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Voices from the past join one another, share space and take issue with each other in provocative new ways. Wordgrove’s Post & Review uses quotes.

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THIS EDITION: secret

Quoted In The Grove:
All secrets become deep. All secrets become dark. That’s in the nature of secrets.
~Cory Doctorow

Privacy is something that we maintain for the good of ourselves and others. Secrecy we keep to separate ourselves from others, even those we love.
~Mary Alice Monroe

Our secrets are the walls that separate us and the bridges that connect us with others and who we truly are.
~Frank Warren

EndQuote:
The man who can keep a secret may be wise, but he is not half as wise as the man with no secrets to keep.
~Edgar Watson Howe

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Returning from Colombia to Oregon: With all the disconnects that relocating involves, there will be a delay in getting out the next edition.

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Next Exercise Prompt: mind

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In the bottom of my heart lies a secret which I have never told a soul in the world. There is an image of this person who is dearest to me and closer than anything else.
~Avril Lavigne

There is a name hidden in the shadow of my soul,
where I read it night and day and no other eye sees it.
~Alphonse De Lamartine

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A secret love is beautiful, sweet and sacred when it’s just a light infatuation; but when that person reaches over and touches you in the heart, making it alive in a way it has never known, that secret love becomes frightening, because you can never make them love you, you would never want to make them love you… no matter which way you view it, they don’t love you…and your heart doesn’t know how to beat the same.
~Stefanie Schneider

We’ve all at some point in our life encountered that feeling of secretly liking someone, secretly having your eyes on them, secretly wishing they knew, but deep inside you were afraid of what the outcome would be. So you kept it unnoticed. Kept it hidden…
~Telisa McLaughlin

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I pretend to look around, but I was actually looking at you.
~author unknown

He wanted her. She’d never tell.
Secretly she wanted him as well.
~Avril Lavigne

To burn with desire and keep quiet about it is the greatest punishment we can bring on ourselves.
~Federico Garcia Lorca

Love should never be a secret. If you keep something as complicated as love stored up inside, it could make you sick.
~Stan Lee

The extreme form of passionate love is secret love.
~Japanese Proverb

Some of us will never know we’d owned someone’s heart for a season.
~Joyce Rachelle

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Some relationships hurt but secret relationships hurt more than that where you don’t confess even to yourself that you’re in a relationship.
~Gaurav S Kaintura

I had deluded myself throughout by the idea of reviving a secret love which did not exist at all.
~Iris Murdoch

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Love is the instrument to unfold divine secrets…
Love is the reign timeless, dimensionless…
Lover is as distinct as the moon shining among stars on the sky.
~Kürsat Kizbaz

There’s so little love in the world, Julie. When it’s kept a secret, it’s wasted.
~Eleanor Perry

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Posted From The Grove

You have a magnificent chance, dear boy, with all the advantages of wealth and station. I beseech you not to throw it away by any exhibition of talent… Be careful that your metaphors show no imagination and conceal your brains as you would a discreditable secret. Above all, if you have a sense of humour, crush it. Crush it.
~W Somerset Maugham (on going into politics)

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The first rule in keeping secrets is nothing on paper.
~Thomas Powers

The secret to strong security: less reliance on secrets.
~Whitfield Diffie

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Secrets press inside a person. They press the way water presses at a dam. The secrets and the water, they both want to get out.
~Franny Billingsley

To keep your secret is wisdom; but to expect others to keep it is folly.
~Samuel Johnson

The best way of keeping a secret is to pretend there isn’t one.
~Margaret Atwood

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Knowledge is power. Information is power. The secreting or hoarding of knowledge or information may be an act of tyranny camouflaged as humility.
~Robin Morgan

The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant.
~Maximilien Robespierre

We don’t have an Official Secrets Act in the United States, as other countries do. Under the First Amendment, freedom of the press, freedom of speech, and freedom of association are more important than protecting secrets.
~Alan Dershowitz

The republican is the only form of government which is not eternally at open or secret war with the rights of mankind.
~Thomas Jefferson

Those who won our independence… valued liberty as an end and as a means. They believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.
~Louis D Brandeis

The secret to happiness is freedom… And the secret to freedom is courage.
~Thucydides

Anywhere, anytime ordinary people are given the chance to choose, the choice is the same: freedom, not tyranny; democracy, not dictatorship; the rule of law, not the rule of the secret police.
~Tony Blair

There is a secret pride in every human heart that revolts at tyranny. You may order and drive an individual, but you cannot make him respect you.
~William Hazlitt

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By a continuing process of inflation, government can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens.
~John Maynard Keynes

Secrecy, being an instrument of conspiracy, ought never to be the system of a regular government.
~Jeremy Bentham

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Secretary of War Stanton used to get out of patience with Lincoln because he was all the time pardoning men who ought to be shot.
~Elihu Root

Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often time we call a man cold when he is only sad… If we could read the secret history of our enemies we should find in each man’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Great hearts steadily send forth the secret forces that incessantly draw great events.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Espionage, for the most part, involves finding a person who knows something or has something that you can induce them secretly to give to you. That almost always involves a betrayal of trust.
~Aldrich Ames

Trust him not with your secrets, who, when left alone in your room, turns over your papers.
~Johann Kaspar Lavater

Do not tell secrets to those whose faith and silence you have not already tested.
~Elizabeth I

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I saw clearly that war was upon us when I learned that my young men had been secretly buying ammunition.
~Chief Joseph

We have always said that in our war with the Arabs we had a secret weapon – no alternative.
~Golda Meir

You might hold an ethical position that it’s wrong to lie, but if you have plans for a war in Iraq, and you want to keep them secret for practical reasons – to reduce casualties, perhaps – and someone asks you about those plans, you may need to lie for a ‘good’ outcome.
~Peter Singer

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Brainy folks were also present in Lyndon Johnson’s administration, especially in the Pentagon, where Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara’s brilliant ‘whiz kids’ tried to micro-manage the Vietnam war, with disastrous results.
~Thomas Sowell

War’s dirty little secret is that some men love it.
~Kathryn Bigelow

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Secret operations are essential in war; upon them the army relies to make its every move.
~Sun Tzu

Secrecy is the soul of all great designs. Perhaps more has been effected by concealing our own intentions than by discovering those of our enemy.
~Charles Caleb Colton

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Intelligence agencies keep things secret because they often violate the rule of law or of good behavior.
~Julian Assange

The secret is this, once you begin to take action, you’ll usually take more action then you had originally planned.
~James A Murphy

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To cement a new friendship, especially between foreigners or persons of a different social world, a spark with which both were secretly charged must fly from person to person, and cut across the accidents of place and time.
~Cornelia Otis Skinner

One of my goals upon becoming Secretary of State was to take diplomacy out of capitals, out of government offices, into the media, into the streets of countries.
~Hillary Clinton

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People who are in power make their arrangements in secret, largely as a way of maintaining and furthering that power.
~Don DeLillo

The most important aspect of the relationship between the president and the secretary of state is that they both understand who is president.
~Dean Acheson

Nobody is going to delegate a lot of power to a secretary that they can’t control.
~Michael Bloomberg

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I was extended secret service protection during my presidential run in 1984, when I received the most death threats ever made toward a candidate.
~Jesse Jackson

History keeps her secrets longer than most of us. But she has one secret that I will reveal to you tonight in the greatest confidence. Sometimes there are no winners at all. And sometimes nobody needs to lose.
~John le Carre

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Let judges secretly despair of justice:
their verdicts will be more acute.
Let generals secretly despair of triumph;
killing will be defamed.
Let priests secretly despair of faith:
their compassion will be true.
~Leonard Cohen

The secret we should never let the game masters know is that they don’t need any rules.
~Gary Gygax

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For every secret hangs in greater fear between the speaker’s mouth and hearer’s ear than any peril between cup and lip.
~Pedro Calderon de la Barca

Secrecy is a vacuum and nothing fills a vacuum like paranoid speculation.
~Max Brooks

Anyone who knows how difficult it is to keep a secret among three men ‒particularly if they are married ‒ knows how absurd is the idea of a worldwide secret conspiracy consciously controlling all mankind
~Oswald Mosley

Three can keep a secret if two of them are dead.
~Benjamin Franklin

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Some people think my father was a spy, because of working for that government agency in Vietnam, but he can’t find his car keys, much less keep a national secret.
~Lauren Graham

By nominating Chuck Hagel to be his Defense secretary, President Obama is putting forward an aloof contrarian who doesn’t suffer fools – a striving politician who considers himself above politics.
~Ron Fournier

I am neither frustrated nor planning anything other than being the best Secretary of State I could be.
~Hillary Clinton

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Secrecy has many advantages, for when you tell someone the purpose of any object right away, they often think there is nothing to it.
~Goethe

Secret enmities are more to be feared than open ones.
~Cicero

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The secret of concentration is the secret of self discovery.
~Arnold Palmer

Immense power is acquired by assuring yourself in your secret reveries that you were born to control affairs.
~Andrew Carnegie

Secrecy can spring from the best motives; but as it grows it begins to exist only for itself, only for its own sake, only to cover its own abuses.
~Christopher Dodd

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~Underwater Movie Challenge: Top Secret (1:33) think up something crazy, ‘n some fool idjits’ll try’n make it happen

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~Andrenus Craton: The Secret (0:59) quite simple, really

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The secret of success is to be ready when your opportunity comes.
~Benjamin Disraeli

The secret of success is sincerity.
~Jean Giraudoux

Before everything else, getting ready is the secret of success.
~Henry Ford

The whole secret to our success is being able to con ourselves into believing that we’re going to change the world because statistically we are unlikely to do it.
~Tom Peters

The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.
~Benjamin Disraeli

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Ask yourself the secret of your success. Listen to your answer, and practice it.
~Richard Bach

The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you’re in control of your life. If you don’t, life controls you.
~Tony Robbins

Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.
~Swami Sivananda

Hard work has made it easy. That is my secret. That is why I win.
~Nadia Comaneci

You’ve got to work hard for your success and you’ve got to have a steady presence. That’s the secret.
~Kid Rock

Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity.
~Louis Pasteur

The secret of success is constancy to purpose.
~Benjamin Disraeli

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The secret of business is to know something that nobody else knows.
~Aristotle Onassis

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.
~Colin Powell

There’s no secret about success. Did you ever know a successful man who didn’t tell you about it?
~Kin Hubbard

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You’ve got to ask! Asking is, in my opinion, the world’s most powerful – and neglected – secret to success and happiness.
~Percy Ross

If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person’s point of view and see things from that person’s angle as well as from your own.
~Henry Ford

The secret of my success is a two word answer: Know people.
~Harvey S Firestone

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The secret of happiness is this: let your interests be as wide as possible, and let your reactions to the things and persons that interest you be as far as possible friendly rather than hostile.
~Bertrand Russell

The secret to happiness in your work is to find a job in which your neurosis is constructive.
~Jeanne LaMont

The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.
~Buddha

The secret of success is to be in harmony with existence, to be always calm to let each wave of life wash us a little farther up the shore.
~Cyril Connolly

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The secret of happiness is the determination to be happy always, rather than wait for outer circumstances to make one happy.
~J Donald Walters

…the true secret of happiness lies in the taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life, in elevating them by art instead of handing the performance of them over to unregarded drudges, and ignoring them…
~William Morris

What we call the secret of happiness is no more a secret than our willingness to choose life.
~Leo Buscaglia

The greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.
~Roald Dahl

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The secret of long life is double careers. One to about age sixty, then another for the next thirty years.
~David Ogilvy

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The secret to success is to offend the greatest number of people.
~George Bernard Shaw

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I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, in secret, between the shadow and the soul.
~Pablo Neruda

Every virtuous act has some Dark secret in its heart; every risk we take contains a mystery that can’t be solved.
~Gregory David Roberts

Secrets are dark things. They don’t exist in the light. They glow faintly in forgotten corners, in mysterious mind nooks, in lost memory maps. Secrets are the shadows of the soul.
~Sukanya Venkatraghavan

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As the warm glow flickers from jack-o-lanterns, dark secrets are brought to light. Terrifying creatures rule the night and strike fear into eager souls who relish the unknown.
~James E Garvey

I grew up in the ’80s where there’s a lot of these kind of post-apocalyptic, post-comet, post-whatever it was, so that always captured my imagination a lot as a little kid, that idea of getting access to secret places and being able to roam around where you’re not supposed to.
~Gillian Flynn

I remember being a kid and sleeping over at my friend’s house and staying up late and watching ‘Nosferatu.’ Vampire movies are supposed to be secret and bad. They should be rated R.
~Ethan Hawke

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I don’t know what the secret to longevity as an actress is. It’s more than talent and beauty. Maybe it’s the audience seeing itself in you.
~Joan Blondell

The secret to film is that it’s an illusion.
~George Lucas

I feel that directors at times are like the janitors on the set. I am the secretary, I am the organizer, I am the maid, and I ask if they have eaten or rested. The best things are always out of your control. It’s those moments that surpass the imagination that are thrilling.
~Jane Campion

The secret to success is good leadership, and good leadership is all about making the lives of your team members or workers better.
~Tony Dungy

Servant leadership is the foundation and the secret of Sam Walton’s ability to achieve team synergy.
~Michael Bergdahl

Woodrow Wilson called for leaders who, by boldly interpreting the nation’s conscience, could lift a people out of their everyday selves. That people can be lifted into their better selves is the secret of transforming leadership.
~James MacGregor Burns

One secret of leadership is that the mind of a leader never turns off. Leaders even when they are sightseers or spectators, are active; not passive observers.
~James Humes

My mom’s collard greens. No one else in the world can make them like hers. I’m not just saying that because she’s my mom. She’s got some Mississippi secret. I could seriously eat them every day.
~Santigold

When I tour, it’s like, well, like a food tour as much as a comedy tour. I try to eat at all the weird places, the obscure barbecue joints, burger places. There are a few spots in L.A. that I’m obsessed with – one of them is the Taco Zone taco truck on Alvarado. There are secret off-menu items that are amazing.
~Aziz Ansari

The secret of food lies in memory – of thinking and then knowing what the taste of cinnamon or steak is.
~Jerry Saltz

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You can’t prove Rembrandt is better than Norman Rockwell – although if you actually do prefer Rockwell, I’d say you were shunning complexity, were secretly conservative, and hadn’t really looked at either painter’s work. Taste is a blood sport.
~Jerry Saltz

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~Omeleto: The Secret Market (22:27) well-crafted exploration, the price of…

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~Dust: Laboratory Conditions (17:01) secret of life after death, w/ Marisa Tomei & Minnie Driver

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~Omeleto: A Secret Journey (17:09) and yet, life is sacred

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~Rob Carter: The Raisin (9:16) a most improbable parable, unsure the lesson, just because

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~Omeleto: Keepsake (14:26) stories grim & grimmer and their resolution

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Beauty is a manifestation of secret natural laws, which otherwise would have been hidden from us forever.
~Goethe

In every man’s heart there is a secret nerve that answers to the vibrations of beauty. I can imagine no more fascinating privilege than to be allowed to ransack the desks of a thousand American business men, men supposed to be hard-headed, absorbed in brisk commerce. Somewhere in each desk one would find some hidden betrayal of that man’s private worship.
~Christopher Morley

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Zest is the secret of all beauty. There is no beauty that is attractive without zest.
~Christian Dior

My beauty secret is absolutely no sun.
~Vivienne Westwood

I mean, no one asks beauty secrets of me, or ‘What size do you wear?’ or ‘Who’s your couturier?’ They ask me about really deep things and I love that.
~Shirley MacLaine

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Don’t despair too much if you see beautiful things destroyed, if you see them perish. Because the best things are always growing in secret.
~Ben Okri

What was silent in the father speaks in the son, and often I found in the son the unveiled secret of the father.
~Friedrich Nietzsche

My mom’s a secret Rastafarian.
~Jenna Bush

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Secrets are things we give to others to keep for us.
~Elbert Hubbard

A good friend keeps your secrets for you. A best friend helps you keep your own secrets.
~Lauren Oliver

Secrecy is the chastity of friendship.
~Jeremy Taylor

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§ MUSIC:
I want him to see the flowers in my eyes and hear the songs in my hands.
~Francesca Lia Block

There are people hell-bent on the idea that we’re a Christian band in disguise, and that we have some secret message. We have no spiritual affiliation with this music. It’s simply about life experience.
~Amy Lee (Evanescence)

The whole secret of the study of nature lies in learning how to use one’s eyes.
~George Sand

Now I see the secret of making the best person: it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.
~Walt Whitman

Those who find beauty in all of nature will find themselves at one with the secrets of life itself.
~L Wolfe Gilbert

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Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are three secrets to managing. The first secret is have patience. The second is be patient. And the third most important secret is patience.
~Chuck Tanner

Patience is the secret to good food.
~Gail Simmons

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It is the people who can do nothing who find nothing to do, and the secret to happiness in this world is not only to be useful, but to be forever elevating one’s uses.
~Sarah Orne Jewett

I have discovered the secret of happiness – it is work, either with the hands or the head. The moment I have something to do, the draughts are open and my chimney draws, and I am happy. …The secret of happiness is something to do.
~John Burroughs

A mind always employed is always happy. This is the true secret, the grand recipe, for felicity.
~Thomas Jefferson

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~Leonard Cohen: IN MY SECRET LIFE

~himself: (4:08) visually cryptic
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NW7oNpzBSGc

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~KateCat 2: Till Bronner & Carla Bruni (5:37) languorous, takes her time, lingers with the lyrics
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAD1QTbfUW8

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~Brian W Foster: (6:14) loss unfolds w/ visual storyline
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuBvAcKYc0o

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~Death of a Ladies’ Man Sessions: with Leif Vollebekk (5:41) idiosyncratic, you will or you won’t
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ri5Nakbjr2U

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~MichaelKingShow: Johnny Rivers • Secret Agent Man (3:27) w/ Rowan Atkinson providing comic relief

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~Moelia Comesana: Peter Gabriel • Secret World (10:29) in concert

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~Carly Simon: We Have No Secrets (4:28) w/ Harry Connick Jr

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~Roxette: Secrets That She Keeps (3:24) lip-sync, teeny-bop posturing, still…

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~Faith Hill: The Secret of Life (4:23) she gives away a few

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~VJ: Bruce Springsteen • Secret Garden (4:25) Jerry Maguire soundtrack, visual recap

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~Mary Lambert: Secrets (3:53) you may know, but she don’t care

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~Ron Elliott: Secret Crush (4:16) twisty tale of love and secrets with a rare happy ending

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~Gwirithdess: Little Secret (1:28) the future pending telegraphing sadness

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~OneRepublic: Secrets (3:52) nicely done, but all the stories about secrets and love seem to end in sadness

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~OneRepublic: The Piano Guys Secrets (5:07) orchestral version, music without story or tears

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~Michal Blaszczyk: Secret (2:04) understated, ghostly, scrolling despair

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~Endeavor Media Group: Secret & Whisper XOXOXOX (3:26) energetic rock ‘n roll

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Better to live with the guilty secret than the open truth of their life together ‒ that they were bound by the habit of illicit lust, mutual degradation.
~Fay Weldon

Keeping secrets will always lead to unhappiness and communication is the key to love.
~Laura Esquivel

My stay-married secret would probably be exercising good communication, not when you have to but all the time. I think if you do that, you kinda just cleanse the situations, so there’s not build up. I think that’s probably the best way to do it.
~Guy Fieri

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Some men consider their wives nobody; when a secret is confided to them, with the injunction to tell nobody, of course they tell their wives only.
~James Lendall Basford

Never tell a secret to a bride or groom; wait until they have been married longer.
~E W Howe

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We confide our secret to a friend, but in love it escapes us.
~Jean De La Bruyere

I didn’t think marriage worked. I thought everybody who was married was secretly miserable – that it was something they just put up with for their children.
~Salma Hayek

The secret of a happy marriage remains a secret.
~Henny Youngman

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The secret of a happy marriage is finding the right person. You know they’re right if you love to be with them all the time.
~Julia Child

The secret of happiness is to find a congenial monotony.
~V S Pritchett

The great secret of a successful marriage is to treat all disasters as incidents and none of the incidents as disasters.
~Harold Nicolson

The secret of a good marriage is forgiving your partner for marrying you in the first place.
~Sacha Guitry

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Mom and Dad were married 64 years. And if you wondered what their secret was, you could have asked the local florist – because every day Dad gave Mom a rose, which he put on her bedside table. That’s how she found out what happened on the day my father died – she went looking for him because that morning, there was no rose.
~Mitt Romney

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Love ceases to be a pleasure when it ceases to be a secret.
~Aphra Behn

There comes a point in a relationship when you realize that you trust someone enough to let them keep their secrets.
~Robert Brault

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Your secret love
Why can’t we tell somebody
‘Cause secret loves
Never last as long
~Luther Ronzoni Vandross

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…we long so desperately for their touch, even just brief, we could almost bleed we long for it so. And when they find a lover, we feel like a shadow, longing to be seen as real, until we finally learn we have nothing more to do than to fade away from their light.
~Stephanie Schneider

The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring.
~Carl Sandburg

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Jealousy – that jumble of secret worship and ostensible aversion.
~Emile M Cioran

Nothing is more capable of troubling our reason, and consuming our health, than secret notions of jealousy in solitude.
~Aphra Behn

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It does good to no woman to be flattered [by a man] who does not intend to marry her; and it is madness in all women to let a secret love kindle within them, which, if unreturned and unknown, must devour the life that feeds it; and, if discovered and responded to, must lead, ignis-fatuus-like, into miry wilds whence there is no extrication.
~Charlotte Bronte

A woman can keep one secret ‒ the secret of her age.
~Voltaire

Women are naturally secretive, and they like to do their own secreting.
~Arthur Conan Doyle

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Growing up, my dolls were doctors and on secret missions. I had Barbie Goes Rambo.
~Zoe Saldana

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For somebody who loves foreign policy, being Secretary is the best job in the world – but it doesn’t happen twice.
~Madeleine Albright

I am often asked if, when I was secretary, I had problems with foreign men. That is not who I had problems with, because I arrived in a very large plane that said United States of America. I had more problems with the men in our own government.
~Madeleine Albright

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How can smart women be so stupid about men sometimes? Lack of knowledge. It’s what men have kept secret for so long.
~Steve Harvey

When I joined Bill Clinton’s start-up presidential campaign… I never gave a minute’s thought to what would happen if we won. When we did – and I became the first woman to serve as White House press secretary – it changed my life. But it didn’t change the world.
~Dee Dee Myers

The secret of our success is that we never, never give up.
~Wilma Mankiller

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No real English gentleman, in his secret soul, was ever sorry for the death of a political economist.
~Walter Bagehot

Everything human is pathetic. The secret source of humor itself is not joy but sorrow. There is no humor in heaven.
~Mark Twain

I don’t think I really know just how cool Satan really was when I was in Junior High School. Now, thanks to Marilyn Manson, it’s no longer a secret.
~Jim Coleman

I discovered something amazing, which has caused a lot of controversy – the fountain of youth. I have to keep it a secret!
~David Copperfield

Secrets are like pregnancies hereabouts. You can hide them for a while but then they will start screaming.
~Jim Crace

There are secrets I would not reveal under torture. I mean, there would have to be a silence at a cocktail party, or you would have to be sitting next to me in tourist class.
~Robert Brault

SECRETS are a burden. That’s the reason we are so anxious to have somebody to help us carry them.
~Josh Billings

A SECRET is like an aching tooth — keeps you uneasy till it’s out.
~Josh Billings

DULLARD, n. A member of the reigning dynasty in letters and life… The secret of their power is their insensibility to blows; tickle them with a bludgeon and they laugh with a platitude… According to the most trustworthy statistics the number of adult Dullards in the United States is but little short of thirty millions, including the statisticians.
~Ambrose Bierce

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The secrets of success are a good wife and a steady job. My wife told me.
~Howard Nemerov

Some people ask the secret of our long marriage. We take time to go to a restaurant two times a week. A little candlelight, dinner, soft music and dancing. She goes Tuesdays, I go Fridays.
~Henny Youngman

I have a theory that the secret of marital happiness is simple: drink in different pubs to your other half.
~Jilly Cooper

The secret of a successful marriage is not to be at home too much.
~Colin Chapman

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Part of the secret of a success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.
~Mark Twain

The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made.
~Groucho Marx

The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.
~Lucille Ball

The secret to humor is surprise.
~Aristotle

I was kind of secretly hoping one of my kids would go out and make a million bucks. So when they put me in a home, at least I’ll have a window with a view.
~Joe Biden

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We spend our days, each one of us, in looking for the secret of life. Well, the secret of life is in art.
~Tweed Conrad

The secret to life is balance in all things.
~James A Murphy

Giving is the secret of a healthy life. Not necessarily money, but whatever a man has of encouragement and sympathy and understanding.
~John D Rockefeller

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The secret of life is never to have an emotion that is unbecoming.
~Tweed Conrad

The safest course is to do nothing against one’s conscience. With this secret, we can enjoy life and have no fear from death.
~Voltaire

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I think it’s useful, as a famous person, to have as little separation between the perception of you and how you really are – because otherwise I’d be sitting here thinking I’m keeping secrets, and wondering when you’re going to find out.
~Daniel Radcliffe

Secrecy sets barriers between men, but at the same time offers the seductive temptation to break through the barriers by gossip or confession.
~Georg Simmel

The widespread interest in gossip is inspired, not by a love of knowledge but by malice: no one gossips about other people’s secret virtues, but only about their secret vices.
~Bertrand Russell

The best way to find a person’s dark secrets is to praise them to their friends.
~Tony Crossley

Secrets tend to get revealed when you’re feeling most loved and when you’re feeling most betrayed.
~author unknown

I trust it will not be giving away professional secrets to say that many readers would be surprised, perhaps shocked, at the questions which some newspaper editors will put to a defenseless woman under the guise of flattery.
~Kate Chopin

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Let us be true: this is the highest maxim of art and of life, the secret of eloquence and of virtue, and of all moral authority.
~Henri Frederic Amiel

I will govern my life and thoughts as if the whole world were to see the one and read the other, for what does it signify to make anything a secret to my neighbor, when to God, who is the searcher of our hearts, all our privacies are open?
~Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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Secrets are a part of life. Their mysteries make our world beautiful. Their depths inspire our hearts, intrigue our minds, and embrace our very souls.
~Imania Margria

Secrecy is the element of all goodness; even virtue, even beauty is mysterious.
~Thomas Carlyle

I think I’ve discovered the secret of life ‒ you just hang around until you get used to it.
~Charles M Schulz

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He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The secret to life is meaningless unless you discover it yourself.
~W Somerset Maugham

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@Writers Platform

As there are a thousand thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up the pen to write, so the heart is a secret even to him (or her) who has it in his own breast.
~William Makepeace Thackeray

Daddy, tell me your best secret.
(I have woven a parachute out of everything broken;
my scars are my shield;
and I jump, daylight or dark, into any country,
where as I descend I turn native and stumble
into terribly human speech and wince recognition.)
~William Stafford

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Poetry operates by hints and dark suggestions. It is full of secrets and hidden formulae, like a witch’s brew.
~Anthony Hecht

It’s part of a writer’s profession, as it’s part of a spy’s profession, to prey on the community to which he’s attached, to take away information – often in secret – and to translate that into intelligence for his masters, whether it’s his readership or his spy masters. And I think that both professions are perhaps rather lonely.
~John le Carre

Nothing makes us so lonely as our secrets.
~Paul Tournier

I was interested by the idea that artists working in a totalitarian dictatorship or tsarist autocracy are secretly and slightly shamefully envied by artists who work in freedom. They have the gratification of intense interest: the authorities want to put them in jail, while there are younger readers for whom what they write is pure oxygen.
~Tom Stoppard

When I write now I do not invent situation, characters, or actions, but rather structures and discursive forms, textual groupings which are combined according to secret affinities among themselves, as in architecture or the plastic arts.
~Juan Goytisolo

The art of the parenthesis is one of the greatest secrets of eloquence in Society.
~Nicolas Chamfort

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Alex grew up in Hampshire with her head in the clouds and her nose in a book, secretly hoping to find Narnia every time she opened a wardrobe.
~Alex English

It’s a little silly to finally learn how to write at this age. But I long ago realized I was secretly sincere.
~Annie Dillard

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Ooh, it’s too embarrassing to share my innermost romantic secrets – although I have written Danielle the odd poem. If anything they are more comedic than romantic. They used to be well-received but that was before she started studying Shakespeare at drama college. Now I feel so inept.
~Gary Lineker

I don’t hate humanity and I’m not interested in people who do. Although, it’s funny, actually, some of my favorite writers really do. Like Martin Amis. My dirty secret. ‘London Fields’ is one of my favorite books ever. And it’s indefensible! But he’s so funny… I forgive him everything.
~Elizabeth Gilbert

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The only people you can really share certain things with in secret are your girlfriends.
~Shirley Knight

If one could be friendly with women, what a pleasure – the relationship so secret and private compared with relations with men. Why not write about it truthfully?
~Virginia Woolf

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
~Maya Angelou

Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind is written large in his works.
~Virginia Woolf

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The face of nature and civilization in this our country is to a certain point a very sufficient literary field. But it will yield its secrets only to a really grasping imagination. To write well and worthily of American things one need even more than elsewhere to be a master.
~Henry James

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If life is so critical, if Anne Frank could die, if my friend could die, children were as vulnerable as adults, and that gave me a secret purpose to my work, to make them live. Because I wanted to live. I wanted to grow up.
~Maurice Sendak

I remember telling my creative writing teacher that you never want to have a journal, because if you lose it, then someone’s going to know all your secrets. And then she stopped using a journal, but I always write everything down… Anytime I travel, I try and fill up notepads.
~Garrett Hedlund

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§ The Glass Table:

Love, Unforgiving (an excerpt)
Some days I wake up confident; a crack of a smile resting unnoticed on my face. I go about my day without noticing I have yet to have a single thought about…you. Thank god. If I’d have stayed with you a moment longer, I would have crashed and burned. …But only loneliness is present to haunt my [winter] days while the sting of each shallow inhale reminds me, I suffer therefore I live-
~AidenScott:

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§ Guest Quotes:
There are worse things than a broken heart.
Like the love that you don’t explore.
~Dawson’S Creek

If you love someone, tell them. For hearts are often broken by words left unspoken.
~Stephanie Roogle

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~Charles Swindoll: Attitude (exerpt)
The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company…a church…a home.

We cannot change our past… we cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude.
~Christone @Wordgrove Ataraxia, contributing

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Our attitudes control our lives. Attitudes are a secret power working twenty-four hours a day, for good or bad. It is of paramount importance that we know how to harness and control this great force.
~Irving Berlin

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We have much to learn by studying nature and taking the time to tease out its secrets.
~David Suzuki

All sorts of bodily diseases are produced by half used minds; for it is the mind that makes the body: that is my secret, and the secret of all true healers.
~Bernard Shaw

But the real secret to lifelong good health is actually the opposite: Let your body take care of you.
~Deepak Chopra

The great secret of doctors, known only to their wives, but still hidden from the public, is that most things get better by themselves; most things, in fact, are better in the morning.
~Lewis Thomas

The human body experiences a powerful gravitational pull in the direction of hope. That is why the patient’s hopes are the physician’s secret weapon. They are the hidden ingredients in any prescription.
~Norman Cousins

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My two secrets to staying healthy: wash your hands all the time. …And the other is hot peppers. I eat a lot of hot peppers. I for some reason started doing that in 1992, and I swear by it.
~Hillary Clinton

Our secrets are what keep us sick and as soon as we are able to expose them to another person, that is when the healing begins.
~Phillip L Smith

I worked as a secretary, a waitress and a dance teacher – all in high school.
~Jennie Garth

The usual channels of university studies or secretarial work did not appeal to me. I cherished difficult dreams through confidence in myself.
~Ella Maillart

When I look back over my life it’s almost as if there was a plan laid out for me – from the little girl who was so passionate about animals who longed to go to Africa and whose family couldn’t afford to put her through college. Everyone laughed at my dreams. I was supposed to be a secretary in Bournemouth.
~Jane Goodall

I have a secret thought from some things I have observed, that God may perhaps design you for some singular service in the world.
~David Brainerd

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The American education system couldn’t be more badly directed or poorly funded if the Secretary of Education were Ed Wood.
~Dennis Miller

Then again, you may pick up just enough education to hate people who say, It’s a secret between he and I. Or you may end up in some business office, throwing paper clips at the nearest stenographer. I just don’t know.
~J D Salinger

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§ The Exercise:

Today Only Always

Nerves
Talk too loud
— too fast
— say the wrong thing
— can’t think of a word

Words
Catch in the throat
— a useful sort of silence
— interrupted delivery
— unparalleled success

Overstock
Store shelves
— fence-mending tools
— new self-respect
— perfect advice: STFU

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unwritten story

camouflaged path
mined with distractions
hidden entrance
padlocked door
private garden
arcane texts
obscure truths
shrouded secrets
cryptic warnings
mystic patterns
veiled instructions
forgotten language
mistranslated
consequences
following
News at 10

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5s ‘n 7s

steps become miles became years
one love stayed the other strayed
shock of pain unwelcome tears
wending home by winding way
displaced, disgraced openly
who locked that door tossed the key
died inside repeatedly

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silent departure
the quiet exit
despair the reason
life unbearable
nowhere left to turn
no point in secrets
we’re going on strike

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treetop perspective sees things
seasoned world its work to read
roots have secrets dark as gold
mire of treasure and compost
sky buried, interred in earth

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vexed generations
left to wallow in a world
slimed by the boomers
who fashioned their happiness
trading the future for Now

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secrets of the skin
encased universe within
pleasure having been
invited back in again
realm of life and school of sin

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age old recipe
family secret for years
get drunk and forget

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secret happy war
to be loved or forgotten
wedded bliss or free

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secret strain of seeds
airborne germs fleshed ideas
call it the podcast

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The Olio and Salmagundi of Quotes

Each has its lesson; for our dreams in sooth, come they in shape of demons, gods, or elves, are allegories with deep hearts of truth that tell us solemn secrets of ourselves.
~Henry Timrod

Art attracts us only by what it reveals of our most secret self.
~Alfred North Whitehead

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A great many men’s gratitude is nothing but a secret desire to hook in more valuable kindnesses hereafter.
~Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Secrets are pleasant to each child of Eve.
~Hannah Cowley

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One of the first rules of science is if somebody delivers a secret weapon to you, you better use it.
~Herbert Simon

The secret to happiness is to face the fact that the world is horrible.
~Bertrand Russell

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A secret’s worth depends on the people from whom it must be kept.
~Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Secrets have a way of making themselves felt, even before you know there’s a secret.
~Jean Ferris

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Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.
~Leo Burnett

Ah, the creative process is the same secret in science as it is in art. They are all the same absolutely.
~Josef Albers

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The great secret that all old people share is that you really haven’t changed in seventy or eighty years. Your body changes, but you don’t change at all. And that, of course, causes great confusion.
~Doris Lessing

The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.
~Aldous Huxley

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Buried deep beneath the surface of his character, was a hidden, yet a restless ambition: but this was perhaps, at present, a secret even to himself. We know not our own characters till time teaches us self-knowledge…
~Edward George Earle Bulwer-Lytton

I’m not one of those complicated, mixed-up cats. I’m not looking for the secret to life… I just go on from day to day, taking what comes.
~Frank Sinatra

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The whole secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and in a thousand things well.
~Horace Walpole

Curiosity is one of the great secrets of happiness.
~Bryant H. McGill

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Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday.
~Wilma Rudolph

The secret is not to give up hope. It’s very hard not to because if you’re really doing something worthwhile I think you will be pushed to the brink of hopelessness before you come through the other side.
~George Lucas

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Our love is like the wind. I can’t see it, but I can feel it.
~Nicholas Sparks

This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of life. Finally, to take a step without feet.
~Rumi

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The Olio
Quotes harvested from:
https://bqotd.com, https://quotegarden.com, https://wisesayings.com

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Fun Tarts: https://gocomics.com

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The Salmagundi
Video Harvest:
https://venmo.com, https://vimeo.com, https://youtube.com


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THIS EDITION: strange :: stranger

Quoted In The Grove:
We’re all born strangers to ourselves and each other, and we’re seldom formally introduced.
~Robert Charles Wilson

No single event can awaken within us a stranger totally unknown to us. To live is to be slowly born. It would be a bit too easy if we could go about borrowing ready-made souls.
~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The more clever and cunning people are, the stranger the events will be.
~Laozi

EndQuote:
Many the wonders but nothing walks stranger than man.
~Sophocles

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Next Exercise Prompt: secret

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Recounting the strange is like telling one’s dreams: one can communicate the events of a dream, but not the emotional content, the way that a dream can colour one’s entire day.
~Neil Gaiman

Also, as I lay there thinking of my vision, I could see it all again and feel the meaning with a part of me like a strange power glowing in my body; but when the part of me that talks would try to make words for the meaning, it would be like fog and get away from me.
~Black Elk

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I turned off my tape-recorder and just sat looking at him for a moment, this strange time-traveller from the year 1890 or so, who remembered when there were no cars, no electric lights, no airplanes, no state of Arizona.
~Stephen King

For strange effects and extraordinary combinations we must go to life itself, which is always far more daring than any effort of the imagination.
~Arthur Conan Doyle

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We are bemused and crazed creatures, strangers to our true selves, to one another, and to the spiritual and material world ‒ mad, even, from an ideal standpoint we can glimpse but not adopt.
~R D Laing

A lot of times, people really don’t know what it is they want. They might think they want a new house, new car, but what they actually want is just different.
~David E Kelley

All things must change to something new, to something strange.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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We all dream; we do not understand our dreams, yet we act as if nothing strange goes on in our sleep minds, strange at least by comparison with the logical, purposeful doings of our minds when we are awake.
~Erich Fromm

In Sleep we lie all naked and alone, in Sleep we are united at the heart of night and darkness, and we are strange and beautiful asleep; for we are dying the darkness and we know no death.
~Thomas Wolfe

Strange dreams are better than no dreams at all
~Vera Nazarian

Great perils have this beauty, that they bring to light the fraternity of strangers.
~Victor Hugo

Every time a man unburdens his heart to a stranger he reaffirms the love that unites humanity.
~Germaine Greer

Solitude has its own very strange beauty to it.
~Liv Tyler

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I had crossed the line. I was free; but there was no one to welcome me to the land of freedom. I was a stranger in a strange land.
~Harriet Tubman

I haven’t lost faith in human nature and I haven’t decided to be less compassionate to strangers.
~Armistead Maupin

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Posted From The Grove

Inauthenticity is endemic in American politics today. The political backrooms where I spent much of my career were just as benighted as my personal life, equally crowded with shadowy strangers and compromises, truths I hoped to deny. I lived not in one closet but in many.
~James McGreevey

Politics is a place of humble hopes and strangely modest requirements, where all are good who are not criminal and all are wise who are not ridiculously otherwise.
~Frank Moore Colby

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The strangest, most generous, and proudest of all virtues is true courage.
~Michel de Montaigne

Advice is like a stranger ‒ if welcome, he stays the night; if not welcome, he returns home that day.
~African Proverb

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It is a strange fact that freedom and equality, the two basic ideas of democracy, are to some extent contradictory. Logically considered, freedom and equality are mutually exclusive, just as society and the individual are mutually exclusive.
~Thomas Mann

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I used to have trust with reporters. Give them scoops. Those were the old days. It’s very strange, when you give a story and it doesn’t come out the right way.
~Joe Arpaio

Politics makes strange bedfellows.
~Charles Dudley Warner

In politics, strangely enough, the best way to play your cards is to lay them face upwards on the table.
~H G Wells

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Sometimes I even now feel like a stranger in my country. But I knew there would be problems because I had seen the world as a skater. And now? …Freedom is good, but it is not easy.
~Katarina Witt (formerly East Germany)

If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world.
~Francis Bacon

What a world this will be when human possibilities are freed, when we discover each other, when the stranger is no longer the potential criminal and the certain inferior!
~W E B Du Bois

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That strange feeling we had in the war. Have you found anything in your lives since to equal it in strength? A sort of splendid carelessness it was, holding us together.
~Noel Coward

What strange infatuation rules mankind!
~T Chatterton

War makes strange giant creatures out of us little routine men who inhabit the earth.
~Ernie Pyle

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It is a strange desire, to seek power, and to lose liberty; or to seek power over others, and to lose power over a man’s self.
~Francis Bacon

Our behavior toward each other is the strangest, most unpredictable, and most unaccountable of all the phenomena with which we are obliged to live. In all of nature, there is nothing so threatening to humanity as humanity itself.
~Lewis Thomas

What irritates me is the bland way people go around saying, ‘Oh, our attitude has changed. We don’t dislike these people any more.’ But by the strangest coincidence, they haven’t taken away the injustice; the laws are still on the books.
~Christopher Isherwood

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When one is a stranger to oneself, then one is estranged from others, too.
~Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Let’s drink to the spirit of gallantry and courage that made a strange Heaven out of unbelievable Hell, and let’s drink to the hope that one day this country of ours, which we love so much, will find dignity and greatness and peace again.
~Noel Coward

For, on this shrunken globe, men can no longer live as strangers.
~Adlai E Stevenson

Don’t borrow money from a neighbor or a friend, but of a stranger where, paying for it you shall hear of it no more.
~Lord Burleigh

Money is a strange business. People who haven’t got it aim it strongly. People who have are full of troubles.
~Ayrton Senna

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It has always seemed strange to me… the things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second.
~John Steinbeck

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But I’m acutely aware that the possibility of fraud is even more prevalent in today’s world because of the Internet and cell phones and the opportunity for instant communication with strangers.
~Armistead Maupin

One of the challenges in networking … thinks it’s making cold calls to strangers. Actually, it’s the people who already have strong trust relationships with you, who know you’re dedicated, smart, a team player, who can help you.
~Reid Hoffman

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When I talked to my medical friends about the strange silence on this subject in American medical magazines and textbooks, I gained the impression that here was a subject tainted with Socialism or with feminine sentimentality for the poor.
~Alice Hamilton

I started out in engineering. I was a geophysical engineer. Throughout the course of my life I’ve done a lot of strange jobs, and the effect has been to make me think a little more skeptically about our capitalist society.
~George Saunders

Never lose sight of the fact that the most important yardstick of your success will be how you treat other people – your family, friends, and coworkers, and even strangers you meet along the way.
~Barbara Bush

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~Jordan Clark: f*ckai (famous) (4:55) parody as horror as prophesy, animated

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~Duncan Wolfe: Obscura (1 minute: 35 seconds of strange)

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~Future Power Station: Strange Feeling (0:24) 24 seconds of programmable, improbable dance moves, goofy

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~Brijkishore Pandey: Strange (1:34) video tabloid, today’s dose of strange

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~Vallee Duhamel: Strangers (3:15) colors? dance? size? song? all here

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~strange.rs: Strangers 2015 (8:24) eight & a half minutes of scrolling images to pedigreed music

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This is the curse of our age, even the strangest aberrations are no cure for boredom.
~Stendhal

I have never been bored an hour in my life. I get up every morning wondering what new strange glamorous thing is going to happen and it happens at fairly regular intervals.
~William Allen White

I have a strange relationship with time. I’m not aware of it passing.
~Daniel Day-Lewis

You don’t have to sort of enhance reality. There is nothing stranger than truth.
~Annie Leibovitz

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Everybody is just a stranger, but that’s the danger in going my own way.
~John Mayer

I nod to a passing stranger, and the stranger nods back, and two human beings go off, feeling a little less anonymous.
~Robert Brault

He read his mind. He’s a strange sort of man, isn’t he? It’s not just the advice and the wisdom that he has.
~Omar Sharif

It is strange and wonderful what changes may be wrought by a few fleeting months, on the human frame, and the human heart.
~Elizabeth J Eames

Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.
~H Jackson Brown, Jr

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Turn, turn, my wheel! All things must change
To something new, to something strange;
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.
~Mark Twain

It’s amazing how easy the truth is to accept… No matter how strange.
~KC Randall

Fate is not quite as strange as it appears!
~John McLeod

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§ VIDEO:

Working with Chaplin was very amusing and strange. His films are so funny, but working with him, I found him to be a very serious man. Whereas the films of Hitchcock are macabre, he could be a very funny man to work with, always telling jokes and holding court. Of course, when I worked with Charlie he was getting older.
~Tippi Hedren

Making movies is not rocket science. It’s about relationships and communication and strangers coming together to see if they can get along harmoniously, productively, and creatively. That’s a challenge. When it works, it’s fantastic and will lift you up. When it doesn’t work, it’s almost just as fascinating.
~Julia Roberts

One of the beauties of ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ is the very delicate and strange relationship between the two main characters.
~Stellan Skarsgard

Everybody hangs out with everybody, which is very strange for a cast this large and this young. We’re all cool and down to earth and not caught up in this maniacal business at all… . Everybody really, really likes everybody else.
~Lizzy Caplan

There’s a strange sense of accomplishment in making an independent film. Everything’s against you; there’s no time, and even less money – you bring a bottle of glue, chip in twenty bucks, and hope you all make it through the day. If you manage to finish it and it actually turns out to be pretty good, it’s thrilling.
~Eric Stoltz

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A metaphysical tour de force of untethered meaning and involuting interlocking contrapuntal rhythms, ‘The Clock’ is more than a movie or even a work of art. It is so strange and other-ish that it becomes a stream-of-consciousness algorithm unto itself – something almost inhuman.
~Jerry Saltz

You know, I find it very strange when movies that I made that were just excoriated – I mean that I was just vilified for – are now looked at as classics.
~John Milius

There are few who have not suffered attacks of wanderlust… that strange seasonal restlessness… the itching foot, as it is called out West.
~Mark Daniels

Out ere somewhere we’ll ride the range
a-looking for the new and strange;
My feet are tired and need a change.
~Henry Herbert Knibbs

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Between 1830 and 1886 there lived in New England one of the strangest and most baffling women that ever wandered out of fairyland. Her name was Emily Dickinson… Her poetry has a touch of lightness, and yet at times she drops a plummet into the depths of these strange souls of ours
~Rev Charles E Diehl

I do not care for the body, I love the timid soul, the blushing, shrinking soul; it hides, for it is afraid, and the bold, intrusive body… I think we grow still smaller — this tiny, insect life the portal to another; it seems strange — strange indeed.
~Emily Dickinson (Letter to Abiah Root)

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~Erik Lehmann: Strangers (19:24) well acted, difficult viewing

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~varina: Strangers (2:04) suffering for art’s sake? a dancer’s answer

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~Omeleto: Gustav (11:43) the invasive potentials of music

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~Omeleto: Noise (10:34) even silence has a noise, call it fate

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~Omeleto/Sundance: Garfield (12:39) disgustingly wholesome and reaffirming

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Young actors often don’t think of the consequences of doing nudity or sex scenes. They want the role so badly that they agree to be exploited, and then end up embarrassing family, friends, and even strangers.
~Natalie Portman

She was scrumptious bare. She did right to share
~author unknown

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I’m so touched that complete strangers will send me a script asking me to be in their film. That still amazes me – and sometimes for a lot of money too.
~Liam Neeson

I never wanted to become an actress because I’d read great literature or seen great Shakespeare. It was more just wanting to understand what the people were really like, why they said all the strange things they did.
~Julie Walters

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I’m hopefully touring with Colin Baker next year in Perfect Strangers. I have performed with Sylvia Simms in poetry and music evenings. I would love to do those for the rest of my career – they are so fun and witty.
~Louise Jameson

Truth, as ever, avoids the stranger.
~Ursula K Le Guin

I realized the other day that I’ve lived in New York longer than I’ve lived anywhere else. It’s amazing: I am a New Yorker. It’s strange; I never thought I would be.
~David Bowie

Rome – the city of visible history, where the past of a whole hemisphere seems moving in funeral procession with strange ancestral images and trophies gathered from afar.
~George Eliot

Jordan has a strange, haunting beauty and a sense of timelessness. Dotted with the ruins of empires once great, it is the last resort of yesterday in the world of tomorrow. I love every inch of it.
~King Hussein I

And how we loved this strange, mad city of ours, which we knew in our hearts was, to the clear eye of reason and the pure, sane vision of poetry, a bedlam of magical impertinence, a blind byway of monstrous wretchedness. And yet the blacker it seemed to the lamp of the spirit, the more we loved it with the troubled eye of flesh.
~Christopher Morley

Oh, my ways are strange ways and new ways and old ways,
And deep ways and steep ways and high ways and low,
I’m at home and at ease on a track that I know not,
And restless and lost on a road that I know.
~Henry Lawson

It’s strange how time can make a place shrink, make its strangeness ordinary.
~Veronica Roth

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§ MUSIC:
Opera, next to Gothic architecture, is one of the strangest inventions of Western man. It could not have been foreseen by any logical process.
~Kenneth Clark

The scarcity of the music not only makes the music itself enjoyable but it also gives the collector a strange sense of superiority.
~Henry Rollins

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I was always a dreamer, in childhood especially. People thought I was a little strange.
~Charley Pride

This may sound strange but I had dreams as a kid of doing exactly what I ended up doing in my life.
~Corey Hart

It’s a strange lesson to learn in life that your differences, the things that make you feel uncomfortable about yourself are what will help you to grow into who you are. Those are your gifts.
~Cyndi Lauper

What makes photography a strange invention is that its primary raw materials are light and time.
~John Berger

Black and white creates a strange dreamscape that color never can.
~Jack Antonoff

The photograph reverses the purpose of travel, which until now had been to encounter the strange and unfamiliar.
~Marshall McLuhan

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I am the canvas whereon may be painted
Shapes of strange beauty, — conceptions sublime, —
She a rare picture, — pure, beautiful, sainted,
Sketched by the Master, to live for all time.
~Florence Percy

The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life. Since man is mortal, the only immortality possible for him is to leave something behind him that is immortal since it will always move.
~William Faulkner

A strange thing is memory… Memory is history recorded in our brain, memory is a painter, it paints pictures of the past and of the day.
~Grandma Moses

purple does something strange to me…
~Charles Bukowski

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~Mickey & Sylvia: LOVE IS STRANGE

Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton (3:26) deplorable quality video, but fun to watch… and they sing
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kIc7ARl4HE

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~Ewan McGregor, LipstickOY (3:19) lip-syncing dance
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5p9fpGxv48

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~Ythera Cowgirl and Steve Rodgers, John Klugh (3:20) rhythm never varies, sweetly different
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NY887ucLt9U

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~Seayou Records: Black Palms Orchestra (3:10) time warp overlay, bitter sweet
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dH0GUJsSNHs

~Eurythmics, Annie Lennox, Dave Stewart: Love Is a Stranger (3:50) …and obsession

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~Warhaus: Love’s A Stranger (3:30) flavor: European love with angst

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~Jim Morrison: The Dead South • People Are Strange (3:13) musicians/video worthy of the song

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~Saad Moosajee: Woodkid – Reactor (4:25) stumbled-on strangeness

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~ana cz: Strange Angel (1:01) pretty much defies description

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~Rok Predin: Strange Fish (2:09) picasso-like message cartoon

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~Curtis & Kar Productions: Strange Fruit (2:31) classic song reworked to advantage

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~Grey Beatty: Strange Magic (3:59) clip from the animated movie

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~The Culture Crush: Strange (3:47) garage band look, but they’re good

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~Ivana Bobic: Sigrid • Strangers (3:54) love begins as a stranger

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~Cole Mitchek: Strangers (3:38) slice of life clips in old Paris to a gentling song

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~Energy TV: LP • Strange (3:55) one thing unites all without exception

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~Celeste: Strange (3:30) love, the subject again, because people change

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Down the years that followed, though I trod strange paths unheeding,
Though I chased the jack-o’-lanthorns of so many maddened years,
Though I never looked behind me where the home-lights were receding,
Though I never looked enough ahead to see the Inn of Fears;
Still I knew your heart was near me…
~Reginald Wright Kauffman

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How strange that the moon shines in glory
And the stars are wondrously bright,
When the one whom I thought had loved me
Has failed me, and now all is night!
~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham

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Strange how complicated we can make things just to avoid showing what we feel!
~Erich Maria Remarque

Strange how love coexists with hate, how they render each other mute, how the swilling of them together makes a new and softer, sympathetic thing.
~Sonya Hartnett

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If you go away on location for three months and your wife stays at home, you’ve made a whole new load of friends and she’s made a whole new load of friends and you get home and you’re kind of strangers.
~Michael Caine

If you age with somebody, you go through so many roles – you’re lovers, friends, enemies, colleagues, strangers; you’re brother and sister. That’s what intimacy is, if you’re with your soulmate.
~Cate Blanchett

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Marriage is nature’s way of keeping us from fighting with strangers.
~Alan King

Politics doesn’t make strange bedfellows – marriage does.
~Groucho Marx

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Dating is kind of hard. Like dinner or something like that. Like a forced awkward situation is very strange. Especially for me, for some reason.
~Zac Efron

Dating is just awkward moments and one person wants more than the other. It’s just that constant strangeness. I think it’s a very real thing.
~Jason Schwartzman

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Saw a wedding in the church. It was strange to see what delight we married people have to see these poor fools decoyed into our condition.
~Samuel Pepys

A lawyer I once knew told me of a strange case, a suffragette who had never married. After her death, he opened her trunk and discovered 50 wedding gowns.
~Marguerite Young

Strangers are just family you have yet to come to know.
~Mitch Albom

Each time you say hello to a stranger, your heart acknowledges over and over again that we are all family.
~Suzy Kassem

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As children, many of us were taught never to talk to strangers. As parents and grandparents, our message must change with technology to include strangers on the Internet.
~Judy Biggert

Strange about parents. We have such easy access to them and such daunting problems of communication.
~James Merrill

Many a person has held close, throughout their entire lives, two friends that always remained strange to one another, because one of them attracted by virtue of similarity, the other by difference.
~Emil Ludwig

It must be remembered that the sea is a great breeder of friendship. Two men who have known each other for twenty years find that twenty days at sea bring them nearer than ever they were before, or else estrange them.
~Gilbert Parker

Strangers are just friends waiting to happen.
~Rod McKuen

A friend may be waiting behind a stranger’s face.
~Maya Angelou

Fear makes strangers of people who would be friends.
~Shirley MacLaine

Smile at a stranger. See what happens.
~Patti LuPone

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Strangers are exciting, their mystery never ends. But, there’s nothing like looking at your own history in the faces of your friends.
~Ani DiFranco

Happiness grows at our own firesides, and is not to be picked in strangers’ gardens.
~Douglas William Jerrold

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Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
~Melody Beattie

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It is strange but statistics prove it to be true that the WICKED actually work harder to go to hell than the RIGHTEOUS do to get to heaven.
~Josh Billings

College is the best time of your life. When else are your parents going to spend several thousand dollars a year just for you to go to a strange town and get drunk every night?
~David Wood

Never floss with a stranger.
~Joan Rivers

It’s all right for a perfect stranger to kiss your hand as long as he’s perfect.
~Mae West

It’s funny how making odd noises can get you into strange situations sometimes.
~Eric San

Though he has charmed a world with fire and soul,
His lowly grave is never visited.
Sad? Strange? Well, not so very, on the whole—
You see, this charming man is not yet dead.
~Alice Wellington Rollins

We have a strange and wonderful relationship – he’s strange and I’m wonderful.
~Mike Ditka

What a strange world this would be if we all had the same sense of humor.
~Bern Williams

Of heavenly lineage, she [E Dickinson] was lightning and fragrance, all mixed up with a smile. Half-elf, half-angel, yet in all ways a woman, she loved solitude, but she was no morbid recluse… She was fascinating, shy as a wild bird, aloof but never alone. She was happy, but she was never able to disengage herself from that eternal pre-occupation with death, as she called it. Not that she feared death, but only wondered at it, and at the overtakelessness of those who had accomplished it.
~Rev Charles E Diehl

You toss in your bed, thinking over and over of that strange thing — Death: — and that perhaps it may overtake you… and you sob out those prayers (you scarce know why) which ask God to keep life in you.
~Donald Grant Mitchell

How strange this fear of death is! We are never frightened at a sunset.
~George MacDonald

Well: Death is a huge omnivorous Toad
Grim squatting on a twilight road.
He catcheth all that Circumstance
Hath tossed to him…
Who fears the hungry Toad? Not I!
He but unfetters me to fly…
~Sidney Lanier

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It is very strange that the years teach us patience ‒ that the shorter our time, the greater our capacity for waiting.
~Elizabeth Taylor

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After a man’s long work is over and the sound of his voice is still, those in whose regard he has held a high place find his image strangely simplified and summarized. The hand of death, in passing over it, has smoothed the folds.
~Henry James,

And so, I confess, it was a surprise to discover that I was dead and yet not dead… There had been a blinding concussion, a moment of darkness, a sensation of falling — falling — into a deep abyss… I felt strangely free from physical discomfort…. here I was, in a state of being that the world calls death…
~Willard E Hawkins

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People fear death even more than pain. It’s strange that they fear death. Life hurts a lot more than death. At the point of death, the pain is over.
~Jim Morrison

Life is a warfare and a stranger’s sojourn, and after fame is oblivion.
~Marcus Aurelius

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I never really got on that well with Yoko anyway. Strangely enough, I only started to get to know her after John’s death.
~Paul McCartney

I couldn’t have foreseen all the good things that have followed my mother’s death. The renewed energy, the surprising sweetness of grief. The tenderness I feel for strangers on walkers. The deeper love I have for my siblings and friends. The desire to play the mandolin. The gift of a visitation.
~Mary Schmich

As life runs on, the road grows strange
with faces new – and near the end.
The milestones into headstones change,
Neath every one a friend.
~James Russell Lowell

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Death most resembles a prophet who is without honor in his own land or a poet who is a stranger among his people.
~Khalil Gibran

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Strange – is it not? That of the myriads who
Before us passed the door of Darkness through,
Not one returns to tell us of the road
Which to discover we must travel too.
~Horace

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No Work so great,
but what admits decay,
No Act so glorious,
but must fade away…
Old things must yield to New,
Common to Strange,
Perpetual Motion,
brings perpetual Change.
~James Miller

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All say, How hard it is that we have to die — a strange complaint to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
~Mark Twain

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Black Butte

© Greg Thweatt

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My greatest challenge has been to change the mindset of people. Mindsets play strange tricks on us. We see things the way our minds have instructed our eyes to see.
~Muhammad Yunus

Looking in the mirror is very strange; we see only what we choose to see, good or bad.
~Bonnie Langford

Nothing is stranger to man than his own image.
~Karel Capek

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I’ve dated some women who have turned me on to some funny things that are strange for men to actually do, but these things have become part of my process. I think the things I do for my appearance help make me look better. I even colour my hair because I like how it makes me look.
~Ryan Seacrest

Funny enough, if you are looking at people these days who are putting Botox in their face and getting all sorts of plastic surgery, we look at them and go, I can tell you’ve had Botox. I can tell you’ve had plastic surgery. You look really strange to me. But no one’s saying anything. We’re just accepting the fact that they’re strange-looking.
~Guy Pearce

Why should you think that beauty is a stone on the beach, for any passerby to pick up? Beauty is something wonderful and strange, that the artist creates in torment, out of chaos.
~William Somerset Maugham

A rose is the visible result of an infinitude of complicated goings on in the bosom of the earth and in the air above, and similarly a work of art is the product of strange activities in the human mind.
~Clive Bell

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Physical beauty is such a strange thing.
~Jock Sturges

The Beautiful is always strange.
~Charles Baudelaire

It is the addition of strangeness to beauty that constitutes the romantic character in art.
~Walter Hagen

We also maintain – again with perfect truth – that mystery is more than half of beauty, the element of strangeness that stirs the senses through the imagination.
~Richard Le Gallienne

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What a strange illusion it is to suppose that beauty is goodness.
~Leo Tolstoy

The strangest part about being famous is you don’t get to give first impressions anymore. Everyone already has an impression of you before you meet them.
~Kristen Stewart

The amount of speculation surrounding my romantic life is astounding. It’s strange how involved people get: invested and angry, really disappointed.
~Sienna Miller

The quick success was a bit strange to get used to.
~Fiona Apple

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I was always getting run-down from jet lag and being in strange towns where I didn’t speak the language or know what the food was like.
~Molly Sims

I have health. I have a wonderful support system. I have the admiration of millions of strangers, which I do not underestimate.
~Kathleen Turner

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I always thought it was strange when these artists like Kurt Cobain or whoever would get really famous and say, ‘I don’t understand why this is happening to me.’ There is a mathematical formula to why you got famous. It isn’t some magical thing that just started happening.
~Chad Kroeger

But I think bands that rolled in with a big attitude, like they were some big deal, I just found that very strange.
~Rob Zombie

Becoming famous is a strange thing in your own right.
~Carnie Wilson

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Hollywood is a strange, strange thing. I feel like I’ve been invited to a very exclusive ball and I’m just trying to make nice with everybody and hope that if they kick me out they’ll at least give me a ride home.
~Darren Criss

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@Writers Platform

The road to wisdom is paved with excess. The mark of a true writer is their ability to mystify the familiar and familiarize the strange.
~Walt Whitman

It’s a poet’s lot not to feel as others do, and to feel what they do, in all its strangeness, more deeply.
~Barbara VanDenburgh

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Tis strange,-but true;
for truth is always strange;
Stranger than fiction:
if it could be told,
~George Gordon Byron

It’s very strange writing science fiction in a world that moves as fast as ours does.
~Daniel Keys Moran

It’s no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense.
~Mark Twain

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I will not leave a corner of my consciousness covered up, but saturate
myself with the strange and extraordinary new conditions of this life, and it will all refine itself into poetry later on.
~Isaac Rosenberg

I didn’t want to be a writer, but I became one. And now I have many readers, in many countries. I think that’s a miracle. So I think I have to be humble regarding this ability. I’m proud of it and I enjoy it, and it is strange to say it this way, but I respect it.
~Haruki Murakami

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In high school, we studied a lot of poetical forms. I was really interested in the math that was involved and the strange live break ups. That gave me a great amount of respect for a rhymed stanza.
~Joanna Newsom

The strangest thing that human speech and human writing can do is create a metaphor. That is an amazing leap, is it not?
~Dennis Potter

The question is how to bring a work of imagination out of one language that was just as taken-for-granted by the persons who used it as our language is by ourselves. Nothing strange about it.
~Robert Fitzgerald

From such records on the living pages of unconscious leafy organisms, I find myself unavoidably led a step higher, to gaze at that strangest of all papers… the bodies of living men! …We are living writing-paper.
~George Wilson

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Guest Quote:
Some are born weird, some achieve it, others have weirdness thrust upon them.
~Dick Francis

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Dirty-looking rascals, but I suppose every one has some little immortal spark concealed about him. You would not think it, to look at them. There is no a priori probability about it. A strange enigma is man!
~Arthur Conan Doyle

What is sacred among one people may be ridiculous in another; and what is despised or rejected by one cultural group, may in a different environment become the cornerstone for a great edifice of strange grandeur and beauty.
~Hu Shih

These are strange times. Reason, which once combatted faith and seemed to have conquered it, now has to look to faith to save it from dissolution.
~Johan Huizinga

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Among the strange things of this world, nothing seems more strange than that men pursuing happiness should knowingly quit the right and take a wrong road, and frequently do what their judgments neither approve nor prefer.
~John Jay

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Most religions live from a narrative that shapes their relationship with the divine other, God or the gods, and with the human other, the stranger.
~Timothy Radcliffe

Religion is a strange, wonderful thing. More crimes have been committed in the name of righteousness than any other notion.
~Tom T Hall

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How strange a thing this is! The Priest telleth me that the Soul is worth all the gold in the world, and the merchants say that it is not worth a clipped piece of silver.
~Oscar Wilde

Religion and art spring from the same root and are close kin. Economics and art are strangers.
~Nathaniel Hawthorne

Love is always a stranger in the house of avarice.
~Andreas Capellanus

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Basic to man’s existence is a sense of indebtedness… to society… to God. What is emerging in our age is a strange inversion. Modern man believes that the world is indebted to him… His standard and preoccupation: What will I get out of life? Suppressed is the question: What will life, what will society get out of me?
~Abraham J Heschel

Existence is a strange bargain. Life owes us little; we owe it everything. The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose.
~William Cowper

That’s a central part of philosophy, of ethics. What do I owe to strangers? What do I owe to my family? What is it to live a good life? Those are questions which we face as individuals.
~Peter Singer

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I’ve been an atheist since I was nine years old. And my mom is really religious, so we have a strange relationship. But if my mother was right, what would be the reason that the gods could let anything bad happen in the world?
~Tarsem Singh

Men always talk about the most important things to perfect strangers. In the perfect stranger we perceive man himself; the image of a God is not disguised by resemblances to an uncle or doubts of wisdom of a mustache.
~Gilbert K Chesterton

Although both sides of my family were religious, I was never forced to practice the Jewish faith. I did not really rebel against it, but then, as today, I disliked organized religion. I have a strange inhibition about praying with others.
~Georg Solti

Strange enlightenments are vouchsafed to those who seek the higher places.
~Flann O’Brien

If the experience of science teaches anything, it’s that the world is very strange and surprising. The many revolutions in science have certainly shown that.
~John Polkinghorne

At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done, then they begin to hope it can be done, then they see it can be done ‒ then it is done and all the world wonders why it was not done centuries ago.
~Frances Hodgson Burnett

Medical knowledge and technical savvy are biodegradable. The sort of medicine that was practiced in Boston or New York or Atlanta fifty years ago would be as strange to a medical student or intern today as the ceremonial dance of a !Kung San tribe would seem to a rock festival audience in Hackensack.
~Lewis Thomas

Not only is the Universe stranger than we think, it is stranger than we can think.
~Werner Heisenberg

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Content and technology are strange bed fellows. We are joined together. Sometimes we misunderstand each other. But isn’t that after all the definition of marriage?
~Howard Stringer

They certainly give very strange names to diseases.
~Plato

I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers.
~Khalil Gibran

Strange as it may seem, no amount of learning can cure stupidity, and formal education positively fortifies it.
~Stephen Vizinczey

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I did go to Wellesley, a women’s college. And I am of a kind of strange generation which is transitional in terms of women who wanted to go out and get jobs.
~Madeleine Albright

All things are strange which are worth knowing.
~Catherynne M Valente

How strange that nature does not knock, and yet does not intrude!
~Emily Dickinson

What a strange thing it is to recognize a sound like the shriek of a wounded animal, when you’ve never heard the shriek of a wounded animal.
~John L’Heureux

Life is stranger than biology textbooks.
~David Rains Wallace

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§The Exercise:

parsing green

strange, the color green
the hue of growing things
the landscape between
virgin and forest
the state of innocence
before teaching
designated for envy
the country between
sad and cowardly
sky and glowingly

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question #3

when did strange become:
the default expectation of strangers
the reason for discovery, a prejorative
the answer to mystery and enigma
the scent of adventure on the wind
the answers waiting at death?
class is in session

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epoch o’ lips

migrants who stayed
same who say
they must away
who try today

strange times
changing climes
cringey slime
and lies online

mortal sins
fatal days
disposal bins
dead-end ways

some die young
the question why
the swan their song
tho teachers try

teachers preach
preachers teach
forthright speech
out of reach

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5s ‘n 7s

bold crusaders prone to stray
pulpit preachers pray and prey
youth disobeys wants its day
wants it now, late date to pay
strange arrangement legend’s way
schooled in error, wisdom may
stand account come judgement day

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ballyhooed friction
stranger than fiction
factions as fractions
free will transaction
mercy in action
no better traction
blending attractions

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transition, the short days’ end
the colors before darkness
pinpoint stellar brilliance
suggesting intelligence
strange secret, circumspect stars

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sketch reality
call it history
online mysteries
silhouettes of strange
scheduled apathies
branching miseries
tuned out for a change

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circumstances rule
facts on the ground make rulers
strangely pliable

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The Olio and Salmagundi of Quotes

Motherhood is the strangest thing, it can be like being one’s own Trojan horse.
~Rebecca West

What a strange thing man is; and what a stranger thing woman.
~Lord Byron

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Thirty was so strange for me. I’ve really had to come to terms with the fact that I am now a walking and talking adult.
~C S Lewis

Old age makes you a stranger in your own country.
~Ken Alstad

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If you haven’t found something strange during the day, it hasn’t been much of a day.
~John Archibald Wheeler

Aren’t most wonderful things a little bit strange?
~Katie Henry

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The sensitivity of men to small matters, and their indifference to great ones, indicates a strange inversion.
~Blaise Pascal

Times will be strange, take courage. Make the decisions available to you, navigate the rest.
~author unknown

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For, to be a stranger is naturally a very positive relation; it is a specific form of interaction.
~Georg Simmel

Good things happen when you meet strangers.
~Yo-Yo Ma


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…in There: A home for writers

THIS EDITION: alone :: solitude

Quoted In The Grove:
All men’s misfortunes spring from their hatred of being alone.
~Jean De La Bruyere

In Genesis, it says that it is not good for a man to be alone; but sometimes it is a great relief.
~John Barrymore

You cannot be lonely if you like the person you’re alone with.
~Wayne Dyer

EndQuote:
Perhaps only people who are capable of real togetherness have that look of being alone in the universe. The others have a certain stickiness, they stick to the mass.
~D H Lawrence

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Next Prompt: strange

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People think being alone is a luxury, but it’s crucial: Whatever you’re not down with about yourself gets loud and in your face.
~Earl Sweatshirt

To dare to live alone is the rarest courage; since there are many who had rather meet their bitterest enemy in the field than their own hearts in their closets.
~Charles Caleb Colton

I don’t mind being alone. Conversation’s better.
~Helen Jellicoe

If you’re lonely when you’re alone, you’re in bad company.
~Jean Paul Sartre

There are days when solitude is a heady wine that intoxicates you with freedom, others when it is a bitter tonic, and still otherswhen it is a poison that makes you beat your head against the wall.
~Colette

Wisdom comes alone through suffering.
~Aeschylus

Solitude is the profoundest fact of the human condition. Man is the only being who knows he is alone.
~Octavio Paz

Perhaps I know best why it is man alone who laughs; he alone suffers so deeply that he had to invent laughter.
~Friedrich Nietzsche

This is the highest wisdom that I own; freedom and life are earned by those alone who conquer them each day anew.
~Goethe

One travels more usefully when alone, because he reflects more.
~Thomas Jefferson

When the traveler goes alone he gets acquainted with himself.
~Liberty Hyde Bailey

Sitting alone, sleeping alone, acting alone, let the diligent one enjoy the forest, taming the self alone.
~Buddha

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He travels the fastest who travels alone.
~Rudyard Kipling

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One of the pleasantest things in the world is going on a journey; but I like to go by myself. I can enjoy society in a room; but out of doors, nature is company enough for me. I am then never less alone than when alone…
~William Hazlitt

I love my friends and family, but I also love it when they can’t find me and I can spend all day reading or walking all alone, in silence, eight thousand miles away from everyone. All alone and unreachable in a foreign country is one my most favorite possible things to be.
~Elizabeth Gilbert

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…I got fascinated by silence; by what happens to the human spirit, to identity and personality when the talking stops, when you press the off button, when you venture out into that enormous emptiness.
~Sara Maitland (How to Be Alone)

When such places are not within reach, there is always the sky above, so vast and mysterious that I must gather myself into a close tight entity in self-defense, lest I be lost in that vastness. Or, it is possible to be most of all alone, to possess one’s self most completely in the silence.
~Cid Ricketts Sumner

The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be.
~Anne Frank

In Sleep we lie all naked and alone, in Sleep we are united at the heart of night and darkness, and we are strange and beautiful asleep; for we are dying the darkness and we know no death.
~Thomas Wolfe

Marriage is good for those who are afraid to sleep alone at night.
~St Jerome

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I tour alone. There’s no sound check, no back up. I stay with the hosts; I am in a family home and it’s really nourishing. I just have to remember after the show not to run out into the living room in my pyjamas. Every day, it’s a new relationship being built. It’s odd and wonderful.
~Jane Siberry

It’s necessary to start most work alone. But I’m tickled to death when I can pull somebody in or join someone, whether it’s borrowing poetry or traveling with an associate.
~Jenny Holzer

Men was formed for society, and is neither capable of living alone, nor has the courage to do it.
~William Blackstone

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Work alone is noble.
~Thomas Carlyle

A man thinking or working is always alone, let him be where he will.
~Henry David Thoreau

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I mean I’m told these days we have to consider ourselves as being in society… but in the end one knows one is alone, that one lives at the heart of a solitude.
~Harold Bloom

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Strength alone knows conflict, weakness is born vanquished.
~Sophie Swetchine

Now, on nights that I can’t sleep, I play video games alone until the morning.
~Namie Amuro

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Posted From The Grove

War alone brings up to their highest tension all human energies and imposes the stamp of nobility upon the peoples who have the courage to make it.
~Benito Mussolini

Blood alone moves the wheels of history.
~Martin Luther

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Freedom is the sure possession of those alone who have the courage to defend it.
~Pericles

Once a disease has entered the body, all parts which are healthy must fight it: not one alone, but all. Because a disease might mean their common death. Nature knows this; and Nature attacks the disease with whatever help she can muster.
~Paracelsus

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In all history there is no war which was not hatched by the governments, the governments alone, independent of the interests of the people, to whom war is always pernicious even when successful.
~Leo Tolstoy

But no nation can base its survival and development on luck and prayers alone while its leadership fritters away every available opportunity for success and concrete achievement.
~Ibrahim Babangida

Unconditional war can no longer lead to unconditional victory. It can no longer serve to settle disputes… can no longer be of concern to great powers alone.
~John F Kennedy

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Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.
~Thomas Jefferson

The people, and the people alone, are the motive force in the making of world history.
~Mao Zedong

Our future cannot depend on the government alone. The ultimate solutions lie in the attitudes and the actions of the American people.
~Joe Biden

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Which is worth more, a crowd of thousands, or your own genuine solitude? Freedom, or power over an entire nation. A little while alone in your room will prove more valuable than anything else that could ever be given you.
~Rumi

Solitude is strength; to depend on the presence of the crowd is weakness. The man who needs a mob to nerve him is much more alone than he imagines.
~Paul Brunton

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If you are afraid of being lonely, don’t try to be right.
~Jules Renard

Better mad with the rest of the world than wise alone.
~Baltasar Gracian

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Every man who is truly a man must learn to be alone in the midst of all the others, and if need be against all the others.
~Romain Rolland

Being alone when one’s belief is firm, is not to be alone.
~Berthold Auerbach

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I am much too alone in this world, yet not alone enough to truly consecrate the hour…I want my free will and want it accompanying the path which leads to action; and want during times that beg questions, where something is up, to be among those in the know, or else be alone.
~Rainer Maria Rilke

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One ever feels his twoness – an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder.
~W E B Du Bois

Marches alone won’t bring integration when human respect is disintegratin’
~Barry McGuire

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Fear of serious injury alone cannot justify oppression of free speech and assembly. Men feared witches and burnt women. It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears.
~Louis D Brandeis

A political prisoner is someone who is out fighting for his or her people’s rights and freedom and is imprisoned for that alone.
~Leonard Peltier

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We are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of Nature has placed in our power… the battle, sir, is not to the strong alone it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.
~Patrick Henry

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It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.
~Thomas Jefferson

Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.
~John Quincy Adams

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Liberal that I am, I support health-care reform on its merits alone. My liberal blood boils, for example, when I read that half of the personal bankruptcies in this country are brought on, in part, by medical expenses.
~Thomas Frank

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You can’t walk alone. Many have given the illusion, but none have really walked alone. Man is not made that way. Each man is bedded in his people, their history, their culture, and their values.
~Peter Abrahams

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Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her: but once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game.
~Voltaire

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In any case, his judgment and set of values, acting alone or through his assistants, determine not only what is gold and what is dross but the design of the history which he creates out of the metal. The historian decides what is significant, and what is not.
~Samuel E Morison

The history of philosophy is not, like the history of the sciences, to be studied with the intellect alone. That which is receptive in us and that which impinges upon us from history is the reality of man’s being, unfolding itself in thought.
~Karl Jaspers

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The only way to get gay issues off the front pages of Canadian newspapers is to grant gay and lesbian people our full civil equality and leave it alone.
~Dan Savage

It is clear that not in one thing alone, but in many ways equality and freedom of speech are a good thing.
~Herodotus

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Look, the center right coalition in American politics today is best understood as a coalition of groups and individuals that on the issue that brings them to politics what they want from the government is to be left alone.
~Grover Norquist

I love my government not least for the extent to which it leaves me alone.
~John Updike

All conservatism is based upon the idea that if you leave things alone you leave them as they are. But you do not. If you leave a thing alone you leave it to a torrent of change.
~Gilbert K Chesterton

Change alone is eternal, perpetual, immortal.
~Arthur Schopenhauer

The foolish and the dead alone never change their opinions.
~James Russell Lowell

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Deliberation is the work of many men. Action, of one alone.
~Charles de Gaulle

Though nature be ever so generous, yet can she not make a hero alone. Fortune must contribute her part too; and till both concur, the work cannot be perfected.
~Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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The true and solid peace of nations consists not in equality of arms, but in mutual trust alone.
~Pope John XXIII

We gave up some of our country to the white men, thinking that then we could have peace. We were mistaken. The white man would not let us alone.
~Chief Joseph

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~Maxime // Menilmonde: Alone (3:02) eerily alone in vast city settings …wait for it

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~Farhan Muhammed T.K: Edgar Allen Poe • Alone (1:40) a poem by Poe

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~Elohim.atoms: Alone (2:57) song, dance: to cry alone

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~Mohamed Mahmoud: Alone (2:12) stellar numbers suggest… a meditation

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There is a vast world of work out there in this country, where at least 111 million people are employed in this country alone – many of whom are bored out of their minds. All day long.
~Richard Nelson Bolles

This avidity alone, of acquiring goods and possessions for ourselves and our nearest friends, is insatiable, perpetual, universal, and directly destructive of society.
~David Hume

No enterprise can exist for itself alone. It ministers to some great need, it performs some great service, not for itself, but for others; or failing therein, it ceases to be profitable and ceases to exist.
~Calvin Coolidge

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No employer today is independent of those about him. He cannot succeed alone, no matter how great his ability or capital. Business today is more than ever a question of cooperation.
~Orison Swett Marden

Success comes when people act together; failure tends to happen alone.
~Deepak Chopra

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Smart businesses do not look at labor costs alone anymore. They do look at market access, transportation, telecommunications infrastructure and the education and skill level of the workforce, the development of capital and the regulatory market.
~Janet Napolitano

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You are capable of more than you know. Choose a goal that seems right for you and strive to be the best, however hard the path. Aim high. Behave honorably. Prepare to be alone at times, and to endure failure. Persist! The world needs all you can give.
~E O Wilson

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated failures. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
~Calvin Coolidge

The man of genius is he and he alone who finds such joy in his art that he will work at it come hell or high water.
~Stendhal

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§ VIDEO:
Being an actor is the loneliest thing in the world. You are all alone with your concentration and imagination, and that’s all you have.
~James Dean

On the stage, you alone hold the key, and on the night you have to trust that the director has inspired you enough to take the material and run with it.
~Greta Scacchi

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Loneliness is my least favorite thing about life. The thing that I’m most worried about is just being alone without anybody to care for or someone who will care for me.
~Anne Hathaway

On some level I walk through the world like the adult human version of the baby bird in Are You My Mother? Subconsciously waiting for someone to see that I am very take-care-of-able, can I live with you now? I know you are my age, but have you ever thought of adopting an adult.
~Lane Moore

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I’ve also seen that great men are often lonely. This is understandable, because they have built such high standards for themselves that they often feel alone. But that same loneliness is part of their ability to create.
~Yousuf Karsh

An artist is always alone – if he is an artist. No, what the artist needs is loneliness.
~Henry Miller

In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for constructive use of solitude. One must overcome the fear of being alone.
~Rollo May

Leave me alone;
to battle my loneliness till the time
I emerged irrevocably triumphant;
sprinted forward in untamed exhilaration
to bask in the full fervor of life.
~Nikhil Parekh

Being solitary is being alone well: being alone luxuriously immersed in doings of your own choice, aware of the fullness of your own presence rather than of the absence of others. Because solitude is an achievement.
~Alice Koller

The best part about being alone is that you really don’t have to answer to anybody. You do what you want.
~Justin Timberlake

I mean one of the things about being alone is that you’ve no people to define yourself off, I mean, people are like all-round mirrors, because let’s face it, we don’t often see ourselves all round in a mirror anyway, do we.
~Diana Wynn Jones

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~Omeleto: Puppet Me (11:19) grief, a mentor puppet changing hands

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~Dust: Alone (18:49) a better angel attending?

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The applause was so loud and insistent that I had to respond with several encores. I was numb with happiness, when it was over, I knew that this alone must be my life and my world.
~Leni Riefenstahl

Just as a cautious businessman avoids investing all his capital in one concern, so wisdom would probably admonish us also not to anticipate all our happiness from one quarter alone.
~Sigmund Freud

Happiness must be cultivated. It is like character. It is not a thing to be safely let alone for a moment, or it will run to weeds.
~Elizabeth Stuart Phelps

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Talent alone won’t make you a success. Neither will being in the right place at the right time, unless you are ready. The most important question is: “Are your ready?”
~Johnny Carson

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I don’t think I could live without hair, makeup and styling, let alone be the performer I am. I am a glamour girl through and through. I believe in the glamorous life and I live one.
~Lady Gaga

If you can measure success in this business based on happiness alone I feel like I’ve hit the lottery.
~Justin Long

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Weird people follow you in the streets, you can’t sit alone in a restaurant or a cafe and read a book in peace, and I think everybody values those moments of being alone.
~Winona Ryder

The best thing I’ve learned is, if you’re going out, never go out alone – you leave yourself vulnerable. If you’ve got someone else there you trust, they can say, be wary of that person. I probably used to be too trusting of people.
~Daniel Radcliffe

The right to be let alone is indeed the beginning of all freedoms.
~William O Douglas

Freedom of being alone is intoxicating.
~Kangana Ranaut

I get a friend to travel with me… I need somebody to bring me back to who I am. It’s hard to be alone.
~Leonardo DiCaprio

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It’s like you always have to put on a happy face, be the phony baloney, and I’m so not that. I never was that; I’ll never be that. That is part of the business that I don’t like. Maybe that will always keep me an outsider, I don’t know. But that’s fine.
~Chloe Sevigny

Nothing else so destroys the power to stand alone as the habit of leaning upon others. If you lean, you will never be strong or original. Stand alone or bury your ambition to be somebody in the world.
~Orison Swett Marden

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You’d think I’d have been happiest in my life playing music in front of 50,000 people at Gillette Stadium. But let me tell you, it’s an odd feeling to feel alone in the spotlight.
~Kenny Chesney

On stage, I make love to 25,000 different people, then I go home alone.
~Janis Joplin

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§ MUSIC:

You have to respect your audience. Without them, you’re essentially standing alone, singing to yourself.
~K D Lang

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When I’m alone, I work sometimes with music, sometimes without and sometimes just listening to NPR.
~Mikhail Baryshnikov

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Music should probably provide answers in terms of lyrical content, and giving people a sense of togetherness and oneness, as opposed to being alone in their thoughts and dilemmas or regrets or happiness or whatever.
~Peabo Bryson

I think sometimes all you need is to hear someone else say the same thing that you’re going through to realize that you’re not alone. I try to put some sense of hope into the songs, into whatever the situation is so that it’s not just dirt, drudgery and a life of misery.
~Sarah McLachlan

Music is amazing. There’s some metaphysical comfort where it allows you to be isolated and alone while telling you that you are not alone… truly, the only cure for sadness is to share it with someone else.
~Wayne Coyne

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In my cranky old age, I actually prefer recording alone now, on ‘The Simpsons,’ for example, because I find that the director can just focus on what I’m doing and I can do a lot of variations. A lot of times, when I record with a group, I’ll stay after class for another hour or two.
~Hank Azaria

Throughout my whole life, as a performer, I’ve never played with a band. I’ve always played alone, so I was never required to stay in rhythm or anything. So it was a real different experience for me to start playing with a band. There were so many basic things for me to learn.
~Steve Martin

Men, even when alone, lighten their labors by song, however rude it may be.
~Quintilian

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No matter how famous and established they were or however blessed they were with great songs or long careers, if they lived alone, they lived alone. That’s not the way I wanted to live prior to the tour or after.
~Edie Brickell

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I live alone, with cats, books, pictures, fresh vegetables to cook, the garden, the hens to feed.
~Jeanette Winterson

We cannot avoid being alone, so we’d better learn to love our own company. We learn our greatest life lessons alone. We discover the truth of who we are alone.
~Susan L Taylor

I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.
~Frida Kahlo

Painting and sculpture are very archaic forms. It’s the only thing left in our industrial society where an individual alone can make something with not just his own hands, but brains, imagination, heart maybe.
~Philip Guston

With the brush we merely tint, while the imagination alone produces colour.
~Theodore Gericault

