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sesh | Student, Grade 12 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted February 10, 2013 at 1:44 AM via web

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What is your favourite quotation?

Sometimes we find reading quotations interesting. And some of them can move us. Have you come across such moving quotations? What are they?

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 11, 2013 at 8:06 PM (Answer #2)

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It is very hard to choose a favorite quotation.  My favorites depend on my mood.  When I am frustrated with the government, my favorite quote is this one from Orwell.

In a time of universal deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

 

When I am feeling introspective, my favorite quote is this one from Dickens's David Copperfield.

WHETHER I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show. (ch 1, the first sentence)

I think the words that speak to us vary depending on where we are in our lives.  Sometimes we like quotes about love.  Somtimes we like quotes about loss.  Sometimes we like quotes that express our frustration.  Sometimes we like quotes that express our fears.

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e-martin | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 11, 2013 at 11:10 PM (Answer #3)

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One quote I enjoy is from a Bob Marley song. The line is:

Free yourself from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our minds.

The primary meaning of the line is clear...or seems so at first. It turns out, however, that the concept of mental slavery is rather complex psychologically, even while it is simple (and potent and inspiring) on a more political level.  

It's interesting to consider the various meanings of the term and to consider also the modes by which mental slavery might be inflicted/generated/promulgated, etc. by culture (in ways that may be accidental or intentional). 

And we have to ask also, what exactly does it mean to free our minds? Is this possible given the nature of language? Again, the political content of the message is obvious and clear, but there are deeper psychological and social questions raised that go beyond the obvious message of the line. 

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William Delaney | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 12, 2013 at 12:36 AM (Answer #4)

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I have been collecting quotations in a computer file for years, and I have over two hundred pages of short ones and long ones. It makes an interesting hobby, and a good quotation can be very useful to a writer when he needs it. Here is one of my favorites:

    Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.
    Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.
                           -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 13, 2013 at 5:25 PM (Answer #5)

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One of my favorite sayings is the oft-misquoted "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it," by George Santayana. I also love the Rolling Stones lyric about "You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes you might just get what you need."

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user1450001 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted February 19, 2013 at 1:06 PM (Answer #6)

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There are many ... Yes many... but recently I found a quote of william wordsworth and I liked it very much. - " Of the eternal Silence: truths that wake, / To perish never.

 

Some more I would I like to share here-   "Most people thinks they are searching for truth when they are realy searching for love". - Harold Clepton.

"Knowledge can bring many things but the conscious of heart brings love, and love brings everything".- Harold Clepton.

Still there are many...

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William Delaney | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 21, 2013 at 12:46 AM (Answer #7)

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You have the right to work, but for the work's sake only. You have no right to the fruits of work. Desire for the fruits of work must never be your motive in working.

                                           

Work done with anxiety about results is far inferior to work done without such anxiety, in the calm of self-surrender.                                                                                                (44)

It is better to do your own duty, however imperfectly, than to assume the duties of another person, however successfully. Prefer to die doing your own duty: the duty of another will bring you into great spiritual danger. (54)

You must learn what kind of work to do, what kind of work to avoid, and how to reach a state of calm detachment from your work.  (60)

                                                     --Bhagavad-Gita

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user1450001 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted February 21, 2013 at 1:00 PM (Answer #8)

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Answer #7 - All the above quote does have deep meaning but I liked two among them the most-

1) You must learn what kind of work to do, what kind of work to avoid, and how to reach a state of calm detachment from your work.  (60)


2) Work done with anxiety about results is far inferior to work done without such anxiety, in the calm of self-surrender.  (44)     

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William Delaney | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 25, 2013 at 12:59 PM (Answer #9)

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The voices woke Amy, and, lying in her bed, she perceived vaguely the pitiful corruption of the adult world; how crude and frail it was, like a piece of worn burlap, patched with stupidities and mistakes, useless and ugly, and yet they never saw its worthlessness, and when you pointed it out to them, they were indignant.

                                          John Cheever, "The Sorrows of Gin"

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William Delaney | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 1, 2013 at 11:38 AM (Answer #12)

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 Yet each man kills the thing he loves
  By each let this be heard,
Some do it with a bitter look,
  Some with a flattering word,
The coward does it with a kiss,
  The brave man with a sword!

Some kill their love when they are young,
  And some when they are old;
Some strangle with the hands of Lust,
  Some with the hands of Gold:
The kindest use a knife, because
  The dead so soon grow cold.

Some love too little, some too long,
 Some sell, and others buy;
Some do the deed with many tears,
  And some without a sigh:
For each man kills the thing he loves,
  Yet each man does not die.

