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Quoted In The Grove:   Foreign

Some travelers think they want to go to foreign places but are dismayed when the places turn out actually to be foreign.
~Margaret Atwood

Art is a foreign city, and we deceive ourselves when we think it familiar. We have to recognize that the language of art, all art, is not our mother tongue.
~Jeanette Winterson

I’ve been a foreigner for the past twenty years. I don’t have roots anymore. My roots are in my memory and my writing. That’s why memory is so important. Who are you but what you can remember?
~Isabel Allende

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I am tired of loving a foreign muse.
~Stephen Vincent Benet


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Prewritten Prompt for circa 06/20:   return

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The less sophisticated of my forbears avoided foreigners at all costs, for the very good reason that, in their circles, speaking in tongues was commonly a prelude to snake handling. The more tolerant among us regarded foreign languages as a kind of speech impediment that could be overcome by willpower.
~Barbara Ehrenreich

I have studied many languages – French, Spanish and a little Italian, but no one told me that Statistics was a foreign language.
~Charmaine J Forde

Basque is one of the world’s more alarming languages. Only a handful of adult foreigners, they say, have ever managed to learn it. The Devil tried once and mastered only three words – profanities, I assume.
~Jan Morris

I’ve had Republicans come to me and say, ‘Tell me how I should talk to young people!’ as if it’s some foreign language or something.
~Aaron Schock

She was good at talking with young people. She seemed to view them as interesting foreigners.
~Anne Tyler

The Korean man nodded, the way you do when you’re a foreigner and understand that someone has finished a sentence.
~David Sedaris

The trouble is, old age is not interesting until one gets there. It’s a foreign country with an unknown language to the young and even to the middle-aged.
~May Sarton

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Playing golf is like learning a foreign language.
~Henry Longhurst

The first few weeks football players look at you like you are speaking a foreign language. My job is to get them to trust me, trust the system. I ask them to run in a way that makes no sense to them.
~Ato Boldon

Sectional football games have the glory and the despair of war, and when a Texas team takes the field against a foreign state, it is an army with banners.
~John Steinbeck

It’s time to cut off visas for foreign baseball players and return our national pastime to Americans.
~Phyllis Schlafly

I have only been here since 1996 but between 1966 and 1996 England had thirty years without foreign players and didn’t win any more competitions in that time.
~Arsene Wenger

Sports just happen to be excellent for avoiding foreign-language stage fright and developing lasting friendships while still sounding like Tarzan.
~Tim Ferriss

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Posted From The Grove

A woman is a foreign land.
~Coventry

She is written in a foreign tongue.
~Henry James

Men like women who write. Even though they don’t say so. A writer is a foreign country.
~Marguerite Duras

I see little hope for a peaceful world until men are excluded from the realm of foreign policy altogether and all decisions concerning international relations are reserved for women, preferably married ones.
~W H Auden

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Here she was, being rescued by a socialist, feminist, lesbian, baby-killing, foreign terrorist. What would the ladies in the sewing circle say to that?
~Hillary Jordan

People don’t talk to you properly. It’s the way they talk to you; they dismiss you. I think it’s a combination of me being a woman and a foreigner.
~Zaha Hadid

I will not allow my daughters to learn foreign languages because one tongue is sufficient for a woman.
~John Milton

Nowhere have women been more excluded from decision-making than in the military and foreign affairs. When it comes to the military and questions of nuclear disarmament, the gender gap becomes the gender gulf.
~Eleanor Smeal

No woman in my time will be prime minister or chancellor or foreign secretary – not the top jobs. Anyway, I wouldn’t want to be prime minister; you have to give yourself 100 percent.
~Margaret Thatcher

The reason I made women’s issues central to American foreign policy, was not because I was a feminist, but because we know that societies are more stable if women are politically and economically empowered.
~Madeleine Albright

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I’m always amazed that my wife can handle different subjects – one day politics, the next day foreign policy. And she always has so much fun doing it. We make a good team.
~Alan Greenspan

Men and women — even man and wife are foreigners. Each has reserves that the other cannot enter into, nor understand. These have the effect of frontiers.
~Mark Twain

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~hochelaga:  The Oldest (Known) Song of All Time   (4:31)   Syrian
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KElPnD-dbkk

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~throughline:  The Scariest Movie Monster (from Annihilation)   (9:46)   death: foreign to life, or release; the question: why did you bring me back?
https://vimeo.com/546172776

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~ErnestBorg9:  John Cleese & Rowan Atkinson – Beekeeping   (4:35)   English humour
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGFz9gt0-Fc&t=8s

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~Topic:  MEATS   (10:34)   food foreign to pregnant vegan
https://vimeo.com/544092396

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~Mike Oblinski:  Shadows In The Sky – feat. The Last Goodbye w/ Eric Kinny/Danica Dora   (4:52)   foreign life of clouds
https://vimeo.com/537266421


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But what all the violence of the feudal institutions could never have effected, the silent and insensible operation of foreign commerce and manufactures gradually brought about.
~Adam Smith

The progress of freedom depends more upon the maintenance of peace, the spread of commerce, and the diffusion of education, than upon the labors of cabinets and foreign offices.
~Richard Cobden

The great rule of conduct for us, in regard to foreign nations, is, in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible.
~George Washington

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Even if there’s no way to stop U.S. corporations from shedding their U.S. identities and becoming foreign corporations, there’s no reason they should retain the privileges of U.S. citizenship.
~Robert Reich

If CEOs insist that middle class Americans compete with cheap foreign labor, why not outsource the jobs of CEOs? If business is all about cost, they should be the first to volunteer.
~Lou Dobbs

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What generates war is the economic philosophy of nationalism: embargoes, trade and foreign exchange controls, monetary devaluation, etc. The philosophy of protectionism is a philosophy of war.
~Ludwig von Mises

Any Ambassador or Foreign Service Officer who has his or her head screwed on right knows that the U.S. position in the world is far more dependent on our ability to compete in world markets.
~Lawrence Eagleburger

So prominent was the Jewish role in the foreign commerce of Europe that those nations that received the Jews gained and the countries that excluded them lost in the volume of international trade.
~Will Durant

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Dollar depreciation leads to higher inflation and ultimately forces foreign creditors to question their rationale and indeed their sanity for continuing purchases of U.S. Treasuries.
~Bill Gross

I would suggest to my honourable Friend that the foreign investor is at least as discouraged by high national debt for that, as all example shows, is the surest precursor of high taxation.
~John James Cowperthwaite

The budget should be balanced, the treasury refilled, public debt reduced, the arrogance of officialdom tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands curtailed, lest Rome become bankrupt.
~Marcus Tullius Cicero

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In general foreign invested companies who come to America to start a company, to open a manufacturing business or whatnot, they actually provide much higher wages than American companies.
~Adam McKay

Even the best data security systems can’t protect private taxpayer information from entrepreneurial foreign businesses than can make huge profits selling U.S. taxpayer information.
~Melissa Bean

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Don’t negotiate with terrorists; patent trolls have done more damage to the United States economy than any domestic or foreign terrorist organization in history, every year.
~Drew Curtis

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It is U.S. workers who lose out when employers cannot get the high-tech graduates they need to compete with foreign companies in the 21st century economy.
~Christopher Bond

We need foreign skills to stay competitive.
~Hassanal Bolkiah

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That foreign trade should be fair rather than free.
~Lyn Nofziger

After all, for mankind as a whole there are no exports. We did not start developing by obtaining foreign exchange from Mars or the moon. Mankind is a closed society.
~E F Schumacher

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VIDEO:

Colloquialism is the toughest part of what we do as foreign actors, because there are certain sayings that you guys have that absolutely don’t make any sense.
~Boris Kodjoe

People have asked me why are Australians and Brits so good at American accents, and it’s quite simple. We grew up listening to the American sound on our TV. That’s why American actors have a hard time with foreign accents.
~Dominic Purcell

Only very rarely are foreigners or first-generation immigrants allowed to be nice people in American films. Those with an accent are bad guys
~Max von Sydow

If my accent betrayed my foreign birth, it also stamped me as an enemy, in the imagination of the producers.
~Bela Lugosi

We hear foreign accents on CNN. It’s crazy, it’s wild, who knows, maybe they’ll take you because you certainly don’t fit in, in the American spectrum of news.
~Christiane Amanpour

This is my first experience working in a foreign movie, but the mechanics, I think, are pretty much the same all over; you still have to wait in the trailer.
~Dennis Farina

