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January 3, 2011:(Jean Giono Quote:The Shape of Days)

"Days begin and end in the dead of night. They are not shaped long, in the manner of things which lead to ends — arrow, road, a person's life on earth. They are shaped round, in the manner of things eternal and stable — sun, world, God. Civilization tries to persuade us we are going towards something, a distant goal. We have forgotten that our only goal is to live, to live each and every day, and that if we live each and every day, our true goal is achieved. All civilized people see the day beginning at dawn or a little after or a long time after or whatever time their work begins; this they lengthen according to their work, during what they call 'all day long;' and end it when they close their eyes. It is they who say the days are long. On the contrary, the days are round."
- Jean Giono (Rondeur Des Jours)

´╗┐Thanks to Whiskey River

Posted on Monday, January 3, 2011 at 11:50AM by Registered CommenterThe Skeptical Mystic | Comments1 Comment

Reader Comments (1)

It's so true. We like going towards something. I like the roundness of this quote. I need to be reminded of living each day, each day.
January 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKass

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