The Lighthouse at Honfleur by Georges Seurat, 1886
It’s about how you’re like a lighthouse, always searching far into the distance. But the thing you’re looking for is usually close to you and always has been. That’s why you have to look within yourself to find answers instead of searching beyond. — Susane Colasanti, Waiting For You
As Emerson presented the search for wisdom, the old Delphic admonition to “Know thyself” was to be honored by a perfectly idiosyncratic quest that required, above all, the courage to obey a deceptively simple commandment: that each individual should continuously plumb the depths of his unique, and literally unfathomable, experience of the world, neglecting neither the singular nor universal, neither the commonplace nor the visionary, neither inward reason nor outward nature, in ceaseless search of, yet without any convincing proof of ever finding, God within.
James Miller, Examined Lives: From Socrates to Nietzsche
We’re all searching for something to fill up what I like to call that big, God-shaped hole in our souls. Some people use alcohol, or sex, or their children, or food, or money, or music, or heroin. A lot of people even use the concept of God itself. I could go on and on. I used to know a girl who used shoes. She had over two-hundred pairs. But it’s all the same thing, really. People, for some stupid reason, think they can escape their sorrows.
Tiffanie DeBartolo, God-Shaped Hole
Beauty in all the Unfamiliar Places
It’s a lot easier to be lost than found. It’s the reason we’re always searching and rarely discovered—so many locks not enough keys. — Sarah Dessen, Lock and Key
Maybe we try too hard to be remembered, waking to the glowing yellow disc in ignorance, swearing that today will be the day, today we will make something of our lives. What if we are so busy searching for worth that we miss the sapphire sky and cackling blackbird. What else is missing? Maybe our steps are too straight and our paths too narrow and not overlapping. Maybe when they overlap someone in another country lights a candle, a couple resolves their argument, a young man puts down his silver gun and walks away.