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As we watch TV or films, there are no organic transitions, only edits. The idea of A becoming B, rather than A jumping to B, has become foreign.
~Esa-Pekka Salonen

Shoot a few scenes out of focus. I want to win the foreign film award.
~Billy Wilder

What critics call dirty in our pictures, they call lusty in foreign films.
~Billy Wilder

I grew up watching foreign programs – American, English, Mexican, and very little Kenyan. ‘The Color Purple’ was the first time I saw people who looked like me.
~Lupita Nyong’o

I went to the University of Michigan for one year, and fortunately they had a foreign-film cinema, and I discovered it, and I thought I died and went to heaven.
~Madonna Ciccone

“Do you like foreign films?”
“With subtitles?”
“Yes.”
“I hate those types of films.”
“Me too,” Cliff says. “Mostly because…”
“No happy endings.”
~Matthew Quick

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~Omeleto:  Welcome   (17:20)   love @US Immigration, foreign finish
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTaHu0ZYgCA

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~Omeleto:  The Clue   (9:57)   treasure hunt
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9ASOd2iazo&t=2s

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~Windstruck Productions:  Listen To Me   (8:08)   the sky has different colors
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctbI3RftTNk

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~MovieBrats Pictures:  Asternauts   (16:39)   Lighthearted, character driven
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYBF2v0pbCM


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I’ve had the privilege of learning foreign languages. Instead of merely speaking a watered-down form of my mother tongue, like most people, I’m also helpless in two or three other languages.
~Peter Høeg

The irony of acquiring a foreign tongue is that I have amassed just enough cheap, serviceable words to fuel my desires and never, never enough lavish, impudent ones to feed them.
~Monique Truong

Trying something new is like daring to speak a foreign language, you bite your tongue at first, memorize and thereafter sing it as if you were pretending to be unacquainted.
~Michael Bassey Johnson

He who speaks a bit of a foreign language has more delight in it than he who speaks it well; pleasure goes along with superficial knowledge.
~Friedrich Nietzsche

The joy of knowing a foreign language is inexpressible. I find it really difficult to express such joy in my mother tongue.
~Munia Khan

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Learning a foreign language, and the culture that goes with it, is one of the most useful things we can do to broaden the empathy and imaginative sympathy and cultural outlook of children.
~Michael Gove

It’s important to me to work in my own language now and then. I love English, but you can never learn to master a foreign language if you’re not brought up with it
~Max von Sydow

Parents should conduct their arguments in quiet, respectful tones, but in a foreign language. You’d be surprised what an inducement that is to the education of children.
~Judith Martin

Fatherhood is helping your children learn English as a foreign language.
~Bill Cosby

Children are all foreigners.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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I have a one-question language test that people who have lived abroad do better on than those who studied in a classroom. Try my test yourself: In a foreign language you’ve studied, how do you say ‘doorknob’?

Half of the time I don’t know what they’re talking about; their jokes seem to relate to a past that everyone but me has shared. I’m a foreigner in the world and I don’t understand the language.
~Jean Webster

There is something monstrous in commands couched in invented and unfamiliar language; an alien master is the worst of all. The language of the law must not be foreign to the ears of those who are to obey it.
~Learned Hand

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My subconscious speaks in a foreign language.
~Deb Caletti

The soul inside me is the last foreign language I’m learning,
~Yehuda Amichai

I beg you, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language.
~Rainer Maria Rilke

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No one gets angry at a mathematician or a physicist whom he or she doesn’t understand, or at someone who speaks a foreign language, but rather at someone who tampers with your own language.
~Jacques Derrida

The English language took in many many fertilizations, many many genes, from other languages, from foreign languages – Latin, French, Nordic languages, German, Scandinavian languages.
~Amos Oz

People who work in specialized fields seem to have their own language. Practitioners develop a shorthand to communicate among themselves. The jargon can almost sound like a foreign language.
~Barry Ritholtz

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I’m so far gone that I’m telling the truth. It sounds like a foreign language.
~Richard Peck

The best way to learn a language may be an episode of jail in a foreign country.
~Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own.
~Goethe

I speak the truth but I guess that’s a foreign language to ya’ll!
~Lil Wayne

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My neighbor has two dogs. One of them says to the other, “Woof!” The other replies, “Moo!” The dog is perplexed. “Moo? Why did you say ‘Moo’?” The other dog says, “I’m trying to learn a foreign language.”
~Morey Amsterdam

The immense value of becoming acquainted with a foreign language is that we are thereby led into a new world of tradition and thought and feeling.
~Havelock Ellis

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MUSIC:

I loved this idea of always being a foreigner. There’s this thing where people bring cultures, bring the music together. I love it when the music, when the cultures collide and something sort of new comes out of it.
~Hans Zimmer

I’ve moved around so much my whole life, and I’ve gotten so used to being the Other in situations – the foreigner, the outsider. The first time I’ve ever felt like there was no separation between me and the other elements was in music.
~Abigail Washburn

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Hard as I try, daddy-o, I really do not like concert singers. They are always singing in some foreign language.
~Langston Hughes

Often when I find myself listening to music, at least 60 to 70% of it is foreign, so I don’t understand a word of it. Melody to me will always be a million times more important than words.
~Zach Condon

Singing beautiful melodies is one thing, but to deliver the text so that the people understand it, even in a foreign language, has to be worked at very hard.
~Maureen Forrester

Americans can pretty much sing anything, whereas foreign singers are often limited in style, language, even composer.
~Marilyn Horne

It was very liberating to be able to sing in English. It had a different resonance, different images. It was like being a stranger in a foreign land, which was helpful.
~Charlotte Gainsbourg

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I’ve got a soft spot for really cheesy 1980s ballads by Pat Benatar and Foreigner. When I’m having my make-up put on at 6am and I need to be warmed up gently, it’s always Ella Fitzgerald or Nina Simone.
~Natalie Dormer

Riding a horse is a relationship with a foreign creature, and with musicians it’s a similar thing: “OK, I’m going to put something on the page that will spook you into rushing.” Little games you can play.
~Nico Muhly

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I try not to handle the foreign subjects with my English techniques and preconceptions, but to paint Sydney in Sydney and Tangier in Tangier.
~John Newbery

It sometimes takes a foreigner to come and see a place and paint it. I remember someone saying they had never really noticed the palm trees here until I painted them.
~David Hockney

One curiosity of being a foreigner everywhere is that one finds oneself discerning Edens where the locals see only Purgatory.
~Pico Iyer

Painting is a kind of call and response. During the act of painting one is listening, paying attention to a self, a voice simultaneously recognizable and foreign.
~Squeak Carnwath

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Photography is a foreign language everyone thinks he speaks.
~Philip-Lorca diCorcia

As a child I had been so afraid of so many things, but as soon as I held a camera in my hand, I began to expose myself to the very things that were foreign to me and that I had always feared.
~Danny Lyon

Photography was the first foreign language of my artistic expression.
~Jerzy Kosinski

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~Foreigner
I Want To Know What Love Is   (5:01)   story-lined
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3Pr1_v7hsw

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I Don’t Want to Live Without You   (3:53)   wild life & nostalgia
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8yuTqvyFbY

-or-

Foreigner’s Kelly Hansen Surprises Elevator Riders   (2:00)   goofy fun
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-58jSCdtoc

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Flash Mob
~Sabadel, Spain: Ode To Joy, from Beethoven’s 9th   (5:40)   still the most stirring*
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBaHPND2QJg

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In Colombia
~Mendelssohn:  Farewell of the Woods   (3:10)   choral
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeUiKij5xIg

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~Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture, the crescendo   (4:48)   youth orchestra
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rGSSlNwUa8

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Time of My Life   (6:53)   drama, dance, acrobatics
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYnCxD4cf4s

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Uyghur: A culture being absorbed
~Uyghur Beauty:  Mitiz Meshrep   (5:11)   Uyghur instruments, singer and dancers (it’s the music)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Hef5OXHr5I

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~Uyghur Beauty:  Liwen Yarlar   (6:05)   colorful village life and love story (it’s the story)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-k6h_MUMAmc

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Classics reimagined
~HaoStaff Official:  Pachelbel’s Canon in D   (3:30)   a commercial featuring tears, Japanese
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceX5jJ5fggs

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~Openfire:  Flight Of The Bumblebee   (4:08)   traditional Chinese instruments vs classical western*
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQS26W3QmfI

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Instruments
~Anoushka Shankar:  Traveler, feat. Odissi dancer   (4:29)   playing sitar
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PfRSr0F9eM

