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Quoting Li Po
« on: December 23, 2012, 08:05:41 AM »
Since water still flows, though we cut it with swords,
and sorrow returns, though we drown it with wine,
since the world can, in no way satisfy our cravings,
let us loosen our hair tomorrow and go fishing.


~Li Po
The dad abides.

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Re: Quoting Li Po
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2013, 10:09:23 AM »
Brilliant!  Li Po is really an amazing poet, as thisey here stanza clearly shows.  Wow!
The clouds above us come together and disperse;
The breeze in the courtyard departs and returns.
Life is like that, so why not relax?
Who can keep us from celebrating?
 - Lu-Yu

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Re: Quoting Li Po
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2013, 10:39:41 AM »
Since water still flows, though we cut it with swords,
and sorrow returns, though we drown it with wine,
since the world can, in no way satisfy our cravings,
let us loosen our hair tomorrow and go fishing.


~Li Po

Or bowling.

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Re: Quoting Li Po
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2013, 02:30:56 PM »
Yeah Li Po is the best. Saw him at the London Apollo back in 92, supporting Nina Simone - what a gig!

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Re: Quoting Li Po
« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2013, 07:36:57 PM »
Love Li Po. There are many great Daoist-influenced Chinese poets.

The book The Importance of Living by Lin Yutang refers to many of them, and is incidentally a wonderful book about abiding and the importance of taking it easy. Highly recommend it

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Re: Quoting Li Po
« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2013, 08:29:21 PM »
Indeed, Dude, a great book. The only downside to the book (in my humble opinion) is that Lin Yutang is clearly convinced of the greatness of its author.   :)
The clouds above us come together and disperse;
The breeze in the courtyard departs and returns.
Life is like that, so why not relax?
Who can keep us from celebrating?
 - Lu-Yu

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Re: Quoting Li Po
« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2013, 10:59:33 PM »
Indeed, Dude, a great book. The only downside to the book (in my humble opinion) is that Lin Yutang is clearly convinced of the greatness of its author.   :)

Very true! Plus it's super dated and thus pretty sexist and reductionist in parts (like Walter, Fuckin Germans...do we need to split hairs here?). On balance though it has some wisdom to impart. Similar to How to be Idle by that English fella whose name escapes me right now...

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Re: Quoting Li Po
« Reply #7 on: August 11, 2013, 05:53:31 AM »
Since water still flows, though we cut it with swords,
and sorrow returns, though we drown it with wine,
since the world can, in no way satisfy our cravings,
let us loosen our hair tomorrow and go fishing.


~Li Po

Or bowling.

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