NOTE: There are a couple instances of the word ‘next’ being spelled as ‘nest’. The editor has checked these quotes, and taken advantage of this quirk in spelling.

Quoted In The Grove:
I saw a crow building a nest, I was watching him very carefully, I was kind of stalking him and he was aware of it. And you know what they do when they become aware of someone stalking them when they build a nest, which is a very vulnerable place to be? They build a decoy nest. It’s just for you.
~Tom Waits

When I learn something new ‒ and it happens every day ‒ I feel a little more at home in this universe, a little more comfortable in the nest.
~Bill Moyers

Earth is the nest, the cradle, and we’ll move out of it.
~Gene Roddenberry

Sometimes you just gotta be drop-kicked out of the nest.
~Robert Downey, Jr


Next Prompt: danger


You are the nest. You are the hatchling. You are the chrysalis. You are the progeny. You are the rot that falls from stars. You may not understand what I mean. You will.
~Rick Yancey


Everyone needs time to develop their dreams. An egg in the nest doesn’t become a bird overnight.
~Lois Ehlert

I would say this to my students all the time, it’s about 30% you as the teacher and 70% about them. They tend to think that their role is to be the baby bird in a nest and you’re going to feed them? They’re going to feed themselves, or they’re going to starve.
~Tim Gunn

I’d always thought I would feel like an animal released from its cage when my student days were finished, I felt more like a bird that had been pushed from its nest and told it must fly.
~Michelle Moran

How hard to realize that every camp of men or beast has this glorious starry firmament for a roof!… In such places standing alone on the mountain-top it is easy to realize that whatever special nests we make ‒ leaves and moss like the marmots and birds, or tents, or piled stone ‒ we all dwell in a house of one room ‒ the world with the firmament for its roof ‒ and are sailing the celestial spaces without leaving any track.
~John Muir

We’ve been given the gift of a billion years of cosmic time, and we should not screw it up. But at the rate we’re using up our planet’s natural resources and fouling our own nest means we’re not going to last a billion years.
~Sandra Faber

I’m very concerned for the future of the earth and its amazing creatures. We’ve got to be careful and make sure we don’t foul our own nest.
~John Lithgow

I have seen salmon swimming upstream to spawn even with their eyes pecked out. Even as they are dying, as their flesh is falling away from their spines, I have seen salmon fighting to protect their nests. I have seen them push up creeks so small that they rammed themselves across the gravel. I have seen them swim upstream with huge chunks bitten out of their bodies by bears. Salmon are incredibly driven to spawn. They will not give up. This gives me hope.
~Kathleen Moore

What is a fish without a river? What is a bird without a tree to nest in? What is an Endangered Species Act without any enforcement mechanism to ensure their habitat is protected? It is nothing.
~Jay Inslee


The issue of fracking is a stick in the hornet’s nest.
~Titus Welliver

Anger is as a stone cast into a wasp’s nest.
~Pope Paul VI

Yet the meaning of living is a pushing back, a pulling down of the great walls and domes of fear and ignorance, is relinquishing the nest for the sky, ignorance for understanding. The look back is also a look forward.
~Han Suyin


To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest.
~Pema Chodron

No matter. The dead bird does not leave the nest.
~Winston Churchill

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Posted From The Grove

You have a short window, you know, and if I plan on living the lifestyle I want, I’ve got to make a nest egg.
~Donald Cerrone

It’s just wrong to work your whole life to build up a nest egg, build your own business ‒ you pass away, and Uncle Sam can swoop in and take away nearly half of everything you’ve earned. Can you imagine that? Having to sell off most of your land just to keep it from the government, just to save the house.
~Kevin Brady


No bird ever tries to build more nests than its neighbor. The fox does not fret because he has only one hole in which to hide. The squirrel does not sicken and die of anxiety lest he should not accumulate enough nuts for two winters instead of one…
~Cid Ricketts Sumner

He had come to the conclusion that bags of gold were most plentiful in fairy stories, and that giants and fairies and all such delightful people were as hard to find as a humming-bird’s nest.
~Sophie Swett

Life is the most exciting opportunity we have. But we have one shot. You graduate from college once, and that’s it. You’re going out of that nest. And you have to find that courage that’s deep, deep, deep in there. Every step of the way.
~Andrew Shue


Whores don’t live in company of poor men, citizens never support a weak company and birds don’t build nests on a tree that doesn’t bear fruits.

Instagram, Swiffer, and Nest had to compete with consumer habits and perceptions. Breakout products face competition from the formidable inertia powering the status quo.
~Jay Samit

Fixed-mindset worries in the nest and the growth-mindset dances on the edge.
~Amit Ray (hyphens added for clarity)

Speech is often barren; but silence also does not necessarily brood over a full nest.
~George Eliot

Probably nature itself gave man the ability to lie so that in difficult and tense moments he could protect his nest, just as do the vixen and wild duck.
~Anton Chekhov


Believe it or not the war on Iraq is based on a sound scientific principle, The bee hive principle. Which clearly states that if you are stung by a bee, you should follow it back to its nest and then proceed to beat nest to a pulp with a baseball bat until the stripey little turd has learned its lesson.
~John Oliver

ISIS hates the West as an abominable nest of infidels ‒ infidels who reject the Quran and Shariah Law and so must be annihilated. We are the obstacle to the new Caliphate.
~Tom Tancredo

So this was a nest of radicals. She thought a hotbed of sedition would involve more gunpowder and secret handshakes, and less shuffling of feet and passing the sugar.
~Frances Hardinge

Life seems sadly mishandled by humans, as if it’s all too much for them ‒ they spend so much time and energy hurting each other, making things worse, and fouling their own nest, all because they imagine things aren’t good enough and should be made much better.
~Michael Leunig


Bureaucracy is adept at protecting its nest.
~Ronald Reagan

You know, Jesse Jackson is just trying to stir up a hornet’s nest.
~Kenneth Blackwell

Only very brave mouse makes nest in cat’s ear.
~Earl Derr Biggers


~Michael J Ruocco: Nest (2012) (1:17) simple lines, cartoon silliness


~PANKAJ x MADHURI | The Wedding Nest (4:46) love, another land, a memory for the family pending, stylized, a video before the work of love begins


Little bitty bags are completely impractical ‒ I like big slouchy bags because they have to be comfortable for my lovely wee Chihuahua Tequila, who comes everywhere with me. I’m devoted to him, now my kids have long since flown the nest.
~Britt Ekland

When mothers talk about the depression of the empty nest, they’re not mourning the passing of all those wet towels on the floor, or the music that numbs your teeth, or even the bottle of capless shampoo dribbling down the shower drain. They’re upset because they’ve gone from supervisor of a child’s life to a spectator. It’s like being the vice president of the United States.
~Erma Bombeck

If the nest is truly empty, who owns all this junk?
~Erma Bombeck


People make a lot of jokes about the empty nest. Let me tell you, it is no laughing matter. It is really hard.
~Michelle Pfeiffer

I don’t do well with my children leaving the nest.
~Kyle Richards

Not just for tissue-holding folks, the empty nest syndrome is so pervasive, it can take over the most headstrong of parents.
~Shweta Bachchan Nanda

But they fly. It is what fledged birds must do, and she’s always known that. The nest can’t always be full.
~Susan Fletcher

It was hard for me to leave the nest, but my mom is super proud of me. She said, ‘You became independent really quickly, and I’m so proud of you,’ but she misses me all the same.
~Mirai Nagasu

The biggest change for me as a mom was realizing I needed to put someone else before me. Now the hardest part about the empty nest is learning to put myself first.
~Kim Alexis

Being forced into early retirement can be to a man what being ‘given up for a younger woman’ is for a woman… Why do many men get more upset by retirement than women do from the empty nest when their children leave home? When females retire from children, they can try a career; when a man retires from a career, his children are gone.
~Warren Farrell

Skies tempt them to fly. Nests have them back.
~Sonali Gupta


The myth that young people should leave the nest at 18, never to return, started with iconic American Benjamin Franklin.
~Annalee Newitz

The empty nest is underrated.
~Nora Ephron

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I auditioned for ‘The Rainmaker.’ Nothing. I auditioned for ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.’ Nothing. ‘Antigone‘ was my big break. I got a part as a Roman guard. I carried a spear.
~Ed O’Neill

Most directors that I’ve worked with ‒ I’ve worked with before, especially in Holland ‒ and they know that I’m somebody who talks and asks, and talks, and talks, and talks and questions and turns things around. I’m like a little cat, walking around my little nest until I find my place.
~Carice van Houten

Once you’re done with the film, it’s almost like empty nest syndrome: your kid has moved out of the house.
~Byron Howard

If you say you’ve had a nervous breakdown or things aren’t right mentally, people run away from you. They think you’re from ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest,’ you know.
~Frank Bruno

You can’t write a story about a mental hospital in the United States without facing the grand example of ‘Cuckoo’s Nest.’
~Victor LaValle

In terms of popular cinema, ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest‘ is as near perfection as I can think of.
~Peter Mullan

I turned down ‘Cuckoo’s Nest‘ four times before Jack got it.
~James Caan

‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,’ which my father had tried to get made for six, seven years, and I for four, was turned down by every studio. Every studio in the world had passed on it.
~Michael Douglas

If it weren’t for ‘Cuckoo’s Nest,’ it would be very difficult for me. It gave me a cushion to live at my artistic pace and not fear I wouldn’t have money to live on.
~Milos Forman


I worked with Jack Nitzsche for ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,’ and we’d booked a symphony orchestra. He dismissed them and came with a little man who poured water into glasses of different sizes to make a glass harmonica. And most of the music for the film was that ‒ with some Indian flutes and some drums.
~Milos Forman

I did so many interviews and auditions for films, and it was just zilch. Nothing I did impressed anybody! I could just feel it. It was always, ‘Okay, thank you, Mr. Lloyd.’ Then, out of the blue, ‘Cuckoo’s Nest‘ came to cast. A casting director who sent me up for different things over the years sent me up for that, and it just clicked… and I was cast, and that was great, but it was my first film, so I felt like I was kind of walking around on the set as Walk-On A.
~Christopher Lloyd


~Omeleto: Nest Egg (13:54) who is worthy of receiving


~The Amazing Gumball Network: The Nest (4:52) cartoon comedy ‒ newscaster has best lines


~Guzganius: Cik (7:55) foreign nest, charming story, animated


~Omeleto: Paranormal Investigators (13:01) goofy, psychic dangers


No insect hangs its nest on threads as frail as those which will sustain the weight of human vanity.
~Edith Wharton

Say! have you ever noticed that the bug called Vanity can cook up more trouble for human beings than any germ that ever built its nest in a brain-cell? It’s a subtle little disease, this fever we call Vanity. No man ever knows he has it, but he can always recognize the symptoms in his neighbor.
~George V Hobart


I understand the human instinct to want to create a nest and possess things, to show them off, but for me personally, it became less and less interesting.
~Nicolas Berggruen

As a model, it’s a gypsy kind of life: living in hotels, working all the time, ordering room service instead of cooking for yourself. There’s absolutely no nest-building.
~Eva Herzigova

Success is full of promise till one gets it, and then it seems like a nest from which the bird has flown.
~Henry Ward Beecher


I wanted to build up a little nest egg and go back to L.A. and choose roles that I wanted to do instead of roles that I had to do to pay the bills.
~Estella Warren

I think I get way too much credit for making what people consider to be smart choices, but it’s only because I made a decision to stop worrying about making money. I had done network sitcoms. I had a nest egg.
~Lizzy Caplan

I have a nest egg, and I don’t buy above my means.
~Mariska Hargitay

I don’t have any blindness when it comes to my money. As an actor, you can get distracted by your work. I do keep an eye on my nest egg, if you will.
~Judd Nelson

Our nest eggs, no matter how small, are safe.
~Nick Clooney

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I remember standing in the crow’s nest as we entered the misty Panama Canal, and the strange sensation as the 4,000-ton ship rose higher and higher inside the lock.
~Christopher Buckley

We were all on this ship in the sixties, our generation, a ship going to discover the New World. And the Beatles were in the crow’s nest of that ship.
~John Lennon

I always told my children that if they want to be pilot, go ahead and do it, or if they wanted to get into agriculture, I told them that I will support them. But when they chose music, you feel as if those birds have come back home to the nest.
~Shankar Mahadevan

When I got to sit in Big Bird’s nest with Big Bird and sing the song, ‘Sing. Sing a song. Sing out loud,’ that was my crowning achievement.
~Noah Wyle