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~Wuauquikuna:  The Sound Of Silence   (4:54)   playing pan flutes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndUCNnhH03Q

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~Bill Withers:  Lean On Me
~Flash MobLondon   (3:40)   people you would know in full voice
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifKnqMekWx8

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~Playing For Change:   (4:33)   international
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LiouJsnYytI

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We Are The World
~Somos El Mundo  (We Are The World)   (6:45)   bilingual stars
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdMVLAlUbjU

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~Channel Aid w/ Kurt Hugo Schneider & You Tube Artists   (5:10)   donated
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jKnuc6XqgQ

*reprised

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It’s these parallel universes when someone you love is sick. Your world is this completely foreign place involving radiation and tumor markers. Outside, people are buying sweaters.
~Katie Couric

The heart is a foreign country whose language none of us is good at.
~Jack Gilbert

They’ve got a wall in China, it’s a thousand miles long. To keep out the foreigners, they made it strong. And I’ve got a wall around me that you can’t even see.
~Paul Simon

Companionship is a foreign concept to some people. They fear it as much as the majority of people fear loneliness.
~Criss Jami

Trying to read his face. It was like a book written in a foreign language she’d studied all too briefly.
~Cassandra Clare

If only I could visit you as a foreigner goes into a new country, learn the language of you, wander past all borders into every private and secret place, I would stay forever. I would become a citizen of you.
~Lisa Kleypas

Love is the bright foreigner, the foreign self.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The peculiar foreign superstition that the English do not like love, the evidence being that they do not talk about it.
~V S Pritchett

When he spoke of love, it was in the manner of someone who can recite a phrase in a foreign language but has no idea what it means. He only knows that it sounds pretty.
~Roy L Pickering, Jr

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consequences


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People have always taken photos of themselves, either with camera timers or by handing their Nikons over to strangers in foreign countries and then paying large sums to get them back.
~Meghan Daum

Sir Alec Douglas-Home, when he was British Foreign Secretary, said he received the following telegram from an irate citizen: “To hell with you. Offensive letter follows.”
~William Safire

Having a comic in the White House will assure stability in foreign relations. The world will continue to respond to foreign initiatives by saying, ‘You must be joking.’
~Pat Paulsen

A foreign correspondent, after talking to me for a while, once said: “You don’t seem smart enough to be so good at what you’re doing. Do you have an explanation?”
~Charlie Munger

There is a feeling which persists in England that making a sandwich interesting, attractive, or in any way pleasant to eat is something sinful that only foreigners do.
~Douglas Adams

Foreigners cannot enjoy our food, I suppose, any more than we can enjoy theirs. It is not strange; for tastes are made, not born. I might glorify my bill of fare until I was tired; but after all, the Scotchman would shake his head and say, ‘Where’s your haggis?’ and the Fijan would sigh and say, ‘Where’s your missionary?’
~Mark Twain

It is easier for a cannibal to enter the Kingdom of Heaven through the eye of a rich man’s needle that it is for any other foreigner to read the terrible German script.
~Mark Twain

I can understand why mankind hasn’t given up war. During a war you get to drive tanks through the sides of buildings and shoot foreigners – two things that are usually frowned on during peacetime.
~P J O’Rourke

A standing army is like a standing member. It’s an excellent assurance of domestic tranquility, but a dangerous temptation to foreign adventure.
~Elbridge Gerry

Women feel like we’re fat if we can’t wear the clothes we wore in high school. Men, in contrast, only start to feel fat only when they can no longer fit into a foreign car.
~Gina Barreca

Another foreign-policy triumph for Reagan was his 1984 visit to China, where he met for more than three hours with Mao Zedong before realizing that Mao was dead.
~Dave Barry

Dennis Thatcher, husband of Margaret Thatcher, when asked who wore the pants in his house, said “I do, and I also wash and iron them.” I only like two kinds of men; domestic and foreign.
~Mae West

Bill Clinton’s foreign policy experience stems mainly from having breakfast at the International House of Pancakes.
~Pat Buchanan

It’s simply not true that Donald Trump has no experience in foreign affairs. Hell, two of his foreign affairs resulted in marriages!
~Michael R Burch

On Fox News, Donald Trump said Obama’s birth certificate could indicate that he’s a Muslim. Trump said he doesn’t trust anyone with a foreign-sounding name, and neither does his daughter Ivanka.
~Conan O’Brien

Ever since her trip with Alexia to Scotland, Mrs. Tunstell had rather a taste for foreign travel. Alexia blamed it on the kilts.
~Gail Carriger

Don’t take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, to the next county, to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is.
~George Carlin

In Paris, one is always reminded of being a foreigner. If you park your car wrong, it is not the fact that it’s on the sidewalk that matters, but the fact that you speak with an accent.
~Roman Polanski

Do you realize that in the past sixty years, the only foreigners the French have been able to drive out are American tourists?
~Robert Orben

I’m convinced there’s a small room in the attic of the Foreign Office where future diplomats are taught to stammer
~Peter Ustinov

One certainty when you travel is the moment you arrive in a foreign country, the American dollar will fall like a stone.
~Erma Bombeck

Foreign newspapers: if they’ve got nothing to hide, how come they don’t print them in English?
~Stephen Colbert

People are always asking me in interviews, ‘What do you think of foreign affairs?’ I just say, ‘I’ve had a few.’
~Dolly Parton

On Foreign Secretary Robin Cook: If a man cannot keep a measly affair secret, what is he doing in charge of the Intelligence Service?
~Frederick Forsyth

The only reason I think I would marry a foreigner would be to have kids with weird accents.
~Chelsea Handler

England is a very popular foreign country to visit because the people there speak some English.
~Dave Barry

For me, French is so rich and so sacred that learning it is like learning a foreign language.
~Fabrice Luchini

I couldn’t settle in Italy – it was like living in a foreign country. ~Ian Rush

My wife wants something foreign for Christmas – like a Mexican divorce.
~Milton Berle

I’ve only been to these foreign countries: Canada, L.A. and Miami.
~Larry the Cable Guy

Best way to live in California is to be from somewheres else.
~Cormac McCarthy

English is full of booby traps for the unwary foreigner. Any language where the unassuming word fly signifies an annoying insect, a means of travel, and a critical part of a gentleman’s apparel is clearly asking to be mangled.
~Bill Bryson

I believe only foreigners should run for president…Face it, the presidency is a lousy job. And who does lousy jobs we don’t want anymore better than foreigners?
~Bill Maher

In foreign countries such as Italy, the government puts strict-looking speed limit signs everywhere, but nobody ever sees them because light does not travel fast enough to catch the Italian drivers.
~Dave Barry

My experience in Amsterdam is that cyclists ride where the hell they like and aim in a state of rage at all pedestrians while ringing their bell loudly, the concept of avoiding people being foreign to them.
~Terry Pratchett

They spell it da Vinci and pronounce it da Vinchy. Foreigners always spell better than they pronounce.
~Mark Twain

There’s the one thing no nation can ever accuse us of and that is secret diplomacy. Our foreign are an open book, generally a checkbook.
~Will Rogers

A person who speaks good English in New York sounds like a foreigner.
~Jackie Mason

I believe the United States should allow all foreigners in this country, provided they can speak our native language… Apache.
~Steve Martin

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forwed

© David N Sachs


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When the child has reached manhood he is thoroughly saturated with the belief that he is chosen by the Lord himself to defend his country against the attack or invasion of any foreigner.
~Emma Goldman

A foreign war is a lot milder than a civil war.
~Michel de Montaigne

Civil war? What does that mean? Is there any foreign war? Isn’t every war fought between men, between brothers?
~Victor Hugo

There is neither a foreign war nor a civil war; there is only just and unjust war.
~Victor Hugo

If a foreign government had imposed this system of education on the United States, we would rightly consider it an act of war.
~Glenn T Seaborg

A modern gentleman [rich person] is necessarily the enemy of his country. Even in war he does not fight to defend it, but to prevent his power of preying on it from passing to a foreigner.
~George Bernard Shaw

In my experience, those for whom war is lucrative are rarely satisfied. For them, war is opportunity, not hardship or sorrow. After all, it is rarely their sons who lie in unmarked graves on foreign soil.
~C S Harris

War is a sociological safety valve that cleverly diverts popular hatred for the ruling classes into a happy occasion to mutilate or kill foreign enemies.
~Ernest Becker

