Archive for June, 2021

Quoted In The Grove:   magic

Once in a while, when everything is just right, there is a moment of magic. People can live on moments of magic.
~Sarah Caldwell

You live eighty years, and at best you get about six minutes of pure magic.
~George Carlin

If you pay close attention to each day, you will discover the magic moment. Enjoy your magic moment today. As it will not be here tomorrow.
~Paulo Coelho

There’s a bit of magic in everything, and then some loss to even things out.
~Lou Reed


Prewritten Prompt circa 07/04:   escape


I think there’s a gradient that goes from science to art, and magic is the middle ground. I think that we’re all trying to understand and define the world around us, but often it’s experimental.
~Vik Muniz

Science is the special province of the ego. And magic and art are the special province of something else. I could name it, but I won’t. It prefers to be unnamed.
~Terence McKenna


The world is magic. Science is but an insipid style of sorcery.
~Rudy Rucker

Magic is the practice of causing change through the use of powers as yet not defined or accepted by science… Magic is natural. It is a harmonious movement of energies to create a needed change. If you wish to practice magic, all thoughts of it being paranormal or supernatural must be forgotten.
~Scott Cunningham

One man’s ‘magic’ is another man’s engineering. ‘Supernatural’ is a null word.
~Robert A Heinlein

There’s tons of magic in the world, and it’s all science.
~Martha Beck


Formerly, when religion was strong and science weak, men mistook magic for medicine; now, when science is strong and religion weak, men mistake medicine for magic.
~Thomas Szasz

Science is always discovering odd scraps of magical wisdom and making a tremendous fuss about its cleverness.
~Aleister Crowley

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
~Arthur C Clarke

Any sufficiently badly-written science is indistinguishable from magic.
~Aaron Allston

Indubitably, magic is one of the subtlest and most difficult of the sciences and arts. There is more opportunity for errors of comprehension, judgment and practice than in any other branch of physics.
~Aleister Crowley

Magic and all that is ascribed to it is a deep presentiment of the powers of science.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.
~Bertrand Russell

This world, after all our science and sciences, is still a miracle; wonderful, inscrutable, magical and more, to whosoever will think of it.
~Thomas Carlyle

But all the magic I have known I’ve had to make myself.
~Shel Silverstein

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Posted From The Grove

The profession of magician, is one of the most perilous and arduous specializations of the imagination. On the one hand there is the hostility of God and the police to be guarded against; on the other it is as difficult as music, as deep as poetry, as ingenious as stage-craft, as nervous as the manufacture of high explosives, and as delicate as the trade in narcotics.
~William Bolitho

The magician seemed to promise that something torn to bits might be mended without a seam, that what had vanished might reappear, that a scattered handful of doves or dust might be reunited by a word, that a paper rose consumed by fire could be made to bloom from a pile of ash. But everyone knew that it was only an illusion. The true magic of this broken world lay in the ability of things it contained to vanish, to become so thoroughly lost, that they might never have existed in the first place.
~Michael Chabon

Magic is not about having a puzzle to solve. It’s about creating a moment of awe and astonishment. And that can be a beautiful thing.
~David Blaine

Magic teaches us how to lie without guilt.
~Eugene Burger


There is a lot of comedy in magic, and magic going wrong, and also it is a dramatic subject.
~J K Rowling

In music, if you hit a wrong note, people forgive you. In magic when something goes wrong, the entire art is destroyed.
~Penn Jillette

One thing you learn doing magic tricks for a living is how close every performance of every magic trick is to disaster. There are no robust magic tricks. They’re all hanging from a thread — sometimes literally.
~Penn Jillette

Magic persists without us no matter what we may do to try to spoil it.
~Charles Bukowski

There is magic, but you have to be the magician. You have to make the magic happen.
~Sidney Sheldon


Magicians lose the opportunity to experience a sense of wonder.
~David Copperfield

Familiarity is a magician that is cruel to beauty but kind to ugliness.

With a little persuasion, any familiar thing can turn abnormal in the mind. Here’s a thought experiment. Consider this brutal bit of magic. A human grows a second human in a space inside her belly; she grows a second heart and a second brain, second eyes and second limbs, a complete set of second body parts as if for use as spares, and then, after almost a year, she expels that second screaming being out of her belly and into the world, alive. Bizarre, isn’t it?
~Karen Thompson Walker

One man’s magic is another man’s gluey torture session.
~Jackie Earle Haley

Yet magic is no more than the art of employing consciously invisible means to produce visible effects. Will, love and imagination are magic powers that everyone possesses; and whoever knows how to develop them to their fullest extent is a magician. Magic has but one dogma, namely, that the seen is the measure of the unseen.
~W Somerset Maugham


Half magic is no magic at all.
~Sharyn McCrumb

Ninety percent of most magic merely consists of knowing one extra fact.
~Terry Pratchett

The existence of tricks does not imply the absence of magic.
~Bernard Cornwell

The real secret of magic lies in the performance.
~David Copperfield

Follow your passion. Magic has no formula.
~Tina Sharkey


~Muteeb ahmed:  10 Bets You’ll Always Win   (3:03)   self-explanatory


~New York Times:  2 Magic Tricks


~Zoraiz Mughal:  Magic   (0:36)   unimpressive, then…

~Judy Colbert:  17 Secrets of Magicians


Whatever deceives men seems to produce a magical enchantment.

Well, when I was younger, I lied all the time, because once you understand the power of lying, it’s really like magic because you transform reality for people.
~Louis C K

Art is magic delivered from the lie of being truth.
~Theodor Adorno

Magic becomes art when it has nothing to hide.
~Ben Okri


A Thaum is the basic unit of magical strength. It has been universally established as the amount of magic needed to create one small white pigeon or three normal-sized billiard balls.
~Terry Pratchett

Magic lives in curves, not angles.
~Mason Cooley


The magic is as wide as a smile and as narrow as a wink, loud as laughter and quiet as a tear, tall as a tale and deep as emotion. So strong, it can lift the spirit. So gentle, it can touch the heart. It is the magic that begins the happily ever after.
~Walt Disney

There is no magic in magic, it’s all in the details.
~Walt Disney

Magic is not a practice. It is a living, breathing web of energy that, with our permission, can encase our every action.
~Dorothy Morrison


Magic lies in challenging what seems impossible.
~Carol Moseley Braun

The impossible I do immediately, miracles take a little longer.
~David Berglas

The show is a satire, which gives us freedom to do anything we want. Satire is the magic word that wipes away any culpability. The media is jealous of this freedom.
~Rob Corddry

The second principle of magic: things which have once been in contact with each other continue to act on each other at a distance after the physical contact has been severed.
~James Frazer

Magic has often been thought of us the art of making dreams come true. The art of realizing visions. Yet before we can bring birth to the vision we have to see it.


There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.
~Rachel Carson

Nature is a petrified magic city.

Many secrets of art and nature are thought by the unlearned to be magical.
~Francis Bacon

Effective magic is transcendent nature.
~George Eliot

Magical places are always beautiful and deserve to be contemplated… Always stay on the bridge between the invisible and the visible.
~Paulo Coelho



Magic doesn’t suit everyone. Only those prepared to take full responsibility for themselves should apply.
~Peter J Carroll

Real magic can never be made by offering someone else’s liver. You must tear out your own, and not expect to get it back.
~Peter S Beagle

To practice magic is to bear the responsibility for having a vision.

Real magic is not about gaining power over others: it is about gaining power over yourself.
~Rosemary Guiley


Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.
~W Clement Stone

My darling girl, when are you going to realize that being normal is not necessarily a virtue? It rather denotes a lack of courage.
~Alice Hoffman


Not all magic is fireworks and fanfare. Sometimes magic is quiet and sneaks up on you.
~Jeff Guinn

Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It’s that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that’s what the poet does.
Allen Ginsberg

That’s when the magic happens — when everyone else is asleep and you’re awake thinking about the world as it is, and the world as it could be. Make the most of those moments.
~Adam Braun


Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood.
~Daniel Burnham

Big dreams create the magic that stir men’s souls to greatness.
~Bill McCartney

Once you have been touched by magic, you are forever changed. You leave a trail.
~Michael Scott


But then there are magical, beautiful things in the world. There’s incredible acts of kindness and bravery, and in the most unlikely places, and it gives you hope.
~Dave Matthews

Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there’s no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic.
~Laini Taylor

Transformation is a magical process, and there are conditions which are requisite to success: unwavering hope; pure and ardent desire; brooding devotion. If all the conditions are maintained, that intellectual vision is surrounded with a magnetic knot, through which the fiery, winged powers of the heart surge, until they have raised its rate of vibration a whole octave nearer to their own, and so have transformed it. Unwavering love is a magical power.
~A. D., in The Theosophical Quarterly, 1926


To do magic, to do great magic, he has to know himself as a piece of the universe. A piece of the universe? A little piece that has all the rest of it in it. Everything outside of him is also inside of him.
~Peter Straub

Magic is the craft of shaping, the craft of the wise, exhilarating, dangerous — the ultimate adventure. The power of magic should not be underestimated. It works, often in ways that are unexpected and difficult to control.


