“Greenland is a country of strong people – pioneers. Many question how they will survive without support from Denmark, but I ask a different question: why could you possibly think Greenlanders would not survive?”
“We say ‘Ichi-go, ichi-e’ – one chance, one moment. Appreciate the moment.”
In Rome, even history has a history.
“Everyone talks about states’ rights but was there any right that was ever threatened other than slavery?”
What makes a Vermeer is the special fall of light, the stillness of people – young women reading, sitting or standing, but always still – with the light coming from the left.
Then there’s the quiet of walking through deep snow, bone dry from the sub-zero temperature and with a negative silence that sucks in any sound.
Vast libraries of writings on bark were burnt by the Spanish priests, while as many as two million sacred images were destroyed as idolatrous.
We run aground in narrow channels, then skirt the edges of deep ponds, keeping a wary eye out as a pod of hippos bellow their anger at us.
“The Chinese say Shan Shui – ‘mountains, water’ – and that is a very good description of the landscape.”
“Here in Malta we are at the center of the Mediterranean, with three important harbors, and whoever controlled Malta controlled the central Mediterranean.”