Archive for November, 2020

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Quoted in The Grove:   voice

There is nothing more important to true growth than realizing that you are not the voice of the mind – you are the one who hears it.
~Michael A Singer

It is not the voice that commands the story; it is the ear.
~Italo Calvino

Stop a minute, right where you are. Relax your shoulders, shake your head and spine like a dog shaking off cold water. Tell that imperious voice in your head to be still.
~Barbara Kingsolver

What a liberation to realize that the ‘voice in my head’ is not who I am. ‘Who am I, then?’ The one who sees that.
~Eckhart Tolle


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Exercise Prompt for 11/22:   avatar

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“Do the other kids make fun of you? For how you talk?’
‘So why don’t you do something about it? You could learn to talk differently, you know.’
‘But this is my voice. How would you be able to tell when I was talking?”
~Lauren Oliver

In the early years, I found a voice that was my voice and also partly my father’s voice. But isn’t that what you always do? Why do kids at 5 years old go into the closet and put their daddy’s shoes on? Hey, my kids do it.
~Bruce Springsteen

Everyone finds their voice at different times in their life.
~Lilly Singh

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Posted from the Grove

Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge’.
~Isaac Asimov

The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
~Winston Churchill

The voice of the people is the voice of humbug.
~William Tecumseh Sherman

Those people should not be listened to who keep saying the voice of the people is the voice of God, since the riotousness of the crowd is always very close to madness.

The voice of the people has been said to be the voice of God; and, however generally this maxim has been quoted and believed, it is not true to fact. The people are turbulent and changing, they seldom judge or determine right.
~Alexander Hamilton

The People’s voice is odd;
It is, and it is not,
the voice of God.
~Alexander Pope



~Theater Osnabrueck:  Voice Over   (2:13)   choreographed


~Fiction Clemens:  Voice   (2:28)   video poem



We are a nation of immigrants. We are the children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the ones who wanted a better life, the driven ones, the ones who woke up at night hearing that voice telling them that life in that place called America could be better.
~Mitt Romney

The educated ones leave, the ones with the potential to right the wrongs. They leave the weak behind. The tyrants continue to reign because the weak cannot resist. Do you not see that it is a cycle? Who will break that cycle?
~Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The voice of the intelligence is drowned out by the roar of fear. It is ignored by the voice of desire. It is contradicted by the voice of shame. It is biased by hate and extinguished by anger. Most of all it is silenced by ignorance.
~Karl Menninger

The voice of passion is better than the voice of reason. The passionless cannot change history.
~Czeslaw Milosz

The voice of the intellect is a soft one, but it does not rest until it has gained a hearing.
~Sigmund Freud

Even the blind and meek and voiceless have gods.
~Terry Pratchett




I drink booze, I smoke, and I’m hooked on caffeine. I actually have been known to swear at times and belch and even raise my voice when provoked. And I’m not physically repressed!
~Helena Bonham Carter

Even to me the issue of “stay small, sweet, quiet, and modest” sounds like an outdated problem, but the truth is that women still run into those demands whenever we find and use our voices.
~Brené Brown

If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice, or representation.
~Abigail Adams

It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.
~Madeleine Albright



~Mary Elizabeth Winstead:  So It Goes   (12:25)   when the voice ignites  


~Omeleto:  The Lion   (8:45)   voiceover gone overboard


~Patrick Cavanaugh:  One Voice   (7:13)   goofy fun



We all listen to two voices. One voice leads us to our vices. The other voice leads us to our virtues. One voice brings evil. One voice brings good. If you add a D to the beginning of the word evil you realize where vices come from. If you take away an O from the word good you realize where virtues come from. We all struggle with life at times. The key is to listen to the right voice.
~Tom Krause

Honesty is the voice that is acceptable in every matter.
~Steve Aylett


Conscience is the voice of the soul; the passions are the voice of the body
~Jean-Jacques Rousseau

The human voice can never reach the distance that is covered by the still small voice of conscience.
~Mohandas Gandhi

Conscience is the inner voice that warns us that someone might be looking.
~H L Mencken




The old jazz singers or old blues singers, you always just saw them kind of sitting down and singing. They weren’t worried as much about their voice sounding perfect. They would make the song kind of fit their voice.
~Lucinda Williams

The human voice is the first and most natural musical instrument, also the most emotional.
~Klaus Schulze

