Wednesday, August 22, 2007

"without contraries is no progession"

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blake's angel of the revelation (1803-05)

my 8 favorite passages from william blake's the marriage of heaven + hell (1790-93)

"those who restrain desire, do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained."

"the road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom."

"no bird soars too high, if he soars with his own wings."

"what is now proved was once only imagin'd."

"every thing possible to be believ'd is an image of truth."

"exuberance is beauty."

"the man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, + breeds reptiles of the mind."

"jesus was all virtue, + acted from impulse, not from rules."


  1. Buddhists talk of eliminating suffering by eliminating desire,so when the desire is followed, often the desire is gone.

    Also i like this passage

    the ancient poets animated all sensible objects with gods or
    geniuses,calling them by their names and adorning them with properties of
    woods,rivers,mountains, lakes,cities, nations and whatever their enlarged
    and numerous senses could perceive.
    and particularly they studied the genius of each city and country placing
    it under its mental deity.
    till asystem was formed,which some took advantage of and enslaved the
    vulgar by attempting to realize or abstract the mental deities from their
    objects;thus began the priesthood.
    choosing forms worship from poetic tales.
    and at length they pronounced that the gods had ordered such things.
    thus men forgot that all deities reside in the human breast.



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