Archive for July, 2021

Quoted In The Grove:   awe

We stand in awe before that which cannot be seen. We respect with every fiber of our being that which cannot be explained.
~Tite Kubo

People’s lives, in Jubilee as elsewhere, were dull, simple, amazing, and unfathomable – deep caves paved with kitchen linoleum.
~Alice Munro

If the world could remain within a frame like a painting on the wall, I think we’d see the beauty then and stand staring in awe.
~Conor Oberst

Because when beauty awes you, you must halt and try to catch your breath and your staggered heart.
~Kate Elliott


Prewritten Prompt  circa 08/07:   shadow


I begin to see an object when I cease to understand it.
~Henry David Thoreau

At the moment you are most in awe of all there is about life that you don’t understand, you are closer to understanding it all than at any other time.
~Jane Wagner


There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle. The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.
~Albert Einstein

We are all born as animals and live the life that animals live: we sleep, eat, reproduce, and fight. There is, however, another order of living, which the animals do not know, that of awe before the mystery of being
~Joseph Campbell

(Some people) have a wonderful capacity to appreciate again and again, freshly and naively, the basic goods of life, with awe, pleasure, wonder, and even ecstasy.
~Abraham Maslow

I am curious about many things, and find the world around me, and the people and objects and things in it, equally fascinating. There is a great deal of that awe and wonder in me.
~William Shatner

To know what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty… this knowledge, this feeling is at the center of true religiousness.
~Albert Einstein


When you look at yourself and feel dissatisfaction about any part of you, you will continue to attract feelings of dissatisfaction, because the law mirrors back to you exactly what you are holding inside. Be in awe and wonder at the magnificence of you!
~Rhonda Byrne

Most people are not in the world of awe and wonder. They’re in the world of deadness. Their perceptual fields and bodies are completely self-reflective, and all they see is themselves wherever they go.
~Frederick Lenz

Nature in her unfathomable designs had mixed us of clay and flame, of brain and mind, that the two things hang indubitably together and determine each other’s being, but how or why, no mortal may ever know.
~William James

When I look at the human brain I’m still in awe of it.
~Benjamin Carson

Self-esteem is the result of recognizing our personal power; awe and wonder come from recognizing our lack of it. Both are true, and in an exceptional life there is no conflict between them.
~Victoria Moran


Yes, Mother. I can see you are flawed. You have not hidden it. That is your greatest gift to me.
~Alice Walker

The low points I had all helped make up my character, so I probably wouldn’t want to do away with them because I like being flawed and I like having them help me grow and change and become better and stronger.
~Drew Barrymore


Every human life involves an unfathomable mystery, for man is the riddle of the universe, and the riddle of man in his endowment with personal capacities.
~Harry Emerson Fosdick

Life is filled with potential that is truly unfathomable. At last we are coming to see the enormous power it possesses. That is why we must never write anyone off. In particular, we mustn’t put boundaries on our own potential. In most cases, our so-called limitations are nothing more than our own decision to limit ourselves.
~Daisaku Ikeda

Every human has an unfathomable gift that only meeting life head on will reveal.
~Mark Nepo

Do not be awe struck by other people and try to copy them. Nobody can be you as efficiently as you can.
~Norman Vincent Peale


Posted From The Grove

Be a terror to the butchers, that they may be fair in their weight; and keep hucksters and fraudulent dealers in awe, for the same reason.
~Miguel de Cervantes

Arms, like laws, discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe and preserve order.
~Thomas Paine

I think Stalin was afraid of Roosevelt. Whenever Roosevelt spoke, he sort of watched him with a certain awe. He was afraid of Roosevelt’s influence in the world.
~W Averell Harriman

During the time men live without a common power to keep them all in awe, they are in that conditions called war; and such a war, as if of every man, against every man.
~Thomas Hobbes

An America that inspires hope in its ideals must complement an America that inspires awe in its strength.
~Adam Schiff


One to destroy, is murder by the law;
and gibbets keep the lifted hand in awe;
to murder thousands, takes a specious name,
‘War’s glorious art’, and gives immortal fame.
~Edward Young

