Sunday, August 13, 2017

An ABC of Quotes for these Times

Maya Angelo: Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.

Gwendolyn Brooks: We are each other's magnitude and bond.

G.K.Chesterton: Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.

John Donne: Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

Ralph Waldo Emerson:  Be an opener of doors.

Tu Fu :                                                       One day soon,
          At the summit, the other mountains will be
          Small enough to hold, all  in a single glance

Nikki Giovanni:    Ain’t they got no shame?

Langston Hughes:          That Justice is a blind goddess
                                        Is a thing to which we black are wise:
                                        Her bandage hides two festering sores
                                        That once perhaps were eyes.

Henrik Ibsen:  The spirit of truth and the spirit of freedom - these are the pillars of society.
James Joyce:  I am tomorrow, or some future day, what I establish today. I am today what I established yesterday or some previous day.

Jane Kenyon:          Let it come, as it will, and don’t          
                              be afraid. God does not leave us
                             comfortless, so let evening come.

C.S.Lewis : The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.

Marianne Moore: There never was a war that was not inward; I must fight till I have conquered in myself what causes war.

Pablo Neruda:  You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming.

Mary Oliver :To   live in this world, you must be able to do three things: to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it; and, when the time comes to let it go, to let it go.

Marge Piercy :Let the silence still us so you may show us your shining
                  And we can out of that stillness rise and praise.

Salvador Quasimodo: Poetry is the revelation of a feeling that the poet believes to be interior and personal which the reader recognizes as his own.

Muriel Rekeyser : The world is made of stories, not atoms.

William Stafford: I have woven a parachute out of everything broken.

J.R.R. Tolkien: It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.

Miguel de Unamuno: You are waiting for my words. You know me well, and know I cannot remain silent for long. Sometimes, to remain silent is to lie, since silence can be interpreted as assent.

Andrei Voznesensky:In my land and yours they do hit the hay
                                             and sleep the whole night in a similar way.

                                              There's the golden Moon with a double shine.
                                                It lightens your land and it lightens mine.

Emanuel Xavier :It was a gay priest who read last rites
                               to firefighters as towers collapsed

William Butler Yeats: Take, if you must, this little bag of dreams, Unloose the cord, and they will wrap you round.

Roger Zelazny: Even a mirror will not show you yourself, if you do not wish to see.


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