I thought of New York as a free city, like one of those prewar nests of intrigue and licentiousness where exiles and lamsters and refugees found shelter in a tangle of improbable juxtapositions. I had never gotten around to changing my nationality from the one assigned me at birth, but I would have declared myself a citizen of New York City had such a stateless state existed, its flag a solid black.
~Luc Sante

New York means so much to people. If you’re inclined to leave the nest, New York is where most people think they have to go, and it’s been that way since the first skyscraper.
~Griffin Dunne

All my friends were off on gap years, so going to New York alone, at the age of 18, was kind of my flying the nest. It was an amazing experience.
~Bel Powley

There are certain things in life that you never forget. Things that dig deep, things that nest in the hadal zone .
~Samantha Shannon

To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter… to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring ‒ these are some of the rewards of the simple life.
~John Burroughs

Well I know the secret places,
And the nests in hedge and tree;
At what doors are friendly faces,
In what hearts are thoughts of me.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

You want to know what makes me tick, I’ll tell you what makes me tick. I was a boy growing up in Brooklyn; I read a two-penny magazine called ‘The Hawk’s Nest.’ Nobody entered that nest that didn’t leave a little richer and a little wiser. And that 11-year-old boy said, ‘Isn’t that a wonderful thing.’ And that’s all there is to it.
~Buddy Hackett


~wamalambo • It’s a Beautiful Day: White Bird (4:17) video proof that boomers dreamed before we destroyed


~Nest Japan: NEST (Beyond) (3:58) here/now, then beyond


~Emmet Cohen w/ Lucy Yeghiazaryan: Robbin’s Nest (5:51) intimate setting, somehow prim, jazz rendition


Birds in their little nests agree;
And ’tis a shameful sight
When children of one family
Fall out, and chide, and fight.
~Isaac Watts

And then; the bird of her dreams couldn’t find shelter in his nest. She flew away to build her own!
~Sonali Gupta


I’m not planning on giving my kids any of my wealth. They know when their education is over, I’m pushing them out of the nest. The bird you see dead under the nest is the one who didn’t think about the future.
~Kevin O’Leary

As you know, the cuckoo lays her eggs in any bird’s nest; it may be hatched among blackbirds or robins or thrushes, but it is always a cuckoo. …a man cannot deliver himself from his ancestors.
~Amelia Barr

Any woodsman can tell you that in a broken and sundered nest, one can hardly find more than a precious few whole eggs. So it is with the family.
~Thomas Jefferson

The better you are as a parent, the richer the nest you’ve built, the more difficult it is for your kids to leave. So they have to invent things to dislike about you. And they’re brilliant at it.
~Dustin Hoffman


As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place.
~author unknown

A jealous wife is like a hornets’ nest in your mattress
~Robert Jordan

I diagnosed my loneliness as premature empty nest syndrome.
~Kristen Schaal

Remorse, the fatal egg by pleasure laid,
In every bosom where her nest is made,
Hatched by the beams of truth, denies him rest,
And proves a raging scorpion in his breast.
~William Cowper

Enjoy the Spring of Love and Youth,
to some good angel leave the rest;
For Time will teach thee soon the truth,
there are no birds in last year’s nest!
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


I’ve dropped out of their hearts like a little sparrow fallen from its nest. So gather me up, dear, fold me to your heart – and you’ll see how nice I can be.
~Jean-Paul Sartre

Each has to enter the nest made by the other imperfect bird.

I know so well what becomes of unmarried women who aren’t prepared to occupy a position. I’ve seen such pitiful cases in the South barely tolerated spinsters living upon the grudging patronage of sister’s husband or brother’s wife! stuck away in some little mouse-trap of a room encouraged by one in-law to visit another little birdlike women without any nest eating the crust of humility all their life! Is that the future that we’ve mapped out for ourselves?
~Tennessee Williams

I fell into a hornets’ nest of revolutionary feminism.
~Julian Assange

Every problem in history is due to men, so I’m basically asking for humanity to nest itself in a feminine culture, probably for the next 1,000 years.
~Patch Adams


Oh, what strange wonderful clocks women are. They nest in Time. They make the flesh that holds fast and binds eternity. They live inside the gift, know power, accept, and need not mention it. Why speak of time when you are Time, and shape the universal moments, as they pass, into warmth and action?
~Ray Bradbury

From a biological viewpoint, patriarchal religion denied women the natural rights of every other mammalian female: the right to choose her stud, to control the circumstances of her mating, to occupy and govern her own nest, or to refuse all males when preoccupied with the important business of raising her young.
~Barbara G Walker


Here in this moonlit room, I watch you slip
One shoulder from your dress and turn to me;
A polished statue, flushing to the tip
Of marble fingers gradually.
And, like a ripe moon out of flimsy clouds,
Blossoms the shining fullness of your breast.
These curves conceal, this dear perfection shrouds
A soft, miraculous nest.
~Louis Untermeyer

See how that pair of billing doves
With open murmurs own their loves
And, heedless of censorious eyes,
Pursue their unpolluted joys:
No fears of future want molest
The downy quiet of their nest.
~Mary Wortley Montagu

Love is the kiss in the quiet nest while the leaves are trembling, mirrored in the water.
~Federico Garcia Lorca

For I long for a man with nests of wild things in his hair.
A man who will Kiss the Flame.


Women make a terrible mistake because they usually are so desperate to nest that they pick on schlubs and worthless pieces of trash that they pick up in a bar.
~Judy Sheindlin

In every mind where there is a strong tendency to fear there is a strong capacity to hate. Those who dwell in fear dwell nest door to hate; and I think it is the cowardice of women which makes them such intense haters.
~Anna Brownell Jameson

If I talk to a woman for more than five minutes I can tell you exactly whether she’s an Aidan girl or a Mr. Big girl. Aidan girls are more interested in nurturing relationships and building a nest while Mr. Big girls are more about show and having fun.
~Michael Patrick King


I think at its most mature, love is a very bourgeois state. There is something about luxuriating in the nest of love that people fall into naturally.
~Alexandra Cassavetes

Deep inside her heart, I was feeling my home like a hay made nest.
~M F Moonzajer

I have nine children… and one of them is an invalid. Her mother is obliged to take her away in the winter, and when one bird is off the nest, the other has to go on.
~Melville Fuller

I was brought up by my mother and my two sisters, although they’re older than me and fled the nest very young, so I was technically raised as an only child, but I was very much loved.
~Gary Oldman

I was raised in a very happy nest by very happy people, and I like to think that those are enough ingredients to make me succeed at Dior.
~Raf Simons

I had those kind of parents where I watched all of these very sophisticated movies: ‘Five Easy Pieces‘, ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.’
~Sam Rockwell

I’ve often said that the most important thing you can give your children is wings. Because, you’re not gonna always be able to bring food to the nest. You’re… sometimes… they’re gonna have to be able to fly by themselves.
~Elizabeth Edwards


The hands of little children have bones as delicate as a bird’s — and they fit into a grandparent’s grasp as snugly as a bird into its nest.
~Pam Brown


The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship.
~William Blake


He that loves not his wife and children feeds a lioness at home, and broods a nest of sorrows.
~Jeremy Taylor


People are easily intimidated when they decorate their home. They think it has to be one way. But there’s no one way. It’s your way, your style. At the end of the day, you have to live there. It’s your cocoon, your nest. You have to be happy in it.
~Bryan Batt

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Do not say that I’ll depart tomorrow
because even today I still arrive.
Look at me: I arrive in every second
to be a bud on a spring branch,
to be a tiny bird whose wings are still fragile,
learning to sing in my new nest,
to be a caterpillar in the heart of a flower,
to be a jewel hiding itself in a stone.
~Nhat Hanh

Some men ease themselves like setting hens into the nest of death.
~John Steinbeck

Let it not be death but completeness. Let love melt into memory and pain into songs. Let the flight through the sky end in the folding of the wings over the nest. Let the last touch of your hands be gentle like the flower of the night. Stand still, O Beautiful End, for a moment, and say your last words in silence. I bow to you and hold up my lamp to light you on your way.
~Rabindranath Tagore

I’ve always been curious about why one man jumps out of a foxhole with a grenade and charges a machine gun nest, and his buddy next to him sits there cowering. And my feeling is that the difference is tiny between the two.
~Stephen Lang


A bird in a nest is secure, but that is not why God gave it wings.
~Matshona Dhliwayo


They believed that if a mouse found your hair clippings and built a nest with them you got a headache. If the nest was big enough, you might go mad.
~Jeanette Winterson


That the birds of worry and care fly over your head, this you cannot change, but that they build nests in your hair, this you can prevent.
~Chinese Proverb


They bild their nest among a tree, and lay twice, and both eggs will hatch out if they was laid in a snow bank, — thare aint no such thing as stopping a young crow.
~Josh Billing


Heavenly bodies are nests of invisible birds.
~Winston Churchill


Contemplation Pond
© Chet Nickerson


A fish with a big mouth, like a catfish, they’ve been known to bite people’s legs. Normally not because they’re hungry, but because they’re protecting a nest or something like that.
~Jeremy Wade

Alligators and crocodiles are some of the most aggressive creatures on the planet ‒ they’ll take down a boat if you come up to their nest.
~Jack Hanna


For captive gorillas, trees should be available to climb and material such as straw, branches, or bamboo supplied for nest building.
~Dian Fossey

The phoebe-bird is a wise architect and perhaps enjoys as great an immunity from danger, both in its person and its nest, as any other bird. Its modest ashen-gray suit is the color of the rocks where it builds, and the moss of which it makes such free use gives to its nest the look of a natural growth or accretion.
~John Burroughs

You know how fighting fish do it? They blow bubbles and in each one of those bubbles is an egg and they float the egg up to the surface. They keep this whole heavy nest of eggs floating, and they’re constantly repairing it. It’s as if they live in both elements.
~Audre Lorde

The lark that shuns on lofty boughs to build,
Her humble nest, lies silent in the field.
~Edmund Waller

I love my home comforts and I need to nest to feel grounded.
~Laura Whitmore

Virtually all native cultures that have survived without fouling their nests have acknowledged that nature knows best, and have had the humility to ask the bears and wolves and ravens and redwoods for guidance.
~Janine Benyus


No class of artists excels the humming-birds. Their nests are wonders of beauty, delicacy, and architecture — plant down and dried flower petals held together with silvery spider’s web, exquisitely decorated with greyish-white lichens.
~Royal Dixon

The art of the bird is to conceal its nest both as to position and as to material, but now and then it is betrayed into weaving into its structure showy and bizarre bits of this or that, which give its secret away and which seem to violate all the traditions of its kind.
~John Burroughs

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@Writers Platform

When you write fiction, you’re like a bird making a nest. You remember every little story ever told you. It’s funny how things come back to you.
~J Courtney Sullivan

Our minds are like crows. They pick up everything that glitters, no matter how uncomfortable our nests get with all that metal in them.
~Thomas Merton

A lot of times, the inspiration for a novel is a messy bird’s nest of shiny things. Little things that don’t make a whole lot of sense or that, no matter how hard you look, cannot be found directly in the finished book.
~Molly O’Keefe


My head was a magpie’s nest lined with such bright scraps of information.
~Alice Munro

I’m a magpie in my fiction, taking whatever looks shiny and curious to line the nest of my story.
~Walter Kirn

All writers are magpies, right? We’re always stealing bits from different places and then weaving them into our little nest.
~Stacey D’Erasmo


My writing time needs to surround itself with empty stretches, or at least unpeopled ones, for the writing takes place in an area of suspension as in a hanging nest that is almost entirely encapsulated.
~Maxine Kumin


A catless writer is almost inconceivable. It’s a perverse taste, really, since it would be easier to write with a herd of buffalo in the room than even one cat; they make nests in the notes and bite the end of the pen and walk on the typewriter keys.
~Barbara Holland


Stop in the middle of a sentence, leaving a rough edge for you to start from the nest day ‒ that way, you can write three or five words without being “creative” and before you know it, you’re writing.
~Cory Doctorow


The human bird shall take his first flight, filling the world with amazement, all writings with his fame, and bringing eternal glory to the nest whence he sprang.
~Leonardo da Vinci


For what use are books to anyone whose days are like a rook’s nest with every twig a duty.
~Mervyn Peake

But how ridiculous that I should bereft simply because I couldn’t spend hours in my world of make-believe! Wasn’t the reality of my life interesting enough? This is surely the time to let go of grievances, I told myself sternly. What good does it do to dwell on them? Brooding on a nest of grudges will only hatch more grief.
~Liza Dalby


Ah, it is just my imagination that flies, while she is wrapped up in her bedsheets like a nest.
~Kiera L Woodhull

I feel like my dream animal would be a mermaid that could fly and also live in the trees. She has a nest, almost like a bird. She feeds her babies like a bird, like, chews the food first and then feeds it to them through her mouth.