The human voice is the most beautiful instrument of all, but it is the most difficult to play.
~Richard Strauss


How wonderful is the human voice! It is indeed the organ of the soul. The intellect of man is enthroned visibly on his forehead and in his eye, and the heart of man is written on his countenance, but the soul, the soul reveals itself in the voice only.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.
~Maya Angelou

The tongue can paint what the eyes can’t see.
~Chinese Proverb

The voice is a human sound which nothing inanimate can perfectly imitate. It has an authority and an insinuating property which writing lacks. It is not merely so much air, but air modulated and impregnated with life.
~Joseph Joubert

Forget your voice, sing!
Forget your feet, dance!
Forget your life, live!
Forget yourself and be!
~Kamand Kojouri



~DNC Kids Choir:  Our National Anthem   (2:32)


Paul Simon’s — American Tune

~Simon & Garfunkel:  American Tune   (4:26)   the original


~Kurt Elling:  American Tune   (6:12)   passionate, patriotic


~The Knights NYC:   J S Bach:  The Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 / Paul Simon:  American Tune — featuring Christina Courtin   (15:28)   the Concerto, the Tune, the Concerto to finish — inspired performances


~Norah Jones:  American Anthem   (4:58)   Veterans Day montage



Man, you don’t know how I felt that afternoon when I heard that voice and it was my own voice.
~Muddy Waters

First of all, you have to understand that I’m like anybody else. When I hear my voice on a record I absolutely loathe my voice. I cannot stand my voice.
~Roger Daltrey

I got more used to my own voice, but still it’s hard for me to listen to my own voice, or hear the recordings.
~Meg White

Everything about filmmaking is incredibly weird, and there’s nothing natural about watching yourself on the big screen or hearing your voice. It’s that same thing that you feel when you watch yourself on a video camera and you hate the sound of your voice, it’s that times 800.
~Eddie Redmayne


Body language and tone of voice – not words – are our most powerful assessment tools.
~Christopher Voss

We often refuse to accept an idea merely because the tone of voice in which it has been expressed is unsympathetic to us.
~Friedrich Nietzsche





Somebody once said I had a face for radio and a voice for newspapers.
~Jerry Springer

May you live to be 100 and may the last voice you hear be mine.
~Frank Sinatra


On Undecided Voters: To put them in perspective, I think of being on an airplane. The flight attendant comes down the aisle with her food cart and, eventually, parks it beside my seat. ‘Can I interest you in the chicken??’ she asks. ‘Or would you prefer the platter of shit with bits of broken glass in it?’ To be undecided in this election is to pause for a moment and then ask how the chicken is cooked.
~David Sedaris

We stand today at a crossroads: One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other leads to total extinction. Let us hope we have the wisdom to make the right choice.
~Woody Allen

Whether we and our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do.
~Wendell Berry

Do you ever get the feeling that the only reason we have elections is to find out if the polls were right?
~Robert Orben

Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything.
~Joseph Stalin

The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don’t have to waste your time voting.
~Charles Bukowski

It’s election time, and once again you have to remember, isn’t it amazing how many wide open spaces there are, entirely surrounded by teeth?
~Henny Youngman

You have to remember one thing about the will of the people: it wasn’t that long ago that we were swept away by the Macarena.
~Jon Stewart

Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half have never voted for president. One hopes it is the same half.
~Gore Vidal

Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.
~James Bovard

I offer my opponents a bargain: if they will stop telling lies about us, I will stop telling the truth about them.
~Adlai Stevenson

A politician thinks of the next election; a statesman thinks of the next generation.
~James Freeman Clarke

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
~T S Eliot

Your voice dries up if you don’t use it.
~Patti Page



       Halloween’s blue moon arriving for work dressed in pumpkin orange



The human voice: It’s the instrument we all play. It’s the most powerful sound in the world, probably. It’s the only one that can start a war or say ‘I love you.’ And yet many people have the experience that when they speak, people don’t listen to them.
~Julian Treasure

It’s easier not to say anything. Shut your trap, button your lip, can it. All that crap you hear on TV about communication and expressing feelings is a lie. Nobody really wants to hear what you have to say.
~Laurie Halse Anderson

There’s really no such thing as the ‘voiceless’. There are only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard.
~Arundhati Roy

When people don’t express themselves, they die one piece at a time.
~Laurie Halse Anderson