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The safety of the republic being the supreme law, and Texas having offered us the key to the safety of our country from all foreign intrigues and diplomacy, I say accept the key and bolt the door at once.
~Andrew Jackson

It’s much more important for U.S. to be able to defend against foreign attacks than it is to be able to launch successful attacks against foreign adversaries.
~Edward Snowden

Our national determination to keep free of foreign wars and foreign entanglements cannot prevent us from feeling deep concern when ideals and principles that we have cherished are challenged.
~Franklin D Roosevelt

Above all, we shall wage no more unilateral, ill-planned, ill-considered, and ill-prepared invasions of foreign countries that pose no actual threat to our security.
~Theodore C Sorensen

War is in truth a disease in which the juices that serve health and maintenance are used for the sole purpose of nourishing something foreign, something at odds with nature.
~Goethe

We attacked a foreign people and treated them like rebels. As you know, it’s all right to treat barbarians barbarically. It’s the desire to be barbaric that makes governments call their enemies barbarians.
~Bertolt Brecht

If I were an innocent individual, flown to a foreign country and held for several years and tortured, I’d become a terrorist, too. I’d go to war against the U.S.
~Jesse Ventura

If I were an American, as I am an Englishman, while a foreign troop was landed in my country, I never would lay down my arms never never never!
~William Pitt

Throwing stones is the birthright and duty of anyone subject to foreign rule. Throwing stones is an action as well as a metaphor of resistance.
~Amira Hass

In modern political society it is probably a fact that national leadership can heighten foreign crises to the point where war becomes almost inevitable and public approval, at least for a time, automatic.
~Arthur Ekirch

NOTE:  A page of quotes on Foreign Policy will be posted circa 06.06.21
https://wordgrove.com/ForeignPolicy-quotes.html

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@Writers Platform:

The condition every art requires is, not so much freedom from restriction, as freedom from adulteration and from the intrusion of foreign matter.
~Willa Cather

NOTE:  It is for this above-listed travesty that this editor pleads guilty. Because of an impious need (the creative imperative), he has chosen to continue in his sinful ways

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The mind of an artist, in order to achieve the prodigious effort of freeing whole and entire the work that is in him, must be incandescent…there must be no obstacle in it, no foreign matter unconsumed.
~Virginia Woolf

Fame is a good so wholly foreign to our natures that we have no faculty in the soul adapted to it, nor any organ in the body to relish it
~Joseph Addison

Why seek to embarrass [the artist] with vanities foreign to his quietness? Know you not that certain sciences require the whole man, leaving no part of him at leisure for your trifles?
~Leonardo da Vinci

Of what is lost, irretrievably lost, all I wish to recover is the daily availability of my writing, lines capable of grasping me by the hair and lifting me up when I’m at the end of my strength.
~Roberto Bolano

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Beautiful books are always written in a sort of foreign language.
~Marcel Proust

The walls were lined with books, many of them in foreign languages, like insulation against the immediate present.
~Ross MacDonald

Foreign-language books are sometimes more beautiful when you can’t tell what’s being said. It’s like you ruin it by reading.
~Craig Thompson

I enjoy very much being in a foreign country, in a new country, new place. And I enjoy also beginning a new book. It’s like being someone else.
~J M G Le Clezio

Books can be the people we never get to meet, ancestors or far neighbors.
~Elizabeth Knox

When she was pregnant with Teddy, she feared that she’d give birth to a child who disliked reading. It would be like giving birth to a foreign species.
~J Courtney Sullivan

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Do you know that books smell like nutmeg or some spice from a foreign land? I loved to smell them when I was a boy. Lord, there were a lot of lovely books once, before we let them go.
~Ray Bradbury

The bookworm, the foreign-looking one with the dark, close set eyes and the Roman nose, who had never been sought after or cherished; who had always been left alone, to read.
~Michael Cunningham

Literatures, like trees and plants, are born of a land and in it flourish and die. But literatures, also like plants, may be carried abroad to take root in a foreign soil.
~Octavio Paz

Foreign novels are less action-oriented. They have a different pace; they’re more reflective. They challenge us to look for the story, find the story within the story.
~Stephanie Perkins

That odd idea that one person can go to a foreign part and in this rather odd voice describe it to the folks back home doesn’t make much sense in the post-colonial world.
~Robyn Davidson

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I think the U.K. is too small to write about from within it and still make it seem foreign and exotic and interesting.
~Mark Haddon

There’s something with the physical size of America… American writers can write about America and it can still feel like a foreign country.
~Mark Haddon

There is a lot of anxiety in India about writers selling out to foreign audiences, but I’m neither flattering the Indian audience nor the American audience. I’m uneasily somewhere in the middle.
~Pankaj Mishra

Any hack can safely rail away at foreign powers beyond the sea; but a good writer is a critic of the society he lives in.
~Edward Abbey

It’s very important to feel foreign. I was born in England, but when I’m being a writer, everyone in England is foreign to me.
~V S Pritchett

One of the admirable features of British novelists is that they have no scruple about setting their stories in foreign settings with wholly foreign personnel.
~James Buchan

Writing a novel is like working on foreign policy. There are problems to be solved. It’s not all inspirational.
~James M Cain

I began writing when I was still in the British Foreign Service, and it was then understood that even if you wrote about butterfly collecting, you used another name.
~John le Carre

Many authors hate to go on grinding book tours. But I’ve always found it a useful way to be a foreign correspondent in America and take the pulse of the country.
~Thomas Friedman


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Prewritten Prompt:  foreign

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There is no single advantage a woman of truly enduring fascination can possess that is so splendid as speaking with a foreign accent, whatever her origin.
~Carole Nelson Douglas

How come foreign accents are so sexy? If I say, ‘I’m going to the store,’ it sounds boring, benign and rudimentary. But if it’s said with an accent, it sounds fundamentally cool.
~Rachel Nichols

Everybody loves an accent. It you’ve been unlucky in love, consider pulling up stakes and moving to another country. Then you’ll be the one with a neat foreign accent.
~Marilyn vos Savant

He would always speak the language of the heart with an awkward foreign accent.
~Orson Scott Card

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The Exercise:

Dual Doggerels Dueling

Patriotic

“Effete nattering nabobs of negativity”
The shows: Batchelor, Sex In The City
Wed to history claim their privilege
Blind to nature, fail their heritage
Ignore the needs of productivity

Few to labor work all day
Sent home late with little pay
Shops grow empty needing buyers
Tax collectors become decriers
Nations fail, gone stale, decay

It’s not country but self they love
Selves not future they’re thinking of
Competition their hymn’s rendition
Held-hostage foreigns their tradition
Sacred role straight from God above

Time and labor, love intensive
Kids distracting, too expensive
Pending fertile trending sterile
Pretending virile extending peril
Obstetric science turning pensive

Protected sex that features three-ples
Polluted world set free of peoples
Sex-free fasting, skin-hungry troubles
Make Love posters that foster couples
Foreign chapels boast priapic steeples

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Decline/d

Exploited victims third world slavery
Visionary dreamers versus knavery
Sires gone seedless man nation’s future
Yet sirens pledge their fruitful natures
Desperate races forced to bravery

Stranded futures wait new orders
Hope to honor foresight’s rewarders
No way to grow, no earning’s taxes
While fresh ideas meet with axes
Foreign answers line our borders

…hiding in plain sight

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5s ‘n 7s

Coliseum Wars

my cuntry rite or…
now you jus’ wate a minut
danged forun wusses
my cuntry ain’t never rong

owr histry don’t lie
reel ‘Muricans carry guns
settle things final
make ‘Murica grate agin

gunfites ‘n street kills
vengince rades, ambush wackin
‘n jus piss me off
my book, best reeson enuf

wun ded on th’ street
my ver’fyed qwalifyne round
my paybak punch’ment
killers die, sayv tax, mayk cash

Rome’s gladhe8her?
entertanemint capistol
o’ the freakin’ wirld
gon’ let us broots shoot it out

Coliseum Wars
@Battlefield Arena
sez th’ noosepayper
Real red blood turns white sand brown

cain’t Endgame yerself
sumwun elz pulls yer triggur
thums up ‘r thums down
i kills ’em all enyway

kills ain’t no crym heer
stawkin’ deth in cowboy boots
2 left, last round next
The Duel, i’m gon’ be faymus

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redolent incense
malodorous pollution
colorful spices
taste of rage and raw anger
foreign vs alien

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base fear of the truth
not sort-of but in full fact
failed their sworn duties
voted foreign loyalties
faithless, sold their country out

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foreign affection
brindle bitch by description
wags a pure welcome

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all gods’ foreigns cry
learn to love, laugh in motley
but hearts break the same

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standing apart from
other places’ pride of race,
lies foreign to US

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The French woman says, ‘I am a woman and a Parisienne, and nothing foreign to me appears altogether human.’
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

It’s true that Paris is made up of equal parts of social conservatism and anarchic experimentation, but foreigners never quite know where to place the moral accent mark.
~Edmund White

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It is unfortunate that so much of the history of Africa has been written by conquerors, foreigners, missionaries and adventurers. The Egyptians left the best record of their history written by local writers.
~John Henrik Clarke

The least difficult thing a foreign missionary has to learn is the language; the part of her work which she has the most reason to dread is its responsibility.
~Isabella Thoburn

It is not for us . . . to send out missionaries to foreign peoples; it is our task to build up our own Western culture.
~Carl Jung

Culture, like the kingdom of heaven, lies within us, and not in foreign galleries and books.
~Randolph Bourne

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I can see clothes of silk, if materials that do not hide the body, nor even one’s decency, can be called clothes. … Wretched flocks of maids labor so that the adulteress may be visible through her thin dress, so that her husband has no more acquaintance than any outsider or foreigner with his wife’s body.
~Seneca the Younger

I joke that my niche in Hollywood has been naked foreigners.
~Hank Azaria

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I just know so many people who have six or seven foreign languages and have read everything and have musical training and they are still dorks.
~Joseph Epstein

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What was a foreigner, anyway? Is the place you’re born the only place you really belong? At what point do you stop being from “away” and start being from “here”?
~Blue Balliett

So, here you are too foreign for home too foreign for here. Never enough for both.
~Ijeoma Umebinyuo

The misfortune of a young man who returns to his native land after years away is that he finds his native land foreign; whereas the lands he left behind remain forever like a mirage in his mind.
~Brian Aldiss

It is the destiny of the emigrant that the foreign land does not become his homeland: his homeland becomes foreign.
~Alfred Polgar

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It’s still hard to live in a foreign country with unfamiliar people, even when you’re with the person you love. I don’t have any roots or history of my own here. A person needs their history around them to remember who they were and to remind them of where they’re going. I’m worried about leaving my history and memories behind me.
~Alex Z Moores

My identity and my background still remain with me when I go to a foreign country. I have kept my nationality.
~Ken Watanabe

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To use a big word or a foreign word when a small one and a familiar one will answer the same purpose, is a sign of ignorance. Great scholars and writers and polite speakers use simple words.
~Joseph Devlin

Ideas of value always shun verbosity, being foreign to confusion and fantasy. Timely silence, then, is precious, for it is nothing less than the mother of the wisest thoughts.
~Diadochos of Photiki

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Life is a journey through a foreign land.
~O R Melling

Life is a foreign language; all men mispronounce it.
~Christopher Morley

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A Texan outside of Texas is a foreigner.
~John Steinbeck

The South is like a foreign country to me!
~Richard LaGravenese

What is there to see in Europe? I’ll bet those foreigners can’t show us a thing we haven’t got right here in Georgia.
~Margaret Mitchell

A nation…is just a society for hating foreigners.
~Olaf Stapledon

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Whenever you go on a trip to visit foreign lands or distant places, remember that they are all someone’s home and backyard.
~Vera Nazarian

When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.
~Clifton Fadiman

There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.
~Robert Louis Stevenson

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Modern man is educated to understand foreign languages and misunderstand foreigners.
~Gilbert K Chesterton

I’ve seen foreigners really shift on their view of America, and that’s hard for me to take.
~Billy Corgan

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Abroad is unutterably bloody and foreigners are fiends.
~Bill Vaughan

The biggest thing I don’t like about New York are the foreigners. You can walk an entire block in Times Square and not hear anybody speaking English. Asians and Koreans and Vietnamese and Indians and Russians and Spanish people and everything up there. How the hell did they get in this country?
~John Rocker

America is no longer the melting pot it used to be. It has now become a tossed salad of foreigners that arrive to our shores wanting to keep their culture and forcing our acceptance.
~Jay Severin

As a foreigner in London, I like that there are so many other foreigners.
~David Sedaris

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Should Americans begin to hate foreigners wholeheartedly, it will be an indication that they have lost confidence in their own way of life.
~Eric Hoffer

We are the source of our problems not mysterious sinister foreigners overseas.
~Mark Steyn

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The New York voice reflects its diversity, its foreignness, and, inevitably, the sense of superiority New Yorkers feel or come to feel. It says, without saying, We Know.
~Marya Mannes

The people of America, are not fearful of foreigners, because most of us were once foreigners.
~Pope Francis

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Many countries had a hand in raising me. I am the product of many contradicting philosophies and cultures… My entire universe is comprised of these foreign traditions. If any one of these experiences are to be ignored, I wouldn’t be the same.
~Masiela Lusha

The vitality of a culture is in its capacity to assimilate foreign influences. The culture that’s defensive and closed condemns itself to decadence.
~Juan Goytisolo

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I was kidnapped by aliens, they came down from outer space with ray guns, but I fooled them by wearing a wig and laughing in a foreign accent, and I escaped.
~Neil Gaiman

Laughter has no foreign accent.
~Paul B Lowney

Do you know what a foreign accent is? It’s a sign of bravery.
~Amy Chua


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Quoted In The Grove:

Since everything is a reflection of our minds, everything can be changed by our minds.
~Gautama Buddha

A broken mirror means good luck if you want it to.
~Marty Rubin

Mind is a flexible mirror, adjust it, to see a better world.
~Amit Ray

EndQuote:
All sorts of things in this world behave like mirrors.
~Jacques Lacan


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Prewritten Prompt for 05/30:  foreign
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The only two words you should ever say to a mirror are “Hello, Beautiful.”
~Richelle E Goodrich

What do you mean, Phib?” asked Miss Squeers, looking in her own little glass, where, like most of us, she saw – not herself, but the reflection of some pleasant image in her own brain.
~Charles Dickens

Look in a mirror and one thing’s sure; what we see is not who we are.
~Richard Bach

Nobody really knows what they look like. The mirror shows you only what you want to see.
~Terry Wogan

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If I was your mirror, you would look for me more than you do
~Anthony Liccione

O Beauty, find thyself in love, not in the flattery of thy mirror.
~Rabindranath Tagore

Inner beauty is never found in the mirror.
~Chloe Thurlow

We have fallen in love with the body. That’s that thing that looks back at us from the mirror. That’s the repository of that lovely identity that you keep chasing all your life.
~George Wald

If you must reread old love letters, better pick a room without mirrors.
~Mignon McLaughlin

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The calendar and the mirror – they’re bastards.
~Robert Plant

I still think of myself as I was 25 years ago. Then I look in a mirror and see an old bastard and realize it’s me.
~Dave Allen

I looked into the mirror and saw this middle-aged woman who keeps invading my face.
~Liv Ullmann

I see a guy getting old. I try to not look in the mirror too much.
~Mark Wahlberg

It is 11 years since I have seen my figure in a glass [mirror]. The last figure I saw there was so disagreeable I resolved to spare myself such mortification in the future.
~Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

Human beings like to see themselves reflected in clouded mirrors.
~Pär Lagerkvist

But if a mirror ever makes you sad you should know that it does not know you.
~Kabir

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Death is the dark backing a mirror needs if we are to see anything.
~Saul Bellow

Mirrors are the doors through which Death comes and goes.
~Jean Cocteau

You’ve never seen death? Look in the mirror every day and you will see it like bees working in a glass hive.
~Jean Cocteau

Death, however, does itch. It itches all the time. It is always with us, scratching at some inner door. Mirroring, softly, barely audibly, just under the membrane of consciousness. Hidden in disguise, leaking out in a variety of symptoms. It is the wellspring of many of our worries, stresses, and conflicts.
~Irvin D Yalom

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Quite often in life, when a tragic event arrives it becomes a springboard for mirroring all other things in one’s life that one hasn’t come to terms with.
~Charlotte Rampling

All I can do now is cover the mirrors.
~Helene Aylon

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Posted From The Grove

When you look in the mirror, do you look at yourself or for yourself?
~Dominic Riccitello

Look in the mirror. The face that pins you with its double gaze reveals a chastening secret.
~Diane Ackerman

The face is the mirror of the mind, and eyes without speaking confess the secrets of the heart.
~St Jerome

He had the same look on his face that I had every day when I looked in the mirror. He was nothing more than a shell of a person.
~Amy Lichtenhan

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I crawled in the bathroom, looked in the mirror and saw the devil. It was me.
~Larry Gatlin

Seeing my malevolent face in the mirror, my benevolent soul shrinks back.
~Mason Cooley

It’s very difficult to feel contempt for others when you see yourself in the mirror.
~Harold Pinter

I failed eating, failed drinking, failed not cutting myself into shreds. Failed friendship. Failed sisterhood and daughterhood. Failed mirrors and scales and phone calls. Good thing I’m stable.
~Laurie Halse Anderson

Who doesn’t have a dark place somewhere inside him that comes out sometimes when he’s looking in a mirror? Dark and light, we are all made out of shadows like the shapes on a motion-picture screen. A lot of people think that the function of the projector is to throw light on the screen, just as the function of the story-teller is to stop fooling around and simply tell what happened, but the dark places must be there too, because without the dark places there would be no image and the figure on the screen would not exist.
~MacDonald Harris

In the distorting mirror of your mind, an angel can seem to have a devil’s face.
~Idries Shah

When I look in the mirror, I see a work in progress.
~Cynthia Addai-Robinson

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~Bright Side:  What Lets You See Your Real Self: Pictures or Mirrors?   (6:00)   cute, but instructive
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8jPk3XuWVw

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~Danielle Del Plato:  Mirror, Mirrors   (1:21)   mirrors in movies and the heebie jeebies
https://vimeo.com/282413476

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~Circus Picnic:  Seeing Your True Self with the True Mirror   (3:17)   discovery, a new look at yourself
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Lyc6DJ69To

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~How it’s made:  Mirrors   (5:57)   with brief history
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u03S1Nmslw4

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Almost always it is the fear of being ourselves that brings us to the mirror.
~Antonio Porchia

Natural beauty takes at least two hours in front of a mirror.
~Pamela Anderson

What sort of sap doesn’t know by now that picture-perfect beauty is all done with smoke and mirrors anyway?
~Julie Burchill

The mirror is the conscience of women; they never do anything without first consulting it.
~Moritz G Saphir

When a man meets catastrophe on the road, he looks in his purse, but a woman looks in her mirror.
~Margaret Turnbull

I am locked into the mirror and there is no door out.
~Laurie Halse Anderson

A beautiful woman should break her mirror early.
~Baltasar Gracian

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If she is afraid of mirrors she is afraid of herself.
~Isobelle Carmody

He who has regrets cannot look at himself in the mirror.
~Eric Cantona

So when I look in the mirror I’m driven by both vanity and fear.
~Andy Whitfield

The mirror is the worst judge of true beauty.
~Sophia Nam

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I can’t look in the mirror and look at fake things. I just can’t. I’d rather age.
~Heidi Klum

When I look in the mirror and the only one there is me. Every freckle on my face is where it’s suppose to be.
~India Arie

She avoids mirrors, and lifts a powerful telescope to find herself.
~Jonathan Safran Foer

There is nothing to fear
From your reflection
~Richard L Ratliff

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If you want the truth about being different, all you have to do is look in the mirror
~Anthony T Hincks

You see a person when you look in the mirror that no one sees but you. Other people see a person when they look at you, but you’re not that person, either.
~Roy H Williams

All relationships are your mirrors and all people are your teachers.
~Barbara de Angelis

For I do not exist: there exist but the thousands of mirrors that reflect me.
~Vladimir Nabokov

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VIDEO:

Art is a mirror of time, it must reflect a moment.
~Unarine Ramaru

Movies mirror the times, they do not create them.
~Shirley Temple

Hollywood isn’t your cesspool, America. It’s your mirror.
~Bill Maher

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Art is not just about what’s great or expensive or scandalous or famous. It’s a mirror we hold up that looks different to everyone who sees it, and whose beauty lies as much in us, and our capacity to dream.
~Michael Kimmelman

It’s the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
~Oscar Wilde

The entire universe is a great theatre of mirrors.
~Alice Bailey

Not to go to the theater is like making one’s toilet without a mirror.
~Arthur Schopenhauer

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I believe in low lights and trick mirrors.
~Andy Warhol

Mirroring behavior. When a mark takes a drink from his water glass, so should you. When he smiles, so should you. Keep it subtle, rather than creepy, and it’s a good technique.
~Holly Black

There is nothing worse for the lying soul than the mirror of reality.
~Steve Maraboli

If a dishonest creep wants to tap dance, give them the spotlight and a mirror
~Vanna Bonta

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You won’t even know you’ve crossed the line until it’s way back in your rearview mirror.
~Barry Lyga

No matter where you go, you always see yourself in the rearview mirror.
~Kinky Friedman

The mirror never sees itself. The reflection never is itself.
~J Gregory Keyes

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When I was around 18, I looked in the mirror and said, ‘You’re either going to love yourself or hate yourself.’ And I decided to love myself. That changed a lot of things.
~Queen Latifah

I look in the mirror and see a few scars, but I like myself.
~Steven Adler

I had to fight, a lot of years, to be really proud of the person I see in the mirror and really love this person.
~Jonathan Van Ness

I used to look in the mirror and feel shame, I look in the mirror now and I absolutely love myself.
~Drew Barrymore

There’s nothing more, nothing better in life than to wake up in the morning, look at yourself in the mirror, and feel comfortable with yourself and who you are
~Caitlyn Jenner

Everything that happens to you is a reflection of what you believe about yourself. We cannot outperform our level of self-esteem. We cannot draw to ourselves more than we think we are worth.
~Iyanla Vanzant

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~Omeleto:  Pick Up   (15:24)   love in the rearview during the year of pandemic
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4K2ClKdT5sY&t=6s

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~Omeleto:  Ride In Progress   (11:02)   love in the rearview #2 – the lighter side
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H44c_Z72TEM

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~Dust:  Forty Three Thousand Feet   (8:15)   reflective
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EW8ii8FvKRM

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~Julie Nolke:  Trying to remember the name of the guy I banged   (5:42)   the mirror advises, a comedy sketch series
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uflB7b448X0


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We should be a mirror of being: we are God in miniature.
~Friedrich Nietzsche

Every creature is a glittering, glistening mirror of Divinity.
~Hildegard of Bingen

Every time I look in the mirror, God looks back.
~Liam Gallagher

What Gods do you believe in? I’ll build you a temple of mirrors so you can see them.
~Andrea Gibson

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Rumi, who is one of the greatest Persian poets, said that the truth was a mirror in the hands of God. It fell, and broke into pieces. Everybody took a piece of it, and they looked at it and thought they had the truth.
~Mohsen Makhmalbaf

God is like a mirror. The mirror never changes, but everybody who looks at it sees something different.
~Rabbi Harold Kushner

God reveals Himself in rearview mirrors.
~Ann Voskamp

We mirror God’s mercy to us when we forgive another.
~Virginia H Pearce

Nature is the mirror of divinity.
~Ellen G White

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Art is sometimes likened to a mirror… an expression of universal human truth, executed with a degree of skill.
~Sara Genn

Imagine a revised edition of Shakespeare… a big, thick book with an elegant cover… You open it and find that there are no pages, just an empty box of space. On the back wall of the box is a small mirror. You look into it, see yourself, and now you know all you need to know about Shakespeare.
~Carter Ratcliff

You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.
~George Bernard Shaw

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The spirit is the mirror; the body is the rust.
~Idries Shah

If you find the mirror of the heart dull, the rust has not been cleared from its face… Criticism polishes my mirror.
~Rumi

If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?
~Rumi

Self-reflection is the school of wisdom.
~Baltasar Gracian

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Most people like mirrors; what they do not like is people who are mirrors.
~Justin K McFarlane Beau

The most effective mirror is definitely a previous good friend.
~George Herbert

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We are known to our friends by a look in our eyes that we never see in a mirror.
~Robert Breault

A true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life.
~Elizabeth Gilbertson

When you use bronze as a mirror, you can straighten your clothes and hat. When you use antiquity as a mirror, you can see the waxing and waning. When you use a person as a mirror, you can know if you grasp things or not. Wei Zheng [my minister] is gone; I have lost my mirror.
~Chinese emperor Taizong

We can’t find the truth listening to our own voice’s echo. We can find ourselves only in someone’s mirror
~Rumi

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MUSIC:  Key word – variety

Life is for each man a solitary cell whose walls are mirrors.
~Eugene O’Neill

We live in a house of mirrors and think we are looking out the windows.
~Frederick Salomon Perls

You can’t see the world through a mirror.
~Avril Lavigne

I used to live in a room full of mirrors; all I could see was me. I take my spirit and I crash my mirrors, now the whole world is here for me to see.
~Jimi Hendrix

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Most people are mirrors, reflecting the moods and emotions of the times; few are windows, bringing light to bear on the dark corners where troubles fester. The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.
~Sydney J Harris

Unhappiness comes from mirrors. Happiness comes from windows.
~Adrian Rogers

Maturity is when all of your mirrors turn into windows.
~Henry David Thoreau

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Still, when it comes to finding fault we are fonder of windows than of mirrors.
~David Wolpe

Stop the blame game. Stop! Stop looking out the window and look in the mirror!
~Eric Thomas

Instead of pointing out the faults of others, look in the mirror, find your own faults and start to better yourself. That should keep you busy!
~Nishan Panwar

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~Justin Timberlake:  Mirrors   (8:20)   love’s timeline
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuZE_IRwLNI

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~Mirror Mirror – soundtrack:  I Believe in Love   (2:52)   fairytail
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8-bMgDANEk

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~Blind Guardian:  Mirror Mirror   (5:21)   in concert, raucous
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVg8eP7KPNQ

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~Taylor Swift:  Mirrorball   (3:31)   life in the talent lane
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lL-rIL4Fb4

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~m2m:  mirror mirror   (3:18)   bubblegum luv
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suKGwnNEwRM

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~Bailee Moore:  Mirror Mirror   (3:10)   rap it up, make it pretty
https://vimeo.com/53919841

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~Joywave:  Every Window is a Mirror   (2:47)   thoughtful
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoKMD2rVW3E

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~Lil Wayne:  Mirror,  feat. Bruno Mars   (4:02)   tattoos w/ talent
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZLUa8JUR18

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~Kamille:  Mirror Mirror   (4:20)   colorful
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bL7FG1hzHHc


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Feelings are never true. They play with their mirrors.
~Jean Baudrillard

True love brings up everything; you’re allowing a mirror to be held up to you daily.
~Jennifer Aniston

Love is the reflection of a broken heart in a shattered mirror
~Abhishek Shukla

It only takes two facing mirrors to build a labyrinth.
~Jorge Luis Borges

The best way to get even with anyone is to put them in the rearview mirror on your way to something better.
~Joe Hill

Mirror becomes a razor when it’s broken. A stick becomes a flute when it’s loved.
~Yoko Ono

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Do you want to meet the love of your life? Look in the mirror.
~Byron Katie

Go look in the mirror and have a talk with your real boss
~Bryant McGill

I look in the mirror, my only opponent
~Jay-Z

If you want to find the real competition, just look in the mirror. After awhile you’ll see your rivals scrambling for second place.
~Criss Jami

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reflections


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I’m paranoid. On my stationary bike, I have a rear view mirror.
~Richard Lewis

Speed Limit – A sign that tells you at what speed the car that’s rapidly fading from view in your rearview mirror is going; a law that provides the sole means of support for many small-town police departments.
~Richard Turner

I Xeroxed a mirror. Now I have an extra Xerox machine.
~Steven Wright

Tinsel is really snakes’ mirrors.
~Steven Wright

I looked at my reflection in the rearview mirror. Some lipstick would go with this truck, I thought.
~Jennifer Niven

I find I always have to write something on a steamed mirror.
~Elaine Dundy

This is Art holding a Mirror up to Life. That’s why everything is exactly the wrong way around.
~Terry Pratchett

Reverse psychology, I do it in front of the mirror.
~Jarod Kintz

My doctor told me to watch my drinking. Now I drink in front of a mirror.
~Rodney Dangerfield

Baseball is the only major sport that appears backwards in a mirror.
~George Carlin

I spent the whole evening sitting before a mirror to keep myself company.
~Cesare Pavese

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When an actor marries an actress they both fight for the mirror.
~Burt Reynolds

Good actors I’ve worked with all started out making faces in a mirror, and you keep making faces all your life.
~Bette Davis

Childhood is the time in your life when you make faces in a mirror. Middle age is when the mirror gets even.
~Mickey Mansfield

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boatingdlw

Boating on Emigrant Lake
© David Lorenz Winston

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Money is like a mirror to our culture. What we see tells us who we are.
~Jacob Needleman

The purse is the mirror of the soul.
~Anna Quindlen

Here in the United States, we’re consumed by our love of money and status. We think bigger is better, and if we can just get that promotion, all will be well with our souls. There’s one fatal flaw to this mindset: it’s all smoke and mirrors.
~Jen Lilley

Mirrors: they show you what you lack, not what you have.
~Marty Rubin

Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
~Charles Dickens

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Whatever may be their use in civilized societies, mirrors are essential to all violent and heroic action.
~Virginia Woolf

To look into the mirror is to see the future, in blood and rubies.
~Gregory Maguire

Because no one has more thirst for earth, for blood, and for ferocious sexuality than the creatures who inhabit cold mirrors
~Alejandra Pizarnik

You know when civilization began? With the invention of the mirror.
~Shimon Peres

The inventor of the mirror poisoned the human heart.
~Fernando Pessoa

How simple life becomes when things like mirrors are forgotten.
~Daphne du Maurier

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Wealth acts merely as a kind of mirror to show you human nature at its worst.
~Marie Corelli

We only see what we want to see; we only hear what we want to hear. Our belief system is just like a mirror that only shows us what we believe.
~Don Miguel Ruiz

Revolt is the mirror in which greed is forced to see itself.
~Alice Walker

The Democrats and Republicans are the same guy admiring themself in the mirror.
~Kinky Friedman

I sell mirrors in the city of the blind.
~Kabir

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Newspapers are the world’s mirrors.
~James Ellis

I’m just a journalist. I shine a mirror to the culture. I give the cop-out answer.
~Mark Leibovich

Reflection makes men cowards.
~William Hazlitt

Never believe in mirrors or newspapers.
~Tom Stoppard

He who stands most remote from his age is he who mirrors it best.
~Oscar Wilde

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Learning without reflection is a waste, reflection without learning is dangerous.
~Confucius

You can’t see the future through a rearview mirror
~Peter Lynch

In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield.
~Warren Buffett

Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful.
~Margaret J Wheatley

Explore the situation. Statements are expendable. Don’t keep on looking in the rearview mirror and defending the status quo which is outmoded the moment it happened.
~Marshall McLuhan

Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.
~Peter F Drucker

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@Writers Platform

The mirror reflects all objects without being sullied.
~Confucius

The best among our writers are doing their accustomed work of mirroring what is deep in the spirit of our time; if chaos appears in those mirrors, we must have faith that in the future, as always in the past, that chaos will slowly reveal itself as a new aspect of order.
~Robertson Davies

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A novel is a mirror carried along a main road.
~Stendhal

Literature is not only a mirror; it is a map, a geography of the mind.
~Margaret Atwood

The mirror is believed the way a poem is believed. It’s believed because it’s there.
~Derek Walcott

If art reflects life, it does so with special mirrors.
~Bertolt Brecht

It doesn’t upset artists to find out that artists used lenses or mirrors or other aids, but it certainly does upset the art historians.
~Chuck Close

Customs and convictions change; respectable people are the last to know, or to admit, the change, and the ones most offended by fresh reflections of the facts in the mirror of art.
~John Updike

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Books are those faithful mirrors that reflect to our mind the minds of sages and heroes.
~Edward Gibbon

Books are like mirrors: if a fool looks in, you cannot expect a genius to look out.
~J K Rowling

Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.
~Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Books are not distractions. Rather, they are, and have been, the most profound and accurate mirrors man has ever crafted.
~R J Arkhipov

Your words become the mirror in which others see themselves.
~Sharon Jaynes


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Prewritten Prompt:  mirror
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Who sees the human face correctly: the photographer, the mirror, or the painter?
~Pablo Picasso

The painter knew the mirror lied. And the canvas told the truth.
~Thomas Lloyd Qualls

When the face in the mirror doesn’t please you, turn it into a canvas.
~Tablo

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Art is the Mirror of our betrayed ideals.
~Doris Lessing

Our inventions mirror our secret wishes.
~Lawrence Durrell

Fantasy mirrors desire. Imagination reshapes it.
~Mason Cooley

The artist should not be satisfied to only play the part of a mirror.
~Jules Breton