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A country is made not by policy alone, but by its music, its entertainment shows, all of it.
~Glenn Beck

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~for King & Country: Little Drummer Boy (4:59) the journey of a gift

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Heart’s: ALONE

~TruthSurge: (3:42) bearded old dood has got some pipes, con brio
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkmeJGxHoXk

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~Milissa Ouimet (3:02) the look, severe; the voice, impassioned
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPlgiS79l6g

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~Kelsy Karter & The Heroines (2:43) sultry solo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nRjsiTcSV8

~Darlene Love: All Alone On Christmas (4:23) home alone, to music

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~Joe Jonas & Khalid: Not Alone (4:12) some protect, and those who listen

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~Nico Collins: Alone (3:54) boy broken

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~Tarja Turunen: Minniva • I Walk Alone (4:34) operatic, captivating nonetheless

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~Gilbert O’Sullivan: Alone Again • Trang Tooc, Duy Khang and Khoa Le (3:39) winsome rendition

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~Nickelback: Never Gonna Be Alone (3:48) the Dad promise

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~Alice Dedjay: Better Off Alone (2:55) Lyrics LTD, but catchy

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~vivien sarkany: Safina Sadisa • Alone (4:44) page-turning, cute, clever

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~adeli naiad: live alone (3:13 the answer, generally? live alone

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~NTNU: Little Drummer Boy (4:35) again ‒ with somebody else

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The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved.
~Mother Teresa

It’s better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone.
~Marilyn Monroe

Sometimes its better to be alone, no one can hurt you that way.
~Tinku Razoria

I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.
~Henry David Thoreau

My alone feels so good, I’ll only have you if you’re sweeter than my solitude.
~Warsan Shire

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It is great folly to wish to be wise all alone.
~Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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Real love is not an escape from loneliness, real love is an overflowing aloneness. One is so happy in being alone that one would like to share.
~Rajneesh

Because for whatever reason, even though I want to stay home all the time and be left alone, I want to tell the world who I am now.
~Fiona Apple

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I think it’s very healty to spend time alone. You need to know how to be alone and not be defined by another person.
~Oscar Wilde

Until you get comfortable with being alone, you’ll never know if you’re choosing someone out of love or loneliness.
~Mandy Hale

You need to know how to be alone in order to know how to be together.
~Sherry Turkle

Love alone is capable of uniting living beings in such a way as to complete and fulfill them, for it alone takes them and joins them by what is deepest in themselves.
~Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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You will not find a soulmate in the quiet of your room. You must go to a noisy place and look in the quiet corners.
~Robert Brault

To be alone: You must have something to be alone from.
~Queen of the Beggars, Thief

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You’ve got to be fond of yourself enough to support yourself emotionally regardless of the intimate company of someone else.
~Chidere Eggerue

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You are not alone with a guy until you are a proper age. You don’t go to certain levels with men until you are married or you have a certain relationship.
~Daisy Fuentes

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Is he alone who has courage on his right hand and faith on his left hand?
~Charles Lindbergh

I’m a very brave person. I can go to North Vietnam, I can challenge my government, but I can’t challenge the man I’m with if means I’m going to end up alone.
~Jane Fonda

I’m done with men… I’m going to be alone. I have no luck with relationships. I don’t think I’m made for marriage.
~Halle Berry

I don’t know. I think it’s funny! I think it’s funny! I go, what? It’s so absurd. I’m alone.
~Danny DeVito

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If you’re truly in a band and you guys have been together for a long time, there’s a family bond that you have. In fact, I’ve talked about this with therapists, especially if you’re talking about a relationship, because when you’re with somebody, you’re going to your family, and she’s alone.
~Gary Allan

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Jealousy is no more than feeling alone against smiling enemies.
~Elizabeth Bowen

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We perceive when love begins and when it declines by our embarrassment when alone together.
~Jean de la Bruyere

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Sensual love deceives one as to the nature of heavenly love; it could not do so alone, but since it unconsciously has the element of heavenly love within it, it can do so.
~Franz Kafka

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Is it not by love alone that we succeed in penetrating to the very essence of being?
~Igor Stravinsky

Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone – we find it with another.
~Thomas Merton

The hours I spend with you I look upon as sort of a perfumed garden, a dim twilight, and a fountain singing to it. You and you alone make me feel that I am alive. Other men it is said have seen angels, but I have seen thee and thou art enough.
~George Edward Moore

It is very easy to love alone.
~Gertrude Stein

Offspring, the due performance on religious rites, faithful service, highest conjugal happiness and heavenly bliss for the ancestors and oneself, depend on one’s wife alone.
~Guru Nanak

To preserve good health and sound nerves, women should always make it a rule to be quite alone at least for a couple of hours in the course of each day. Let them take that space to think, to read, to rest, and mentally review their own thoughts, words and actions in the light of a quiet conscience-time of pause and meditation.
~Marie Corelli

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Children, dear and loving children, can alone console a woman for the loss of her beauty.
~Honore de Balzac

Fashion is always of the time in which you live. It is not something standing alone. But the grand problem, the most important problem, is to rejeuvenate women. To make women look young. Then their outlook changes. They feel more joyous.
~Coco Chanel

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I would as soon put a girl alone into a closet to meditate as give her only the society of her needle.
~Maria Mitchell

No woman has to be a victim of physical abuse. Women have to feel like they are not alone.
~Salma Hayek

Woman must have her freedom, the fundamental freedom of choosing whether or not she will be a mother and how many children she will have. Regardless of what man’s attitude may be, that problem is hers – and before it can be his, it is hers alone.
~Margaret Sanger

The more decisions that you are forced to make alone, the more you are aware of your freedom to choose.
~Thornton Wilder

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Alone by herself she built the kingdom that she wanted.
~R H Sin

I’m a dad, and I no longer see a way for my kids to even inherit the money that I’m making, let alone go out there, have an idea, and create it in their own lifetime.
~Glenn Beck

Recommend virtue to your children; it alone, not money, can make them happy. I speak from experience.
~Ludwig van Beethoven

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As a child, I had to get up early for school or work. I’d get ready by myself. I’d set my alarm to wake me up very early in the morning, and be off to work, the family driver driving me every morning. I did it alone, my parents never coming in to wake me up.
~Janet Jackson

I have grown up alone. I’ve taken care of myself. I worked, earned money and was independent at 18.
~Ingrid Bergman

It’s always easier if you have the support of your family, if you’re not alone. I came from a country that has been through a lot of troubles in the last 20 to 30 years, but we have been through them together.
~Novak Djokovic

In truth, I am a single mother. But I don’t feel alone at all in parenting my daughter. Krishna has a whole other side of her family who loves her, too. And so Krishna is parented by me, but also by her grandmother and aunts and cousins and uncles and friends.
~Padma Lakshmi

I don’t know much about only children. I was the middle one of three, and if ever I was alone with mum and dad, it was a rare moment.
~Elizabeth Hurley

Without a family, man, alone in the world, trembles with the cold.
~Andre Maurois

When I decided to be a singer, my mother warned me I’d be alone a lot. Basically we all are. Loneliness comes with life.
~Whitney Houston

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The principal contributor to loneliness in this country is television. What happens is that the family ‘gets together’ alone.
~Ashley Montagu

I’m more like my father, personality-wise. But my mom and I get alone really well – obviously, because my mom and my dad get along so well.
~Jenna Bush

Nobody likes being alone that much. I don’t go out of my way to make friends, that’s all. It just leads to disappointment.
~Haruki Murakami

Associate yourself with men of good quality, if you esteem your own reputation, for ’tis better to be alone than in bad company.
~George Washington

If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone. A man, sir, should keep his friendship in a constant repair.
~Samuel Johnson

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There are days when you seek the company of your solitude, and your solitude just wants to be left alone.
~Robert Brault

We’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we’re not alone.
~Orson Welles

Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.
~Helen Keller

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Trust him not with your secrets, who, when left alone in your room, turns over your papers.
~Johann Kaspar Lavater

When you’re surrounded by all these people, it can be even lonelier than when you’re by yourself. You can be in a huge crowd, but if you don’t feel like you can trust anybody or talk to anybody, you feel like you’re really alone.
~Fiona Apple

There’s a tremendous difference between alone and lonely. You could be lonely in a group of people. I like being alone. I like eating by myself. I go home at night and just watch a movie or hang out with my dog. I have to exert myself and really say, oh God, I’ve got to see my friends ’cause I’m too content being by myself.
~Drew Barrymore

After all my various relationships I find myself now home alone.
~Francesca Annis

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You that would judge me, do not judge alone this book or that, come to this hallowed place where my friends’ portraits hang and look thereon; Ireland’s history in their lineaments trace; think where man’s glory most begins and ends and say my glory was I had such friends.
~William Butler Yeats

Your experiences will be yours alone. But truth and best friendship will rarely if ever disappoint you.
~Anne Lamott

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God created man and, finding him not sufficiently alone, gave him a companion to make him feel his solitude more keenly.
~Paul Valery

I think it’s good for a person to spend time alone. It gives them an opportunity to discover who they are and to figure out why they are always alone.
~Amy Sedaris

When I get into bed at night, I hope I don’t get into it alone!
~Calvin Klein

I was sleeping the other night, alone, thanks to the exterminator.
~Emo Philips

Simply by not owning three medium-sized castles in Tuscany I have saved enough money in the last forty years on insurance premiums alone to buy a medium-sized castle in Tuscany.
~Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Never trust a man, who when left alone with a tea cosey… Doesn’t try it on.
~Billy Connolly

Being a child at home alone in the summer is a high-risk occupation. If you call your mother at work thirteen times an hour, she can hurt you.
~Erma Bombeck

‘Home Alone’ was a movie, not an alibi.
~Jerry Orbach

Plant and your spouse plants with you; weed and you weed alone.
~Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Being alone was easier. No risk, just loneliness. No one ever died from that.
~Marjorie M Liu

Jamestown excepting, to die a suicide is to die alone.
~author unknown

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Every man must do two things alone; he must do his own believing and his own dying.
~Martin Luther

We come alone and we leave alone. Everything else is a gift.
~Michael Brandon

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Captain Hale, alone, without sympathy or support, save that from above, on the near approach of death asked for a clergyman to attend him. It was refused. He then requested a Bible; that too was refused by his inhuman jailer.
~William Hull

Time alone reveals the just man; but you might discern a bad man in a single day.
~Sophocles

It is good society that would cause me to part company with myself. Even as a boy I could enjoy being alone… When it comes down to the last analysis, when we stand face to face with death, each man has to take care of himself.
~George A Dorsey

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Virtue alone has majesty in death.
~Edward Young

Death is the mother of Beauty; hence from her, alone, shall come fulfillment to our dreams and our desires.
~Wallace Stevens

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No one else can take risks for us, or face our losses on our behalf, or give us self-esteem. No one can spare us from life’s slings and arrows, and when death comes, we meet it alone.
~Martha Beck

It doesn’t matter about money; having it, not having it. Or having clothes, or not having them. You’re still left alone with yourself in the end.
~Billy Idol

What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.
~Albert Pike

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What is the worst of woes that wait on age?
What stamps the wrinkle deeper on the brow?
To view each loved one blotted from life’s page,
And be alone on earth, as I am now.
~Lord Byron

Grief can’t be shared. Everyone carries it alone. His own burden in his own way.
~Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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I want to be alone and work until the day my heads hits the drawing table and I’m dead. Kaput. I feel very much like I want to be with my brother and sister again. They’re nowhere. I know they’re nowhere and they don’t exist, but if nowhere means that’s where they are, that’s where I want to be.
~Maurice Sendak

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It’s an interesting combination: Having a great fear of being alone, and having a desperate need for solitude and the solitary experience. That’s always been a tug of war for me.
~Jodie Foster

Our language has wisely sensed the two sides of being alone. It has created the word loneliness to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word solitude to express the glory of being alone.
~Paul Johannes Tillich


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Time, which alone makes the reputation of men, ends by making their defects respectable.
~Voltaire

The reason old souls enjoy spending time alone is because they never really are.
~author unknown

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I have always had a sense that we are all pretty much alone in life, particularly in adolescence.
~Robert Cormier

Reason is a crutch for age, but youth is strong enough to walk alone.
~John Dryden

I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.
~Albert Einstein

As I get older I’m more and more comfortable being alone.
~Sienna Miller

What a lovely surprise to finally discover how unlonely being alone can be.
~Ellen Burstyn

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When the superficial wearies me, it wearies me so much that I need an abyss in order to rest.
~Antonio Porchia

Age is such an island, such a canyon, with such satisfactions, such subtle beauty of its own that one must seek it out and can find it only when he himself is reduced to his essential being. Then at last one is no longer afraid of being alone, indeed solitude has come to be a prize cherished and longed for…
~Cid Ricketts Sumner

Who knows what technology will emerge in the next five years, let alone 20. Yet the education we provide our children now is supposed to last for decades. We cannot train them for jobs that do not even exist yet, but we can provide them with the minds and tools they’ll need to adapt to our ever-changing set of circumstances.
~Jim Hunt

There are many youths, and some men, who most earnestly devote themselves to solitary studies, from the mere love of the pursuit.
~James G Percival

Education alone can conduct us to that enjoyment which is, at once, best in quality and infinite in quantity.
~Horace Mann

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Benevolence alone will not make a teacher, nor will learning alone do it. The gift of teaching is a peculiar talent, and implies a need and a craving in the teacher himself.
~John Jay Chapman

You can get help from teachers, but you are going to have to learn a lot by yourself, sitting alone in a room.
~Dr Seuss

The age in which we live, this non-stop distraction, is making it more impossible for the young generation to ever have the curiosity or discipline… because you need to be alone to find out anything.
~Vivienne Westwood

All alone! Whether you like it or not,
alone is something you’ll be quite a lot!
~Dr Seuss

Being alone with fear can rapidly turn into panic. Being alone with frustration can rapidly turn into anger. Being alone with disappointment can rapid turn into discouragement and, even worse, despair.
~Mark Goulston

Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.
~Swami Vivekananda

Self-reverence, self-knowledge, self-control; these three alone lead one to sovereign power.
~Alfred Lord Tennyson

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I have nothing to hide in art. The initial force alone can bring anyone to the end he must attain.
~Paul Cezanne

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Everything great in the world comes from neurotics. They alone have founded our religions and composed our masterpieces.
~Marcel Proust

