Absence is to love what wind is to fire; it extinguishes the small, it inflames the great.
—Roger de Bussy-Rabutin (via missfolly)
Imagining the future is a kind of nostalgia. You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you’ll escape it one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present.
Antoin Sevruguin, Blue Mosque, Tabriz, Iran, c.1890-1900.
The Blue Mosque was built in 1465 under the orders of Jahan Shah, the ruler of the Qara Qoyunlu (also known as the Black Sheep Turkomans) from 1438-1467. The mosque was severely damaged in an earthquake in 1779, but reconstruction did not begin until 1973.
bridge across the tigris, mosul, 1911
I: “You know I would love to have some of your attributes and qualities.. Are there any of mine that you, in some untold circumstance in a slower parallel existence, would want in you?”