Sunday Dinner: Harmony


“That is where my dearest

and brightest dreams have ranged —

to hear for the duration of a heartbeat

the universe and the totality of life

in its mysterious, innate harmony.”


Hermann Hesse



“Peace is more than the absence of war.

Peace is accord.



Laini Taylor



“If there is righteousness in the heart,

there will be beauty in the character.
If there is beauty in the character,

there will be harmony in the home.
If there is harmony in the home,

there will be order in the nations.
When there is order in the nations,

there will peace in the world.”





“Digressions are part of harmony, deviations too.”


Dejan Stojanovic



“Instead of railing against hate, we focus on love;

instead of judging the angry,

we offer them our peaceful presence;

instead of warning against a dystopian future,

we provide a hopeful vision.”


Gudjon Bergmann



“The happy man needs nothing and no one.

Not that he holds himself aloof,

for indeed he is in harmony

with everything and everyone;

everything is “in him”;

nothing can happen to him.

The same may also be said

for the contemplative person;

he needs himself alone; he lacks nothing.”


Josef Pieper



“Out of clutter, find simplicity.”


Albert Einstein



Photos by Woodland Gnome 2019



“Through our eyes,

the universe is perceiving itself.

Through our ears,

the universe is listening to its harmonies.

We are the witnesses

through which the universe

becomes conscious of its glory, of its magnificence.”


Alan Wilson Watts


About woodlandgnome

Lifelong teacher and gardener.

6 responses to “Sunday Dinner: Harmony

  1. Is that Iris pallida?! I don’t mean to change the subject. That looks just like Iris pallida.

    • Sharp eyes, Tony 😎 Yes, there is a lot of I. pallida around town, usually passed friend to friend. I planted a division of that at our local botanical garden alongside the variegated strain. A lot of folks around here prefer it to the German hybrids.

      • It is my all time favorite iris! I almost always prefer white flowers, but I prefer this one to even the best white bearded iris. Mine came from the garden of my maternal-maternal great grandmother. I think that it was there for orris root, but I really don’t know.

  2. perfect for easter – and so refreshing

  3. Beautiful photos – everything is so fresh and pristine. Happy Easter!

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