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The photo (shown above) of the old New York waterfront by American photographer and writer Consuelo Kanaga (1894-1978) may well symbolise the new year: a river to be traversed, a bridge to be crossed. There’s no guarantee that all will be well. We just have to take in the good together with the bad and never lose courage and hope. To all the readers of Marine Café Blog, a peaceful New Year. May the following quotes provide you with some inspiration as you navigate through the waters of 2020.


Let us not burthen our remembrance with
A heaviness that’s gone.

— William Shakespeare, The Tempest

What one needs to do at every moment of one’s life is to put an end to the old world and to begin a new world.

— Nikolai Berdyaev, The Beginning and the End

Not so bad this ending because one is getting used to endings: life like Morse, a series of dots and dashes, never forming a paragraph.

— Graham Greene, England Made Me

The past is never dead. It’s not even past.

— William Faulkner, Requiem for a Nun

Not every end is a goal. The end of a melody is not its goal; but nonetheless, if the melody had not reached its end it would not have reached its goal either. A parable.

— Friedrich Nietzche, The Wanderer and His Shadow 

and Beginnings

Shall the day of parting be the day of gathering?
And shall it be said that my eve was in truth my dawn?

— Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

If you are asked to achieve an ending somehow, this also means that you are receiving an order to begin anew; a new beginning is always possible – who should refuse it?

— Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters on Life

The past is but the beginning of a beginning, and all that is and has been is but the twilight of the dawn.

— H.G. Wells, The Discovery of the Future

The only joy in the world is to begin. It is good to be alive because living is beginning, always, every moment. When this sensation is lacking—as when one is in prison, or ill, or stupid, or when living has become a habit—one might as well be dead.

— Cesare Pavese, This Business of Living

Veil after veil of thin dusky gauze is lifted, and by degrees the forms and colours of things are restored to them, and we watch the dawn remaking the world in its antique pattern.

— Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

~ Barista Uno

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