The all-new quote thread

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Re: The all-new quote thread

Postby BrokenLyre » Thu Apr 08, 2010 4:22 am

Well Saturn, good quote from John Clare.
He was too honest and open for his day perhaps. But I believe in man's depravity - so that explains pretty much everything.
"Come... dry your eyes, for you are life, rarer than a quark and unpredictable beyond the dreams of Heisenberg; the clay in which the forces that shape all things leave their fingerprints most clearly. Dry your eyes... and let's go home."
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Re: The all-new quote thread

Postby Raphael » Thu Apr 08, 2010 4:49 am

I'm still reading the bio on him- he was a very interesting man.
John....you did not live to see-
who we are because of what you left,
what it is we are in what we make of you.

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Re: The all-new quote thread

Postby Saturn » Mon Sep 20, 2010 1:20 am

"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around."
Leo Buscaglia
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Re: The all-new quote thread

Postby Saturn » Sun May 29, 2011 3:00 pm

“Godlike the man who
sits at her side, who
watches and catches
that laughter
which (softly) tears me
to tatters: nothing is
left of me, each time
I see her…”
Catullus, LI
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Re: The all-new quote thread

Postby Saturn » Mon May 30, 2011 7:39 pm

"Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship".
-Oscar Wilde
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Re: The all-new quote thread

Postby Saturn » Wed Jun 01, 2011 7:28 pm

"It’s never going to be very mainstream. One reason is that poetry requires concentration, both on the part of the writer and the reader. But it’s kind of unkillable, poetry. It’s our most ancient artform and I think it’s more relevant today than ever, because it’s one person saying what they really believe."
_Simon Armitage
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Re: The all-new quote thread

Postby Saturn » Thu Jun 09, 2011 10:48 pm

“What I really am, I do not yet know for certain myself. I have imagination, I think – nobody will deny me this. Profound thinker I certainly am not – I cannot trace the logical course of an argument whose premisses I may have laid out. Whether I am a poet – for one can never become one – is something that posterity will have to decide. There is nothing else I can say about myself. One of the most difficult things to do is to paint a picture of oneself. ‘Know thyself’ is a stern command.”
-Robert Schumann
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Re: The all-new quote thread

Postby Saturn » Sat Jun 11, 2011 9:37 pm

Switching off

Last of the men in hats hops off the coil
And a final scene unfolds inside
Deep in the rain of sparks behind his brow
Is a part replayed from a perfect day
Teaching her how to whistle like a boy
Love's first blush

Is this making sense?
What am I trying to say?
Early evening June
This room and a radio play
This I need to save
I choose my final thoughts today
Switching off with you

All the clocks give in
And the traffic fades
And the insects like a neon choir
The instant fizz
Connection made
And the curtains sigh
In time
With you

You, the only sense the world has ever made
Early evening June
This room and radio play
This I need to save
I choose my final scene today
Switching off

Ran to ground for a while there
But I came off pretty well

You, the only sense the world has ever made
This I need to save
A simple trinket locked away
I choose my final scene today
Switching off with you
-Guy Garvey
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Re: The all-new quote thread

Postby steffen » Sat Aug 06, 2011 2:50 pm

"A roof will typically stop leaking after you tear down the house."


Taken from an article published today in the N.Y.Times.
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Re: The all-new quote thread

Postby Saturn » Sat Aug 06, 2011 5:08 pm

Ha! good quote!
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Re: The all-new quote thread

Postby Cybele » Mon Aug 08, 2011 4:50 am

And I can give a pretty good guess about the subject of the NYT article quoted above. :lol:
"The philosopher proves that the philosopher exists. The poet merely enjoys existence."
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Re: The all-new quote thread

Postby steffen » Sun Sep 04, 2011 4:08 pm

Because I could not stop for Death,
He kindly stopped for me:
The carriage held but just ourselves
And Immortality.

We slowly drove, he knew no haste,
And I had put away
My labor, and my leisure too,
for his civility.

We passed the school where children played,
Their lessons scarcely done;
We passed the fields of gazing grain,
We passed the setting sun.

We paused before a house that seemed
A swelling of the ground;
The roof was scarcely visible,
The cornice but a mound.

Since then ´tis centuries; but each
Feels shorter than the day
I first surmised the horses´heads
Were toward eternity.

EMILY DICKINSON (1830-1886)

In 1936 Allen Tate wrote: "If the word great means anything in poetry, this poem is one of the greatest written in the English language. It is flawless to the last detail. Every image extends and intensifies every other - - -only a great poet could have used them so perfectly."
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Re: The all-new quote thread

Postby Saturn » Sun Sep 04, 2011 9:28 pm

A very fine poem indeed.
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Re: The all-new quote thread

Postby Cath » Fri Apr 20, 2012 10:09 pm

Love this thread! Some of my favourite musicians mentioned - Nick Drake, Scott Matthews, Nick Cave - and some of my favourite poems quoted - Sylvia Plath's 'Elm' and W.B.Yeats's 'He Wishes For the Cloths of Heaven'. I love that Wilde quote too, "We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars" :D .

Here are two quotes I love from Maya Angelou (I wish I lived with her wisdom). Hope you like them!:

“I don't know if I continue, even today, always liking myself. But what I learned to do many years ago was to forgive myself. It is very important for every human being to forgive herself or himself because if you live, you will make mistakes- it is inevitable. But once you do and you see the mistake, then you forgive yourself and say, 'Well, if I'd known better I'd have done better,' that's all. So you say to people who you think you may have injured, 'I'm sorry,' and then you say to yourself, 'I'm sorry.' If we all hold on to the mistake, we can't see our own glory in the mirror because we have the mistake between our faces and the mirror; we can't see what we're capable of being. You can ask forgiveness of others, but in the end the real forgiveness is in one's own self. I think that young men and women are so caught by the way they see themselves. Now mind you. When a larger society sees them as unattractive, as threats, as too black or too white or too poor or too fat or too thin or too sexual or too asexual, that's rough. But you can overcome that. The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself. If we don't have that we never grow, we never learn, and sure as hell we should never teach.”
― Maya Angelou

“I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life. I've learned that making a "living" is not the same thing as making a "life." I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one. I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I've learned that I still have a lot to learn. I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
― Maya Angelou
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Re: The all-new quote thread

Postby Raphael » Fri Apr 27, 2012 11:10 pm

Maya is one inspiring lady!
John....you did not live to see-
who we are because of what you left,
what it is we are in what we make of you.

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