What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity?a soothing, calming influence on the mind, rather like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue.
The synthesis of pure, calming food is breathing pure air, listening to good sounds, looking at good sights, and touching pure objects.
Every single empire in its official discourse has said that it is not like all the others, that its circumstances are special, that it has a mission to enlighten, civilize, bring order and democracy, and that it uses force only as a last resort. And, sadder still, there always is a chorus of willing intellectuals to say calming words about benign or altruistic empires, as if one shouldn't trust the evidence of one's eyes watching the destruction and the misery and death brought by the latest mission civilizatrice .edward said
While Franklin's quiet memory climbs to heaven, calming the lightning which he thence hath riven.lord byron
While Franklin 's quiet memory climbs to heaven, calming the lightning which he thence hath riven, Or drawing from the no less kindled earth Freedom and peace to that which boasts his birth; While Washington 's a watchword, such as ne'er Shall sink while there's an echo left to air.lord byron