Oscar Wilde, Ballad of  Reading Gaol

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William Delaney | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 2, 2013 at 11:23 AM (Answer #13)

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The absence of suffering, the satisfaction of needs, and following upon that, freedom in the choice of occupation, that  is, of one's manner of life, seemed to Pierre the highest and most certain happiness of man. Only here and now for the first time in his life Pierre fully appreciated the enjoyment of eating when he was hungry, of drinking when he was thirsty, of sleep when he was sleepy, of warmth when he was cold, of talking to a fellow creature when he wanted to talk and to hear men's voices. The satisfaction of his needs--good food, cleanliness, freedom--seemed to Pierre now that he was deprived of them to be perfect happiness; and the choice of his occupation, that is, of his manner of life now that this choice was so limited, seemed to him such an easy matter that he forgot that a superfluity of the conveniences of life destroys all happiness in satisfying the physical needs, while a great freedom in the choice of occupation, that freedom which education, wealth, and position in society had given him, makes the choice of occupations exceedingly difficult, and destroys the very desire and possibility of occupation.

                                      War and Peace, Part Thirteen, XII

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user1450001 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted March 3, 2013 at 6:28 AM (Answer #15)

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I have an immense appetite for Solitude, like an infant for sleep, and if I dont get enough for this year, I shall try all the next year.

                                                             - Henry David Thoreau.

In the love of narrow souls I make many short voyages but in vain- I find no sea room- but in great souls I sail before the wind without a watch, and never reach the shore.

                                                             - Henry David Thoreau.

I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companianable as Solitude.

                                                            - Henry David Thoreau.

It is better to have your head in the clouds, and know where you are... than to breathe the clearer atmosphere below them, and think that you are in paradise.

                                                            - Henry David Thoreau.

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William Delaney | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 4, 2013 at 12:29 AM (Answer #17)

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But he could risk it, he even felt like giving it [the earth] a fair active chance just to show him, prove what it could do if it wanted to try. And in fact, as soon as he thought that, it seemed to him he could feel the Mink Snopes that had had to spend so much of his life just having unnecessary bother and trouble, beginning to creep, seep, flow easy as sleeping; he could almost watch it, following all the little grass blades and tiny roots, the little holes the worms made, down and down into the ground already full of the folks that had the trouble but were free now, so that it was just the ground and the dirt that had to bother and worry and anguish with the passions and hopes and skeers, the justice and the injustice and the griefs, leaving the folks themselves easy now, all mixed and jumbled up comfortable and easy so wouldn't nobody even know or even care who was which any more, himself among them, equal to any, good as any, brave as any, being inextricable from, anonymous with all of them: the beautiful, the splendid, the proud and the brave, right on up to the very top itself among the shining phantoms and dreams which are the milestones of the long human recording--Helen and the bishops, the kings and the unhomed angels, the scornful and graceless seraphim.

                                         William Faulkner, The Mansion

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user1450001 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted March 4, 2013 at 1:57 PM (Answer #22)

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- Contradiction-

             Love doesn't come easy, does it?

             You keep drifting... between

             The yearning for freedom

             And the craving for bonding

             The eternal longing for both !

                                                  - Black Wind.

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William Delaney | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 4, 2013 at 9:57 PM (Answer #23)

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Do not keep on with the mockery of friendship after the substance is gone--but part, while you can part friends. Bury the carcass of friendship: it is not worth embalming.

                                                            William Hazlitt

It's no good trying to keep up old friendships. It's painful for both sides. The fact is, one grows out of people, and the only thing is to face it.  

                                                   Somerset Maugham

A relationship is like a shark: it has to constantly keep moving forward or it dies. And I'm afraid what we've got here is a dead shark.

                                                             Woody Allen

An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast will wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind.

                                                                Buddha

People should learn to see and so avoid all danger. Just as a wise man keeps away from mad dogs, so one should not make friends with evil men.

                                                                Buddha

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user1450001 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted March 5, 2013 at 8:32 AM (Answer #28)

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 The Sun Never Says


                                        Even

                                        After

                                    All this time

                      The sun never says to the earth,

                                     "You Owe

                                         me."

                                        Look

                                 What happens

                             with a love like that,

                                   It lights the

                                       Whole

                                        Sky.

                                                     - Hafiz.

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user1450001 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted March 5, 2013 at 3:48 PM (Answer #32)

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-Do Not Be Sorry-

Do not be sorry for my world

Within this confinement

I live with freedom

A luxury you cannot afford

                                       - Black Wind.

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William Delaney | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 11, 2013 at 11:53 AM (Answer #33)

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Composition is, for the most part, an effort of slow diligence and steady perseverance, to which the mind is dragged by necessity or resolution, and from which the attention is every moment starting to more delightful amusements.