A weaver bird’s nest is an appropriate metaphor for my dreams; for both know the art of resistance.


In America, even your menus have the gift of language… The Chef’s own Vienna Roast. A hearty, rich meat loaf, gently seasoned to perfection and served in a creamy nest of mashed farm potatoes and strictly fresh garden vegetables. Of course, what you get is cole slaw and a slab of meat, but that doesn’t matter because the menu has already started your juices going. Oh, those menus. In America, they are poetry.
~Laurie Lee


Some critics are like chimney-sweepers; they put out the fire below, and frighten the swallows from their nests above; they scrape a long time in the chimney, cover themselves with soot, and bring nothing away but a bag of cinders, and then sing from the top of the house as if they had built it.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

What has been done in the world ‒ the works of genius ‒ cost nothing. There is no painful effort, but it is the spontaneous flowing of the thought. Shakespeare made his Hamlet as a bird weaves its nest.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson


Books are many things: lullabies for the weary, ointment for the wounded, armour for the fearful and nests for those in need of a home.
~Glenda Millard

Build yourself a book-nest to forget the world without.
~Abraham Cowley


Prewritten Prompt: nest


The idea of the nest in the bird’s mind, where does it come from?
~Joseph Joubert

God gives every bird his worm, but He does not throw it into the nest.
~P D James

We must not reduce the bosom of the universal church to a nest protecting our mediocrity.
~Pope Francis

And thus my sympathies are with men, and streets, and city gates, and towers from which the great bells sound solemnly and slow, and cathedral doors, where venerable statues, holding books in their hands, look down like sentinels upon the church-going multitude, and the birds of the air come and build their nests in the arms of saints and apostles.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


With Your great schemes, You ruin our happiness like a harvester ruins a mouse’s nest: I hate You, God, I hate You as though You existed.
~Graham Greene

When I ate vanilla frosting straight from the can, I could feel God standing right nest to me like a real best friend, watching, and smiling, and wishing he had a mouth.
~Augusten Burroughs


Shiva… is the only hunter that will ever catch the wild swan; The prey she will take last is the wild white swan of the beauty of things. Then she will be alone, pure destruction, achieved and supreme, Empty darkness under the death-tent wings. She will build a nest of the swan’s bones and hatch a new brood, Hang new heavens with new birds, all be renewed.
~Robinson Jeffers

My heart lives in so many places. With so many people. But God whispers to me that I really have only one home, and that is with Him. I will never be content on this earth. I will always be a nomad. It was meant to be that way. My heart was created with a desire for a home, a nest, a sanctuary, and that can be found only with Him in Heaven.
~Katie Davis

When you and I are inclined to nestle down in indolence and self indulgence. God “stirs up our nests” and bids us fly upward.
~Theodore L Cuyler

It doth not yet appear what we shall be. We lie here in our nest, unfledged and weak, guessing dimly at our future, and scarce believing what even now appears. But the power is in us, and that power is finally to be revealed. And what a revelation will that be!
~Horace Bushnell


The sky is round, and I have heard that the earth is round like a ball, and so are all the stars. The wind, in its greatest power, whirls. Birds make their nests in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours.
~Black Elk

God is the nest we build together.
~Gene Wolfe

My room was a real way of expressing myself. It was like a little nest that I could settle into.
~Chloe Sevigny

The minute I get into a hotel room, I scatter my stuff everywhere. It’s like a bomb site within a minute. So I suppose that means I’m trying to nest.
~Carey Mulligan

I’m such a girl for the living room. I really like to stay in my nest and not move. I travel in my mind, and that that’s a rigorous state of journeying for me. My body isn’t that interested in moving from place to place.
~Bell Hooks

I love my home comforts and I need to nest to feel grounded.
~Laura Whitmore

There’s nothing I like better than going to my apartment, closing the door, cooking my little dinner for one and just tuning out. My apartment really is my haven. It’s a nest where I go to heal.
~Tim Gunn

I’m a big believer in small, dark, cozy bedrooms. I would describe myself as introspective ‒ I feel things first, and then I think them through ‒ and I need the enveloping comfort of a little squirrel’s nest when I have to retreat from the world to recharge.
~Michael Bastian

Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude.
~Arthur Schopenhauer


I was at that time like a fledgling swallow living high up in a niche in the eaves, who from time to time peeps out over the top of its nest with its little bright eyes.
~Pierre Loti

Make yourselves nests of pleasant thoughts. None of us knows what fairy palaces we may build of beautiful thought ‒ proof against all adversity. Bright fancies, satisfied memories, noble histories, faithful sayings, treasure houses of precious and restful thoughts, which care cannot disturb, nor pain make gloomy, nor poverty take away from us.
~John Ruskin

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§ The Exercise

question #22

God bless this quest
the need for nest
the search for rest
this probe attest

a prayer hard pressed
earnest plea for nothing less
honesty as honored guest
tell me, is this all in jest?


This House

Empty nest
Next request
At his behest
His last bequest
His friendliest:
Be my guest
In happiness



cresting equalities
dens of iniquity
tests for veracity
stress of moralities

breasts cupped handily
sins of brevity
depths of depravity
cream of meritocracy

consider its entirety
the whole of humanity
banquets to nurture me
the rest of eternity


5s ‘n 7s

treetop life nesting cliffside
daring past experience
tempting the patience of fate
willing for the adventure…
escaped the plummet too late


soft addictive downy nest
dithering development
defenestrated at last
tough love, avian version
fall flat fast or learn to fly


sudden death’s green arena
glade, nest of trees, cattail pond
no marbled words, warbled songs
maple coffin, oaken throng
token silence, life gets on


clouds nested layers
sweet sweat of angels
fleshed out shades of grey
colors of heartbreak
concert at sunset


holiday hijinks
targeting nest of plotters
swap the present hour
replace Christmas with X-mas
mistake presents for Presence


black background of stars
history of our future
nest to let: toilet


dog at home, the best
private parking space, paid nest
week-long weekend next

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The Olio and Salmagundi of Quotes

I rest in rainbows and I nest in clouds
I’d live in raindrops if only I knew how
~author unknown

When you’re a second- or third-generation migrant, your ties to your heritage can feel a little precarious. You’re a foreigner here, you’re a tourist back in your ancestral land, and home is the magpie nest you construct of the bits of culture you’re able to hold close.
~Ash Sarkar


The owl goes not into the nest of the lark.
~Victor Hugo

Lions do not ask one another to their lairs, nor do birds keep an open nest… A deep sense of personal property is common to all these creatures. Thousands of years hence they may have acquired some willingness to share things with their friends. Or rather, dogs may; cats, I think not.
~Max Beerbohm


He who is not a bird should not build his nest over abysses.
~Friedrich Nietzsche

I love ’30 Rock’ because Tina Fey allows me to fly over the cuckoo nest once a week.
~Tracy Morgan


When you make a mistake, don’t make a second one ‒ keeping it to yourself. Own up. The time to sort out rotten eggs is at the nest.
~George Horace Lorimer

…because, tragically, we both happen to be domestically impaired. If we were birds, our nest would consist of a single twig with the eggs attached via Scotch tape.
~Dave Barry


By going and coming, a bird weaves its nest.

You’ll have a lot more respect for a bird after you try making a nest.
~Cynthia Lewis


Outcast on a cold star, unable to feel anything but an awful helpless numbness. I look down into the warm, earthy world. Into a nest of lovers’ beds, baby cribs, meal tables, all the solid commerce of life in this earth, and feel apart, enclosed in a wall of glass.
~Sylvia Plath

The wild bird that flies so lone and far has somewhere its nest and brood. A little fluttering heart of love impels its wings, and points its course. There is nothing so solitary as a solitary man.
Edwin Hubbel Chapin


Virtually every advancement made by our species since civilization first peeked out of its nest of stone has been initiated by lone individuals, mavericks who more often than not were ignored, mocked, or viciously persecuted by society and its institutions.
~Tom Robbins

The sense of tragedy is that the world is not a pleasant little nest made for our protection, but a vast and largely hostile environment, in which we can achieve great things only by defying the gods; and that this defiance inevitably brings its own punishment.
~Norbert Wiener


The babies may have been fed in the nest until they were full grown, like in eagles and hawks.
~Robert T Bakker

So many parents these days are totally cool with their kids living on the couch the whole time. It’s like a new thing with families. But you’ve got to leave the nest and get out there.
~Blake Anderson


A voice cannot carry the tongue and the lips that gave it wings. Alone must it seek the ether. And alone and without his nest shall the eagle fly across the sun.
~Khalil Gibran

The denial of contemporary genius is the rule rather than the exception. No one counts the eagles in the nest, till there is a rush of wings; and lo! they are flown.
~Elizabeth Barrett Browning


Notice how your memories nest, one inside another ‒ so close-fitting that you can’t peel one free without releasing others.
~Dr SunWolf

After all, what is every man? A horde of ghosts ‒ like a Chinese nest of boxes ‒ oaks that were acorns that were oaks. Death lies behind us, not in front ‒ in our ancestors, back and back until.
~Walter de La Mare


Each thought that is welcomed and recorded is a nest egg, by the side of which more will be laid.
~Henry David Thoreau

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Assorted collection of earlier work, with…
Prologue, first taste and opening chapter of the book, Archipelago

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Quoted In The Grove:
If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.
~Jim Rohn

Second chances do come your way. Like trains, they arrive and depart regularly. Recognizing the ones that matter is the trick.
~Jill A Davis

For the happiest life, days should be rigorously planned, nights left open to chance.
~Mignon McLaughlin

From now until the end of time no one else will ever see life with my eyes, and I mean to make the best of my chance.
~Christopher Morley


Next Exercise Prompt: nest


Waiting for the fish to bite
or waiting for wind to fly a kite
or waiting around for Friday night
or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake
or a pot to boil, or a Better Break
or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants
or a wig with curls, or Another Chance.
Everyone is just waiting…
~Dr. Seuss

If you spend your life waiting for your chance, you are spending your chance waiting.
~Robert Brault

It is safer to accept any chance that offers itself, and extemporize a procedure to fit it, than to get a good plan matured, and wait for a chance of using it.
~Thomas Hardy

A simple definition of life: The chance you’ve been waiting for.
~Robert Brault

It has been said that sometimes the greatest hope in our lives is just a second chance to do what we should have done right in the first place.
~Richard Paul Evans

Forgiveness says you are given another chance to make a new beginning.
~Desmond Tutu

I will forever believe in second chances and forgiveness, because if it weren’t for those two things I would and should be dead.
~Dedrick D L Pitter

There is no going back in life, no return, no second chance. I cannot call back the spoken word or the accomplished deed.
~Daphne du Maurier

You don’t get second chances in the real world.
~Gail Simmons

There are no second chances in life, except to feel remorse.
~Carlos Ruiz Zafn

The thing about second chances is we always walk into them assuming we’ll feel better, when nine times out of ten things get worse before they ever get better.
~Rachel Van Dyken


The wonderful thing about second chances is that they exist.
~Felice Stevens

Miracles were just second chances if you really thought about it — second chances when all hope was lost.
~Kaya Mclaren

Every second chance I have witnessed or experienced is a momentary miracle… Choosing to be open to as many second chances as your heart can bear changes everything.
~Holly Elissa Bruno

But second chances aren’t forever. Even miracles have an expiration date.
~Robyn Schneider

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Posted From The Grove

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

The history of free men is never really written by chance but by choice; their choice!
~Dwight D Eisenhower


The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.
~John Stuart Mill

Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.
~Albert Camus


Some campaigns are not worth waging if you can’t win; others have to be fought on grounds of principle regardless of the chances for success.
~Patricia Ireland

No foreign policy – no matter how ingenious – has any chance of success if it is born in the minds of a few and carried in the hearts of none.
~Henry A Kissinger


When you are in any contest, you should work as if there were – to the very last minute – a chance to lose it. This is battle, this is politics, this is anything.
~Dwight D Eisenhower

No conqueror believes in chance.
~Friedrich Nietzsche

He who leaves nothing to chance will do few things poorly, but he will do few things.
~Edward F Halifax


War never takes a wicked man by chance, the good man always.

