Afterwards I learned, that the best way to manage some kinds of painful thoughts, is to dare them to do their worst; to let them lie and gnaw at your heart till they are tired; and you find you still have a residue of life they cannot kill.
“…though I cannot promise to take you home,“ said North Wind, as she sank nearer and nearer to the tops of the houses, "I can promise you it will be all right in the end. You will get home somehow.” ― George MacDonald, At the Back of the North Wind
RAVENCLAW: “The best thing you can do for your fellow, next to rousing his conscience, is – not to give him things to think about, but to wake things up that are in him; or say, to make him think things for himself.” –George MacDonald (The Fantastic Imagination)
from Chapter 8 of The Princess and Curdie, illustrated by Charles Folkard
Curdie opened the door—but, to his astonishment, saw no room there. Could he have opened a wrong door? There was the great sky, and the stars, and beneath he could see nothing only darkness! But what was that in the sky, straight in front of him? A great wheel of fire, turning and turning, and flashing out blue lights!
Ed: On the whole, I think Folkard’s line drawings far superior to the color plates in his edition of The Princess and Curdie, and this one might be my favorite of all.
But in the meantime, you must be content, I say, to be misunderstood for a while. We are all very anxious to be understood, and it is very hard not to be. But there is one thing much more necessary.”
“What is that, grandmother?”
“To understand other people.
When looking through my bookshelf, I realised that I don’t own all that many hardbacks - at least not ones that haven’t appeared elsewhere (x, x, x, x). This one, however, is one of my absolute favourites: Novalis’ (Friedrich von Hardenberg’s) Works.*
Novalis is one of the more influential (though, it seems, lesser-known) German Romantics, a contemporary of both Goethe and Schiller, who, together with his friend Friedrich Schlegel, is responsible for producing some of the main theoretical and poetological works of Early Romanticism. The Romantic Golden Age, the mysterious blue flower, and the hero-poet’s path of coming into his own are all motifs that make an appearance in his works, particularly in his unfinished novel Heinrich von Ofterdingen. Novalis also wrote poetry, but since he died early at 28 years of age, a majority of his works was published posthumously by his friends Friedrich Schlegel and Ludwig Tieck.
*I might have to get another edition at some point, though, as this one does not include his letters, diary and most of his theoretical notes.
(And yes, that is totally the guy in my userpic on my main.)