Try to begin things you feel you can do. To begin is enough — there is a boldness in beginning. And in boldness lies genius and magic.
~Sir David Baird

Genius is another word for magic.
~Margot Fonteyn


~Omeleto:  The Wonderful   (9:09)   the escape of magic


~Omeleto:  The Katy Universe   (9:50)   being the speck on a speck


~Anne:  Magic   (2:01)   mixed media to mixed reviews


~Omeleto:  Superhero   (12:49)   how innocence dies


~zainiy:  magic   (0:27)   visual pun, juvenile


Movies are like magic tricks.
~Jeff Bridges

The screen is a magic medium. It has such power that it can retain interest as it conveys emotions and moods that no other art form can hope to tackle.
~Stanley Kubrick

I think cinema, movies, and magic have always been closely associated. The very earliest people who made film were magicians.
~Francis Ford Coppola


Acting is magical. Change your look and your attitude, and you can be anyone.
~Alicia Witt

I was so young, and making movies, going to the studio every morning at dawn was magic.
~Natalie Wood

When I finally got up to Industrial Light And Magic to work on the ‘Star Wars’ movies as a model-maker, it felt like dying and going to heaven.
~Adam Savage

What I do is not some magical, mystical thing. I simply get up in the morning, get to work on time, say my lines, and do the best I can.
~Parker Stevenson


Even though I make those movies, I find myself wishing that more of those magic moments could happen in real life.”
~Jane Seymour

I think sometimes the way to preserve the magic of a book is to throw it away — meaning, not to cling to the way a book does its magic but to find a cinematic equivalent.
~Emma Donoghue


The magic doesn’t come from within the director’s mind, it comes from within the hearts of the actors.
~James Cameron

Perhaps society should give actors the same sort of protection it gives to those who follow a religious life. Actor/priest was originally the same job. The theater is left wing magic and theology is right wing magic.
~Jennifer Stone

Mumbling priests swinging stick cans on their chains and even witch doctors conjuring up curses with a well-buried elephant tooth have a better sense of their places in the world. They know this universe is brimming with magic, with life and riddles and ironies. They know that the world might eat them, and no encyclopedia could stop it.
~N D Wilson

The desire for magic cannot be eradicated. Even the most supposedly rational people attempt to practice magic in love and war. We simultaneously possess the most primitive of brain stems and the most sophisticated of cortices. The imperatives of each coexist uneasily.
~Erica Jong

My idea of magic doesn’t have much to do with stage tricks and illusions. The whole world abounds in magic.
~Michael Jackson

Remain in wonder if you want the mysteries to open up for you. Mysteries never open up for those who go on questioning. Questioners sooner or later end up in a library. Questioners sooner or later end up with scriptures, because scriptures are full of answers. And answers are dangerous, they kill your wonder.


When I used to do musical theatre, my dad refused to come backstage. He never wanted to see the props up close or the sets up close. He didn’t want to see the magic.
~Nia Vardalos

I think acting is magic. If I tell you all about myself it will spoil it.
~Patrick Troughton

Acting is a sense of wonder and magic and mystery for me and when life takes me on a new journey, I simply remember the smile my first ballet recital put on my face and I move forward.
~Andrea Thompson



It was karma, it was kismet, it was magic. It doesn’t matter how it happened, just that it did.
~Shannon Hale

Feed the body with a thousand pleasures and it is the same dead thing always. Only the spirit is capable of a multiplied life… Love is the magician’s wand that shows the secret riches of the most barren spot.

And this, really, is the story-within-the-story, because if you do not believe that hearts can bloom suddenly bigger, and that love can open like a flower out of even the hardest places, then I am afraid that for you the world will be long and brown and barren, and you will have trouble finding the light. But if you do believe, then you already know all about magic.
~Lauren Oliver

It fills the world with melody, for Music is the voice of Love. Love is the magician, the enchanter, that changes worthless things to joy, and makes right royal kings and queens of common clay.
~Robert G Ingersoll

[L]ove is a magician who can make anchors of shadows and cables of cobwebs; can extract honey from gall, and gall from honey.
~Jane Harvey

Like a dragon, love is a magical paradox. Sometimes fierce. Sometimes tender. Always mysterious. Love is magical because we have spacious imaginations that allow us to be inside the reality of others.
~Kathleen Keating

Love is a magician that can make hearts change places in a second. Presto chango!
~Clyde Fitch

Love is a magical maze that intrigues lovers to get lost in its mystery…
~John Scott Williams

Love is a magician, it is Merlin. It changes the drabness of everyday, unfetters the soul and the imagination, transcends reality. It is an escape from the self.
~Rumanian Review

Love is the magician that pulls man out of his own hat.
~Ben Hecht


Love can sometimes be magic. But magic can sometimes… just be an illusion.

The first magic of love is our ignorance that it can ever end.
~Benjamin Disraeli


Most people know intuitively that when you fall in love, the world is full of magic. What they don’t know is that when you discover the universe is full of magic, you fall in love with the world.
~Phyllis Curott

And so our conception of religion is getting roomier and more inclusive today, and love is the magician who has enlarged the temple!
~The Christian Leader

Love is the final end of the world’s history, the Amen of the universe.


~Magic:  Rude   (3:45)   daddy said no


~Heart:  Magic Man   (2:53)   the music, not the man, is magic


~Magic Magic Roses:  West   (4:06)   languid, dream-like


~Donald McCrea:  Magic   (4:09)   posts from the past


~Nina Simone:  I Put a Spell on You   (2:38)   Nina casting hers


~Pilot:  Magic   (3:05)   bubblegum nostalgia


~The Police:  Every Little Thing She Does is Magic   (4:20)   a very young Sting


Music is the strongest form of magic.
~Marilyn Manson

There’s no way you can compare him [Hendrix]. You either have the magic or you don’t. There’s no way you can work up to it. There’s nobody who can take his place.
~Freddie Mercury

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

A few can touch the magic string,
and noisy fame is proud to win them:
Alas for those that never sing,
but die with all their music in them!
~Oliver Wendell Holmes


That’s the danger of having too much success. You lose that magic, that feeling of not being in control, which I feel now, it’s too controlled.
~Stephen Dorff

Too much magic could wrap time and space around itself, and that wasn’t good news for the kind of person who had grown used to things like effects following things like causes.
~Terry Pratchett

In my opinion, it’s more interesting to see magic happening in a world that feels grounded. If the world is already crazy, then anything can happen. So it’s better to start with something real.
~Michel Gondry

You can’t be stuck if you’re not trying to get anywhere. Which, to me, means that when you stop fighting with the way things are, magic happens. You relax, open, and any action you take comes from alignment with what’s true.
~Geneen Roth

Nobody hopped into a wardrobe to find Narnia; they hopped in, thinking it was just a wardrobe. They didn’t climb up the Faraway Tree, knowing it was a Faraway Tree; they thought it was just a really big tree. Harry Potter thought he was a normal boy; Mary Poppins was supposed to be a regular nanny. It’s the first and only rule. Magic comes when you’re not looking for it
~Holly Smale


Magic is a state of mind. It is often portrayed as very black and gothic, and that is because certain practitioners played that up for a sense of power and prestige. That is a disservice. Magic is very colorful. Of this, I am sure.
~Alan Moore

What I’m doing is art – it’s low-brow art but there’s a magic in that.

