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And nothing is truly lost

For whatever reason today, I was thinking of a Neil Gaiman quote I especially love. It is pulled (I am told) from The Wake, one of the Sandman volumes, and it goes like this:

"Only the phoenix rises and does not descend. And everything changes. And nothing is truly lost."

Is that not lovely? In looking it up and double-checking it, I found also this quote from The Wake, which I shall add to my commonplace book when I get home:

"It's astonishing how much trouble one can get oneself into, if one works at it. And astonishing how much trouble one can get oneself out of, if one assumes that everything will, somehow or other, work out for the best."

That second quote reminds me of a bit I especially love from the movie Shakespeare in Love, involving Geoffrey Rush's character, Philip Henslowe:

HENSLOWE
Mr. Fennyman, allow me to explain about the theatre business. The natural condition is one of insurmountable obstacles on the road to imminent disaster. Believe me, to be closed by the plague is a bagatelle in the ups and downs of owning a theatre.

FENNYMAN
So what do we do?

HENSLOWE
Nothing. Strangely enough, it all turns out well.

FENNYMAN
How?

HENSLOWE
I don't know. It's a mystery.

and

WILL
(to HENSLOWE)
We are lost.

HENSLOWE
No, it will turn out well.

WILL
How will it?

HENSLOWE
I don't know, it's a mystery.

I have no clue why I was thinking "and nothing is truly lost", but it sent me to re-read his poem (also a picture book) Instructions, in case it came from there, and then I found its true source, plus a new quote, plus I was reminded of my favorite bit (which repeats another two times) from Shakespeare in Love, so I'm thankful it popped into my head.


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amygreenfield
Feb. 10th, 2011 07:25 pm (UTC)
Lovely post, Kelly. The Henslowe/Fennyman exchange is a favorite of mine, too. By nature I'm a worrier, so these kind of ideas do me good.
kellyrfineman
Feb. 10th, 2011 07:51 pm (UTC)
That Henslowe/Fennyman exchange has seen me through many a bad time over the years. Even though I usually misremember the words when left to my own devices. (I looked up the script on line to be sure I got them right here.)
jeniwrites
Feb. 10th, 2011 08:38 pm (UTC)
That second quote is my FAVORITE--it has a lot of meaning for me (the issue of THE WAKE that it is part of was published when I was just a couple of months pregnant with my son), and I have been trying to remember it lately. Thank you for sharing!
kellyrfineman
Feb. 10th, 2011 09:06 pm (UTC)
Kismet!
the_themiscyran
Feb. 10th, 2011 08:55 pm (UTC)
and a bit with a dog in it...
These are some of my all-time favorite quotes as well - thanks for reminding me of them.
kellyrfineman
Feb. 10th, 2011 09:07 pm (UTC)
Re: and a bit with a dog in it...
I am tickled to have found more than one of your favorites at the same time!
bogwitch64
Feb. 10th, 2011 09:00 pm (UTC)
Kelly...your brain thinks in titles. Fabulous titles. "And Nothing is Truly Lost."

I know it's not yours, but you pulled that out of it, and how lovely just those words are. Made me sigh.
kellyrfineman
Feb. 10th, 2011 09:08 pm (UTC)
That Neil Gaiman has such a beautiful way with words, does he not? Those five words really stick in my brain, with the sense of the whole quote attached to them even when they are on their own.
robinellen
Feb. 10th, 2011 09:49 pm (UTC)
A very Tolle-ish concept, as well, the ideas that no true energy is gone for good...:)
kellyrfineman
Feb. 10th, 2011 10:03 pm (UTC)
I rely on you to know these things! :)
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kellyrfineman
Feb. 11th, 2011 03:16 am (UTC)
I'm glad they resonated for you.
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kellyrfineman
Feb. 11th, 2011 03:18 am (UTC)
Indeed.
wyckedgood
Feb. 11th, 2011 04:01 pm (UTC)
Smiles
I love the phoneix quote. Thank you for sharing.
kellyrfineman
Feb. 11th, 2011 04:33 pm (UTC)
Re: Smiles
You are most welcome.
rachelswardrobe
Feb. 13th, 2011 02:40 pm (UTC)
I often use the 'Shakesppeare in love' quote. I was unfamiliar with the Neil Gaiman one, but it's lovely.
kellyrfineman
Feb. 13th, 2011 07:09 pm (UTC)
I love that bit from Shakespeare in Love. And the Gaiman quotes - *swoon*
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