The real trouble with war (modern war) is that it gives no one a chance to kill the right people.
~Ezra Pound

Thank God you are still alive for many have died and are dying as I speak. You still have the opportunity to change and make things right whilst those that have died wish for that second chance.
~Aleksandr Sebryakov


I took every chance I could to meet with U.S. soldiers. I talked with them and read the books they gave me about the war. I decided I needed to return to my country and join with them – active duty soldiers and Vietnam Veterans in particular – to try and end the war.
~Jane Fonda

How can faceless bureaucrats in an intelligence agency deny brave soldiers a chance to tell the truth?
~Curt Weldon


Chance has never yet satisfied the hope of a suffering people.
~Marcus Garvey

Suffering by nature or chance never seems so painful as suffering inflicted on us by the arbitrary will of another.
~Arthur Schopenhauer


When the Lord Chancellor violates the trust of his great office of state to solicit party donations from people whose careers he can control, and then says I’m not sorry, and I’d do it again, no wonder the public think that power has gone to their heads.
~William Hague (comma added for clarity)

The foundations of a strong economy don’t rest alone on the decisions of Chancellors or the spending programmes of government.
~George Osborne


Government cannot do it all. As we work hard to break welfare dependency and get young people ready for the labour market, we need businesses to give them a chance and not just fall back on labour from abroad.
~Iain Duncan Smith

Foreign policy is about trying to deliver for them the best possible economic benefits, the chance to travel, to study, to work, the opportunity through trade to be able to sell their goods and services and as much peace and security so they can live and bring their kids up so they don’t have to fear war.
~Catherine Ashton


It’s funny how social activists usually protest against the only things that have a credible chance of achieving the activists’ goals.
~Craig Bruce

It’s a war of attrition. If you have patience and a modicum of faith in yourself your chances are not too bad.
~Julie Bowen

Your chances of success in any undertaking can always be measured by your belief in yourself.
~Robert Collier


I believe that peace with the Palestinians is most urgent – urgent than ever before. It is necessary. It is crucial. It is possible. A delay may worsen its chances. Israel and the Palestinians are, in my judgment, ripe today to restart the peace process.
~Shimon Peres

Success is not assured, but America is resolute: this is the best chance for peace we are likely to see for some years to come – and we are acting to help Israelis and Palestinians seize this chance.
~Condoleezza Rice

On the other hand, if the free world is concerned with how a new Palestinian leader governs, then the peace process will have a real chance to succeed.
~Natan Sharansky

Give peace a chance.
~Yitzhak Rabin


Let’s not dismiss or attack individual ideas as being inadequate before we have had a chance to assess their positive effect as part of a whole solution.
~John Thune

Treat all men alike. Give them the same law. Give them an even chance to live and grow.
~Chief Joseph (of the Nez Perce)


Growing up, I was encouraged to get a good education, get a real job doing something I enjoyed, and, should the opportunity present itself, consider public service as just that: a chance to serve, not an end in itself.
~John Sununu

The value of the majority lies not in the opportunity to wield great power, but in the chance to use power to do great things.
~John Boehner


I had the closest thing I have ever had to an out-of-body experience lying in bed one morning. I turned on the ‘Today’ programme and item four on the news was: ‘The shadow chancellor has ruled himself out of the leadership.’ I lay there thinking that’s interesting, then I realised it was me.
~George Osborne


Wealthy men can’t live in an island that is encircled by poverty. We all breathe the same air. We must give a chance to everyone, at least a basic chance.
~Ayrton Senna

Health care is not a privilege. It’s a right. It’s a right as fundamental as civil rights. It’s a right as fundamental as giving every child a chance to get a public education.
~Rod Blagojevich

No government ought to be without censors; and where the press is free, no one ever will.
~Anatole France

Fortunately, somewhere between chance and mystery lies imagination, the only thing that protects our freedom, despite the fact that people keep trying to reduce it or kill it off altogether.
~Luis Bunuel


The criteria for serving one’s country should be competence, courage and willingness to serve. When we deny people the chance to serve because of their sexual orientation, we deprive them of their rights of citizenship, and we deprive our armed forces the service of willing and capable Americans.
~Dianne Feinstein

My image had always been very heterosexual, very straight. So it was a nice experience for me, a chance to clarify my own feelings about gay and lesbian civil rights.
~Bruce Springsteen

It’s absolutely essential that we have the same safeguards that straight couples do. But I want more than a 50 percent chance of success. I don’t want to emulate that.
~George Michael


Of Equality —
As if it harm’d me, giving others the same chances and rights as myself —
As if it were not indispensable to my own rights that others possess the same.
~Walt Whitman

All we are saying is give peace a chance.
~John Lennon


~Vandad Fallah: Majal (Chance) (4:19) mischance


~Julian Miller: Chance Meeting (2:13) whimsy and a fabric pizza • a poem


Enjoy your sweat because hard work doesn’t guarantee success, but without it you don’t have a chance.
~Alex Rodriguez

Luck is not chance, it’s toil; fortune’s expensive smile is earned.
~Emily Dickinson

A person who has not done one half his day’s work by ten o clock, runs a chance of leaving the other half undone.
~Emily Bronte


Work is transformative. It gives you a greater chance of a greater income. You can affect your life while you’re of working age, so you have scope and opportunity. Pensioners do not.
~Iain Duncan Smith

If you work from a valuable, promising idea – something that fills a gap in the market, with a market in that gap – you’ll have a better chance at success.
~Tomas Gorny


Who can I trust? You have to invest in somebody and chances are you’re probably going to invest in somebody who’s going to deceive you. I’ve been conned a couple of times, but now I’m a little more savvy.
~Maggie Gyllenhaal

Think of success as a game of chance in which you have control over the odds. As you begin to master concepts in personal achievement, you are increasing your odds of achieving success.
~Bo Bennett


Chance can allow you to accomplish a goal every once in a while, but consistent achievement happens only if you love what you are doing.
~Bart Conner

Your chances of success are directly proportional to the degree of pleasure you desire from what you do. If you are in a job you hate, face the fact squarely and get out.
~Michael Korda

All anyone asks for is a chance to work with pride.
~W Edwards Deming

We all deserve second chances, but not for the same mistake.
~Thabiso Owethu Xabanisa

A second chance doesn’t mean anything if you didn’t learn from your first.
~Anurag Prakash Ray

A man deserves a second chance, but keep an eye on him.
~John Wayne

A second chance doesn’t mean you’re in the clear. In many ways, it is the more difficult thing. Because a second chance means that you have to try harder. You must rise to the challenge without the blind optimism of ignorance.
~Ling Ma

If somebody is gracious enough to give me a second chance, I won’t need a third.
~Pete Rose

I believe in trusting men, not only once but twice – in giving a failure another chance.
~James Cash Penney

Having a second chance makes you want to work even harder.
~Tia Mowry

Sometimes life gives you a second chance, or even two! Not always, but sometimes. It’s what you do with those second chances that counts.
~Dave Wilson


Everyone needs a second chance. Some of us need a third or fourth chance.
~Catherine DePasquale

Sometimes giving someone a second chance, Is like giving them an extra bullet for their gun.. cause they missed you the first time.
~author unknown

I believe in second chances, but I don’t believe in third or fourth chances.
~Selena Gomez

No one can claim perfection, that’s why everyone needs a second chance ad infinitum.
~Bangambiki Habyarimana



Maybe there’s a chance to get back to grown-up films. Anything that uses humor and dramatic values to deal with human emotions and gets down to what people are to people.
~Robert Altman

You weren’t going to the theater to change the world, but you had a chance to affect the world, the thinking and the feelings of the world.
~James Earl Jones


Music is where I have the most creative freedom, but I love producing. To me, that’s kind of where all the action is. You get a chance to have your hands in every aspect of a film. From picking a director, sometimes picking a writer, to the actors, the wardrobe, set design, editing, music, and marketing.
~Ice Cube

Producing is so exciting because you can enable things to happen, whether it’s like discovering a filmmaker who you’re taking a chance on, protecting a battle and driving home at the end of the day just going, ‘I’m so glad I stayed late at work and fought hard for that. Had my passion. Won that battle.’
~Drew Barrymore

If you succeed with your first dream, it helps. You know, people trust you, possibly, for the second one. They give you a chance to play out your second one.
~James D Watson

Above all, film is a business… Independence is a really cool thing as you can be a bit more bold, and take a few more chances with what you do.
~Mel Gibson

When you’re an actor or actress in this business, usually the natural progression is to direct, but a lot of times, we don’t get a chance to get to it. Myself, I really want to get into it. I want to be the person who eventually doesn’t have to be in front of the camera.
~Jamie Foxx


I do not want to admit to the world that I can be a bad person. It is just that I don’t want anyone to have false expectations. Moviemaking is a harsh, volatile business, and unless you can be ruthless, too, there’s a good chance that you are going to disappear off the scene pretty quickly.
~Tom Hanks

I haven’t lived a perfect life. I have regrets. But that’s from a lifetime of taking chances, making decisions, and trying not to be frozen. The only thing that I can do with my regrets is understand them.
~Kevin Costner

If you aren’t making some mistakes, you aren’t taking enough chances.
~John Sculley


~By Chance Films: By Chance (12:38) and… Action!


~Sara Jain: Chance (9:49) reconnect ? disconnect


In the back of my mind, I can never forget this could be gone tomorrow – and at this point I think the odds are against me… the chances of succeeding in this business are slim to none; there’s only a handful of people that have long careers. You have to put in the work, you can never be satisfied, never take it for granted.
~Zac Efron

From beginning to end I worried that Ang Lee wouldn’t be satisfied with my work. So I worked as hard as I could to earn his trust, because you only get a chance like this once.
~Zhang Ziyi


I think you can have moderate success by copying something else, but if you really want to knock it out of the park, you have to do something different and take chances.
~Lee Ann Womack

I hope that through my work, artists will take some chances, break some rules, and make art that comes from inside of them. I would like to be remembered as a kind person, a great Mom, and a bit unruly – in a good way!
~Angela Cartwright


Classic art was the art of necessity: modern romantic art bears the stamp of caprice and chance.
~Max Eastman


In order to have good fried chicken, you should wash and season the bird the morning you’re preparing it for dinner. Don’t wait and do it right before you start cooking. Throw it in the refrigerator, seasoned, that morning, and give it a chance to soak up all the salt and pepper and goodness.
~Paula Deen


If by chance some day you’re not feeling well and you should remember some silly thing I’ve said or done and it brings back a smile to your face or a chuckle to your heart, then my purpose as your clown has been fulfilled.
~Red Skelton

To fulfill a dream, to be allowed to sweat over lonely labor, to be given a chance to create, is the meat and potatoes of life. The money is the gravy.
~Bette Davis

If you’re a kid who’s not necessarily attractive, and you don’t have money, and you’re not hip and cool, chances are you’re not going to feel good about yourself and want to be an actor.
~Jim McKay

I decided to give acting a serious, committed try, and soon after, I read the script for ‘Lovely and Amazing.’ The story was beautiful and honest, and the characters struggled with the same insecurities many women – including me – face. I didn’t think I had a chance in hell of being in the film, but I knew I had to go for it.
~Emily Mortimer


I think if you do something effectively whether you’re the lover or the comic or the action guy or the villain like I play; movies are very expensive to make. Chances are you’ll get asked to play that part again.
~Christopher Walken

When I was in college, I was debating to try my hand at show business, or to become a professor. I just thought of the risk of not going into show business and always wondering if I would’ve had a chance. Because that’s where my real heart was.
~Steve Martin

No, but way before that, I’ve been doing little dances in movies for years. Yeah, that was an amazing chance. You know, at my age to be able to do a music dance video, very unusual.
~Christopher Walken

Just keep taking chances and having fun.
~Garth Brooks



That the work involved, the willingness to take chances, the commitment, the opportunity to get on stage and make people happy, was more important than becoming famous, or even what I was dancing.
~Suzanne Farrell

Jazz stands for freedom. It’s supposed to be the voice of freedom: Get out there and improvise, and take chances, and don’t be a perfectionist – leave that to the classical musicians.
~Dave Brubeck

I knew I’d just done one of the most amazing things that I will ever get a chance to do. Just to be part of a musical that’s not your background and to pull it off and to think that we’ve done something that’s really special.
~Gerard Butler (Phantom of The Opera)


The first generation of CDs sounded terrible. Any chance to remaster would make the music sound better than what was already out there.
~Lou Reed

But now I realize that this record business really needs me. No one else is trying to take a chance or do something different.
~Erykah Badu


There was a chance for me to write one song for the section where Elvis sat in his black leather outfit and sang the old hits. At eight oclock the next morning I had written Memories.
~Mac Davis

I got a chance to have my dream come true, and I wanted to make sure I made the decision as to when I dropped my last album. If I don’t feel like this album is an incredible piece of work, then I’m cool with the albums I’ve done. I don’t have to put out another album.
~Puff Daddy

If you wish in this world to advance
your merits you’re bound to enhance;
You must stir it and stump it,
and blow your own trumpet,
Or, trust me, you haven’t a chance.
~William Gilbert

I think dress, hairstyle and make-up are the crucial factors in projecting an attractive persona and give one the chance to enhance one’s best physical features.
~Vivienne Westwood

It’s unfortunate that we live in such a panicked, dysmorphic society where women don’t even give themselves a chance to see what they’ll look like as older persons. I want to have some idea of what I’ll look like before I start cleaning the slates.
~Julia Roberts

One must not make oneself cheap here – that is a cardinal point – or else one is done. Whoever is most impertinent has the best chance.
~Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

As a rock star, I have two instincts, I want to have fun, and I want to change the world. I have a chance to do both.


