But what you love to see are faces
that do work and feel thirst.
You love most of all those who need you
as they need a crowbar or a hoe.
You have not grown old, and it is not too late
to dive into your increasing depths
where life calmly gives out its secret.
If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.
You won’t feel any pain
A little fall of rain
Can hardly hurt you now
I am here
Au delà d’une discipline saine, soyez doux avec vous-même
Vous êtes un enfant de l’univers, pas moins que les arbres et les étoiles;
Et qu’il vous soit clair ou non, l’univers se déroule sans doute comme il le devrait
Stop trying to be less of who you are. Let this time in your life cut you open and drain all of the things that are holding you back.
You say that my way of thinking cannot be tolerated? What of it? The man who alters his way of thinking to suit others is a fool. My way of thinking is the result of my reflections. It is part of my inner being,the way I am made. I do not contradict them, and would not even if I wished to. For my system, which you disapprove of is also my greatest comfort in life, the source of all my happiness - it means more to me than my life itself.
Marquis de Sade