A Cure for Chaos?

As you may already know by now, I collect quotations as I read and, occasionally, I select “faves” to share in a Goodreads Group called “Snippets That Inspire.”  Today’s excerpt is from “The Sea, The Sea”by Iris Murdoch:

“The sea which lies before me as I write glows rather than sparkles in the bland May sunshine. With the tide turning, it leans quietly against the land, almost unflecked by ripples or by foam. Near to the horizon, it is a luxurious purple, spotted with regular lines of emerald green. At the horizon it is indigo. Near to the shore, where my view is framed by rising heaps of humpy yellow rock, there is a band of lighter green, icy and pure, less radiant, opaque however, not transparent. We are in the north, and the bright sunshine cannot penetrate the sea. Where the gentle water taps the rocks, there is still a surface skin of color. The cloudless sky is very pale at the indigo horizon which lightly pencils in with silver. Its blue gains toward the zenith and vibrates there. But the sky looks cold, even the sun looks cold.”

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