I’m grateful that, after an early life of being silenced, sometimes violently, I grew up to have a voice, circumstances that will always bind me to the rights of the voiceless.
~Rebecca Solnit

It’s very often the artist who gives a voice to the voiceless by speaking up when no one else will.
~Barbra Streisand

The mere fact of an American being present could help save the lives of innocent people. That’s why I believe in the importance of bearing witness, to become a voice for the voiceless.
~Bianca Jagger

Albert Camus, a great humanist and existentialist voice, pointed out that to commit to a just cause with no hope of success is absurd. But then, he also noted that not committing to a just cause is equally absurd. But only one choice offers the possibility for dignity. And dignity matters. Dignity matters.
~David Simon


To experience yourself as “voiceless” is a definition of depression, subjugation, and being counted out.
~Mary Rose O’Reilley

If you are silent about your pain, they’ll kill you and say you enjoyed it.
~Zora Neale Hurston

I decided it is better to scream. Silence is the real crime against humanity.
~Nadezhda Mandelstam

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@Writers Platform

When we read a story, we inhabit it. The covers of the book are like a roof and four walls. What is to happen next will take place within the four walls of the story. And this is possible because the story’s voice makes everything its own.
~John Berger

There are probably all kinds of literary sins that prevent a piece of writing from having a voice, but there seems to be no guaranteed technique for creating one. Grammatical correctness doesn’t insure it. Calculated incorrectness doesn’t, either. Ingenuity, wit, sarcasm, euphony, frequent outbreaks of the first-person singular — any of these can enliven prose without giving it a voice.
~Louis Menand

Voice is usually the key element in effective writing. It is what attracts the reader and communicates to the reader. It is that element that gives the illusion of speech. Voice carries the writer’s intensity and glues together the information that the reader needs to know. It is the music in writing that makes the meaning clear.
~Donald Murray

Your writing voice is the deepest possible reflection of who you are. The job of your voice is not to seduce or flatter or make well-shaped sentences. In your voice, your readers should be able to hear the contents of your mind, your heart, your soul.
~Meg Rosoff


I long for the raised voice, the howl of rage or love.
~Leslie Fiedler

He who hides his madman, dies voiceless.
~Henri Michaux



Glass Table:

Cowardice asks the question, is it safe?
~Martin Luther King, Jr

If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.
~Vincent Van Gogh

Doubt yourself and you doubt everything you see. Judge yourself and you see judges everywhere. But if you listen to the sound of your own voice, you can rise above doubt and judgment. And you can see forever.               ~Nancy Lopez

If you have some idea you believe in, don’t listen to the croaking chorus. Listen only to what your own inner voice tells you.
~Dale Carnegie

The decision is your own voice, an opinion is the echo of someone else’s voice.
~Amit Kalantri


~Christone:  My Books

My Books Are my friends, my companions, my place to go for company, for entertainment, for counsel, for encouragement, for inspiration, for motivation

These are my friends, silently waiting for my arrival, standing strong and tall and ready to give me guidance and instruction, answers, advice and information obtained from nowhere else closer to me than the shelves that surround me.

Yes, these are my friends, lining the walls of my library from ceiling to floor: Shakespeare, Plato, Homer, Gibran, Marshall, Steiner-Rice and a hundred other poets, philosophers and artists, so many great works of Literature, begging to be read. It is a comfort to my home, filling it with warmth like the fireplace flickering light upon the names of titles and authors, shelf upon shelf, row upon row, each occupying its own place in the world.

These are my friends, these writers of history, literature, mysteries and science-fiction. Writers like Agatha Christie, Louisa May Alcott, Isaac Asimov, Ellery Queen, Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe and Jane Eyre, to name a few. They take me to another time, another place far removed from the sorrow and perplexity of this present life.

These are my friends that temporarily carry me away from the scene of moral degradation and watching the words of the Biblical prophets being fulfilled. Away from the reality of man’s inhumanity to man, (caused by spiritual wickedness in high places of leadership,) and a temporary escape from a bewildered society oppressed into economic slavery.

These are my friends, my companions — the writers of famous quotations, speeches and sermons. The writers of concordances, dictionaries, almanacs, and of maps and charts. Writers of the history of mankind, science and medicine, and all war, and economics and politics, and grand stories of citizenship and patriotism.

