‘Withdraw into yourself and look; and if you do not find yourself beautiful as yet, do as does the sculptor of a statue … cut away all that is excessive, straighten all that is crooked, bring light to all that is shadowed … do not cease until there shall shine out on you the Godlike Splendour of Beauty; until you see temperance surely established in the stainless shrine.
Artwork: Alfred Kubin (1877 – 1959)
Image: James Craig Annan, The Dark Mountains (1890)
The man, who, being really on the Way, falls upon hard times in the world will not,
as a consequence, turn to that friend who offers him refuge and comfort and
encourages his old self to survive. Rather, he will seek out someone who will faithfully
and inexorably help him to risk himself, so that he may endure the suffering and pass
courageously through it. Only to the extent that man exposes himself over and over again
to annihilation, can that which is indestructible arise within him.
In this lies the dignity of daring.
― Karlfried Graf Durckheim