I don’t get a chance to be home much.
~Jennifer Hudson

When I do get the chance I just love to hang around at home with friends and family.
~Delta Goodrem


~John La Touche & Ted Fetter: Taking A Chance On Love

~James Power: Ethel Waters (4:35) lively, with nice moments


~Ira Rohinksky MUSIC: Renee Olstead (2:51) promising young talent


~Jazz Improvisers: Hazel Scott (2:17) insouciant, joyful, brazen jazz piano

~Ale Pascali Music • BluBordo’ Academy & Neri per Caso Live: Give Peace A Chance (3:04) uncoupled intro, then…


~Steve Winwood: While You See A Chance (5:13) …it’s all on you


Same Title, Different Chances
~Cheryl Crow: Chances Are (5:05) plaintive, ethereal


~mmuzik: Martina McBride & Bob Seger • Chances Are (3:40) getting to the best


~Garret Hedlund: Chances Are (3:19) country mile: distance between two hearts breaking


~Cher: Give Our Love A Fighting Chance (1:02) short, rousing anthem


~Celine Dion: Taking Chances (4:30) because She is…


There are lots of things which I would love to tell him, but in some way, I also feel that I lost the person closest to me. And I got a second chance to live. So in a way I feel that I live for both of us… and I will do my best.
~Petra Nemcova

Here’s the thing: the unit of reverence in Europe is the family, which is why a child born today of unmarried parents in Sweden has a better chance of growing up in a house with both of his parents than a child born to a married couple in America. Here we revere the couple, there they revere the family.
~Elizabeth Gilbert

Cross-cultural marriage is difficult, especially when one person has to live in another country. But I thought there was a very good chance of it working because people grow together if they have a common passion.
~Imran Khan


Stop giving so many second chances. Wishing someone would be something they’re not is a waste of time and messes with your head. Truth hurts a lot sometimes… and I hate to be the one to break it to you, but in reality, you’re stressing and agonizing about ending a relationship they left a while ago.
~Steve Maraboli

We are not the same persons this year as last; nor are those we love. It is a happy chance if we, changing, continue to love a changed person.
~W Somerset Maugham

Sometimes goodbye is a second chance.


I confess I am a romantic. I love romance, and I think it’s really fun and delicious and some of my favorite films are love stories. I think that you just get a chance to fall in love with the characters so much and you get to explore their lives so deeply.
~Rachel McAdams

Hope is the most exciting thing in life and if you honestly believe that love is out there, it will come. And even if it doesn’t come straight away there is still that chance all through your life that it will.
~Josh Hartnett

Taking Chances almost always makes for happy endings.
~Barbara Corcoran


Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance.
~Jane Austen

Nowadays love is a matter of chance, matrimony a matter of money and divorce a matter of course.
~Helen Rowland

When men and women are able to respect and accept their differences then love has a chance to blossom.
~John Gray


It has been said that sometimes the greatest hope in our lives is just a second chance to do what we should have done right in the first place.
~Richard Paul Evans

They say everyone needs a second chance, I am willing to give you one provided you are ready to accept it.
~Nidhi Saini

Because this is what I believe ‒ that second chances are stronger than secrets. You can let secrets go. But a second chance? You don’t let that pass you by.
~Daisy Whitney

Forgiveness says you are given another chance to make a new beginning.
~Desmond Tutu

I will forever believe in second chances and forgiveness, because if it weren’t for those two things I would and should be dead.
~Dedrick D L Pitter


We are never too afraid of taking chances
Searching in the dark with no concerns
But it’s always the same with all romances
It’s the heart that never seems to learn.
~Lawrence Dermer

Turn around
And see the circles we spin
Taking our chances on where we begin.
~Les Holroyd

Here I go again
I hear those trumpets blow again
All aglow again
Taking a chance on love

Here I slide again
About to take that ride again
Starry-eyed again
Taking a chance on love
~John La Touche & Ted Fetter

Cause we’re not a sure thing
Too soon to tell if we’re the real thing
But this time it’s worth taking a chance
On you and me.

We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance.
~Harrison Ford

And I think maybe all women, if they just had a chance, would be romantic and believe in love and not sex. And men believe in sex and not love.
~Beatrice Wood

Some men have a silly theory about beautiful women – that somewhere along the line they’ll turn into a monster. That movie gave them a chance to watch it happen.
~Salma Hayek


The work that must be done for each woman to reconnect with her psyche and to give herself a chance to live her own life is essentially the same. The realization of the equality of all races, the equality of all beings is essential.
~Betty Buckley

Women may not have it easy, but we are given a fairer chance to reach for the top.
~Jessica Savitch (NBC)


Is woman a religion? Well, perhaps you will have the chance of judging for yourselves if you go to America. There you will find men treating women with just the same respect formerly accorded only to religious dignitaries or to great nobles.
~Lafcadio Hearn

If men are honest, everything they do and everywhere they go is for a chance to see women.
~Jack Nicholson

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If Shaw and Einstein couldn’t beat death, what chance have I got? Practically none.
~Mel Brooks

Unfortunately, we don’t get a second chance. We’ve already played them twice.
~Trevor Brooking

The satirist shoots to kill while the humorist brings his prey back alive and eventually releases him again for another chance.
~Peter De Vries

Thank you, dear God, for this good life and forgive us if we do not love it enough. Thank you for the rain. And for the chance to wake up in three hours and go fishing: I thank you for that now, because I won’t feel so thankful then.
~Garrison Keillor

All I ask is the chance to prove that money can’t make me happy.
~Spike Milligan

All discarded lovers should be given a second chance, but with somebody else.
~Mae West

Never come late to a party you were supposed to host. Second chances are rare. If you miss them… cry.
~Lod Nael

No man will be a sailor who has contrivance enough to get himself into a jail; for being in a ship is being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned… a man in a jail has more room, better food, and commonly better company.
~Samuel Johnson

Housework can’t kill you, but why take a chance?
~Phyllis Diller

I swear my car won’t run unless I’m picking my nose: At least, I’m that superstitious about it, so I don’t want to take any chances.
~Adam Carolla

Never miss a good chance to shut up.
~Will Rogers

It is so interesting — the newspaper obituary page — this chance gathering of strangers — the diverse social paths they took to end up as equals, the clashing beliefs they espoused to end up on the same page.
~Robert Brault

Should I perchance still feel after my death, I would no longer have any doubt, but I would most certainly give the lie to anyone asserting before me that I was dead.
~Giacomo Casanova


© David Lorenz Winston


I was dying but suddenly had a second chance at living.
~Shelley Fabares

I always think about which blood drive was going on in Georgia that day when that husband or mom or school teacher rolled up their sleeve and actually gave me a second chance at life. It’s the ultimate gift of life, and I’m the one who was on the other end.
~Niki Taylor

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

Since there is nothing so well worth having as friends, never lose a chance to make them.
~Francesco Guicciardini


No man ever became wise by chance.
~Lucius Annaeus Seneca

There have been times when I felt suicidal and I would stop my head from going in that direction of negativity because I thought there’d be something I’d miss that was funny in the future. If there’s a chance I’m going to laugh tomorrow then want to live to experience that.
~Dave Navarro

Bad chances were better than no chances.
~Stephen King

You get as many chances as you want; as many as you dare to make for yourself.
~Edward Bloor

That is what life is about. We do not get redos, but we do get second chances.
~Jeffrey Fry

There is no such thing as no chance.
~Henry Ford


Opportunity is a parade. Even as one chance passes, the next is a fife and drum echoing in the distance.
~Robert Brault

It takes but one positive thought when given a chance to survive and thrive to overpower an entire army of negative thoughts.
~Robert H Schuller

Second chances appear like a gift left at our doorstep.
~Holly Elissa Bruno

Chance is always powerful. Let your hook always be cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be fish.

How often things occur by mere chance which we dared not even hope for.


Chances don’t approach you, it’s you who approach chances.
~Toba Beta

Chance favors only those who court her.
~Charles Nicolle

Blind chance sweeps the world along.
~Albanian Proverb

He who takes no chances wins nothing.
~Danish Proverb

A person who misses a chance and the monkey who misses its branch — both cannot be saved.
~Indian Proverb

Whom chance often passes by, it finds at last.
~Albanian Proverb

You won’t improve your chances by taking too many.
~Poor Richard Junior’s Philosophy


@Writers Platform

My dad told me that no one could ever make it as a writer, that my chances were equivalent to winning the lottery – which was good for me, because I like to have something to prove.
~Poppy Z Brite

First-person narrators is the way I know how to write a book with the greatest power and chance of artistic success.
~Anne Rice


Today, comics is one of the very few forms of mass communication in which individual voices still have a chance to be heard.
~Scott McCloud

I don’t read ‘chick lit,’ fantasy or science fiction but I’ll give any book a chance if it’s lying there and I’ve got half an hour to kill.
~J K Rowling


Chance gives rise to thoughts, and chance removes them; no art can keep or acquire them.
~Blaise Pascal

True ease in writing comes from art, not chance,
as those who move easiest have learned to dance.
~Alexander Pope


Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.
~Henry David Thoreau


Prewritten Prompt: chance


Science predicts that many different kinds of universe will be spontaneously created out of nothing. It is a matter of chance which we are in.
~Stephen Hawking

Very few recognize science as the high adventure it really is, the wildest of all explorations ever taken by human beings, the chance to glimpse things never seen before, the shrewdest maneuver for discovering how the world works.
~Lewis Thomas


Nothing happens quite by chance. It’s a question of accretion of information and experience.
~Jonas Salk

Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and diligence.
~Abigail Adams

Education, whatever else it should or should not be, must be an inoculation against the poisons of life and an adequate equipment in knowledge and skill for meeting the chances of life.
~Havelock Ellis

Children are our second chance to have a great parent-child relationship.
~Laura Schlessinger


Friendships in childhood are usually a matter of chance, whereas in adolescence they are most often a matter of choice.
~David Elkind

It is with children that we have the best chance of studying the development of logical knowledge, mathematical knowledge, physical knowledge, and so forth.
~Jean Piaget


Chance is a word void of sense; nothing can exist without a cause.

