Lily Rong Cong's

perfect little world

Featured quote:

In my silence, only my voice is missing. - Antonia Porchia

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Jostein Gaarder, Sophie's World

Even the term "supernatural" is a curious one. ... I suppose that there is only one nature.  But that, on the other hand, is absolutely astonishing.

James Frey, My Friend Leonard

I believe that pain and suffering are different things. Pain is the feeling.  Suffering is the effect that pain inflicts. If one can endure pain, one can live without suffering.

She likes Matisse and van Gogh...because Matisse paints beautifully and van Gogh paints painfully.

Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie

Sometimes you can't believe what you see, you have to believe what you feel. And if you are ever going to have other people trust you, you must feel that you can trust them, too - even when you are in the dark. Even when you are falling.

Derrick Story, Digital Photography Hacks

Capturing a decisive moment in the camera lens and knowing that you "got the shot" is one of the most satisfying feelings a photographer can experience. Best of all, it's an experience you can enjoy in the moment and then relive again later with others. And if you are lucky, when you share your image with others, they might also feel what moved you when you clicked the shutter.

Ian Caldwell & Dustin Thomason, The Rule of Four

In Italy, the sun is rising.

Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

Poetry was not written to be analyzed; it was meant to inspire without reason, to touch without understanding.

Rhett Ellis, The Wisdom of Shepherds

He dreamed of that which he feared, of things far more terrible than any bear, of things capable of not only ripping and devouring the flesh, but of ripping and devouring the soul as well.  He dreamed of love, of course.

Bao Ninh, The Sorrow of War

Those who know how to be totally free and make their own opportunities...can change direction at will, like a gust of wind.

Ken Kesey, One Flew over Cuckoo's Nest

I'd think, maybe he truly is something extraordinary. He's what he is, that's it.  Maybe that makes him strong enough, being what he is.

Leo Buscaglia, Living, Loving and Learning

I really believe that most people are afraid of life. We're afraid to be what we are! ... You see someone really attractive and you think, "I'm going to tell her she's really beautiful." And then you think, "Oh, I couldn't do that." And then she goes all of her life not knowing she's beautiful! It's a shame because if we don't live fully, we keep others from living fully!

Antonia Porchia, Voices

The little things are what is eternal, and the rest, all the rest, is brevity, extreme brevity.

A door opens to me. I go in and am faced with a hundred closed doors.

In my silence, only my voice is missing.

I know you have nothing / That is why I ask you for everything / So that you will have everything.

Robert Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Mathematical solutions are selected by the subliminal self on the basis of "mathematical beauty", of the harmony of numbers and forms, of geometric elegance. "This is a true esthetic feeling which all mathematicians know, ... but of which the profane are so ignorant as often to be tempted to smile."


One who works with his hands is a labourer; one who works with his hands and his head is an artisan; one who works with his hands, his head and his heart is an artist.


Sometimes people come into your life and you know right away that they were meant to be there... You never know who these people may be, but when you lock your eyes with them, you know at that very moment, they will affect your life in some profound way.

Shakespeare, Hamlet, II, ii

I could be bounded in a nutshell and count myself as a king of infinite space...

A Beautiful Mind (film)

It is only in the mysterious equations of love that any logical reasons can be found.

Lloyd Johnston, commenting L. Cong's journal

Is there a God? I'm not sure, but if there is, it's a God for all people.