you should always carry something beautiful in your mind
— Blaise Pascal (1623–1662)
Some of you might already know the words and writings of the late Irish poet and philosopher, John O’Donohue (1956-2008). I must admit: I don’t. All I know is a few passages from Longing and Belonging, which I have been listening to on my early morning-walks the last couple of days.
You know I have started this quest for beauty, it might sound rather spiritual – still I didn’t search for a religious mystic to be my companion. But he came anyway, on his own, or maybe it was me – accidentally stumbling upon his words. Anyhow; I have decided to let Mr. O’Donohue be my guide for a while –
beauty is not a luxury, beauty ennobles the heart and reminds us of the infinity which is within us
— John O’Donohue (1956-2008)
I have already fallen in love with this strange irish voice of his – our rather dissimilar apprehensions of the world doesn’t seem to matter at all.