These are my companions, candles of hope, shining brightly through this present darkness, in a ‘state of affairs’ little understood by any, hard to be believed, yet true, our national heritage and our economy on the edge of a precipice, held in place only by the unseen hand of God. All we can do is pray for revival and restoration, and perhaps, the LORD will turn things around and give us a little more time before the Great Tribulation, coming upon the nations and the world, is fulfilled as it is written.

These are my friends, the novels, and biographies, and works written by our Founding Fathers. The stories of their hopes, dreams, visions, desires, trials, and struggles to survive in a hostile world. brought on by the curse of God through Adam’s fall. Pilgrims and strangers here, long gone, but hopefully, that I will meet and greet one day in Glory beyond time and place, where there is only love and peace forevermore.

These are my friends, too many to get to know, even casually, but companions just the same. I drink in the essence of their presence. The greatest minds and souls God ever created. Artists and craftsmen, slaves and laborers, statesmen and diplomats, presidents and royalty, all with their own significant place in the kingdom. I will never be alone, nor lack for friends and loved ones as long as I have breath within me, for the words live in my heart and soul.

These are my friends as God is my Creator, my Helper, my Keeper, my Beloved Companion, my own. He has given me everything my heart desires, all that a soul could ever hope for. A mind with the capacity to absorb all the books I could ever find time to read. More than even memory can contain. All that’s left from the reading is the lesson, the parable, the essence, a feeling perhaps, yet it is enough.

These are my friends, my companions, more valuable to me than mere wealth; far more than gold or silver or diamonds. For what can wealth give me? The mere comforts of the flesh- but these, my friends, give me a wealth that I cannot measure. The wisdom of the ages, the knowledge of their personal lives and histories, dreams and fantasies.

The understanding of the ancients and the Glorious Love that comes from the Creator alone and fills all the world, through the hearts and minds of His creatures, with His Mind and His Presence. These are my friends, my companions, all the theology and reference books, along with the writings of the church fathers, the saints and martyrs, too many to name and the books about the religions of the world. I love them all but, If I could have only one book, it would be my Holy Bible, the Living Word of God (John 1:1-5) He is my Best Friend, and my beloved companion for eternity, my King and my LORD.

Yes, these books are my friends, and for eternity I will feel their embrace and know the unending love and devotion to the Spirit of the Word that has made me become one with them all. It is said the world could not hold all the books that could be written about Jesus himself; and I go about in wonder thinking about all the books that have ever been written. As an immortal soul, I will be able to enter Heaven’s grand library and have an eternity to read to my heart’s desire.  (John 21:25)


Gaze into the fire, into the clouds, and as soon as the inner voices begin to speak… surrender to them. Don’t ask first whether it’s permitted, or would please your teachers or father or some god. You will ruin yourself if you do that.
~Hermann Hesse

…everything’s really quiet and you meditate and you got the candles, you got the incense and you’ve been chanting, and all of a sudden you hear this voice: Write this down. It is just an inner voice, and you trust it. That voice will never take you to the desert.
~Carlos Santana

Trust that little voice in your head that says ‘Wouldn’t it be interesting if…’; And then do it.
~Duane Michals

Don’t die with your music (stories/talents) still inside you. Listen to your intuitive inner voice and find what passion stirs your soul.
~Wayne Dyer



Exercise Prompt:   voice


The Exercise:



Brand Opera

Despondent, despairing soprano
Singing, decrying, her aria sung solo
Enter stage left the baritone hero
Opera’s tears and tragedy, orchestra too
Voices uniting to die before taking their bow


Dual Doggerels Dueling  #8b

Wish Granted

You want people to wear masks?
Threaten to take them away
Bravo bravado, yield your shields
Test your word, your wish for risks

Do they believe their own lies
Will they burn their last bridge
Drink their own poison
Will they take their own lives

Paralyzed silence stifles the voice
But analyzed science offers a choice
Playing it right or paying the price
Pay Up In Full stamped on the Invoice


Election Predation

Denying the science
Promoting division
Multiplying the lies
Add simpering derision

Bad apples, seedy actors
Where only greed factors
Law breakers, malefactors
All honest disasters

Dividing by race
Subtracting love’s vision
Going low and not high
Another failed decision

Protections of election
Aberration’s apparition
Heeding hatred’s ghost or
Vote the voice of reason



cold thin midnight air
the voice sudden, sharp, a shout
stop! you must turn about
face, nothing more than a skull
fate smirks, mimes a lie and smiles


