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The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.John 10:10

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The Simple Things series by Duende Hand Lettering

"Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away."
— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Airman’s Odyssey


"You gotta make it out. You can’t fail. You’ve got the best excuse in the world right now, but you can’t use it."
— Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Jesse Andrews


On Loving the Lotus 

Here is a piece that I would like to share with anyone—if any there is—who reads my posts. It is a short essay by the philosopher Zhou Dun Yi about, yup, his love of lotuses. I fell in love with his writing from the first time I read it. I hope you do too :)

I got all the text below from this page.

(拼音四聲4 tones in Pinyin denoted as 1: di-, 2: di’, 3: di^, 4: di`)


shui^ lu` cao^ mu` zhi- hua- ke^ ai` zhe^ shen` fan’ 

Among the flowers of water, land, herb and wood, many are loveable.


jin` tao’ yuan- ming’ du’ ai` ju’ zi` li’ tang’ lai’ shi` ren’ shen` ai` mu^ dan-
During Jin times Tao Yuan-Ming loved only the chrysanthemum, and since the Tang times people have greatly loved the peony.


yu’ du’ ai` lian’ zhi- chu- yu- ni’ er’ bu` ran^ zhuo’ qing- lian’ er’ bu` yao-
I love only the lotus for rising from the mud but is not stained, bathed by clear waves but is not seductive.

中通 外 直,不 蔓 不 枝,

zhong- tong- wai` zhi’ bu` man’ bu` zhi-
Inside, it is open; outside, it is straight. It neither crawls or forks.


xiang- yuan^ yi` qing- ting’ ting’ jing` zhi’
The farther away one is, the purer is the fragrance. Upright and elegant, it establishes itself cleanly.


ke’ yuan^ guan- er’ bu` ke^ xie` wan’ yan-
It can be viewed from far away but cannot be toyed with.


yu’ wei` ju’ hua- zhi- yin^ yi` zhe^ ye^
I say: the chrysanthemum is the recluse among flowers,


mu^ dan- hua- zhi- fu` gui` zhe^ ye^ lian’ hua- zhi- jun- zi^ zhe^ ye^
The peony is the wealthy among flowers, and the lotus is the gentleman among flowers.


yi- ju’ zhi- ai` tao’ hou` xian^ you^ wen’
Aye, the love for the chrysanthemum is seldom heard of after Tao.


lian’ zhi- ai` tong’ yu’ zhe^ he^ ren’
As for the love for the lotus, is there anyone like me?


mu^ dan- zhi- ai` yi^ hu’ zhong` yi^
Ah, the love for the peony is right for most people.


"The difficult thing, the glorious thing, was to be who you really were, even if that person was cruel or dangerous, particularly if cruel and dangerous."
— The Casual Vacancy, J.K. Rowling


"You see things.  You keep quiet about them.  And you understand."
— The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky