The Mirror That Reflects The Light



Random reflections celebrating the paintings of Caspar David Friedrich, whose transcendent luminosity transports us to its source.


There are two ways of spreading light; to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.

Edith Wharton

Any great art work … revives and re-adapts time and space, and the measure of its success is the extent to which it makes you an inhabitant of that world - the extent to which it invites you in and lets you breathe its strange, special air.

Leonard Bernstein

And God said: 'Let there be light,' and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from darkness.

Genesis 1:3,4 NIV

When you possess light within, you see it externally.

Anaïs Nin

Nature poets can't walk across the backyard without tripping over an epiphany.

Christian Wiman

People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within.

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Love is not consolation. It is light.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.

Maori Proverb

Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.

Rabindranath Tagore

Who are you, Lord?

Acts 9:5 NIV

The epiphany was simply tucked away for consideration after we were back on campus. Sometimes a revelation comes with a flash of heavenly light and a booming voice - and sometimes it is jotted in a sun-bleached spiral notebook.

Jeffrey A Lockwood

There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in.

Leonard Cohen

Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.

John Milton

Light tomorrow with today.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

To continue one's journey in the darkness with one's footsteps guided by illumination of remembered radiance is to know courage of a peculiar kind – the courage to demand that light continue to be light even in the surrounding darkness.

Howard Thurman (quoted by Aberjhani as a preface to The Bridge of Silver Wings)