5-7-5 x 3

cooing and crying
cradles and cribs, each fresh voice
new reason for hope


solo voice, alone
last cricket of the season
lived too long he cried


one’s nuance of voice
the grand choir of history
to vote is to sing


The sweetest of all sounds is that of the voice of the woman we love.
~Jean De La Bruyere

The exhilarating ripple of her voice was a wild tonic in the rain.
~F Scott Fitzgerald


What’s agitating about solitude is the inner voice telling you that you should be mated to somebody, that solitude is a mistake. The inner voice doesn’t care about who you find. It just keeps pestering you, tormenting you—if you happen to be me—with homecoming queens first, then girls next door, and finally anybody who might be pleased to see you now and then at the dinner table and in bed on occasion. You look up from reading the newspaper and realize that no one loves you, and no one burns for you.
~Charles Bax

…he heard the strange impersonal voice which he recognised as his own, insisting on the soul’s incurable loneliness. We cannot give ourselves, it said: we are our own.
~James Joyce

Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing, only a signal shown, and a distant voice in the darkness; So on the ocean of life, we pass and speak one another, only a look and a voice, then darkness again and a silence.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


It’s not harder to hear the inner voice when you’re in a relationship, but it’s more of a challenge to follow it.
~Echo Bodine

We are conjured voiceless out of nothing and must return to an unknowing state. What happens in between is an uncontrolled dance, and what we ask for in love is no more than a momentary chance to get the steps right, to move in harmony until the music stops.
~Louise Erdrich

You need to get really clear about whether this is your inner voice or just a desire that you have.
~Echo Bodine


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Think of the most vulnerable person you know and vote in their best interest.
~unknown    (golden rule rephrased)

thx to:  Rusty’s Electric Dream

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Quoted in The Grove:

If a man harbors any sort of fear, it percolates through all his thinking, damages his personality and makes him a landlord to a ghost.
~Lloyd Douglas

Half of the failures in life come from pulling one’s horse when he is leaping.
~Thomas Hood

A boat is safe in the harbor. But this is not the purpose of a boat.
~Paulo Coelho

I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.
~Louisa May Alcott


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Exercise Prompt for 11/08:   voice

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Fear is the highest fence.
~Dudley Nichols

Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Everything you want is on the other side of fear.
~Jack Canfield

If your energy is expended in avoiding failure or rejection, then that energy is used to stay safe, instead of being available to create the life you envision.
~Lauren Mackler

Fear is the cheapest room in the house.
I would like to see you living
In better conditions.

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Posted from the Grove:

If you turned the fabric of our lives over, I imagined the design on the backside would be woven in the bleak grays of doubt and fear.
~Stephenie Meyer

Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.
~William Shakespeare

Fear of failure leads to failure.
~Paulo Coelho


Therefore, when I considered this carefully, the contempt which I had to fear because of the novelty and apparent absurdity of my view, nearly induced me to abandon utterly the work I had begun.
~Nicolaus Copernicus

The greatest mistake we make is living in constant fear that we will make one.
~John C Maxwell

A man’s life is interesting primarily when he has failed – I well know. For it’s a sign that he tried to surpass himself.
~Georges Clemenceau

You must do the things you think you cannot do.
~Eleanor Roosevelt


One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do.
~Henry Ford

The experience of overcoming fear is extraordinarily delightful.
~Bertrand Russell



~Max Ehrmann:  Desiderata   (4:46)


~Robert Frost:  The Road Not Taken   (2:30)


~Sadhguru: How to Overcome Fear? (1:46)



Why haven’t we, with all our cunning [and] experience, resolved this problem of fear completely? Isn’t fear the cause of the ‘me’?
~Jiddu Krishnamurti

Fear is a question: What are you afraid of, and why? Just as the seed of health is in illness, because illness contains information, your fears are a treasure house of self-knowledge if you explore them.
~Marilyn Ferguson

Psychoanalysis is often about turning our ghosts into ancestors.
~Norman Doidge

My worst fear is that I’ll end up living in some run-down duplex on Wilshire wearing pants hiked up to my nipples and muttering under my breath.
~Richard Dreyfuss


I am afraid to show you who I really am, because if I show you who I really am, you might not like it – and that’s all I got.
~Sabrina Ward Harrison

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

He will never have true friends who is afraid of making enemies.
~William Hazlitt


We fear to know the fearsome and unsavory aspects of ourselves, but we fear even more to know the godlike in ourselves.
~Abraham Maslow

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
~Marianne Williamson




Fear is, I believe, a most effective tool in destroying the soul of an individual – and the soul of a people.
~Anwar Sadat

Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation can be trusted to act humanely or to think sanely under the influence of a great fear.
~Bertrand Russell


Fear is not in the habit of speaking truth.