For instance, I’m always fascinated to see whether, given the kind of fairly known and established form called popular music, whether there is some magic combination that nobody has hit upon before.
~Brian Eno


Being on stage is magic. There’s nothing like it. You feel the energy of everybody who’s out there. You feel it all over your body. When the lights hit you, it’s all over, I swear it is.
~Michael Jackson

It’s amazing, ’cause sometimes when we’re onstage, I feel like somebody’s just moving the pieces. I’m just going, ‘God, we don’t have any control over this.’ And that’s magic.
~Stevie Nicks

That was when I realised that music is the most profound, magical form of communication there is.
~Lesley Garrett

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Using words to describe magic is like using a screwdriver to cut roast beef.
~Tom Robbins

Magicians and scientists are, on the face of it, poles apart. Certainly, a group of people who often dress strangely, live in a world of their own, speak a specialized language and frequently make statements that appear to be in flagrant breach of common sense have nothing in common with a group of people who often dress strangely, speak a specialized language, live in … er.
~Terry Pratchett

I don’t like magic — but I have been known to make guys disappear.
~Mr T

The senior wizard in a world of magic had the same prospects of long-term employment as a pogo stick tester in a minefield.
~Terry Pratchett

You know how teachers tell you the magic word is ‘please’? That’s not true. The magic word is ‘puke’. It will get you out of class faster than anything else.
~Rick Riordan


The Polar Express is about faith, and the power of imagination to sustain faith. It’s also about the desire to reside in a world where magic can happen, the kind of world we all believed in as children, but one that disappears as we grow older.
~Chris Van Allsburg

We agreed with him in principal — we were little scientists, born and bred. But children robbed of love will dwell on magic.
~Barbara Kingsolver

Never ever doubt in magic. The purest honest thoughts come from children, ask any child if they believe in magic and they will tell you the truth.
~Scott Dixon

Children see magic because they look for it.
~Christopher Moore

Childhood is the world of miracle or of magic: it is as if creation rose luminously out of the night, all new and fresh and astonishing. Childhood is over the moment things are no longer astonishing. When the world gives you a feeling of “déjà vu,” when you are used to existence, you become an adult.
~Eugene Ionesco

Learn to get excited like a child. There is nothing that has more magic than childish excitement.
~Jim Rohn

My childhood has never lost its magic, it has never lost its mystery, and it has never lost its drama.
~Louise Bourgeois

I have always believed in the magic of childhood and think that if you get your life right that magic should never end.
~Colin Thompson



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What’s the main thing that makes magic magic? The fact that no one believes that it’s possible.
~Kanye West

The rules of magic, my dear, are best not discussed. For once we understand the illusion, we no longer believe it.
~Libba Bray

If everybody knows all the tricks, it’s no more magic.
~Thomas Bangalter

It’s not about fooling somebody, it’s actually giving somebody a measure of their own belief: how much you want to be fooled.
~Vik Muniz

The casinos believe in math (and I don’t mean numerology).They believe in the power of percentages and short pays, not in the power of magic stones, amulets and omens.
~Frank Scoblete

I don’t believe in magic, either.
~J K Rowling

There is no magic when one no longer believes.
~Hilda Lewis


If we believe in magic, we’ll live a magical life. If we believe our life is defined by narrow limits, we’ve suddenly made those beliefs real.
~Tony Robbins

The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.
~James M Barrie

The loss of magic is the denial of unlimited possibility.
~Shirley MacLaine

That’s the thing with magic. You’ve got to know it’s still here, all around us, or it just stays invisible for you.
~Charles De Lint

Magic, if that was the right word, often rises and falls on your own belief in your abilities. I’ve seen very powerful people completely crippled by self-doubt.
~Laurell K Hamilton

Magic comes from what is inside you. It is a part of you. You can’t weave together a spell that you don’t believe in.
~Jim Butcher

Believe in love. Believe in magic. Hell, believe in Santa Clause. Believe in others. Believe in yourself. Believe in your dreams. If you don’t, who will?
~Jon Bon Jovi

And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.
~Roald Dahl

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@Writers Platform

It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it.
~Anais Nin

Books are a uniquely portable magic.
~Stephen King

When you’re an artist, nobody ever tells you or hits you with the magic wand of legitimacy. You have to hit your own head with your own handmade wand. And you feel stupid doing it.
~Amanda Palmer

Fiction is a sort of inter-human magic, allowing you to travel into a scene and feel it tingle on your skin.
~Barbara Kingsolver

It is as if the soul of the continent is weeping. Why does it weep? It weeps for the bones of the buffalo. It weeps for magic that has been forgotten. It weeps for the decline of poets. It weeps for the black people who think like white people. It weeps for the Indians who think like settlers. It weeps for the children who think like adults. It weeps for the free who think like prisoners. Most of all, it weeps for the cowgirls who think like cowboys.
~Tom Robbins

Imagination consists in expelling from reality several incomplete persons, and then using the magic and subversive powers of desire to bring them back in the form of one entirely satisfying presence.
~Rene Char

I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.
~J K Rowling


I will tell you the story of how we found ourselves in a realm where dreams are formed, destiny is chosen, and magic is as real as a handprint in the snow.
~Libba Bray

It’s not magic that takes us to another world — it’s storytelling.
~Val McDermid

The magic of the tongue is the most dangerous of all spells.
~Edward Bulwer-Lytton


Imagination is the true magic carpet.
~Norman Vincent Peale

In all forms of magick, the imagination or image-making faculty is the most important factor
~Kenneth Grant


To put down an ideogram of a table so that people will recognize it as a table is not the work of a painter, but to sense it for a moment as a magic carpet with a leg hanging down at each corner is the beginning of a painter’s imagination.
~Frank Auerbach

Painting is the most magical of mediums. The transcendence is truly amazing to me every time I go to a museum and I see how somebody figured another way to rub colored dirt on a flat surface and make space where there is no space or make you think of a life experience.
~Chuck Close

There’s a magic in the distance, where the sea line meets the sky.
~Alfred Noyes

There’s magic in the water that draws all men away from the land, that leads them over hills, down creeks and streams and rivers to the sea.
~Herman Melville

[On Venice:] Every hour of the day is a miracle of light. In summer with daybreak the rising sun produces such a tender magic on the water that it nearly breaks one’s heart.
~Peggy Guggenheim

I knew, of course, that trees and plants had roots, stems, bark, branches and foliage that reached up toward the light. But I was coming to realize that the real magician was light itself.
~Edward Steichen

When the magic hour arrives, my thoughts center on light rather than on the landscape. I search for perfect light, then hunt for something earthbound to match with it.
~Galen Rowell

I am forever chasing light. Light turns the ordinary into the magical.
~Trent Parke


Poetry’s magic lies in the imagery which satisfies even without interpretation..it is accepted as easily as it was created.
~Robert Bridges

Poetry is in itself strength and joy, whether it be crowned by all mankind, or left alone in its own magic hermitage.
~John Sterling

I don’t believe art is available; it’s rare and curious and should be completely isolated; one is more aware of its magic the more it is isolated.
~Francis Bacon

A good title holds magic, some cognitive dissonance, a little grit between the teeth, but above all it is the jumping-off place into wonder.
~Barbara Kingsolver

Here’s one more from my limited experience with all 3 fields: A writer creates life; a poet creates magic from life; a philosopher tries to understand life.
~Siddharth Katragadda


Prewritten Prompt:   magic


Not to say people shouldn’t get rich from art. I adore the alchemy wherein artists who cast a complex spell make rich people give them their money. (Just writing it makes me cackle.) But too many artists have been making money without magic.
~Jerry Saltz

To play safe, I prefer to accept only one type of power: the power of art over trash, the triumph of magic over the brute.
~Vladimir Nabokov

Every great man, every successful man, no matter what the field of endeavor, has known the magic that lies in these words: every adversity has the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit.
~W Clement Stone

A great attitude does much more than turn on the lights in our worlds; it seems to magically connect us to all sorts of serendipitous opportunities that were somehow absent before the change.
~Earl Nightingale

There is a real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.
~Norman Vincent Peale

Intention is power. Intention is ownership. Intention is commitment. Intention is magic.
~Sonia Choquette

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.
~John Quincy Adams

A dream doesn’t become reality through magic. It takes sweat, determination and hard work.
~Colin Powell

Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying the basic fundamentals.
~Jim Rohn

People do not buy goods and services. They buy relations, stories and magic.
~Seth Godin

The magic formula that successful businesses have discovered is to treat customers like guests and employees like people.
~Tom Peters


The Exercise:

Crossroad #28

Lovelight dimming, now will it burn out
Anger is winning, how will it turn out
Love going dark, gothic and tragic
Enter forgiveness, light’s healing magic

