force of nature

When the wind blows,
it proves transience —
the plantain leaves are torn;
is this the symbol of the world,
upon which men depend?

Saigyô

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solitude

It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion;
it is easy in solitude to live after our own;
but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps
with perfect sweetness
the independence of solitude.

Ralph Waldo Emerson