A collection of quotes that I like, which doubles as a list of literature recommendations:

裸の天の河は夜の大地を素肌で巻こうとして、すぐそこに降りて来ている。 恐ろしいなまめかしさだ。。。天の河にいっぱいの星が一つ一つ見えるばかり でなく、ところどころ光雲の銀砂子も一粒一粒見えるほど澄み渡り、しかも天 の河の底なしの深さが視線を吸い込んで行った。

Y. Kawabata, Yukiguni

We are preoccupied with time. If we could learn to love space as deeply as we are now obsessed with time, we might discover a new meaning in the phrase to live like men.

E. Abbey, Desert Solitaire

But there, where spreads the infinite sky for the soul to take her flight in, reigns the stainless white radiance. There is no day nor night, nor form nor colour, and never, never a word.

R. Tagore, Gitanjali