Resorting to shaming, naming of names
Shaping escape with someone to blame
Or abide and reside at rapture’s resort
Working to thwart love’s day in court

Do we end alone, seal our fate, horrific
Or mend our home, finding faith terrific
Do we bid farewell, so long, good night
Can our love like the sunrise, reignite


Opting Out

If on seeing backstage
how the magic is made
that the wizard is fake
Scratch me from the list
of a truth I would miss


Karma or Consequence

Instructive tablets, the God-truth
Hand-me-downs of right and wrong
Sacred magic or Sorcerer’s curse
Karma ensues else Consequence rules
What-comes-back or Live-it-out’s prong
Judgements impale, but which is worse


5s & 7s

to dream to create
give me the night for magic
the day is too real


tree lines and grasslands
green hillsides stretching sky high
seeded by rain clouds
sunsets that promise sunrise
nurse at the magic of earth


pity late life love
‘stead of luvin’ gettin’ hugs
lonesome, all else pales
welcome answer, sex for sale
pluggin’ fuggin’s’ magic drugs


masters of priv’lege
casting votes demagogic
TRVTH mythologic
magic ballots for bullets
target colors for bullseye

shotgun their duties
care figs for democracy
triggers their bull$#!+

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If you go to a magic show, you don’t want to see logic.
~Willie Nelson

The elixir of life, the philosopher’s stone is yours if you surrender sterile logic, trivial reason.
~Hilda Doolittle


I was now at a university in New York, a professor of existential psychology with the not inconsiderable thesis that magic, dread, and the perception of death were the roots of motivation.
~Norman Mailer

And where does magic come from? I think that magic’s in the learning.
~Dar Williams


Royalty is completely different than celebrity. Royalty has a magic all its own.
~Philip Treacy

Now, I think that I should have known that he was magic all along. I did know it — but I should have guessed that it would be too much to ask to grow old with and see our children grow up together. So now, he is a legend when he would have preferred to be a man.
~Jackie Kennedy

Some of it’s magic and some of it’s tragic but I had a good life all the way.
~Jimmy Buffett

A little magic can take you a long way.
~Roald Dahl


There is not enough magic in a bloodline to forge an instant, irrevocable bond.
~James Earl Jones

The beginning of a friendship, the fact that two people out of the thousands around them can meet and connect and become friends, seems like a kind of magic to me. But maintaining a friendship requires work. I don’t mean that as a bad thing. Good art requires work as well.
~Charles de Lint

Real magic in relationships means an absence of judgment of others.
~Wayne Dyer


In politics there’s never a magic wand.
~Julia Gillard

The magician and the politician have much in common: they both have to draw our attention away from what they are really doing.
~Ben Okri

Magic is all about directing attention. If I didn’t want you to look at my right hand then I don’t look at it.
~Keith Barry

Disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing in government and business.
~Tom Robbins


I think that life is a friggin’ magic carpet ride — it’s amazing. Everything about life is mysterious and beautiful and touching and tragic and lovely and mystical.
~Elizabeth Lesser

Every human being has a fascinating existence, with a big cast of good and evil characters in each. And almost always, somewhere along the way, magic.
~Lucinda Riley

I think magic is very related to happiness. So it is not there all the time, but there are beautiful moments of magic in everyone’s life.
~Penelope Cruz

All of us are far richer than we imagine. None of us possesses a life devoid of magic.
~Julia Cameron

If you don’t get the ending you desire…. have faith in the magic of new beginnings.
~Rita Zahara

What if things happened to you — special, magic things — because you’d been preparing for them?
~Jennifer McMahon

There’s room for all sorts of magic and miracles in this world — that’s what I think.
~Michael Morpurgo


It’s a magical world, Hobbes, ol’ buddy… Let’s go exploring!
~Bill Watterson

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Quoted In The Grove:   party
Things to ponder every Birthday: If we could be twice young and twice old we could correct all our mistakes.

I live for the nights I can’t remember with the people I’ll never forget.
~Toby Keith

I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.
~J R R Tolkien

The grace of God means something like: Here is your life. You might never have been, but you are because the party wouldn’t have been complete without you.
~Frederick Buechner


Prewritten Prompt for next time:   magic

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Nothing makes you more tolerant of a neighbor’s noisy party than being there.
~Franklin P Jones

If you think you’ll regret something in the morning, sleep late.

No one looks back on their life and remembers the nights they got plenty of sleep.


The secret to a long life is to stay busy, get plenty of exercise, and don’t drink too much. Then again, don’t drink too little.
~Hermann Smith-Johannson

Never miss a party…good for the nerves — like celery.
~F Scott Fitzgerald


Hear no evil, speak no evil and you’ll never be invited to a party.
~Oscar Wilde

At a dinner party one should eat wisely but not too well, and talk well but not too wisely.
~W Somerset Maugham

Nothing spoils a good party like a genius.
~Elsa Maxwell


If you’re not invited to the party, throw your own.
~Diahann Carroll

When life gives you lemons, find someone who has vodka and throw a party.
~Charith Thilina

I want everyone in the world to stop waiting for the right reason to throw a party, and just…throw a party! Create your own occasion, because every single day is worth celebrating.
~David Burtka

Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!”
~Robin Williams

The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.
~Oprah Winfrey

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Posted From The Grove

I have been known to hang out and party back in the day. I had a weekend that lasted a few years.
~Vanilla Ice

Every few years I’ll party way too much to remind myself what an idiot I am.
~Jeff Ament

I thought that the older I got, that partying would change – and it has – in the way that now I know how to party.
~Brendon Urie


All my life, I’ve stayed at parties too long because I didn’t know when to go.
~Katharine Hepburn

I never stay anywhere — parties , museums, meetings — longer than 3 hours.
~Eli Broad


The Life and Soul, the man who will never go home while there is one man, woman or glass of anything not yet drunk.
~Katherine Whitehorn

When you’re the most happening person at the party, it’s time to leave.
~Kelly Cutrone

You should always leave the party 10 minutes before you actually do.
~Gary Larson

Popularity is exhausting. The life of the party almost always winds up in a corner with an overcoat over him.
~Wilson Mizner

She’s afraid that if she leaves, she’ll become the life of the party.
~Groucho Marx

I don’t like parties past 2 am. Then it’s all losers and weirdos.
~Paris Hilton

Never be the first to arrive at a party or the last to go home, and never, ever be both.
~David Brown


Beware of having a party at all on Saturday night! You may not live to see daylight!
~Stephen A Miller/John Beaird

Drink, and dance and laugh and lie,
Love the reeling midnight through,
For tomorrow we shall die!
(But, alas, we never do.)
~Dorothy Parker

The man who does not relax and hoot a few hoots voluntarily, now and then, is in great danger of hooting hoots and standing on his head for the edification of the pathologist and trained nurse, a little later on.
~Elbert Hubbard


The dying process begins the minute we are born, but it accelerates during dinner parties.
~Carol Matthau

There’s always some amount of gradual, slow burning destruction over the course of partying.
~Gavin DeGraw

For every year of life we light
A candle on your cake
To mark the simple sort of progress
Anyone can make,
And then, to test your nerve or give
A proper view of death,
You’re asked to blow each light, each year,
Out with your own breath.
~James Simmons


I suppose it’s possible that the Sundance Kid didn’t like to make much of his birthdays — they may have struck him as just another reminder that his draw was getting slower by the year — but what if he truly liked a major celebration? What if he looked forward every year to marking the day of his birth with what they used to call in the West “a real wingding, with pink balloons and a few survivors?”
~Calvin Trillin

If even dying is to be made a social function, then, grant me the favor of sneaking out on tiptoe without disturbing the party.
~Dag Hammarskjold

At a formal dinner party, the person nearest death should always be seated closest to the bathroom.
~George Carlin

Someone said that life is a party. You join in after it’s started and leave before it’s finished.
~Elsa Maxwell

Partying is such sweet sorrow.
~Robert Byrne


~Optical Arts:  Fugue in A Major   (2:14)   ends in a quote


~Corrie FrancisParks:  Foreign Exchange   (5:45)   begins with a quote


~Popular Science:  Best Way to Reheat Pizza  (out of 9 methods tried)


~1w3rpass:  Yes, Prime Minister — The need to know   (4:34)   English humour, political, complete w/ convoluted thinking


There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want.
~Bill Watterson

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop to look around once in a while you could miss it.
~Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Spend the afternoon. You can’t take it with you.
~Annie Dillard

