Sep 27, 2008

arduous journeys

From Manteq al-Tayr, Farid ud-Din Attar (Fitzgerald, trans.):
But how could you have expected to travel that path in thought alone; how expect to measure the moon by the fish? No, my neighbors, never think that path is a short one; you must have lions' hearts to go by that way, it is not short and its seas are deep; you will walk it long in wonder, sometimes smiling, sometimes weeping.
it has the same feeling as a babylon candle (as used in deep secret or stardust):
How many miles to Babylon?
Three score miles and ten.
Can I get there by candle-light?
Yes, and back again.
If your feet are speedy and light
You can get there by candle-light.

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