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Favorite Quote

My favorite quote is not necessarily a quote in the sense that it was directly spoken by someone. Rather, it is a passage from Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert.

"The flesh surrenders itself.  Eternity takes back its own.  Our bodies stirred these waters briefly, danced with a certain intoxication before the love of life and self, dealt with a few strange ideas, then submitted to the instruments of Time.  What can be said of this?  I occurred.  I am not ... yet, I occurred."

The first time I read these words, I had just heard about a serious crash suffered by race car driver Jason Leffler.  From what I had been reading of the crash, it sounded pretty worrying.  I was really hoping everything would be OK for him, but I was preparing myself for the possibility that he wouldn't survive his injuries.  To pull myself away from my phone for a while, I decided to read a bit from my book.  As I neared the end of the chapter, I heard my phone go off many times, presumably with updates on Jason.  I willed myself to finish the chapter, and came across the passage above.  I read it two or three times over, then checked my phone.  To no great surprise, its recent messages brought news of Jason Leffler's passing.  Once more, I reread the passage, this time really thinking about it.  It nearly made me cry.  

Motorsport is a huge part of my life.  Some people only watch racing for the crashes, but for me the crashes scare me.  I never like seeing them, and don't relax until I know the driver is OK.  I was never a huge fan of Jason Leffler, but the death of any driver is terrible.  There is an inherent risk in racing, and certainly that risk provides some of its appeal, but the death of a driver always hurts.  In particular this is on my mind because we are approaching the two-year anniversary of Dan Wheldon's death.  I loved Dan, there was just something unbelievably cool about him.  I may never have met him, but losing him felt like losing a friend.

So yeah, that passage means a lot to me.  It comforts me whenever I think of loved ones lost.  For me, it says that though people may only be here briefly, the effects of their lives can be felt long after they are gone.  A couple months ago I lost my great aunt who was like another grandma to me.  She was 98 when she passed, and had always been one of the toughest and most independent woman I've ever known.  At her funeral, I recited the passage above in my head while the minister read from the Bible.  To me, Frank Herbert's words meant more than whatever the minister was saying.

Sorry if this story was a bit difficult to follow.... I tried my best to make it coherent, but this is stuff that's pretty close to my heart so its a bit difficult to write about.
PianoGirl12640 PianoGirl12640 22-25, F 2 Responses Oct 13, 2013

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Frank Herbert wrote some amazing things. I used to read his Dune sage over and over. Each time I would glean some new tid bit of information from his words. It's amazing stuff. I'm glad you found some of his words comforting when you were dealing with such hard times in your life.

It was not hard to follow.