There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval.
~George Santayana


I just want to have fun and party with everyone around the world. That’s the only rule, to have fun.
~Mayer Hawthorne

The goal of all civilization, all religious thought, and all that sort of thing is simply to have a good time. But man gets so solemn over the process that he forgets the end.
~Don Marquis

And the night shall be filled with music,
And the cares that infest the day
Shall fold their tents like the Arabs
And as silently steal away.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

It’s not about going to a party. It’s life as a party.
~Diane Von Furstenberg


I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.
~Diane Ackerman

I’ve lived my life the way I wanted to, whether scaling the mountains, partying long into the night or having fun playing soccer.
~Marat Safin

I work hard and I party hard. When I go to work, I know what I am doing, and I do it to the best of my abilities. When I party, I take exactly the same rule book with me.
~Rhys Ifans

Study hard, but party harder.
~Nicole Polizzi


Like other parties of the kind, it was first silent, then talky, then argumentative, then disputatious, then unintelligible, then altogether, then inarticulate, and then drunk. When we had reached the last step of this glorious ladder, it was difficult to get down again without stumbling.
~Lord Byron

I’m gonna party, see how intoxicated I can get and how many rules I can flaunt. That’s my motto.
~H G Bissinger

You gotta have life your way. If you ain’t losing your mind, you ain’t partying right.
~Young Jeezy

When the wine goes in, strange things come out.
~Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller


Live to work. Work to party. Party to live.
~Yevgen Reztsov

Good parties create a temporary youthfulness.
~Mason Cooley

That’s what life is all about: Let’s have a party. Let’s have it tonight.
~Lilly Pulitzer

When all else fails, throw a party!
~Eugene Walter


Life is a party. Dress for it.
~Audrey Hepburn

Life is short, wear your party pants.
~Loretta LaRoche

It is easy to decide on what is wrong to wear to a party, such as deep-sea diving equipment or a pair of large pillows, but deciding what is right is much trickier.
~Lemony Snicket

Of all the pretenses of the formal party season, the hardest, I find, is pretending that your clothes fit.
~Robert Brault


A House Party consists, broadly speaking, of a company of from four to twenty guests gathered together in the Wilderness in the name of Hospitality for a spirited contest in Wardrobes and Parlor Tricks.
~Gideon Wurdz

I did once shatter a chandelier. I was singing with my college choir in Wales. I was the soloist and I hit the high note and there was this massive bang and all this glass came down from the ceiling. I’d like that to be my party trick if I can perfect it.
~Katherine Jenkins


One cannot have too large a party. A large party secures its own amusement.
~Jane Austen

I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy.
~F Scott Fitzgerald



So many people counted on me to be the party, I had to move far enough away that they wouldn’t want to drive there.
~Sam Kinison

I can’t give parties. It’s so hard. When I want to call somebody up for dinner they think I’m using them or something. I just can’t stand it.
~Andy Warhol

After all, what is your host’s purpose in having a party? Surely not for you to enjoy yourself; if that were their sole purpose, they’d have simply sent champagne and women over to your place by taxi.
~P J O’Rourke

Parties are the nightly ritual of the sophisticated society.
~Dominick Dunne


Where the hostess is handsome the wine is good.
~French Proverb

I try to greet my friends with a drink in my hand, a warm smile on my face, and great music in the background, because that’s what gets a dinner party off to a fun start.
~Ina Garten

I always think the opening moments of a party are the hardest, before everyone has had enough to drink.
~Stephanie Clifford

Every time a champagne bottle pops, a party angel gets its wings.
~Terri Guillemets


Like when I host a party. I hope my guests get along. But if not, how interesting!
~Andy Cohen

I want to give a really BAD party. I mean it. I want to give a party where there’s a brawl and seductions and people going home with their feelings hurt and women passed out in the cabinet de toilette. You wait and see.
~F Scott Fitzgerald

[N]o party is any fun unless seasoned with folly.
~Desiderius Erasmus


When we’re discussing who to invite to a dinner party, my wife Chaz and I sometimes use the shorthand, ‘good value for money,’ which indicates guests expected to be entertaining.
~Roger Ebert

Hostesses who entertain much must make up their parties as ministers make up their cabinets, on grounds other than personal liking.
~George Eliot


Callous comedies  (all others being too juvenile or risqué)

~Omeleto:  Writer’s Workshop   (11:31)    writer’s party


~Jonathan Wilhelmsson:  Untitled Earth Sim 64   (6:38)   introspective, not what it seems


~Omeleto:  The Going Away Party   (9:30)   pride month — and this is funny?


I haven’t seen this many men dressed as women since my bachelor party.
~Bruce Willis

You know how funerals are not for the dead, they’re for the living? Bachelor parties are not for the groom, they’re for the uncommitted.
~Bill Murray

Bachelor parties are designed for those who are sad to see the passing of their single days. I couldn’t be more eager to have mine behind me.
~Stephanie Meyer

One tradition I have with my friends is that when one of us gets married, we have a ton of fragrance oils and pretty bottles at the bachelorette party. Everyone puts a drop or two in a bottle for the bride and makes a wish, and the bride wears our creation on her wedding day.
~Jennifer Aniston


The problem with pity parties is very few people come, and those who do don’t bring presents.
~Zig Ziglar

It’s time to blow out the candles on the pity party cake.
~Louie Giglio

Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.
~Regina Brett

Am I lonely? Yes. Am I upset? Yes. Am I confused? Yes. Do I have my days when I’ve thrown a little pity party for myself? Absolutely. But I’m also doing really well. I’d be a robot if I said I didn’t feel moments of anger, of hurt, of embarrassment… [but] You joke and say, ‘What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’.
~Jennifer Aniston

Sweat has the power to end a pity party in such a way that even the hostess is happy.
~Kristin Armstrong

I love pity parties. I wish I’d brought hats.
~Richelle Mead


As everyone knows, although no one knows quite why, young girls like to sleep at one another’s homes. This peculiarity sometimes manifests itself in something called a “slumber party,” in which numbers of girls in nightdress stretch out on somebody’s parlor floor to drink hot cocoa, talk about boys, giggle, throw pillows, tell ghost stories and otherwise work themselves into a state of adolescent hysteria that forfends sleep. They feel terrible the next morning.
~Life Goes to a Slumber Party

You will suggest a hot cocoa party instead. Her bright blue eyes will shine feverishly, and as she nods with uncontainable energy.
~Abigail Clarkin

That was where friendships were smelted from unrefined ore into pure metal: two girls staying up past their bedtime, painting one another’s nails, trying on one another’s clothes, wondering about ghosts, confiding secrets, swapping tokens of undying affection, hours of whispering in the darkness.
~Abby Geni

How little sleep one got at a slumber party is a matter of great pride and an index of the success of the party.
~Elizabeth Radin Simons

Slumber parties for young girls are the rage by the time they are eight or nine years old. Similar events involving the fellows are typically called “sleepovers.” Boys get together and camp out in backyards or nearby lakeshores.
~William Lynwood Montell



Birthdays are nature’s way of telling you to eat more cake.
~Jo Brand

A party without cake is just a meeting.
~Julia Child

I hate birthdays. I hate birthday parties. I hate them. I don’t know what it is, anybody’s only got to come wafting near me with a piece of cake with a candle on and I break out in hives.
~Cat Deeley


Interventions are really emotionally exhausting and I would never ever want to have one. In the same way, I would never want to have a surprise birthday party. That would be horrible.
~Margaret Cho

The year you were born marks only your entry into the world. Other years where you prove your worth, they are the ones worth celebrating.
~Jarod Kintz

Our birthdays are feathers in the broad wing of time.
~Jean Paul Richter


I count too heavily on birthdays, though I know I shouldn’t. Inevitably I begin to assess my life by them, figure out how I’m doing by how many people remember; it’s like the old fantasy of attending your own funeral: You get to see who your friends are, get to see who shows up.
~Lorrie Moore

One of the sadder things, I think,
Is how our birthdays slowly sink:
Presents and parties disappear,
The cards grow fewer year by year.
~Philip Larkin

It is lovely, when I forget all birthdays, including my own, to find that somebody remembers me.
~Mark Twain

My birthday was a natural disaster, a shower of paper, full of flattery, under which one almost drowned.
~Albert Einstein

What is there to celebrate? Birthdays are automatic things. Anyway, birthdays are for children.
~Albert Einstein