When you tear out a man’s tongue, you are not proving him a liar, you’re only telling the world that you fear what he might say.
~George R R Martin

There is not a truth existing which I fear… or would wish unknown to the whole world.
~Thomas Jefferson


Scruples, temptations, and fears, and cutting perplexities of the heart, are often the lot of the most excellent persons.
~Thomas a Kempis

Some people fear seeing or feeling anything about which there is no general agreement. For others, it is thrilling to be aware of innuendo, shading, complexity.
~Deena Metzger

What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance.
~Neil Postman



~Kat Messing:  Shoes – No Creeper   (0:12)   less said, the better


~Kat Messing:  Fear   (0:22)   ditto


~Olmeto:  Face Your Fears   (15:40)   stoopid is as stoopid does


~Adrian Martin & Cristina Alvarez Lopez:  Angst/Fear   (3:15) a video essay



Fear is the mother of foresight
~Henry Taylor

Fear is the mother of morality.
~Friedrich Nietzsche

Fear is the father of courage and the mother of safety.
~Henry H Tweedy

Fear and courage are brothers.
~Terri Guillemets

Cruelty and fear are brothers.
~William Hardcastle Browne

Fear is the parent of cruelty.
~James Anthony Froude


Fear is an insidious and deadly thing. It can warp judgment, freeze reflexes, breed mistakes. Worse, it’s contagious.
~Jimmy Stewart

Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.
~Billy Graham

Many of our fears are tissue-paper-thin, and a single courageous step would carry us clear through them.
~Brendan Francis

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I am frightened at seeing all the footprints directed towards thy den, and none returning.

Our deepest fears are like dragons guarding our deepest treasure.
~Rainer Maria Rilke

The man who has ceased to fear has ceased to care.
~F H Bradley

It’s the heart afraid of breaking that never learns to dance.
It is the dream afraid of waking that never takes the chance.
~Bette Midler


There is no hope unmingled with fear, and no fear unmingled with hope.
~Baruch Spinoza

Where no hope is left, is left no fear.
~John Milton


~Zach Williams:  Fear Is A Liar   (4:32)   …and a thief


~Lily Allen:  The Fear   (3:46)   tame for being explicit


~Fiona Melady:  The Fear I Fear   (3:22)   disintegration


~Blue October:  Fear   (4:54)   …with options


~Ólafur Arnalds: WOVEN SONG (3:10) ethereal sound sculpture



Fear has big eyes.

Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is.
~German Proverb

Little fears love to walk on stilts.
~Henry Stanley Haskins

Fear is a slinking cat I find
Beneath the lilacs of my mind.
~Sophie L Tunnell


A man who fears suffering is already suffering from what he fears.
~Michel de Montaigne

He who fears something gives it power over him.
~Moorish Proverb

He who shows fear gives courage to his adversary.

A coward’s fear makes a brave man braver.
~English or Scottish

Nothing gives a fearful man more courage than another’s fear.
~Umberto Eco

There are very few monsters who warrant the fear we have of them.
~Andre Gide

We are more often frightened than hurt; and we suffer more from imagination than from reality.
~Seneca the Elder





I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.
~Mark Twain

More people have a fear of speaking than a fear of death. So at a funeral, most people would want to be the person in the coffin rather than the person delivering the eulogy!
~Geoffrey Rush

I don’t fear death, but I sure don’t like those three-footers for par.
~Chi Chi Rodriguez

Someone has somewhere commented on the fact that millions long for immortality who don’t know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
~Susan Ertz

~There is nothing to fear but fear itself. And spiders.
~Darynda Jones

Americans have an abiding belief in their ability to control reality by purely material means… airline insurance replaces the fear of death with the comforting prospect of cash.
Cecil Beaton

I don’t fear death. – I just don’t want to be around when it happens.
~Woody Allen

