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Friday, September 11, 2009

Go forth to meet the shadowy future, without fear.



On September 11, 2001, the world fractured. It's beyond my skill as a writer to capture that day, and the days that would follow — the planes, like specters, vanishing into steel and glass; the slow-motion cascade of the towers crumbling into themselves; the ash-covered figures wandering the streets; the anguish and the fear. Nor do I pretend to understand the stark nihilism that drove the terrorists that day and that drives their brethren still. My powers of empathy, my ability to reach into another's heart, cannot penetrate the bla
nk stares of those who would murder innocents with abstract, serene satisfaction.~ Barak Obama

Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower, We will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind. ~ William Wordsworth


Thus says the LORD, who makes a way in the sea, a path in the mighty waters, who brings forth chariot and horse, army and warrior; they lie down, they cannot rise, they are extinguished, quenched like a wick: "Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. ~ Isaiah 43:16-19

Look not mournfully into the past. It comes not back again. Wisely improve the present. It is thine. ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow





15 comments:

  1. that day affected how millions saw the world. It wasn't a good feeling. ((hugs))

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  2. I have never heard that quote from Pres. Obama. He is so eloquent...

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  3. Whatever it is that they build there, I wish they would just build it.

    I will always remember.

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  4. I especially love the last quote. We do mourn way too much into the past, but we has humans with a heart cannot help it. :(

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  5. Hello from the swamp! Wishing I could make such a post as well, and put it on my new Corrigendopedia website! (See my Corrigendopedia blog). Have been blogging like crazy lately, at the expense of seeing other people's blogs.

    Anyway, like the Longfellow quote. Is that ever true!! Well, got to go!

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  6. I like the William Wordsworth quote - so true.

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  7. Nick,Fantanstic posting,thank you for this.

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  8. We lost our innocence that day. A lovely tribute, Nick.

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  9. Xmichra: I so agree! It left horrible feelings of vulnerability, shock, sadness, and fear.

    Emerging from the Fire: The quote is from one of the books he has written. I have read all of them, but I don't remember from which one it came.

    Travis: I agree. It is time that something truly rises out of those ashes.

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  10. Wonderful quotes and very apt - made me cry, as so many have cried since that dreadful day. A fitting way to remember.

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  11. "Nick's Bytes" has been included in this weeks A Sunday Drive. I hope this helps to attract even more new visitors to your site.

    http://asthecrackerheadcrumbles.blogspot.com/2009/09/sunday-drive_13.html

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