A birthday is just the first day of another 365-day journey around the sun. Enjoy the trip.
~Unknown Author

Don’t just count your years, make your years count.
~George Merideth

It is not how old you are, but how you are old.
~Marie Dressler

Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.
~Chili Davis

Age is just a number. It’s totally irrelevant unless, of course, you happen to be a bottle of wine.
~Joan Collins


The last birthday that’s any good is 23.
~Andy Rooney

Fifty years old, 212 fights, and I’m still pretty.
~Muhammad Ali

At age fifty, every man has the face he deserves.
~George Orwell

One starts to get young at the age of sixty.
~Pablo Picasso


Real birthdays are not annual affairs. Real birthdays are the days when we have a new birth.
~Ralph Parlette

Happy Birthday, Johnny,
Live beyond your income,
Travel for enjoyment,
Follow your own nose.
~W H Auden

The best birthdays of all are those that haven’t arrived yet.
~Robert Orben

The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.
~Madeleine L’Engle

Birthdays are good for you. Statistics show that the people who have the most live the longest.
~Larry Lorenzoni

There are three hundred and sixty-four days when you get un-birthday presents… And only one for birthday presents, you know.
~Lewis Carroll

The way I see it, you should live every day like it’s your birthday.
~Paris Hilton

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson


Most of us can remember a time when a birthday, especially if it was one’s own, brightened the world as if a second sun has risen.
~Thomas Moore

My Birthday! What a different sound that word had in my youthful ear.
~Malcolm Forbes

There is still no cure for the common birthday.
~John Glenn

Old age isn’t so bad when you consider the alternatives.

30 was the best year of my life until the next year and then the next. Every year since 30 has been the best year.
~Bonnidette Lantz

Fly free and happy beyond birthdays and across forever, and we’ll meet now and then when we wish, in the midst of the one celebration that never can end.
~Richard Bach


Enjoy how sweet, how thoughtful, how kind I’m being on your birthday. Because tomorrow it’s back to the same old crap.
~Melvin Helitzer

What different dooms our birthdays bring!
~Thomas Hood

Do you count your birthdays thankfully?


~Ricky Nelson:  Garden Party, feat. Matthew, Gunnar & Sam   (4:04)   Ricky’s three sons


~Lesley Gore:  It’s My Party   (2:58)   later in life and better


~Leslie Gore, feat. Amy Winehouse:  It’s My Party   (2:40)   w/ mixed clips, prescient


~Billie Eilish:  when the party’s over   (3:13)   messy emotions


~The Beatles:  I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party, feat. Acoustic Beatles Band   (2:21)   close your eyes, it’s them


~LMFAO:  Party Rock Anthem   (6:15)   goofy fun


~Sam Cooke:  Having a Party, feat. Heidi Goodwin   (2:44)   home grown cover


~Mick Jagger:  Party Doll   (5:15)    w/ clips in the bleak outback, also live


~Mick Jagger:  Party Doll   (5:13)   Marilyn Monroe tribute


~Shania Twain:  Party For Two   (3:32)   saucy


Girls Night Out x 3

~Rihanna:  Don’t Stop The Music   (3:53)   high energy

~Pink:  Get The Party Started   (3:51)   party central

~The Black Eyed Peas:  Don’t Stop The Party   (6:18)   exotic


My most disastrous date was not so much a disaster as uncomfortable for both parties involved.
~Jennifer Aniston

Almost all of our relationships begin and most of them continue as forms of mutual exploitation, a mental or physical barter, to be terminated when one or both parties run out of goods.
~W H Auden

I am skittish about relationships, as most of the marriages I’ve seen up close have been ruinous for one or both parties.
~Anne Lamott


The moment I was introduced to my wife, Emma, at a party I thought, here she is — and 20 minutes later I told her she ought to marry me. She thought I was as mad as a rat. She wouldn’t even give me her telephone number — and she wrote in her diary: “A funny little man asked me to marry him.”
~Julian Fellowes

Believing, hear, what you deserve to hear:
Your birthday as my own to me is dear…
But yours gives most; for mine did only lend
Me to the world; yours gave to me a friend.

I was really interested in how marriages work, how you can, you know, be in love with somebody and spend many years with your lives intertwined, but in the end another soul can be fundamentally unknowable.
~Geraldine Brooks


A holiday cocktail party is where some stranger will learn more about you in an hour than your spouse has learned in a lifetime.
~Robert Brault

At every party there are two kinds of people — those who want to go home and those who don’t. The trouble is, they are usually married to each other.
~Ann Landers

I can always tell what kind of a time I’m having at a party by the look on my wife’s face.
~John Bedrosian

The best way to remember your wife’s birthday is to forget it once.
~E Joseph Cossman


If you wear a short enough skirt, the party will come to you.
~Dorothy Parker

Whenever, at a party, I have been in the mood to study fools, I have always looked for a great beauty: they always gather round her like flies around a fruit stall.
~Jean Paul

Sometimes I’ve been to a party where no one spoke to me for a whole evening. The men, frightened by their wives or sweeties, would give me a wide berth. And the ladies would gang up in a corner to discuss my dangerous character.
~Marilyn Monroe

Recently I heard a ‘wise guy’ story that I had a party at my home for twenty-five men. It’s an interesting story, but I don’t know twenty-five men I’d want to invite to a party.
~Joan Crawford

No man does right by a woman at a party.
~Harry Golden


I can get a dance party started pretty much anywhere and anytime.
~Claire Danes

Diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance.
~Verna Myers

Dancing – that’s really what I do at parties. I dance and I hang out with friends. That’s my partying.
~Rebecca Black

On with the dance! let joy be unconfined;
No sleep till morn, when Youth and Pleasure meet
To chase the glowing Hours with flying feet…
~Lord Byron

We’re fools whether or not we dance, so we may as well dance.
~Chez Goldberg

My advice for life: dance and sing your song while the party is still on.
~Rasheed Ogunlaru

Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we’re here we should dance.
~Jeanne C Stein




I’m six foot eleven. My birthday covers three days.
~Darryl Dawkins

I still have the shirt I wore my first time on Johnny Carson’s show. Only now I use it as a tablecloth at dinner parties. It was very blousy.
~Ellen DeGeneres


For weeks I’ve been telling him not to buy anything for my birthday, and he still forgot to bring me something.
~Tanya Noe

A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman’s birthday but never remembers her age.
~Robert Frost

It’s an awful thing to grow old by yourself. My wife hasn’t had a birthday in seven years.
~Robert Orben

She claims she just turned thirty, but it must have been a U-turn!
~Elmer Pasta

If you lie about your age on your birthday, make sure you choose a comfortable number.
~Unknown Author

I’m sixty-five, but if there were fifteen months in every year, I’d only be forty-eight.
~James Thurber

At another year
I would not boggle
Except that when I jog
I joggle.
~Ogden Nash


Ever notice that Soup for One is eight aisles away from Party Mix?
~Elayne Boosler

Confucius say: Man who put face in bowl get punch in nose.
~Author unknown

Health – what my friends are always drinking to before they fall down.
~Phyllis Diller


Sometimes when I reflect back on all the beer I drink I feel ashamed. Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn’t drink this beer, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. Then I say to myself, it is better that I drink this beer and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver.
~Jack Handey

Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza.
~Dave Barry


What I don’t like about office Christmas parties is looking for a job the next day.
~Phyllis Diller

You moon the wrong person at an office party and suddenly you’re not a professional anymore.
~Jeff Foxworthy


At his birthday party the guests were overcome with the heat of the candles. He feels like the liberty bell – old, heavy, and slightly cracked.
~A Daniel Goldsmith

You know you’re getting old when the candles cost more than the cake.
~Bob Hope

You know how you tell when you’re getting old? When your broad mind changes places with your narrow waist.
~Red Skelton



© Greg Thweatt


I would show up at a party for Al Qaeda if you said there’s going to be a dinner.
~Gilbert Gottfried

To be a member of the Communist Party is to have a taste of the police state. It is a diluted taste but it is bitter and unforgettable.
~Elia Kazan


I strongly believe that every American should always be rooting for our president to do well, no matter which political party that he or she might belong to.
~Joe Manchin

When a party is in opposition, it opposes. That’s its job. But when it comes to power, it must govern. Easy rhetoric is over, the press of reality becomes irresistible. By necessity, it adopts some of the policies it had once denounced. And a new national consensus is born.
~Charles Krauthammer