There is no such thing as chance or accident; the words merely signify our ignorance of some real and immediate cause.
~Adam Clarke

To talk of luck and chance only shows how little we really know of the laws which govern cause and effect.
~Hosea Ballou


A body of work such as Pasteur’s is inconceivable in our time: no man would be given a chance to create a whole science. Nowadays a path is scarcely opened up when the crowd begins to pour in.
~Jean Rostand

Where observation is concerned, chance favors only the prepared mind.
~Louis Pasteur

I have become convinced that God thoroughly enjoys fixing and saving things that are broken. That means that no matter how hurt and defeated you feel, no matter how badly you have been damaged, God can repair you. God can give anyone a second chance.
~Melody Carlson

Our God of Grace often gives us a second chance, but there is no second chance to harvest a ripe crop.
~Kurt Von Schleicher

[When it comes to God] We can’t run out of second chances…only time.
~Robin Jones Gunn


Someone said that Providence was the baptismal name of Chance, some devout soul may say that Chance is a nickname for Providence.
~Sébastien-Roch Nicolas Chamfort

There is no chance and anarchy in the universe. All is system and gradation. Every god is there sitting in his sphere.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Chance is perhaps the pseudonym of God, when he does not want to sign.
~Théophile Gautier


It makes a difference what we choose to experience during sleep. Many of us think of sleep as a chance to get away from it all. But sleep is also a chance to return to the joys of our spiritual heritage – our universal awareness.
~Henry Reed

Personally, I would be delighted if there were a life after death, especially if it permitted me to continue to learn about this world and others, if it gave me a chance to discover how history turns out.
~Carl Sagan


There are people who want to make men’s lives more difficult for no other reason than the chance it provides them afterwards to offer their prescription for alleviating life; their Christianity, for instance.
~Friedrich Nietzsche

I’m actually an evangelical atheist, but there is something I recognise about religion: that it gives people a chance to surrender.
~Brian Eno


What can be more foolish than to think that all this rare fabric of heaven and earth could come by chance, when all the skill of art is not able to make an oyster!
~Anatole France

Sometimes you just have to have Faith and take a Chance…even when your heart is shaking! Have Faith in the blessings that God has planned for you!
~Nishan Panwar

Our God is a God of second chances – Yes, God does these things again and again for people.
~Job 33:29

First, I have to thank God for giving me the gift that he did as well as a second chance for a better life.
~Oksana Baiul

I will accept my second chance for a truer, simpler and more sacred life.
~Holly Elissa Bruno


§ The Exercise:


chance of stormburst
threatens east of now
sunset lining up
to stage a rainbow


a tuesday

it is we who are faithless
grown to be suspicious
spicy lies baked-in delicious
echo back as repetitious
verbs reverb as meretricious
chance to prove our superstitions
election’s timing most auspicious


last call

no next chance
or another try
at last chance
not to know whence
or the when of who
the lost chance
for love
or just lust

this confidence:
time passes
a lapsed chance
love, off the list
late term memory
risk aborted
never started
chance missed



chance encounter
preordained well-met
reckless driving
pending calamity
calculated risk
first step to war
born on one’s birthday
not a coincidence


5s ‘n 7s

as ripe as a seed
and sour as a grin
steady as notions
chance mind of the wind
sweet as a salt lick
stalwart as a reed
love, trying again


serious questions
convoluted words
complex avoidance
twisty sentences
simple sophistry
tortuous answers
pass the turkey, please


Last Chance Happiness
Hotel, Cafe, Bar, Pool Hall
Here & Nowhere Else
You play and pay in one place
Back Door’s neglected mention


chance discovery
‘tween blue sky and deep blue sea
an anomaly
sunset light and island life
silhouette of you and me


ghouls for a fan base
feed on notoriety
no chance privacy
camera bombed, pose your face
happy anonymity


chance or happenstance
perchance serendipity
our coincidence


waiting for a chance
vertical → horizontal
to slow ways of dance


The Olio and Salmagundi of Quotes

A lifetime isn’t forever, so take the first chance, don’t wait for the second one! Because sometimes, there aren’t second chances! And if it turns out to be a mistake? So what! This is life! A whole bunch of mistakes! But if you never get a second chance…
~C JoyBell C

Sometimes you don’t get a second chance. You need to take a chance when you have the opportunity. Always.
~Gavin MacLeod


For me, my travels have been the chance to go to a place that already exists in my imagination.
~Hugo Pratt

You must try to generate happiness within yourself. If you aren’t happy in one place, chances are you won’t be happy anyplace.
~Ernie Banks


All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire.

Perhaps one of the only positive pieces of advice that I was ever given was that supplied by an old courtier who observed: Only two rules really count. Never miss an opportunity to relieve yourself; never miss a chance to sit down and rest your feet.
~King Edward VIII


A good man often appears gauche simply because he does not take advantage of the myriad mean little chances of making himself look stylish. Preferring truth to form, he is not constantly at work upon the facade of his appearance.
~Alanis Morissette

I think women are concerned too much with their clothes. Men don’t really care that much about women’s clothes. If they like a girl, chances are they’ll like her clothes.
~Hedy Lamarr


Desperation is like stealing from the Mafia: you stand a good chance of attracting the wrong attention.
~Douglas Horton

Notions of chance and fate are the preoccupations of men engaged in rash undertakings.
~Cormac Mccarthy


Those who trust to chance must abide by the results of chance.
~Calvin Coolidge

Alas, by the time Fate caught up with my life, Chance had it all planned.
~Robert Brault


No second chances at a single moment.
~Jeanette Winterson

Every second we have a second chance to do something we haven’t done yet. That’s why it’s called a second and not a first.
~Robert J Braathe


I’ve learned that making a ‘living’ is not the same thing as making a ‘life’. I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.
~Maya Angelou

May your days abound with second chances and your heart be strong and vulnerable enough to choose the unseen and the unknown.
~Holly Elissa Bruno


Let Tomorrow be your second chance to prove that you are better than today and yesterday.
~Ritu Ghatourey

Every second a seeker can start over,
For his life’s mistakes
Are initial drafts
And not the final version.
~Sri Chinmoy


Every moment of your life is a second chance.
~Rick Price

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Editor’s Note: A sadly neglected directory of theme words for the Post & Review has been amended and updated online. Altho detours and distractions are to be expected when exploring the thick woods of words and ideas, this editor apologizes to anyone encountering a roadblock to curiosity anywhere on this site.

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Links to earlier works, including the Prologue to Archipelago


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Quoted In The Grove:
Many Chinese saw opium as a poison introduced by foreign enemies.
~Robert Trout

The poison came in liquid, she was naked all the time.
~Tom Petty

I’m candy-coated poison, and you should not believe anything else.
~Chael Sonnen

Human brutes, like other beasts, find snares and poison in the provision of life, and are allured by their appetites to their destruction.
~Jonathan Swift


Next Time Exercise Prompt: chance


Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.

Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.
~Saint Augustine

I know from personal experience how damaging it can be to live with bitterness and unforgiveness. I like to say it’s like taking poison and hoping your enemy will die. And it really is that harmful to us to live this way.
~Joyce Meyer

He who physics himself poisons a fool.

People go forward in life. Bitterness and grudges and resentments only poison it.
~David Furnish


Lessons from jealousy and anger: sometimes the poison-keeper gets poisoned.
~Terri Guillemets

If you keep these old carcasses about you, they will poison and destroy your life. Go bury your sorrows, and do not dig them up again.
~J W Blosser

No matter what we call it, poison is still poison, death is still death, and industrial civilization is still causing the greatest mass extinction in the history of the planet.
~Derrick Jensen

I always say I stumbled on the information about the poison in Hinkley’s drinking water because I was sort of stumbling about in my life at that time generally, as a single mother.
~Erin Brockovich

Too many members of Congress seem willing to give corporate polluters, many of whom happen to be major political donors, a free pass to poison the air.
~Sheldon Whitehouse

We have no right to poison, to eat up, to chew, to pollute this wonderful country of ours. We are required to save it and purify it and protect it.
~Walter F Mondale

Live or die, but don’t poison everything.
~Anne Sexton


It’s interesting to note that when something like a virus tries to poison us, the first thing our bodies do is heat up. We burn away the infection. Maybe that’s what Earth is doing to us.
~Simon Toyne

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Posted From The Grove

Woes and wonders of Power,
that tonic hell,
synthesis of poison and panacea.
~Emile M Cioran

Authority poisons everybody who takes authority on himself.
~Golda Meir

Power is poison. Its effect on Presidents had always been tragic.
~Henry Adams

In every tyrant’s heart there springs in the end this poison, that he cannot trust a friend.


There is poison in the fang of the serpent, in the mouth of the fly and in the sting of a scorpion; but the wicked man is saturated with it.

Falsehood is Poison — dangerous when placed In Truth enough to hide the Bitter Taste.
~Arthur Guiterman

Not all poison was bitter. Some of the deadliest poisons in the world tasted sweet; they were that much more dangerous because of it.
~Nenia Campbell

There are certain persons for whom pure Truth is a poison.
~Andre Maurois


But when there is a lack of honor in government, the morals of the whole people are poisoned.
~Herbert Hoover

Integrity is the lifeblood of democracy. Deceit is a poison in its veins.
~Edward Kennedy


In a global world, nationalism is a fantasy, and it’s poison. It used to be appropriate, but it’s not anymore, and we haven’t learned that lesson yet.
~Tim Minchin

The poison of selfishness destroys the world.
~Catherine Of Siena


Leaders at the top of al Qaeda’s hierarchy, the evidence shows, completed plans and obtained the materials required to manufacture two biological toxins – botulinum and salmonella – and the chemical poison cyanide.
~Barton Gellman

At first the English were very surprised by our disregarding the Hague Convention. But from 1916 onward they used at least as much poison as we did.
~Otto Hahn

In 1961, the United States began chemical warfare in Vietnam, South Vietnam, chemical warfare to destroy crops and livestock. That went on for seven years. The level of poison – they used the most extreme carcinogen known: dioxin. And this went on for years.
~Noam Chomsky

No one doubts that poison gas was used in Syria. But there is every reason to believe it was used, not by the Syrian Army, but by opposition forces to provoke intervention by their powerful foreign patrons, who would be siding with the fundamentalists.
~Vladimir Putin

I knew that the Hague Convention prohibited the use of poison in war. I didn’t know the details of the terms of the Convention, but I did know of that prohibition.
~Otto Hahn

Politics are very much like war. We may even have to use poison gas at times.
~Winston Churchill

The internal effects of a mutable policy poisons the blessings of liberty itself.
~James Madison


Nuclear tests poison the environment ‒ and they also poison the political climate. They breed mistrust, isolation and fear.
~Ban Ki-moon

Politics is comparable to boxing. The only thing is that in politics there are basically no rules. In boxing, you can get a black eye, but in politics you can get poison in your food or a bullet in the head. It’s definitely rougher and tougher than other sports.
~Wladimir Klitschko

Moreover, the accomplishment of Russia’s aims has been greatly simplified by the fact that we have heretofore offered the world no practical antidote for the Russian poison.
~James Forrestal

Development cooperation between nations is very important because it is one of the building blocks of shared peace, prosperity, and human rights for all. It is one of the antidotes to the poison of xenophobia.
~Winnie Byanyima


We should not underestimate that: the Chinese people’s ignorance. Thousands of years of despotism had been such a poison that their understanding of modern politics is even inferior to that of the black slaves and other immigrants.
~Sun Yat-sen (1866 ‒ 1925) hero to Mainland China and Taiwan

Revolutionary war is an antitoxin which not only eliminates the enemy’s poison but also purges us of our own filth.
~Mao Zedong (1893 ‒ 1976) founder People’s Republic of China

Hatred is corrosive of a person’s wisdom and conscience; the mentality of enmity can poison a nation’s spirit, instigate brutal life and death struggles, destroy a society’s tolerance and humanity, and block a nation’s progress to freedom and democracy.
~Liu Xiaobo (12/28/55 – 07/13 /17) Nobel Peace Prize 2010


~Emily Downe: Worlds Apart (2:58) meditation on religion and science


~Max Sherman: Chloe Cherry Likes Her Men Like Her Tea (2:09) a meditation on temperature, less edifying, more entertaining


~Erica Eng: Poison (2:00) the littlest bit preachy, but it’s addiction that wants help


~Kim Kyungsik: Ballerino bro . poison (music: primary poison) (4:31) brush-by and reply, dance is the language


~Runway Journal: Poison and Cure, 2019 (7:09) posited question: Hiroshima ‒ cure or poison


On the one hand Twitter gives you the opportunity to engage with people, which is great, but on the other there are people who feel they can say whatever they want, put poison out there, really, without fear of any repercussions.
~Michael Sheen

Toxic people sell you short. When you listen to them, you give them power, that’s when you sell yourself short.
~Tony Curl


The Chattanooga killer was inspired by a foreign terror organization. It’s hard to entangle which particular source… there are lots of competing poisons out there.
~James Comey

I’ve noticed a lot of people are very bold and blustery on Twitter because it’s easy to do that with the poison keyboard and a hundred and forty characters.
~Kellyanne Conway


The idea of some people being less than people is poison to any society and needs to be named as such in order to halt its spread before it turns the soul of a society septic.
~Richard Flanagan

I will not sit in a room with black people when the N word is used. I know it was meant to belittle a person, so I will not sit there and have that poison put on me. Now a black person can say, ‘Oh, you know, I can use this word because I’m black.’
~Maya Angelou

If you allow one single germ, one single seed of slavery to remain in the soil of America… that germ will spring up, that noxious weed will thrive, and again stifle the growth, wither the leaves, blast the flowers and poison the fair fruits of freedom.
~Ernestine Rose


Where the poison wind blows a deadly plague spreading negativity, viciously unto every city.
~Louis Eric Barrier

The American fascist would prefer not to use violence. His method is to poison the channels of public information.
~Henry A Wallace

Universal education is the most corroding and disintegrating poison that liberalism has ever invented for its own destruction.
~Adolf Hitler

A bad book is the worse that it cannot repent. It has not been the devil’s policy to keep the masses of mankind in ignorance; but finding that they will read, he is doing all in his power to poison their books.
~John Kenneth Galbraith

Bigotry has always been the poison of America, and we oughta do everything to eradicate it with no excuses or explanations.
~Chuck Schumer

