ـ "... إن فى الإنسان منطقة عجيبة سحيقة لا تصل إليها الفضيلة ولا الرذيلة ، ولا تشع فيها شمس العقل والإرادة ، ولا ينطق لسان المنطق ، ولا تطاع القوانين والأوضاع ، ولا تتداول فيها لغة أو تستخدم كلمة ... إنما هى مملكة نائية عن عالم الألفاظ والمعاني ... كل مافيها شفاف هفاف يأتي بالأعاجيب فى طرفة عين ... يكفي أن ترن فى أرجائها نبرة ، أو تبرق لمحة ، أو ينشر شذا عطر ، حتى يتصاعد من أعماقها فى لحظة من الإحساسات والصور والذكريات ، ما يهز كياننا ويفتح نفوسنا على أشياء لا قبل لنا بوصفها ، ولا بتجسيدها ، ولو لجأ إلى أدق العبارات و أبرع اللغات ... " ـ
Within man lies a deep wondrous spot, to which neither virtue nor vice can reach. Upon which the sun of reason and will never rise. In which the mouth of logic never speaks, the laws and rules are never obeyed, and not a language is used nor a word is ever spoken. It is a distant Kingdom, beyond words and meanings. With everything is a sheer murmur offering wonders in a blink. From the depths of which, suffice a single tone or a flash of mind or a scent of a perfum, to allow rise of emotions, pictures and memories, a rising that will shake our being and open ourselves to things we can neither describe nor materialize even if we used the most refined of phrases or the most skillful of languages.
Tawfiq Al-Hakim. (My humble transalation of the arabic text)
I don't know, but I can name very few characters that shaked me strong inside in all the movies I've watched in my life. But of all those characters played by great actors and actresses, It's Hannah Jelkes [Deborah Kerr's character] that shaked me to the bones just by looking at her face in this movie! A movie about humans in quest for love, believe ... peace! ... in quest for relief ... relief of body, mind and soul. For me it's hard to quote this movie, to quote it is to put at least half the dialogue in here. And it will humble the way the lines are delivered, so, I won't do it this time except for a small part of the poem delivered by Hannah grandpa.
The least I can say: I love this movie.
How calmly does the olive branch observe the sky begin to blanch : without a cry , without a prayer ; with no betrayal of despair.
Sometime while light obscures the tree , the zenith of its life will be : gone , past , forever . And from thence, a second history will commence :
I can feel the summer afternoon listening to it. But I woke up today singing it, maybe declaring my anger to this " Springy" Winter- I never listen to it in winter-, or maybe I'm in a "subconscious" good mood, which is something I sure doubt and find no reason for, anyway, this is a song for today :)
A special dedication to you meshmesha, I hope you're in a good state at "eldokan" :)
A swedish movie I was introduced to the translated quotes of which a couple of years ago, by a dear friend, and I liked them, But yesterday I watched it for the first time, and liked it much. Though I don't understand the biblical verses that caused the title but I liked the rest of the quotes very much, a movie with a stunning atmosphere that I've never dealt with before!.
[Antonius Block lets Death choose which chess pieces to play] Antonius Block: You drew black. Death: Appropriate, don't you think?
Antonius Block: I want to confess as best I can, but my heart is void. The void is a mirror. I see my face and feel loathing and horror. My indifference to men has shut me out. I live now in a world of ghosts, a prisoner in my dreams.
[Death approaches Antonius Block] Antonius Block: Wait a moment. Death: You all say that. But I grant no reprieves.
[In response to Death coming for him] Jonas Skat: Is there no exemption for actors?
Jons: Love is the blackest of all plagues... if one could die of it, there would be some pleasure in love, but you don't die of it.
Jons: Love is as contagious as a cold. It eats away at your strength, morale... If everything is imperfect in this world, love is perfect in its imperfection. Blacksmith Plog: You're happy, you with your oily words. You believe your own drivel. Jons: Believe it? Who said? But I love to give pieces of advice. Jons: Only fools die of love.
Jons: Our crusade was such madness that only a real idealist could have thought it up.
Jons: Who will take care of that child. God, the devil, the nothingness? The nothingness, perhaps? Antonius Block: It can't be so!
[the church painter explains why he is painting a mural about death] Church Painter: Why should one always make people happy? It might be a good idea to scare them once in a while. Jons: Then they'll close their eyes and refuse to look. Church Painter: They'll look. A skull is more interesting than a naked woman. Jons: If you do scare them... Church Painter: Then they think. Jons: And then? Church Painter: They'll become more scared. Antonius Block: Is it so terribly inconceivable to comprehend God with one's senses? Why does he hide in a cloud of half-promises and unseen miracles? How can we believe in the faithful when we lack faith? What will happen to us who want to believe, but can not? What about those who neither want to nor can believe? Why can't I kill God in me? Why does He live on in me in a humiliating way - despite my wanting to evict Him from my heart? Why is He, despite all, a mocking reality I can't be rid of?
Antonius Block: I want knowledge! Not faith, not assumptions, but knowledge. I want God to stretch out His hand, uncover His face and speak to me. Death: But He remains silent. Antonius Block: I call out to Him in the darkness. But it's as if no one was there. Death: Perhaps there isn't anyone. Antonius Block: Then life is a preposterous horror. No man can live faced with Death, knowing everything's nothingness. Death: Most people think neither of death nor nothingness. Antonius Block: But one day you stand at the edge of life and face darkness. Death: That day. Antonius Block: I understand what you mean.
Jons: But feel, to the very end, the triumph of being alive!
A few days ago I got 2 cards from my dearest friend, meshmesha. Why do I mention them here, I guess because I feel they are the first cards I ever get as a real mature adult, not by law or bilogical standard, but by emotional standard. Her words touched my heart and I thank her for them, really.
Her cards are 2 different states. For the first one she said the photo reminded her of me very much, why?, she said maybe because of the music part in the photo, or "propably" because of the black and white photography with a red spot in it. It may be because i'm a classical person. Or because I seem contradicting and smoothly blended at the same time, I may be having this ability to give a little shock to some people every once in a while despite this dull stillness I project sometimes. I don't know meshmesha, you choose or give the correct answer, these are my guesses. For the second card, she thought the words on it are describing her status in the past year, well of course it's true. But meshmesh, you have no idea, when I read them I felt like crying, in a way it described how I dealt with alot of things in my life, for a long time, not only the past few years, and I always knew I was right, but maybe we need to see our thoughts and believes phrased beautifully from time to time.
Thank you meshmesha for those 2 cards :) you still have a question to answer, why did the first card remind you of me ?