Each party steals so many articles of faith from the other, and the candidates spend so much time making each other’s speeches, that by the time election day is past there is nothing much to do save turn the sitting rascals out and let a new gang in.
~H L Mencken

It is unfair to suppose that one party has invariably acted rightly, and that the other is responsible for every wrong that has been committed.
~Nelson A Miles

Living on a planet of fixed size requires compromise, and while we are the only party capable of negotiating, we are not the only party at the table. We’ve never claimed more, and we’ve never had less.
~Jonathan Safran Foer

We win justice quickest by rendering justice to the other party.
~Mahatma Gandhi


In every election in American history both parties have their cliches. The party that has the cliches that ring true wins.
~Newt Gingrich

Power without principle is barren, but principle without power is futile. This is a party of government, and I will lead it as a party of government.
~Tony Blair


Damn your principles! Stick to your party.
~Benjamin Disraeli

Party spirit enlists a man’s virtues in the cause of his vices.
~Richard Whately

This party spirit has so ill an effect on our morals, it has likewise a very great one upon our judgments.
~Joseph Addison

You will hear words old and spent and useless like costumes left over from yesterday’s parties.
~Cesare Pavese

The tendency of party spirit has ever been to disguise and propagate and support error.
~Richard Whately

How is it possible for those who are men of honor in their persons, thus to become notorious liars in their party?
~Joseph Addison

Politics is too partisan, and sometimes patriotism is cast aside. Patriotism is honor and love of your country and your brothers and sisters. With politics I get the impression that it’s all about what’s good for the party and not necessarily what’s good for the country.
~Ricardo Montalban

I hate politics. It’s slimy. Any job where people pander for votes I don’t like. The country has gotten so partisan that if you’re not on my side, you’re the enemy.
~Mark Cuban

The greatest good we can do our country is to heal its party divisions and make them one people.
~Thomas Jefferson


The political lesson of Watergate is this: Never again must America allow an arrogant, elite guard of political adolescents to by-pass the regular party organization and dictate the terms of a national election.
~Gerald R Ford

Political parties don’t work when people just announce what they are doing and expect everyone else to follow.
~Tony Abbott

You need to have people within your own party that have the wherewithal to stand up to you.
~Rand Paul

All political parties die at last of swallowing their own lies.
~John Arbuthnot


I never said all Democrats were saloonkeepers. What I said was that all saloonkeepers are Democrats.
~Ambrose Bierce

I sometimes think that I didn’t leave the Republican Party, as much as it left me.
~Hillary Clinton

You have to have been a Republican to know how good it is to be a Democrat.
~Jackie Kennedy

It is important that the United States remain a two-party system. I’m a fellow who likes small parties and the Republican Party can’t be too small to suit me.
~Lyndon B Johnson

I hope the two wings of the Democratic Party may flap together.
~William Jennings Bryan


The only difference between the Republican and Democratic parties is the velocities with which their knees hit the floor when corporations knock on their door. That’s the only difference.
~Ralph Nader

The two party system just means that the corporations cut two checks instead of one.
~Barry Crimmins

My real adversary has no name, no face, no party. It will never be elected, yet it governs – the adversary is the world of finance.
~Francois Hollande


I have learned, by some experience, that virtue and patriotism, vice and selfishness, are found in all parties, and that they differ less in their motives than in the policies they pursue.
~William H Seward

I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever, in religion, in philosophy, in politics, or in anything else, where I was capable of thinking for myself. Such an addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent. If I could not go to heaven but with a party, I would not go there at all.
~Thomas Jefferson

Compromise makes a good umbrella, but a poor roof; it is a temporary expedient, often wise in party politics, almost sure to be unwise in statesmanship.
~James Russell Lowell


Saying we should keep the two-party system simply because it is working is like saying the Titanic voyage was a success because a few people survived on life-rafts.
~Eugene McCarthy

There is nothing I dread so much as the division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our constitution.
~John Adams


The real two-party system in America is the Meanies and the Weenies. The Meanies want to take away your benefits, and the Weenies want to compromise with them.
~Alan Grayson

There are only two (major) parties today: The Stupid Party and The Evil Party. Once in a while the two parties get together to do something that is both stupid and evil, and that’s called Bipartisanship.
~Thomas Woods

The two-party system is a bad joke on the American people; when it comes to Republicans and Democrats remember they are two sides of the same coin. Voting for the lesser of two evils is still a vote for evil and not an answer to our problems. A vote for a Republican or a Democrat will not fix anything and is a wasted vote.
~Aaron Russo

The recent AP poll that came out last month said that approximately 90% of the American people felt that the two-party system was failing us in the presidential election.
~Jill Stein

In the US, there is basically one party – the business party. It has two factions, called Democrats and Republicans, which are somewhat different but carry out variations on the same policies. By and large, I am opposed to those policies. As is most of the population.
~Noam Chomsky

Today, candor compels us to admit that our vaunted two-party system is a snare and a delusion, a fraud upon the nation. Our two parties have become nothing but two wings of the same bird of prey.
~Pat Buchanan

In a two-party system, if both parties ignore public opinion, there is no place voters can turn.
~Howard Zinn

Pay attention America. Third party might not win it this year, but we could be seeing the shift away from a two party system unfolding.
~Jill Stein


As much as I cherish your [McCarthy’s] right to a platform as an independent candidate I am not going to sit here quietly and listen to you denigrate the two party system. It has served our country well over the last two hundred years.
~John Anderson

I am more convinced than ever that a lively two party system is essential to our democracy.
~Stockwell Day

Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can throw the rascals out at any election without leading to any profound or extensive shifts in policy.
~Carroll Quigley


Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance and eliminate labor laws and farm programs you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group of course that believes you can do these things. Among them are a few other Texas oil millionaires and an occasional politician or business man from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid.
~Dwight D Eisenhower

A two-party system is way too good for those two parties.
~Penn Jillette

The parties are the gamesters; but government keeps the table, and is sure to be the winner in the end.
~Edmund Burke

Run for office? No. I’ve slept with too many women, I’ve done too many drugs, and I’ve been to too many parties.
~George Clooney

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@Writers Platform:

The artist one day falls through a hole in the brambles, and from that moment he is following the dark rapids of an underground river which may sometimes flow so near to the surface that the laughing picnic parties are heard above.
~Cyril Connolly

Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It’s that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that’s what the poet does.
~Allen Ginsberg

I think that is the secret of great acting. You have to bring your imagination to the party. You’ve got to have a great imagination.
~Steven Spielberg

The term ‘serious actor’ is kind of an oxymoron, isn’t it? Like ‘Republican party’ or ‘airplane food.’
~Johnny Depp


I have many different sides; I can be the life and soul of the party – or a wallflower.
~Naomie Harris

I hardly ever go to parties. If I really have to, I’ll go, but I’m not the most open person, which is sometimes not the best quality.
~Eva Green

I don’t go to parties to meet men. I go to parties to stand in a corner and watch people.
~Candace Bushnell

The great advantage of being a writer is that you can spy on people. You’re there, listening to every word, but part of you is observing. Everything is useful to a writer, you see — every scrap, even the longest and most boring of luncheon parties.
~Graham Greene

I go out partying to figure out exactly who I’m making music for. You can’t just guess.


I want to go to a party where they got no guns
I want to rock with my band I want to have a lil fun
~Benjamin West/Ruston Samuel Kelly

You asked me to a party
To a house just by the moon
You gave me silver loving
The end was all too soon
~Jack Bruce/Pete Constantine Brown

The party will open its season
And the invitees spread their decorations
We will pack this night with lamps of music,
draw with iris cities for lovers and
distribute the dream
children to the poor;
So be away from the grief and sadness,
and embrace my soul.
~Hassan Hegazy

Oh, this party is starting to go
Over the top into I don’t know
How many people are here?
Did you say we’re already ‘outta beer?’
~Robert Curran

The party’s a bore
It’s bound to get worse
Let’s sneak out somewhere
And engage in our own celebration
~James Bracken


Prewritten Prompt:   party


I had an epiphany a few years ago when I was out at a celebrity party and it suddenly dawned on me that I had yet to meet a celebrity who is as smart and interesting as any of my friends.

I could party in a cardboard box with people who are funny and don’t care. For me, it’s really about who I surround myself with, so I just try to always be with hilarious people.

