For centuries, stairs have symbolized journeys, rites of passage,
transitions,and stages of life in art, literature, and music.
My Soul. I summon to the winding ancient stair;
Set all your mind upon the steep ascent,
Upon the broken, crumbling battlement,
Upon the breathless starlit air,
‘Upon the star that marks the hidden pole;
Fix every wandering thought upon
That quarter where all thought is done:
Who can distinguish darkness from the soul
– William Butler Yeats
Stairs are climbed step by step.
– Turkish Proverb
Children’s stories tell tales of boys and girls discovering treasures upstairs in the attic and fearing what is downstairs in the basement.
Faith is taking the first step even when
you don’t see the whole staircase.
– Martin Luther King, Jr.
Man, unlike anything organic or inorganic in the universe,
grows beyond his work, walks up the stairs…