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@Writers Platform

To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,
One clover, and a bee,
And revery.
The revery alone will do,
If bees are few.
~Emily Dickinson

There is no pleasure to me without communication: there is not so much as a sprightly thought comes into my mind that it does not grieve me to have produced alone, and that I have no one to tell it to.
~Michel de Montaigne

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I strongly feel that, as a novelist, you have a platform and the ability to change people’s minds.
~Jodi Picoult

I may be alone in this, but I do sense the power of film, in that movies have the ability to literally change people’s minds. That’s pretty powerful stuff when you consider that.
~Nicolas Cage

Words and pictures can work together to communicate more powerfully than either alone.
~William Albert Allard

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Man, alone, has the power to transform his thoughts into physical reality; man, alone, can dream and make his dreams come true.
~Napoleon Hill

The power of a book lies in its power to turn a solitary act into a shared vision. As long as we have books, we are not alone.
~Laura Bush

Wisdom is not wisdom when it is derived from books alone.
~Horace

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Writing is a solitary occupation. Family, friends, and society are the natural enemies of the writer. He must be alone, uninterrupted, and slightly savage if he is to sustain and complete an undertaking.
~Jessamyn West

Without great solitude no serious work is possible.
~Pablo Picasso

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Life could be wonderful if people would leave you alone.
~Charlie Chaplin

I don’t want to be alone, I want to be left alone.
~Audrey Hepburn

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Walking in silence was nice… Being with you, it’s a lot like being alone.
~Hayes Davenport & Alena Smith (to Emily Dickinson)

Solitude never hurt anyone. Emily Dickinson lived alone, and she wrote some of the most beautiful poetry the world has ever known ‒ then went crazy as a loon.
~The Simpsons

I have a huge, active imagination, and I think I’m really scared of being alone; because if I’m left to my own devices, I’ll just turn into a madwoman.
~Claire Danes

Being alone is scarier than any boogey man and the reason why I don’t choose to see Horror movies as a rule.
~Tom Sizemore

I like to be alone so I can write. But focus can hurt you. I don’t want to be some stress casualty in early middle age.
~James Ellroy

I had already found that it was not good to be alone, and so made companionship with what there was around me, sometimes with the universe and sometimes with my own insignificant self; but my books were always my friends, let fail all else.
~Joshua Slocum

From 7 in the morning to 11 at night, I was reading. I don’t think one can find any other time in one’s life to be left alone so much to read in peace like that.
~Mohsen Makhmalbaf (writer/director/political prisoner)

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A book is sent out into the world, and there is no way of fully anticipating the responses it will elicit. Consider the responses called forth by the Bible, Homer, Shakespeare – let alone contemporary poetry or a modern novel.
~Chaim Potok

This communication alone, by the comparison of the antagonisms, rivalries, movements which give birth to decisive moments, permits the evolution of the soul, whereby a man realizes himself on earth. It is impossible to be concerned with anything else in art.
~Robert Delaunay

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I think that in itself is kind of an amazing achievement to be able to say that your full-time career is in any creative arts, let alone a show…
~Anna Paquin

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Journalism wishes to tell what it is that has happened everywhere as though the same things had happened for every man. Poetry wishes to say what it is like for any man to be himself in the presence of a particular occurrence as though only he were alone there.
~Archibald MacLeish

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In solitude, the soundless dialogue which the soul holds with herself finally becomes audible.
~Jennifer Stitt

I alone of English writers have consciously set myself to make music out of what I may call the sound of sense.
~Robert Frost

Poetry does not consist of words alone; there must be sentiment and fancy, combination and arrangement.
~Samuel Prout

If Galileo had said in verse that the world moved, the inquisition might have let him alone.
~Thomas Hardy

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Prewritten Prompt: alone

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India is the meeting place of the religions and among these Hinduism alone is by itself a vast and complex thing, not so much a religion as a great diversified and yet subtly unified mass of spiritual thought, realization and aspiration.
~Sri Aurobindo

There is no end of craving. Hence contentment alone is the best way to happiness. Therefore, acquire contentment.
~Sivananda

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This, and this alone, is Christianity, a universal holiness in every part of life, a heavenly wisdom in all our actions, not conforming to the spirit and temper of the world but turning all worldly enjoyments into means of piety and devotion to God.
~William Law

Look at the Afghans, during the time of the Soviet invasion. They were among the poorest Muslims in the world, yet they were sustained by their faith in God, and God alone.
~Abu Bakar Bashir

Muslims must believe that all power, success and victory comes from God alone.
~Abu Bakar Bashir

Religion is the possibility of the removal of every ground of confidence except confidence in God alone.
~Karl Barth

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Style used to be an interaction between the human soul and tools that were limiting. In the digital era, it will have to come from the soul alone.
~Jaron Lanier

The New Testament evinces its universal design in its very, style, which alone distinguishes it from all the literary productions of earlier and later times.
~Philip Schaff

The English Bible – a book which, if everything else in our should perish, would alone suffice to show the whole extent of its beauty and power.
~Thomas B Macaulay

Human beings do not live in the objective world alone, nor alone in the world of social activity as ordinarily understood, but are very much at the mercy of the particular language which has become the medium of expression for their society.
~Edward Sapir

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God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars.
~Martin Luther

Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.
~Jesus Christ

The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be.
~Anne Frank

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What do you mean by faith? Is faith enough for Man? Should he be satisfied with faith alone? Is there no way of finding out the truth? Is the attitude of faith, of believing in something for which there can be no more than philosophic proof, the true mark of a Christian?
~Clifford D Simak

If we take science as our sole guide, if we accept and hold fast that alone which is verifiable, the old theology must go.
~John Burroughs

Ah, mon cher, for anyone who is alone, without God and without a master, the weight of days is dreadful.
~Albert Camus

Then stirs the feeling infinite, so felt
In solitude, where we are least alone…
~Lord Byron

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In a civilized society, all crimes are likely to be sins, but most sins are not and ought not to be treated as crimes. Man’s ultimate responsibility is to God alone.
~Geoffrey Fisher

Before the throne of the Almighty, man will be judged not by his acts but by his intentions. For God alone reads our hearts.
~Mahatma Gandhi

Human beings should be held accountable. Leave god alone. He has enough problems.
~Elie Wiesel

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In the quiet, unexpressed, unwrestled-through disappointments, Satan is handcrafting his most damning weapons against us and those we love. It’s his subtle seduction to get us alone with our thoughts so he can slip in whispers that will develop our disappointments into destructive choices. If the enemy can isolate us, he can influence us.
~Lysa Terkeurst

The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.
~Joseph Conrad

A man is born alone and dies alone; and he experiences the good and bad consequences of his karma alone; and he goes alone to hell or the Supreme abode.
~Chanakya

No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.
~Buddha

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Alone …
The word is life endured and known.
It is the stillness where our spirits walk
And all but inmost faith is overthrown.
~Siegfried Sassoon

Bid, then, the tender light of faith to shine
By which alone the mortal heart is led
Unto the thinking of the thought divine.
~George Santayana

Faith, mighty faith, the promise sees,
And looks to God alone;
Laughs at impossibilities,
And cries it shall be done.
~Charles Wesley

To Follow by faith alone is to follow blindly.
~Benjamin Franklin

Life is only a long and bitter suicide, and faith alone can transform this suicide into a sacrifice.
~Franz Liszt

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To love our neighbor as ourselves is such a truth for regulating human society, that by that alone one might determine all the cases in social morality.
~John Locke

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I do not believe that sheer suffering teaches. If suffering alone taught, all the world would be wise, since everyone suffers. To suffering must be added mourning, understanding, patience, love, openness and the willingness to remain vulnerable.
~Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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I used to wonder if it was God’s plan that I should be alone for so much of my life. But I found peace. I found happiness within people and the world.
~Lana Del Rey

If it is God’s will that I should be alone all my days, I shall not murmur, for my solitude is not actual loneliness. Work is a good comrade, ‒ then I have books, and flowers and birds ‒ I am never really lonely.
~Marie Corelli

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Unlike a drop of water which loses its identity when it joins the ocean, man does not lose his being in the society in which he lives. Man’s life is independent. He is born not for the development of the society alone, but for the development of his self.
~B R Ambedkar

No matter how reclusive we tend to be, we picture the after-life as a community of souls. It is one thing to seek privacy in this life; it is another to face eternity alone.
~Robert Brault

Man does not live by soap alone; and hygiene, or even health, is not much good unless you can take a healthy view of it or, better still, feel a healthy indifference to it.
~Gilbert K Chesterton

Health consists with temperance alone.
~Alexander Pope

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What troubles me is the Internet and the electronic technology revolution. Shyness is fueled in part by so many people spending huge amounts of time alone, isolated on e-mail, in chat rooms, which reduces their face-to-face contact with other people.
~Philip Zimbardo

In Turkey, you’re not allowed to be left alone in the hospital. The nurse teaches the family how to do things, and somebody is always there with the patient.
~Mehmet Oz

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Leave the atom alone.
~E Y Harburg

A great source of calamity lies in regret and anticipation; therefore a person is wise who thinks of the present alone, regardless of the past or future.
~Oliver Goldsmith

I have never been able to grasp the meaning of time. I don’t believe it exists. I’ve felt this again and again, when alone and out in nature. On such occasions, time does not exist. Nor does the future exist.
~Thor Heyerdahl

They should hold themselves absolutely upon the immovable foundation of truth and nature, whereby alone they can save themselves from misapprehensions and from the danger of being entirely carried away from reality into mere dreams and fictions.
~Ethan A Hitchcock

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All species capable of grasping this fact manage better in the struggle for existence than those which rely upon their own strength alone: the wolf, which hunts in a pack, has a greater chance of survival than the lion, which hunts alone.
~Christian Lous Lange

Earth teach me to forget myself as melted snow forgets its life.
Earth teach me resignation as the leaves which die in the fall.
Earth teach me courage as the tree which stands all alone.
Earth teach me regeneration as the seed which rises in the spring.
~William Alexander

Take a course in good water and air; and in the eternal youth of Nature you may renew your own. Go quietly, alone; no harm will befall you.
~John Muir

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§ The Exercise:

immaculate

alone is to lonely
as feast to a famine
as flying to digging
as love is to losing
yet lay together betimes
and sometimes a miracle
conceived, new worth
spirit bred, holy birth
swaddled work of art

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imagine #20

the sheer physicality
of alone
as a human,
being stranded
isolated
from others
of the same kind
a world absent those
of like-mind
alien in a foreign place
caged against contact
until death

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buried memory file

Christmas creche
curious child
a toddler
sees a world
exactly her size
tries to enter
to climb in
again
then again
carried away crying
hands yet reaching
her dream realized
receding

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5s ‘n 7s

hilltop at midnight, alone
savor ecstasy, alone
ride epitome, alone
browse old memories, alone
deathbed confessions, alone

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plump ol’ dawg, goofy old pal
laurel and hardy pooches
old age, both, neither one well
patient, just waitin’ to die
habit, their reason to live

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old dog worries a raw bone
him gnawing, fate throwing some
set tragedy staged for one
regrets, missed chance, moment blown
both tried, waved bye, end alone

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irate state of disunion
splinters off a log, alone
tender tinder, hungry flames
handy conflagration near
brief bright flash scorched log intact

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alone with covid
fertile muse, fallow artist
starter of projects

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forbidden wisdom
coined in silence, stamped in bronze
paid for, earned alone

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stoic means alone
withstanding in solitude
hard life of a sponge

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The Olio and Salmagundi of Quotes

I may climb perhaps to no great heights, but I will climb alone.
~Cyrano de Bergerac

Testing oneself is best when done alone.
~Jimmy Carter

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We must reserve a little back-shop, all our own, entirely free, wherein to establish our true liberty and principal retreat and solitude.
~Michel de Montaigne

Alone had always felt like an actual place to me, as if it weren’t a state of being, but rather a room where I could retreat to be who I really was.
~Cheryl Strayed

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For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.
~Audrey Hepburn

In garden arrangement, as in all other kinds of decorative work, one has not only to acquire a knowledge of what to do, but also to gain some wisdom in perceiving what it is well to let alone.
~Gertrude Jekyll

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He is never less at leisure than when at leisure, nor less alone than when he is alone.
~Cicero

Inside myself is a place where I live all alone, and that’s where I renew my springs that never dry up.
~Pearl Buck

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As far as loneliness, I feel Los Angeles and its layout, having to drive everywhere – it is a lonely place. It’s an isolated city in that respect because you’re driving to places alone listening to the radio.
~Jason Schwartzman

Mass transportation is doomed to failure in North America because a person’s car is the only place where he can be alone and think.
~Marshall McLuhan

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I was passionate. I found something that I loved. I could be all alone in a big old skating rink and nobody could get near me and I didn’t have to talk to anybody because of my shyness. It was great. I was in my fantasy world.
~Dorothy Hamill

It’s an amazing feeling to go into a studio and really be alone.
~Joaquin Phoenix

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I was passionate. I found something that I loved. I could be all alone in a big old skating rink and nobody could get near me and I didn’t have to talk to anybody because of my shyness. It was great. I was in my fantasy world.
~Dorothy Hamill

It’s an amazing feeling to go into a studio and really be alone.
~Joaquin Phoenix

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Taste is the fundamental quality which sums up all the other qualities. It is the nec plus ultra of the intelligence. Through this alone is genius the supreme health and balance of all the faculties.
~Isidore Ducasse Lautreamont

It is good taste, and good taste alone, that possesses the power to sterilize and is always the first handicap to any creative functioning.
~Salvador Dali

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Belief is nothing but a more vivid, lively, forcible, firm, steady conception of an object, than what the imagination alone is ever able to attain.
~David Hume

Look at the sky. We are not alone. The whole universe is friendly to us and conspires only to give the best to those who dream and work.
~Abdul Kalam

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Being courageous in solitude, without witnesses, without the prize of a consent, alone in front of oneself, requires great courage and great strength
~Milan Kundera

Being alone has nothing to do with how many people are around.
~Richard Yates

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All man’s miseries derive from not being able to sit quietly in a room alone.
~Blaise Pascal

I lie easy and relaxed in the gentle dark saying, Here am I, myself alone, my spirit free, mind alert, body free from pain, or at least having no more pain than I am able to bear… Here am I, I whisper in the dark.
~Cid Ricketts Sumner


…in There

The Olio
Quotes harvested from:
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Fun Tarts: https://gocomics.com

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The Salmagundi
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