One’s friends are that part of the human race with which one can be human.
~George Santayana

I am thankful for the mess to clean after a party because it means I have been surrounded by friends.
~Nancie J Carmody


Everybody is continuously connected to everybody else on Twitter, on Facebook, on Instagram, on Reddit, e-mailing, texting, faster and faster, with the flood of information jeopardizing meaning. Everybody’s talking at once in a hypnotic, hyper din: the cocktail party from hell.
~Maureen Dowd

There was nothing wrong with being a homebody. There was nothing wrong with not wanting — not needing — the constant jostle and noise of a party or bar or… whatever.
~Charles De Lint

Spare a thought for the poor introverts among us. In a world of party animals and glad-handers, they’re the ones who stand by the punch bowl. In a world of mixers and pub crawls, they prefer to stay home with a book. Everywhere around them, cell phones ring and e-mails chime and they just want a little quiet.
Jeffrey Kluger

I still get excited over the idea of going to a party in a costume. I was also looking forward to attending social events where alcohol wasn’t the main attraction.
~Lindsey Stirling/Brooke S Passey


I like to party, and by party I mean a slumber party for one with plenty of books to read.

Get your friends together, go to your local bookstore and have a book-buying party.
~Roy Blount, Jr


Cocktail party: A gathering held to enable forty people to talk about themselves at the same time. The man who remains after the liquor is gone is the host.
~Fred Allen

Friends will always be there for the party. REAL friends will be there after the party
~Bray Love

It’s easy to impress me. I don’t need a fancy party to be happy. Just good friends, good food, and good laughs. I’m happy. I’m satisfied. I’m content.
~Maria Sharapova



heaven scent

come play with me
games that we’ll invent
call it sport
me winning thee
a party with intent

come paint with me
draw closer with assent
call it art
bronzed for eternity
poetry as cement

come stay with me
say that you’ll relent
call it love
become a part of me
my heart and pay no rent


Love and Country

Fallen parties of the first part
Who state in full, our united state
Failed temptations of the heart
Our time to choose, it’s make or break

We tear apart, bleed, start to shred
Or we stay wed and share our bed
Live out our dream or part instead

Defy realpolitik for real romance
Deny disputes to share a dance
Deciding now our only chance

Switch off our needy love of light
Close tight our doors on each other
Bounce off our walls alone at night
Fall blindly, lonely, all together


The Gift

Smiles arrive in tinfoil wrapping
Birthday party comes a happening
In-flesh presence serve as presents
Hugs exchange our selves in essence
Safe one-second two armed attack
Morse Code tap-tapping on my back
Meaningless hug that I shrug off
Pointless touch ain’t near enuff

Yet you hold on one second longer
Warm embrace made bonding stronger
No vain inane touch at being held
Smiles feel real as mates we meld



Scheduled Rx: Date set
Section II: Undying Love
Paragraph 3: Promissory Note
Pledged to Wed: You and me
Part E: Cancelled

Vow to Marry: Yet…
You hedged: Your bet
Claimed: Lack of spontaneity
Failed: Joys of serendipity

Then: Love’s no-surprise
When: Light fled your eyes
How: Bright spark’s demise
Why: Foregone boredom cries
Symptoms: Sighs then lies
This the way our cancer dies



Too bleak the need, the plan too bland
Then too bent from pent-up being-grand
Results too themed, too self-indulgent
Glazed eyes scanning, graze refulgent
At Friday’s weekly mixer-blender
Preceding Saturday’s fun extender

When party nights prove much too much
And life’s weekly cure needs a crutch
Weekly work loads need to party hardy
Leads to craving Sunday’s Bloody Mary
Takes a weakened weekend’s fatal drug
Trades mortal shrug for a lover’s hug



Best. Party. Evah!
uninvited? pity that
dry introvert smile

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Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea.
~Henry Fielding

Tea is so tame. A cocktail is lots more naughty.
~Richard Florance

I had a little tea party
This afternoon at three.
‘Twas very small–
Three guest in all–
Just I, myself and me.
Myself ate all the sandwiches,
While I drank up the tea;
‘Twas also I who ate the pie
And passed the cake to me.
~Jessica Nelson North

But I always say, one’s company, two’s a crowd, and three’s a party.
~Andy Warhol


The more you can plan and do ahead of time, the more you’ll be able to enjoy your own party.
~David Burtka

A successful party is much more about the sum of it’s parts than it is about just one detail.
~David Burtka


So mayst thou live, dear! many years,
In all the bliss that life endears,
Not without smiles, nor yet from tears
Too strictly kept:
When first thy infant littleness
I folded in my fond caress,
The greatest proof of happiness
Was this — I wept.
~Thomas Hood

Maiden, when such a soul as thine is born,
The morning-stars their ancient music make.
~James Russell Lowell

There was a star danced, and under that was I born.
~William Shakespeare

Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting…
Not in entire forgetfulness,
And not in utter nakedness,
But trailing clouds of glory do we come.
~William Wordsworth

Birth may be a matter of a moment, but it is a unique one.
~Frederick Leboyer


Many seek good nights and lose good days.
~Dutch saying

To alcohol, the cause and solution to all of life’s problems.
~Homer Simpson


The closing years of life are like the end of a masquerade party, when the masks are dropped.
~Arthur Schopenhauer

The road goes on forever, and the party never ends.
~Robert Earl Keen


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Quoted In The Grove:   Foreign

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

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

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

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


Prewritten Prompt for circa 06/20:   return


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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Posted From The Grove

A woman is a foreign land.

She is written in a foreign tongue.
~Henry James

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


~hochelaga:  The Oldest (Known) Song of All Time   (4:31)   Syrian


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


~ErnestBorg9:  John Cleese & Rowan Atkinson – Beekeeping   (4:35)   English humour


~Topic:  MEATS   (10:34)   food foreign to pregnant vegan


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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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


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

We need foreign skills to stay competitive.
~Hassanal Bolkiah


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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


~Omeleto:  Welcome   (17:20)   love @US Immigration, foreign finish


~Omeleto:  The Clue   (9:57)   treasure hunt


~Windstruck Productions:  Listen To Me   (8:08)   the sky has different colors


~MovieBrats Pictures:  Asternauts   (16:39)   Lighthearted, character driven


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Children are all foreigners.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson


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

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

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


My subconscious speaks in a foreign language.
~Deb Caletti

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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



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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


I Want To Know What Love Is   (5:01)   story-lined


I Don’t Want to Live Without You   (3:53)   wild life & nostalgia


Foreigner’s Kelly Hansen Surprises Elevator Riders   (2:00)   goofy fun


Flash Mob
~Sabadel, Spain: Ode To Joy, from Beethoven’s 9th   (5:40)   still the most stirring*


In Colombia
~Mendelssohn:  Farewell of the Woods   (3:10)   choral


~Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture, the crescendo   (4:48)   youth orchestra


Time of My Life   (6:53)   drama, dance, acrobatics


Uyghur: A culture being absorbed
~Uyghur Beauty:  Mitiz Meshrep   (5:11)   Uyghur instruments, singer and dancers (it’s the music)


~Uyghur Beauty:  Liwen Yarlar   (6:05)   colorful village life and love story (it’s the story)


Classics reimagined
~HaoStaff Official:  Pachelbel’s Canon in D   (3:30)   a commercial featuring tears, Japanese


~Openfire:  Flight Of The Bumblebee   (4:08)   traditional Chinese instruments vs classical western*


~Anoushka Shankar:  Traveler, feat. Odissi dancer   (4:29)   playing sitar


~Wuauquikuna:  The Sound Of Silence   (4:54)   playing pan flutes


~Bill Withers:  Lean On Me
~Flash MobLondon   (3:40)   people you would know in full voice


~Playing For Change:   (4:33)   international


We Are The World
~Somos El Mundo  (We Are The World)   (6:45)   bilingual stars


~Channel Aid w/ Kurt Hugo Schneider & You Tube Artists   (5:10)   donated



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



© David N Sachs


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NOTE:  A page of quotes on Foreign Policy will be posted circa 06.06.21

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@Writers Platform:

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Prewritten Prompt:  foreign


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

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

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

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

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The Exercise:

Dual Doggerels Dueling


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

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

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

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

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



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

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

…hiding in plain sight


5s ‘n 7s

Coliseum Wars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


foreign affection
brindle bitch by description
wags a pure welcome


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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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


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


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

Laughter has no foreign accent.
~Paul B Lowney

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


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