                                                  Dr. Samuel Johnson

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William Delaney | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 22, 2013 at 11:58 AM (Answer #34)

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So throughout life our worst weaknesses and meannesses are usually committed for the sake of the people whom we most despise.

                                  Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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n the presence of some people we inevitably depart from ourselves: we are inaccurate, say things we do not feel, and talk nonsense. When we get home we are conscious that we have made fools of ourselves. Never go near these people.

                                                        Mark Rutherford

 

Well, youth is the period of assumed personalities and disguises. It is the time of the sincerely insincere.

                                                      V. S. Pritchett

 

In all professions each affects a look and an exterior to appear what he wishes the world to believe that he is. Thus we may say that the whole world is made up of appearances.

                                         Francois Duc De La Rochefoucauld

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William Delaney | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 7, 2013 at 4:01 PM (Answer #36)

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My sister's bringing up had made me sensitive. In the little world in which children have their existence, whosoever brings them up, there is nothing so finely perceived and so finely felt as injustice. It may be only small injustice that the child can be exposed to; but the child is small, and the world is small, and its rocking-horse stands as many hands high, according to scale, as a big-boned Irish hunter. Within myself, I had sustained, from my babyhood, a perpetual conflict with injustice. I had known, from the time when I could speak, that my sister, in her capricious and violent coercion, was unjust to me. I had cherished a profound conviction that her bringing me up by hand gave her no right to bring me up by jerks. Through all my punishments, disgraces, fasts and vigils, and other penitential performances, I had nursed this assurance; and to my communing so much with it, in a solitary and unprotected way, I in great part refer the fact that I was morally timid and very sensitive.

                                           Dickens, Great Expectations

And could I look upon her [Miss Havisham] without compassion, seeing her punishment in the ruin she was, in her profound unfitness for this earth on which she was placed, in the vanity of sorrow which had become a master mania, like the vanity of penitence, the vanity of remorse, the vanity of unworthiness, and other monstrous vanities that have been curses in this world?

                                   Dickens, Great Expectations, Ch. 49

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William Delaney | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 7, 2013 at 6:05 PM (Answer #37)

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Writing is a dog's life, but the only life worth living.

                                        Gustave Flaubert

Write without pay until somebody offers to pay.

                                          Mark Twain

A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.

                                        Thomas Mann

Nothing written for pay is worth printing. Only what has been written against the market.

                                       Ezra Pound

Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable.

                                      Francis Bacon

The need to write comes from the need to make sense of one's life and discover one's usefulness.

                                      John Cheever

Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose or paint can escape the madness, the melancholia, the panic fear which is inherent in the human situation.

            Graham Greene, Introduction to Collected Stories

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William Delaney | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 12, 2013 at 12:38 AM (Answer #40)

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Since you like Dickens:

IT WAS the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.

                                                A Tale of Two Cities

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William Delaney | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 28, 2013 at 10:24 AM (Answer #10)

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Let no man despise the secret hints and notices of danger, which sometimes are given him, when he may think there is no possibility of its being real. That such hints and notices are given us, I believe few that have made any observations of things can deny; that they are certain discoveries of an invisible world, and a converse of spirits, we cannot doubt; and if the tendency of them seems to be to warn us of danger, why should we not suppose they are from some friendly agent, whether supreme, or inferior and subordinate, is not the question; and that they are given for our good?

                                          Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe

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sesh | Student, Grade 12 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted March 1, 2013 at 4:43 AM (Answer #11)

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I really appreciate every quote, liked them. Glad if there are some more. thank you.

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user1450001 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted March 3, 2013 at 6:21 AM (Answer #14)

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Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.

                                                             - Henry David Thoreau.

I love nature partly because she is not man, but a retreat from him. None of his institutions control or pervade her. There is a different kind of right prevails. In her midst I can be glad with an entire gladner. If this world were all man, I could not strech myself, I should lose all hope. He is contraint, she is freedom to me. He makes me wish for another world. She makes me content with this.

                                                             - Henry David Thoreau.

Many men walk by day,

Few walk by night.

It is a different season.

                                                             - Henry David Thoreau.

Night is certainly more novel and less profane than day.

                                                             - Henry David Thoreau.

As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.

                                                             - Henry David Thoreau.

Enthusiasm is a supernatural Serenity.

                                                             - Henry David Thoreau.

 

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Posted March 3, 2013 at 6:30 AM (Answer #16)

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Still there are many of Henry. Shall back them next time. With  Love, to Henry.

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Posted March 4, 2013 at 12:48 PM (Answer #18)

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...For it was not knowledge but unity that she desired, not inscriptions on tablets, nothing that called be written in any language known to men, but intimacy itself, which is knowledge, she had thought...

