Remembering: How the light gets in

The Statue of Liberty as seen from the Staten Island Ferry, 2007

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.  — Leonard Cohen

Update for 11-12-13:  After 365 different posts, this one remains one of my very favorites.  I have had that quote on my refrigerator for years.  And the photo of Lady Liberty at sunset brings back happy memories of the Staten Island Ferry.  I’m sure Edna St. Vincent Millay could identify, as her memories of that same ferry became one of my favorite poems when I was a young girl!  To see the original post with comments, click here.

Have you ever struggled with a “perfect offering” that just didn’t turn out as well as you planned?  Does it ever seem to you that pretty much everything in life is imperfect?  Although the connection between the photo and the quote isn’t as obvious as with many of my photos on this blog, perhaps you will understand why this seemed to me the perfect illustration for an unsettling but paradoxically comforting thought.

This post was first published seven years ago today, and was itself a re-post from eight years ago today. The original post, comments and photo are linked, along with two other related posts, below. These links to related posts, and their thumbnail photos, do not appear in the blog feed; they are only visible when viewing the individual posts by clicking on each one. I have no idea why, nor do I know how they choose the related posts. That’s just the way WordPress does things.


  1. Good morning, Julia!
    I love this message. I took a screenshot of the photo and quote with the Defeat Despair tagline, and will be pasting it into my “Gratitude Journal” tonight before bed.
    So I will enjoy it at least twice today!
    Blessings on your day!

    • Thanks Susan! I just love that quote, and of course the view of Lady Liberty from the Staten Island Ferry is a favorite too.

  2. I love this quote! I am so glad you shared it again. It is just perfect for me now.

    • Thank you! I’m so happy you like it.

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