According to a legend, the koi fish were attempting to leap to the top of a magical waterfall at the end of the Yellow River in China. After hundreds of years of jumping, a koi fish managed to reach the top of the waterfall. The gods, recognizing the determination and effort of the koi, turn the fish into a mighty dragon. Koi fish are, since then, associated with the symbol of strength and perseverance.
“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring–it was peace.”
– Milan Kundera
“Understanding is a two-way street.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt
“A great empire, like a great cake, is most easily diminished at the edges.”
– Benjamin Franklin
Interior of Saint Stephen’s Cathedral, Vienna.