Although slavery may have been abolished, the crippling poison of racism still persists, and the struggle still continues.
~Harry Belafonte


Those who enjoy their own emotionally bad health and who habitually fill their own minds with the rank poisons of suspicion, jealousy and hatred, as a rule take umbrage at those who refuse to do likewise, and they find a perverted relief in trying to denigrate them.
~Johannes Brahms

Politicians are usually the first to forget that if you assume someone else is acting in bad faith, they will do the same to you. Questioning motives poisons the well.
~John Sununu


The past could liberate or imprison ‒ it creates a nation’s character, provides the nourishment or the poison a people imbibe in their very marrow.
~F Sionil Jose


I own one movie by fellow Swede Ingmar Bergman, because I have to. You can’t be a movie critic with a collection of six or seven hundred DVDs that includes everything from ‘Tokyo Story‘ to ‘Poison Ivy: The New Seduction‘ and not have a Bergman movie.
~Steve Erickson

What you have now is a Hollywood that is pure poison. Hollywood was a central place in the history of art in the 20th century: it was human idealism preserved. And then, like any great place, it collapsed, and it collapsed into the most awful machinery in the world.
~Emir Kusturica

You can have villains like the Penguin, who strut around in a tuxedo with an umbrella, and Poison Ivy and all of the fantastic stuff she does, but unless there’s a bit of a human in there, and unless there’s a credible threat, then Batman himself doesn’t work.
~Paul Dini


I think this is a trait that runs throughout the queer community, the obsession with the hyper-feminine female villains. And we see it in Disney movies and in movies like ‘Death Becomes Her,’ and in characters like Poison Ivy and Catwoman.
~Jinkx Monsoon

With ‘Poison,’ I’m sure some people just hated the movie, but it also got caught up into a debate about arts funding because it was a film that received a National Endowment for the Arts Public Grant, and it won the prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
~Todd Haynes

By the time I finished ‘Poison,’ the New Queer Cinema was branded, and I was associated with this. In many ways, it formed me as a filmmaker, like as a feature filmmaker I never set out to be.
~Todd Haynes

We all love a bit of ‘true love conquers all,’ and when I started on ‘Poison,’ ‘Charm‘ and ‘Beauty,’ that was one rule of the fairy tale formula that I didn’t want to break.
~Sarah Pinborough


In ‘Remember the Night,’ love reformed her and corrupted him, which gave us the finely balanced moral that one man’s meat is another man’s poison.
~Preston Sturges ‘

I love 3-D, and for certain movies it can be really great, and for certain movies it can be poison.
~Jon M Chu

The Internet offers the ability for people to consume poison and radicalize entirely in private, either through a device they’re holding in their hands or inside their house.
~James Comey

I don’t know about you, but I feel like my day begins by blinking my eyes open, grabbing my phone, and just pouring poison directly into my cerebellum.
~Moshe Kasher

The smartest thing I did was to stop going online. I’m the sort of person who will just look for the negative ‒ Michael really can’t understand it, but that’s just the way I am. And with my bipolar thing, that’s poison. So I just stopped. Cold turkey. And it’s so liberating.
~Catherine Zeta-Jones


We are able to find everything in our memory, which is like a dispensary or chemical laboratory in which chance steers our hand sometimes to a soothing drug and sometimes to a dangerous poison.
~Marcel Proust

Most of us are shrinking in the face of psycho-social and physical poisons, of the toxins of our world. But compassion, the generation of compassion, actually mobilizes our immunity.
~Joan Halifax


~Omeleto: Love Ya Like Poison (12:01) being family


~Lindsay Sharp: Enchanted (2007) (2:44) Poison • Poison Apple Scene


~Movieclips: Arsenic and Old Lace (2:40) Gentleman in the Window Seat scene
Cary Grant frantic with discovery


~Piper McKenzie: The Poison Kiss (17:48 ) old style B & W, in time for Halloween


You read about poor people having Botox go wrong and you think: ‘Well, what the bloody hell were you doing?’ Why would you inject yourself with poison? And why are we spending so much time looking at ourselves? I just don’t get it.
~Imelda Staunton

Botox, I think, is poison, I would never put it into my face, and I’m needle-phobic. I spend a lot of time keeping my face out of the sun and taking care of my skin and wearing make-up.
~Joan Collins

Feeling ‘ugly’ or ‘unattractive’ seeps into your life like poison, and it affects everything. Feeling worthless does the same. We internalise these limitations, and it takes an internal revolution to get rid of them.
~Rupi Kaur

I know how to make a record that commercial radio or Triple J will smash now… It’s kind of hard to stay true and write what you would write if you didn’t have that in your head. Because I know I can get way more airplay and get this much bigger… and that’s what I’m trying to avoid doing. Trying to avoid the poisons of success.

Ego is probably one of the biggest poisons we can have ‒ it’s toxic to any environment.
~Jonny Kim

There’s a long way to fall when you pretend that you’re so far away from the earth, far away from reality, floating in a bubble that’s protected by fame or success. It’s scary, and it’s the thing I fear the most: to be swallowed up by that bubble. It can be poison to you, fame.

Glory is a heavy burden, a murdering poison, and to bear it is an art. And to have that art is rare.
~Oriana Fallaci


The instinct of nearly all societies is to lock up anybody who is truly free. First, society begins by trying to beat you up. If this fails, they try to poison you. If this fails too, the finish by loading honors on your head.
~Jean Cocteau

The world could bring you poison in a jewelled cup, or surprising gifts. Sometimes you didn’t know which of them it was.
~Guy Gavriel Kay


You can be a famous poisoner or a successful poisoner, but not both, and the same seems to apply to Great Train Robbers.
~Clive Anderson

Publicity is like poison; it doesn’t hurt unless you swallow it.
~Joe Paterno

The poison dart hidden in the raisin tart.
~Christopher Paolini

You have three groups. One who is happy. Then players who are doubtful, but still feel they have a chance. And then, you have the losers at that moment, who will go to the second group and try to influence them. They are poison for your team. At Inter, and also at Crystal Palace, you’ve got to get rid of those players.
~Frank de Boer

Negative social media can ruin a player. Reading your mentions? It’s poison.
~Jason Witten

Golf’s ultimate moral instruction directs us to find within ourselves a pivotal center of enjoyment: relax into a rhythm that fits the hills and swales, and play the shot at hand ‒ not the last one, or the next one, but the one at your feet, in the poison ivy, where you put it.
~John Updike


I think about it as not so much ‘I need to get it out of me,’ it’s not that my thoughts are poison, I just want to write good music.
~Aldous Harding

It was quite frightening to be asked to write the music of a Western because there are so many things that you can refer to that can be cliche, and that could really poison your mind, from Morricone, to Bernstein, to Neil Young. So much music has been written for Westerns, that you wonder how you’re going to find a new or different idea.
~Alexandre Desplat

I must make my own way, and when I’m into things is when I do them best. If I’m not ready to perform and I do anyway, it’s like feeding the people poison.
~Rita Marley


If you are a pop band, don’t say you’re a metal band. Poison and Warrant were about as metal as the Backstreet Boys.
~Geezer Butler (of Black Sabbath)

We were never the cool band to like. They tried to put us into a hair-metal thing, but we weren’t really Warrant or Poison. We were always outside the box. I think we had a little niche that nobody had ‒ maybe the funkiness had something to do with it.
~Nuno Bettencourt (of Extreme)


Most bands have a two-year success rate. By the third year, it’s sort of over. Here we are in Poison still together 26 years later.
~Bret Michaels

I’m not financially insecure anymore either so I don’t have to sit there and get on the latest Poison tour just to make money, which is what a lot of them are doing.
~Kip Winger (of Winger)


Amazing, the poisons I used to put in my body. I used to love it.
~Ronnie Wood (Rolling Stones)


My inspiration is everything that the human being gets up to. I don’t listen to any music when I’m in PiL-zone, because influences can poison your well. Otherwise, I listen to anything.
~John Lydon (of Sex Pistols)


~Poison: Every Rose Has Its Thorn (4:44) obligatory opening, then concert cuts, herding chaos


~Nicole Scherzinger: Poison (3:55) spicy


~zimperliese: Christopher Lee sings Name Your Poison (3:56) a bit of bizarre, no apologies


~Soul Scratch: Poison (3:27) temptation in white, chocolate poison


~Shikai: Poison Ivy Session (2:32) photo shoot to music


~Reba McEntire: Poison Sugar (2:50) for the rat


~ABC: Poison Arrow (3:06) NY glitz approach to love


~Echo Black: Poison Apple (3:52) gender ambiguous in time for Halloween


~Vivian Grillo: Poison Apple (3:35) a different sort of sizzzzle


~davidagreen: Verve Pipe • Penny Is Poison (3:45) sung to nightmarish Halloween clips


~Ghostface Killah: Poisonous Darts – Master Iller (2:31) old kung fu masters fighting to rap music, it’s the choreography


~Alice Cooper: Poison (4:28) A. Cooper comes out against temptation?


~Poor Man’s Poison: Give And Take (3:17) certainly political, side uncertain


~Rita Ora: Poison (4:53) style and choice


At eighteen… Love, when he comes wandering like a lost angel at our door, is at once admitted, welcomed, embraced; his quiver is not seen; if his arrows penetrate, their wound is like a thrill of new life; there are no fears of poison, none of the barb which no leech’s hand can extract; that perilous passion…
~Charlotte Brontë

Oh! if I am deceived, let me be deceived still. Let me live in the Elysium of those soft looks; poison me with kisses, kill me with smiles…
~William Hazlitt


My heart pumps yet the poison draught of you.
~William Empson

Heartbreak wanders throughout the body ‒ it’s a lack of oxygen to the soul, a chain dragging from the mind, a poisoning of the blood, a sorrowful symphony drowning out all else.
~Terri Guillemets

If you are in a toxic relationship, that poisons you everywhere else in your life.
~Matthew Hussey

The poison leaves bit by bit, not all at once. Be patient. You are healing.
~Yasmin Mogahed

The moment an ill can be patiently handled, it is disarmed of its poison, though not of its pain.
~Henry Ward Beecher

Belladonna, n.: In Italian a beautiful lady; in English a deadly poison. A striking example of the essential identity of the two tongues.
~Ambrose Bierce

Marriage is a custom brought about by women who then proceed to live off men and destroy them, completely enveloping the man in a destructive cocoon or eating him away like a poisonous fungus on a tree.
~Richard Harris (twice married)

Most of the Women’s Libbers I knew really didn’t want to have a piece of the men’s pie. They thought that pie was kind of poisonous, toxic, really full of weapons, poison gases, all kinds of mean junk we didn’t even want a slice of.
~Grace Paley

I think that testosterone is a rare poison.
~Germaine Greer

We hear a lot about this phrase ‘toxic masculinity’ but I think the real poison in manhood is silence.
~John Whaite

Don’t show a friend your gift, or your bag of money if you still want to maintain your relationship, but if nay, go on, and all you’ll see is hate and jealousy, and you’ll fight with him in the street like a dog and all you’ll feel is regret.
~Michael Bassey Johnson

See how fortune deludes us, and that which we put carefully into her hands, she either breaks or lets it fall from her hands, or causes it to be removed by the violence of another, or suffocates and poisons, or taints with suspicion, fear and jealousy to the great hurt and ruin of the possessor.
~Giordano Bruno

It was then first the poison of envy infected the pleasures of youth!……
~Mark Twain

Alas! they had been friends in youth;
but whispering tongues can poison truth.
~Samuel Taylor Coleridge

For the poison of hatred seated near the heart doubles the burden for the one who suffers the disease; he is burdened with his own sorrow, and groans on seeing another’s happiness.

