! Wē Gār-Dena in geār-dagumHelmet
þēod-cyninga þrym gefrūnon,
hū þā æðelingas ellen fremedon.
Oft Scyld Scēfing sceaðena þrēatum,
monegum mǣgðum meodo-setla oftēah.
Egsode eorlas, syððan ǣrest wearð
fēasceaft funden: hē þæs frōfre gebād,
wēox under wolcnum, weorð-myndum ðāh,
oð þæt him ǣghwylc þāra ymb-sittendra
ofer hron-rāde hȳran scolde,
gomban gyldan. Þæt wæs gōd cyning!”

“His poem is like a play in a room through the windows of which a distant view can be seen over a large part of the English traditions about the world of their original home. (Tolkien on the author of Beowulf)”
J.R.R. Tolkien

Art - Lady of Shalott

“I am half-sick of shadows,’ said The Lady of Shalott.”
Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)