The idea is to die young as late as possible.
~Ashley Montagu



Antique Effigy
© David Lorenz Winston


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Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.
~Corrie Ten Boom

Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it gets you nowhere.
~Glenn Turner

Worry is a cycle of inefficient thoughts whirling around a center of fear.
~Corrie Ten Boom


You can’t let fear direct your life — because then you don’t really move, you just stand still.
~Nyla Gibson

I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.
~Rosa Parks

The way you overcome shyness is to become so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid.
~Lady Bird Johnson

Fear is the disease. Hustle is the antidote.
~Travis Kalanick

To be furious, is to be frighted out of fear.
~William Shakespeare

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

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@Writers Platform

Where there is no imagination there is no horror.
~Arthur Conan Doyle

The fact is that blank pages inspire me with terror. What will I put on them? Will it be good enough? Will I have to throw it out?
~Margaret Atwood

It seems strange that some artists fear a blank canvas, when it has
been a major contributory factor to great paintings.
~David Luiz


One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again.
~Abraham Maslow

Fear doesn’t go away. The warrior and the artist live by the same code of necessity, which dictates that the battle must be fought anew every day.
~Steven Pressfield

Beneath fear, a bit of poetry always escapes.
~Terri Guillemets

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



Exercise Prompt:   fear



There are times when fear is good. It must keep its watchful place at the heart’s controls.

Fear is an emotion indispensable for survival.
~Hannah Arendt

Never turn your back on fear. It should always be in front of you, like a thing that might have to be killed.
~Hunter S Thompson

It is better to know what to fear than to say “no fear.”
~Tim Fargo

Just as courage imperils life; fear protects it.
~Leonardo da Vinci

Fear is one part prudence.

Poverty with security is better than plenty in the midst of fear and uncertainty.

Better beans and bacon in peace than cakes and ale in fear.

You are going to let the fear of poverty govern your life and your reward will be that you will eat, but you will not live.
~George Bernard Shaw

Those who fear life are already three parts dead.
~Bertrand Russell

You are frightened of everything. You call it caution. You call it common sense. You call it practicality. You call it playing the odds, but that’s only because you’re afraid to call it by its real name, and its real name is fear.
~Mick Farren

To fear is one thing. To let fear grab you by the tail and swing you around is another.
~Katherine Paterson


The Exercise:


How It Ends

Lurid Adventure!
Unbridled Passion!
Alone against fear now
The sunset after sunrise
Weigh the gun until dawn
Just like in the book
Love was!

Clear-eyed with reason
At home safe alone
Share the fear with a movie
The sunrise after sunset
Put the pistol away
A book friendly ending
Love was.


Future History

Picture a pond with rocks thrown and ripples
While thinking of thoughts as sacred as secrets
Every generation of mankind long before history
Neanderthal before sapiens and all prior mystery

Creating culture and law, the product of pupils
With scruples the fruit, late harvest of struggles
Each penning their page in the stars’ book of life
Recorded precisely, unerring, of deeds amid strife

Maturing spirit of science, humanity’s cradle
Created as One, spiritually entangled
Our karma collective, atomized, intermingled
Wisdom absorbed from selfish examples

Consider our being eternal, unable to expire
Never fearing the idea, a literal lake of fire
Yet consequence awaits all of history’s actors
Who experience the sequels of all they enacted

‘Til our stormy sea ripples to merge
Lucid and clear, at peace at last
‘Til our rough storied history turns
Crystalline brilliant as mirrored glass



taunts in the schoolyard
haunt the hunted with memories
like wolves in the wild
running, flailing, falling down
the acrobatics of fear



Fear always springs from ignorance.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.
~Marie Curie


A man who says he has never been scared is either lying or else he’s never been any place or done anything.
~Louis L’Amour

We should enjoy and make the most of life, not because we are in constant fear of what might happen to us in a mythical afterlife, but because we have only one opportunity to live.
~Greg Graffin

I knew that if I allowed fear to overtake me, my journey was doomed. Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I chose to tell myself a different story…
~Cheryl Strayed

In your days – things like this happen to you… You get a tap, a nudge, a gentle shake, and life whispers to you, “I know you’re tired –
but I don’t want you to miss this.”
~Mary Anne Radmacher

Why, I’d like nothing better than to achieve some bold adventure, worthy of our trip.



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