Education, whatever else it should or should not be, must be an inoculation against the poisons of life and an adequate equipment in knowledge and skill for meeting the chances of life.
~Havelock Ellis

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Laughter relieves us of superfluous energy, which, if it remained unused, might become negative, that is, poison. Laughter is the antidote.
~George Gurdjieff

There have always been mixed emotions about Howard Cosell. Some people hate him like poison, and other people just hate him regular.
~Buddy Hackett

It’s not good for comedy to be like, ‘Thanks for liking me.’ Being popular is poison.
~Zach Galifianakis

I like boysenberry. I have no idea what it is. And it sounds like poison ‒ which is terrifying ‒ but you can’t hold a name against a flavor. If you did that, everyone would hate Crunchberries.
~Rob Riggle

What do you get if you cross poison ivy with a four-leaf clover? You get a rash of good luck.
~Wayne Rich (in Boys’ Live)

Patrick… means nothing to me. He is a bootlicker. If shoe polish was poison, he’d be dead.
~Richard Ojeda

There are millions of ways for people to die, if you number each vital organ, each ways it can fail, all the poisons from the earth and the sea which can cause these failures.
~Steven Brust

A little poison now and then: that makes for pleasant dreams. And a lot of poison at the end, for a pleasant death.
~Friedrich Nietzsche

The coward’s weapon, poison.
~John Fletcher

When poison becomes a habit, it ceases to injure: make your soul gradually acquainted with death.
~Saib Tabrizi

Men become accustomed to poison by degrees.
~Victor Hugo


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I cannot put this poison on my skin. I do not use anything synthetic.
~Gisele Bundchen

Gossip is poison.
~Gisele Bundchen

Rumour, gossip, slander ‒ single drops of poison can pollute an entire system.
~Bettany Hughes

The ignorant mind, with its infinite afflictions, passions, and evils, is rooted in the three poisons. Greed, anger, and delusion.

Poison cannot penetrate the hand that is free of wounds.
~Thich Nhat Hanh


A dream has power to poison sleep; We rise —
One wandering thought pollutes the day…
~Terri Guillemets

One of the most healing things you can do is recognize where in your life you are your own poison.
~Steve Maraboli

But teach a man how to fish, and he’ll be dead of mercury poisoning inside of three years.
~Fitzhugh Tuoti

Everything I eat has been proved by some writer or other to be a deadly poison. Everything I don’t eat has been proved indispensable to life!
~George Bernard Shaw

The white meat of chicken is therefore the essence of a light diet and dark meat is poison.
~Martin H Fischer

All things are poisons, for there is nothing without poisonous qualities. It is only the dose which makes a thing poison.


Progress would not have been the rarity it is if the early food had not been the late poison.
~Walter Bagehot

I’m a raw vegan, and I perceive pharmaceuticals to be poison.
~Nadya Suleman

By calling GMOs ‘poison’ and ‘evil,’ Bill… poisons the well of reasoned scientific discussion with ideologically driven fear mongering.
~Kyle Hill

What is food to one man may be fierce poison to others.

A relative of poison ivy and poison sumac, the cashew contains the same rash-inducing chemicals, known as urushiols, as its kin.
~Kate Christensen


Everybody’s got their poison, and mine is sugar.
~Derrick Rose

We have too many poisons in our diets now, like sugar and caffeine.
~Jasmine Guinness

One man’s poison ivy is another man’s spinach.
~George Ade


We wouldn’t have to speak so critically if businesses would stop feeding dead animals to live ones, putting non-food substances into food, tinkering with genetic codes, and spraying the countryside with poisons.
~Donella Meadows

Someone needs to remind American CEOs that if you can’t run a company that is innovative, financially sound and doesn’t poison the rest of us, You can’t run a company.
~Hal Sparks

There is such a thing as food and such a thing as poison. But the damage done by those who pass off poison as food is far less than that done by those who generation after generation convince people that food is poison.
~Paul Goodman

Fake fat, fake colours, fake flavours, fake sweeteners: this is poison.
~Jillian Michaels

There’s no reason that we need to be counting things and adding things up in order to sit down and eat a meal. I enjoy eating so much; I don’t want to do match every time I eat.
~Rory Freedman

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@Writers Platform

To replace thought by reverie is to confound poison with nourishment.
~Victor Hugo

My hypochondria is really a proficiency in sucking out of every incident of life, whatever it may be, the greatest possible quantity of poison for my own use.
~Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

A writer has to be driven crazy to help him to see. A writer needs his poisons.
~Philip Roth

Who writes poetry imbibes honey from the poisoned lips of life.
~William Rose Benet


It wasn’t until I started to do ‘Poison River’ that the readership started falling. ‘Poison River‘ started out very slowly and simply, but then it got really dense and complicated. I don’t know, I think the readers just got fed up or burned out. They started dropping off.
~Gilbert Hernandez

Pleasure only starts once the worm has got into the fruit, to become delightful happiness must be tainted with poison.
~Georges Bataille


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

It’s a terrible poison, writing.
~A S Byatt

There are not many persons who know what wonders are opened to them in the stories and visions of their youth; for when as children we listen and dream, we think but half-formed thoughts, and when as men we try to remember, we are dulled and prosaic with the poison of life.
~H P Lovecraft

Eggs is a kind of a plucky, brave 11-year-old boy who thinks he is a boxtroll. And he’s kind of one of these mythological feral children who are raised in isolation of humanity and, by virtue of that, have a deeper connection to humanity because they’ve been raised away from the poisons of society.
~Isaac Hempstead Wright


Nothing can have as its destination anything other than its origin. The contrary idea, the idea of progress, is poison.
~Simone Weil

Ah, no, far be from me a thought which I loathe like poison.
~Giuseppe Garibaldi

I’ll tell you something that’s completely true – you can, as a man, obtain everything you want with the truth. If you lie, first of all you’ve got to be a very good lying actor, which is tres difficile. And it’s going to give you poison inside the body.
~Jean Reno


Prewritten Prompt: poison


We live in a world that is filled with filth and sleaze, a world that reeks of evil. You cannot afford that filthy poison to touch you. Stay away from it. Avoid it.
~Gordon B Hinckley

Whatever man uses without the fear of God, whatever he applies to the mere gratifying of his flesh, cannot fail to operate as a poison to the soul, however pleasant and salutary it may appear to be to the body.
~Johann Arndt

Sinful and forbidden pleasures are like poisoned bread; they may satisfy appetite for the moment, but there is death in them at the end.
~Tryon Edwards

There is death in every road and every choice. Life is a poison to avoid or a present to unwrap, endless temptation or an education, a dread and daily trap to endure or a step into adventure. Only the ending isn’t a choice.
~author unknown


Those of us who were brought up as Christians and have lost our faith have retained the sense of sin without the saving belief in redemption. This poisons our thought and so paralyses us in action.
~Cyril Connolly

The poison of skepticism becomes, like alcoholism, tuberculosis, and some other diseases, much more virulent in a hitherto virgin soil.
~Simone Weil

Puritanism, in whatever expression, is a poisonous germ. On the surface everything may look strong and vigorous; yet the poison works its way persistently, until the entire fabric is doomed.
~Emma Goldman


God was alive when this universe exploded into existence. He was alive when Socrates drank his poison. He was the living God when William Bradford governed Plymouth Colony. He was the living God in 1966 when Thomas Altizer proclaimed him dead and Time magazine absolutely absurdly put it on the front cover.
~John Piper

All the religions are basically good, but there’s something about organised religion that leads to corruptness and poison.
~Jimmy Barnes

I believe that pluralistic secularism, in the long run, is a more deadly poison than straightforward persecution.
~Francis Schaeffer

We establish no religion in this country, nor will we ever. But we poison our society when we remove its theological underpinnings. We court corruption when we leave society devoid of belief.
~Jeff Miller


In morals, theosophy builds its teachings on the unity, seeing in each form the expression of a common life, and therefore the fact that what injures one injures all. To do evil i.e., to throw poison into the life-blood of humanity, is a crime against the unity.
~Annie Besant

Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition.
~Adam Smith

I am not a sun person at all. I think it’s a cancerous poison and I don’t want it touching me.
~Rachel Kushner

Worry is the stomach’s worst poison.
Alfred Nobel

Slowly the poison the whole blood stream fills.
It is not the effort nor the failure tires.
The waste remains, the waste remains and kills.
~William Empson

Good humor is the health of the soul, sadness is its poison.
~Lord Chesterfield


Most human beings have enough sense to know that if they work in a city that has a serious smog problem, it’s wise to either stay indoors or at least wear a mask that will filter out the poison. But cigarette smokers have their own little concentrated toxic smog pack that they don’t avoid.
~Ray Comfort

one pain is cured by another. catch some new infection in your eye and the poison of the old one would die
~William Shakespeare


Scorpios know that sometimes the poison is the cure.
~Author unknown

There are poisons that blind you, and poisons that open your eyes.
~August Strindberg

All things are poisons, for there is nothing without poisonous qualities. It is only the dose which makes a thing poison.

Every day you use dozens of products that have strong chemicals in them, but remember, the only difference between poison and medicine is dosage.
~Aubrey McClendon

Poisons and medicine are oftentimes the same substance given with different intents.
~Peter Latham

Even nectar is poison if taken to excess.
~Hindu proverb

Everything is toxic. That’s the point. You can’t avoid toxins. Thinking you can is just another symptom of the toxic overload stage.
~Jane Smiley


Chemotherapy isn’t good for you. So when you feel bad, as I am feeling now, you think, ‘Well that is a good thing because it’s supposed to be poison. If it’s making the tumor feel this queasy, then I’m OK with it.’
~Christopher Hitchens

In America, we have always taken it as an article of faith that we ‘battle’ cancer; we attack it with knives, we poison it with chemotherapy or we blast it with radiation. If we are fortunate, we ‘beat’ the cancer. If not, we are posthumously praised for having ‘succumbed after a long battle.’
~Abraham Verghese

I’d just lie around all day. It’s the chemo, the poison they pump into you. Sometimes I’d be walking across the room and think, ‘There it is; I got to rest.’ And I had to, right then.
~Daniel Woodrell

Having breast cancer is massive amounts of no fun. First they mutilate you; then they poison you; then they burn you. I have been on blind dates better than that.
~Molly Ivins


§ The Exercise:

the reveal

meditating pondering that last thought alive
sensing with certainty the moment arrived
wondering if welcome happily knowing it
ready for answers agreeably showing it
or cheated of seasons feel the loss keenly
lodged alone with love or lived out uniquely
feeling unfinished regretting it deeply
best of breed to bad seed gross and unseemly

a song meant for all voices, pleading and not letting it
forgetting life’s reason, revolting and upsetting it
life’s house full of choices, but selling or subletting it
marginal betting on nettings in business and fretting it
bombs fall like tears, local threats and not sweating it
world full of poisons, opinions and toxins
no longer matter to these occupied coffins
death may have answers to souls no longer boxed in


5s ‘n 7s

eat poisoned apples
spit out bitter seeds
sprout iffy choices
watering the weeds
dirt riddled compost
filth rated fertile
class teacher, miss deeds


what brings down towers
destroys a promise
burns and tarnishes
scorched reputations
aborts a future?
prison’s poison did
a poisoned pen is


Love’s magic, moist, compelling
Cupid’s arrow poison tipp’d
Words fight, insults camouflaged
Toxic tongue, slow acid dripp’d
Your. One. Job… Follow. The script!


poison pen letter
bitter with disappointment
roasted his nuts good
toasted and booted his butt good
dog shit in the neighborhood


toll road to wisdom
full paid in hard consequence
sure cure in the coin
medicine in the murder
born to swallow the poison


suspicious poison
bright intelligent eyes light
smile warm as the sun


suspicion’s poison
squander the good-will offered
wonders at welcome


synthetic falsehoods
call a truth into question
sly poison of lies

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The Olio and Salmagundi of Quotes

If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge?
~William Shakespeare

I wish I could throw off the thoughts which poison my happiness, but I take a kind of pleasure in indulging them.
~Frederic Chopin


Snake’s poison is life to the snake; it is in relation to man that it means death.

Poison. The perfect weapon for a snake.
~Suzanne Collins


We know it is impossible to go on finding, moving and wasting oil, leveling forests, paving land, dumping poisons, and multiplying our numbers. A new way of life, a new set of thoughts must be found.
~Donella Meadows

I am especially grateful, however, to have known the fifties, before we began to poison our own civilization ‒ or at least before the effects of the poison began to be felt.
~Orson Scott Card


Illness is the result of improper removal of toxins from the body. Oxygen is the vital factor which assists the body in removing toxins.
~Ed McCabe

Organisms don’t think of CO2 as a poison. Plants and organisms that make shells, coral, think of it as a building block.
~Janine Benyus

Despite its obscurity, probably no element on the periodic table has as colorful a history as antimony. Money, madness, poison, linguistics, charlatanism, sex – pretty much every theme that runs through the periodic table can be found in Element 51.
~Sam Kean


Politeness is the poison of collaboration.
~Edwin Land

My praise is perhaps an unforgivable poison.
~Liu Xiaobo


We poison our lives with fear of burglary and shipwreck, and, ask anyone, the house is never burgled, and the ship never goes down.
~Jean Anouilh

Fear has the role we give it. We are able to empower or poison ourselves to whatever degree we want. This is the beauty of our design.
~Steve Maraboli

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The Olio:
Quotes harvested from:
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Fun Tarts: https://gocomics.com


The Salmagundi:
Video Harvest:
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