Creative people see Prometheus in a mirror, never Pandora.
~David Brin

Art is not a mirror held up to reality but a hammer with which to shape it.
~Bertolt Brecht

Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted.
~Percy Bysshe Shelley

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Have you ever hung a piece of black velvet behind you and looked at yourself in the mirror? We are each of us quite alone, and that’s what I try to paint.
~Thomas S Buechner

But what are our stories if not the mirrors we hold up to our fears?
~Wally Lamb

Artists hold out the mirror to the bruises on the face of the world.
~Josef Skvorecky

It is not the job of art to mirror. Images reflected in a mirror appear to us in reverse. An artist’s responsibility is to reveal consciousness; to produce a human document.
~Squeak Carnwath

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The Exercise


Poetastic Mirror

One may be their scholar
Even clever with words
Passably good with ideas
Ardent and earnest
Eager for the struggle
To wade in and try again
But poetry wants something more…
More patience perhaps

Poetry needs the love of it
No secret, this much is known
In the form of another try
Repeated tortured final edits
This fervency needs no push or coaxing
Evidence need not be bruited or shown
The eternal shine, the passion for truth
Like true love, the poem is never done

A poem can be anything jotted down
But poetry reaches, digs for the right word
The visual, the vivid, the visceral word
There exists the rare-gem poem
The great herds of quotable poetry
Then there are these exercises
Good luck dredging
This puddle for gold

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fantasy #19

oh, to be your mirror
to see you from your bath
bathe in lux of your eyes
pave beauty with disguise
and make up as you ready

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Cause Effects

Scripted pages improve on love
Mirror passion so love survives
Words propose, attempt to move
Reach to teach when love arrives

Pre-approved and tailored stories
First draft edit free of theories
Love at cost, no debts nor wages
Primrose path, the lie outrages

Forbidden love a hidden truth
The bane of ages tempting youth
Poetic thoughts tight and taut
Else life alone seeds a drought

Each calls to each, unknown dates
Future fated, destined mates
Dreamed up plans abort unstated
Wait better times still uncrated

Plodding bore the words of history
Lack the punch and pull of mystery
Love lends more to flowered poetry
Than words award to budding love

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Extreme Center

Her impassioned love, so intense
If diluted to cover the world
Would equal to a fair tolerance
For everyone, if not an actual liking
or
His focused hatred, so lasered
If spread to coat all of mankind
Would amount to a bare tolerance
Of anyone, up to an active distaste
or
Join the cluster, joint center of inanity
Mooing contentment, fenced safe in their sanity
Question identity, living life at extremity
Justifying the Fall, mirror turned to the wall

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half baked hat

mirror mirror in my stall
posted race, best of all
flying fast with my drug
wanted poster with my mug
lost it all, had a ball

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mirror by the road

improbably blue skies
emerald-valley road
for the half hour walk
the hour before sunset
the pace a race
in hot pursuit of health

tawny dog (and young)
local sweetheart
stretched lovingly
in the lush plush
soft green grass
roadside

tomorrow morning
first light
the sanitation truck
but tonight
some, plus one
will cry

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The Ask

Say capture me with sculpture
and a chiseling marblist will oblige
Say mirror me with your music
and a composing conductor will try
Say target me with your wisdom
and a barefoot sage will ask you why

Say preach to me true scriptures
and a thousand scammers hope you buy
Say bring us peace and prosperity
and a promising politician will lie
Say love me first and best and most
and honest love will wilt and die

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5-7-5-7-7

fascists wearing stars
willfully provoke attack
mirror own dire past
kill off natives in the way
guilty tribe without excuse

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5-7-5 x 3

3D by 2D
mirror mirror on the wall
echoes me myself

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cold calendar’s claim
the little death of leaving
my mirror shed tears

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visions of beauty
bred of flesh and the mirror
catch me unaware

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I have always found there to be a certain sadness about mirrors, since they double the space in a house which needs to be filled with love.
~Alan Bradley

That mirror, that’s one I hate to let go, he said. That was my daughter’s the whole time she was growing up. It probably seen her more than me – everything from a baby up to twenty years old. Sometimes I wonder if all that might still be inside it. Got to make an impression on a thing, reflecting the same person every day.
~David Wroblewski

…no mirror keeps its glances…
~Alice Meynell

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Don’t stare into a mirror when you are trying to solve a problem.
~Mason Cooley

Bewilderment increases in the presence of the mirrors.
~Tarjei Vesaas

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“Why on earth do you carry a mirror around with you?”
“It’s purely a defensive device. We seldom quarrel, and this is one of the reasons. Can you imagine yourself getting all worked up and contorted and illogical and then coming face to face with yourself, looking at yourself exactly as you look to everyone else?”
~Theodore Sturgeon

Something is sticking out its tongue at me from the corner of my mirror.
~Mason Cooley

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Mirrors are there when we are and yet they never give anything back to us but our own image. Never, never shall we know what they are when they are alone or what is behind them.
~Erich Maria Remarque

There’s eyes behind the mirrors in empty places.
~Bob Dylan

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See, when you drive home today, you’ve got a big windshield on the front of your car. And you’ve got a little bitty rearview mirror. And the reason the windshield is so large and the rearview mirror is so small is because what’s happened in your past is not near as important as what’s in your future.
~Joel Osteen

~No matter what’s behind us in the rearview mirror, it’s always about what’s next.
~Dabo Swinney

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My idea of a group decision is to look in the mirror.
~Warren Buffett

Miranda nodded and her reflection nodded, so that was twice.
~Helen Oyeyemi

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Believers are each other’s mirrors.
~Elif Shafak

The conduct of our lives is the true mirror of our doctrine.
~Michel de Montaigne

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We cannot see our reflection in running water. It is only in still water that we can see.
~Zen saying

One can not reflect in streaming water. Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.
~Lao Tzu

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you fall into the mirror, come through the other side staring at a lightbulb.
~Charles Bukowski

I love mirrors. They let one pass through the surface of things.
~Claude Chabrol

No one looks in a mirror to see a mirror.
~Marty Rubin

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Hither and thither spins
The wind-borne mirroring soul,
A thousand glimpses wins,
And never sees a whole.
~Matthew Arno

Thought cannot solve the contradictions of the soul. As far as linear thinking is concerned, thoughts mirror themselves in other thoughts, instead of mirroring a destiny.
~Emile M Cioran

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Connie drove a silver Camry with rosary beads hanging from her rearview mirror and a Smith & Wesson stuck under the seat. No matter what went down, Connie was covered.
~Janet Evanovich

Girls like you want to cut guy’s nuts off and hang ’em from your rearview mirror.
~Simone Elkeles

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Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory.
~Coco Chanel

My fashion advice is to have a flattering mirror & then forget about it.
~Vivienne Westwood

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I saw all the mirrors on earth and none of them reflected me.
~Jorge Luis Borges

Looking at yourself in a mirror isn’t exactly a study of life.
~Lauren Bacall

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The mirror is my best friend, because when I cry it never laughs.
~Charlie Chaplin

Let us be grateful to the mirror for revealing to us our appearance only.
~Samuel Butler

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A man’s manners are a mirror in which he shows his portrait.
~Goethe

If you begin to think you’re something you’re not, you’re looking in the wrong mirror.
~Eugene Cernan

The world is full of fools, and he who would see none should live alone and smash his mirror.
~Claude Le Petit

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The camera is a mirror with a memory, but it cannot think.
~Arnold Newman

We are our memory, we are that chimerical museum of shifting shapes, that pile of broken mirrors.
~Jorge Luis Borges

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The reflections on a day well spent furnish us with joys more pleasing than ten thousand triumphs.
~Thomas a Kempis

Peel your own image from the mirror. Sit. Feast on your life.
~Derek Walcott

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There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
~Edith Wharton

Reflection on the infinite seems to call, almost by definition, for infinite reflection.
~Daniel Taylor

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I have realized that mystery is what keeps people away, and I’ve grown tired of smoke and mirrors. I yearn for the clean, well-lighted place. So let’s peek behind the curtain and hail the others like us. The open-faced sandwiches who take risks and live big and smile with all of their teeth. These are the people I want to be around. This is the honest way I want to live and love and write.
~Amy Poehler


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Last week, an issue based on search and searching.  This week, in lieu of the full newsletter, a page of quotes on searching for love:   

https://wordgrove.com/SearchLove-quotes.html

Next week, a return to the regular Post & Review format – theme word:   mirror

Until then, be safe by playing it safe. Mask or vax, please. You are more important than you think.
~the editor