“If we don’t initiate our boys they will burn down the village to feel the heat.”
— African proverb
“A boy wants things his own way. A man puts others needs above his own.”
— Ted Roberts
“To become a man is your choice. The better decisions you make the easier transition from boyhood to manhood.”
— Edwin Lewis Cole
“A boy cannot change into a man without the active intervention of the older men.”
— Robert Bly
“True initiation is the passing on and personal claiming of a free gift and inheritance.”
— Richard Rohr
The cheroke elder said to his son, “Why do you spend your time brooding my boy? Don’t you know you are being driven by Great Winds across the sky?”
“Midway in life’s journey, I awoke to find myself alone in a dark wood.”
— Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy opening stanza
“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to be a man of value.”
— Albert Einstein
“A real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress and grows brave by reflection.”
— Thomas Paine
“A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them and strong enough to correct them.”
— John C. Maxwell

The song of a man who has come through

Not I, not I, but the wind that blows through me! A fine wind is blowing the new direction of time. If only I let it bear me, carry me, if only it carry me! If only I am sensitive, subtle, oh, delicate, a winged gift. If only, most lovely of all, I yield myself and am borrowed by the fine, fine wind that takes it's course through the chaos of the world, like a fine, and exquisite chisel, a wedge blade inserted; If only I am keen and hard like the sheer tip of a wedge driven by invisible blows, we shall come at the wonder, we shall find the Hesperides.

Oh, for the wonder that bubbles into my soul, I would be a good fountain, a good well-head, would blur no whisper, spoil no expression.

What is the knocking? What is the knocking at the door in the night? It's somebody wants to do us harm.

No, no, it's the three strange angels. Admit them, admit them.

D. H. Lawrence