Blooming Amid Thorns

Blooming Amid Thorns

“The world is not respectable;
it is mortal, tormented, confused, deluded forever;
but it is shot through with beauty, with love
with glints of courage and laughter;
and in these, the spirit blooms timidly,
and struggles to the light amid the thorns.”
George Santayana

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Child’s Play

“His laughter, which was never far below
the surface of his conversation,
now sparkled like a splash of water in sunlight.”

Joseph Lelyveld