                                         ( Lily briscoe- In "to the light house".)

                                                                  - Virginia woolf.

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Posted March 4, 2013 at 1:04 PM (Answer #19)

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To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but so to love wisdoms as to live according to its dictates, a life of simplicity independence, magananimity and trust.

                                                           - Henry David Thoreau

 

Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new...

                                                           - Henry David Thoreau

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Posted March 4, 2013 at 1:47 PM (Answer #20)

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- Substitute-

            One word bothers me - 'Love'

            Try to find a substitute for it

            I go through pages and pages

            Of the black & white print

            Nothing fits

            The closest I can get to it

            Is 'Death'

                                                      - Black wind.

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Posted March 4, 2013 at 1:52 PM (Answer #21)

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- You Have Grown Silent-

         You have grown silent

         Distant-

         You no longer share

         Or seek my eyes

         Frighteningly together

         How bluntly you have

         Cut yourself

         From yourself

         I look for the

         Madness in your eyes

         And find

         A cold vacant stare

         You are no longer the man

         I have loved

         At last

         You have set me free...

                                                - Black Wind.

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sesh | Student, Grade 12 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted March 5, 2013 at 5:33 AM (Answer #24)

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- Contradiction-

             Love doesn't come easy, does it?

             You keep drifting... between

             The yearning for freedom

             And the craving for bonding

             The eternal longing for both !

                                                  - Black Wind.


thank you i liked it a lot!

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sesh | Student, Grade 12 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted March 5, 2013 at 5:35 AM (Answer #25)

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Do not keep on with the mockery of friendship after the substance is gone--but part, while you can part friends. Bury the carcass of friendship: it is not worth embalming.

                                                            William Hazlitt

It's no good trying to keep up old friendships. It's painful for both sides. The fact is, one grows out of people, and the only thing is to face it.  

                                                   Somerset Maugham

A relationship is like a shark: it has to constantly keep moving forward or it dies. And I'm afraid what we've got here is a dead shark.

                                                             Woody Allen

An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast will wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind.

                                                                Buddha

People should learn to see and so avoid all danger. Just as a wise man keeps away from mad dogs, so one should not make friends with evil men.

                                                                Buddha


Liked them all. thank you and if you have some more, please feel free to post.

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user1450001 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted March 5, 2013 at 8:09 AM (Answer #26)

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- Contradiction-

             Love doesn't come easy, does it?

             You keep drifting... between

             The yearning for freedom

             And the craving for bonding

             The eternal longing for both !

                                                  - Black Wind.


thank you i liked it a lot!


Thanks to you and to all who liked it !

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user1450001 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted March 5, 2013 at 8:30 AM (Answer #27)

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   The Sun Never Says


           Even

           After

      All this time

The sun never says to the earth,

                                     "You Owe

                                         me."

                                        Look

                                 What happens

                             with a love like that,

                                   It lights the

                                       Whole

                                        Sky.

                                                     - Hafiz.

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user1450001 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted March 5, 2013 at 3:39 PM (Answer #29)

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Yes, You're welcome !

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user1450001 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted March 5, 2013 at 3:43 PM (Answer #30)

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Tell me I can Fly

Tell me I can fly...

I may not go nowhere

It's just necessary

For me

To know,

You won't

Drag me by my feet

And sit on my wings

                                           - Black Wind.

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user1450001 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted March 5, 2013 at 3:45 PM (Answer #31)

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-It Will Be Difficult-

It will be difficult

For you

To look into

My face,

And not

See

Yourself

                                  - Black Wind.

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sesh | Student, Grade 12 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted March 29, 2013 at 5:51 AM (Answer #35)

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thank you and if you can post some more of Charles Dickens. Thank you in advance..

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sesh | Student, Grade 12 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted April 8, 2013 at 3:07 AM (Answer #38)

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Writing is a dog's life, but the only life worth living.

                                        Gustave Flaubert

Write without pay until somebody offers to pay.

                                          Mark Twain

A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.

                                        Thomas Mann

Nothing written for pay is worth printing. Only what has been written against the market.

                                       Ezra Pound

Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable.

                                      Francis Bacon

The need to write comes from the need to make sense of one's life and discover one's usefulness.

                                      John Cheever

Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose or paint can escape the madness, the melancholia, the panic fear which is inherent in the human situation.

            Graham Greene, Introduction to Collected Stories


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Posted April 10, 2013 at 10:55 AM (Answer #39)

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The need to write comes from the need to make sense of one's life and discover one's usefulness.

                                      John Cheever

 

True !

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Posted April 12, 2013 at 8:06 AM (Answer #41)

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IT WAS the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.

 

Nice !

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