It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.
~Albert Einstein

There will be no lasting peace either in the heart of individuals or in social customs until death is outlawed.
~Albert Camus


The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.
~Rachel Carson

The conqueror is regarded with awe; the wise man commands our respect; but it is only the benevolent man that wins our affection.
~William Dean Howells

Since when have we Americans been expected to bow submissively to authority and speak with awe and reverence to those who represent us?
~William O Douglas


~awe:  Stellar Nursery — visual meditation to music   (10:42)   Hubble, with stars like dust motes


~Ai Creative Studio:  Majlis Persandingan Awe & Amylia   (5:10)   South Asian wedding, culture made beautiful


~Jason Silva:  Shots of Awe – Awe   (2:48)   inspirational


~Jason Silva:  Shots of Awe – Existential Bummer   (2:53)   also inspirational


~WSF:  What is String Theory   (2:34)   lucid explanation, from:  CNN’s 5 Things


If there were no eternal consciousness in a man, if at the bottom of everything there were only a wild ferment, a power that twisting in dark passions produced everything great or inconsequential; if an unfathomable, insatiable emptiness lay hid beneath everything, what would life be but despair?
~Soren Kierkegaard

Everything ends, and Everything matters. Everything matters not in spite of the end of you and all that you love, but because of it. Everything is all you’ve got…and after Everything is nothing. So you were wise to welcome Everything, the good and the bad alike, and cling to it all. Gather it in. Seek the meaning in sorrow and don’t ever turn away, not once, from here until the end. Because it is all the same, it is all unfathomable, and it is all infinitely preferable to the one dreadful alternative.
~Ron Currie, Jr

O your life, your lonely life
What have you ever done with it,
And done with the great gift of consciousness?
What will you ever do before Death’s knife
Provides the answer ultimate and appropriate?
As I for my part felt in my heart as one who falls,
Falls in a parachute, falls endlessly, and feels the vast
Draft of the abyss sucking him down and down,
An endlessly helplessly falling and appalled clown:
This is the way the night passes by, this
Is the overnight endless trip to the famous unfathomable abyss.
~Delmore Schwartz

Suicide is a particularly awful way to die: the mental suffering leading up to it is usually prolonged, intense and unpalliated. There is no morphine equivalent to ease the acute pain, and death, not uncommonly, is violent and grisly. The suffering of a suicidal is private and inexpressible, leaving family members, friends and colleagues to deal with an almost unfathomable kind of loss, as well as guilt. Suicide carries in its aftermath a level of confusion and devastation that is, for the most part, beyond description.
~Kay Redfield Jamison

It is not just nature that defies us. Human life is as overwhelming… If we spend time in it [the vast spaces of nature], they may help us to accept more graciously the great, unfathomable events that molest our lives and will inevitably return us to dust.
~Alain de Botton

When we find our core certainty within, then we no longer look for certainty outside. The unfathomable nature of the ever-changing world ceases to be a source of anxiety and instead is a source of joy and adventure.
~Deepak Chopra

Rather than admire the mediocre great men over whom passersby nudge each other in awe, I venerate the young, unknown geniuses who die in their teens, their souls shattered — delicate, phosphorescent glowworms that one must see to know they really did exist.
~Knut Hamsun

We cannot banish dangers, but we can banish fears. We must not demean life by standing in awe of death.
~David Sarnoff


Two things fill the mind with ever-increasing wonder and awe: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me… Morality is not properly the doctrine of how we may make ourselves happy, but how we may make ourselves worthy of happiness.
~Immanuel Kant

It is only on the condition of humility and reverence before the world that our species will be able to remain in it.
~Wendell Berry

When men lack a sense of awe, there will be disaster.
~Lao Tse

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality… Never lose a holy curiosity.
~Albert Einstein

For years I have watched people in their confrontation with the unknown recover awe, wonder, joy, and aliveness. They have remembered that life is holy, and they have reminded me as well. In losing our sense of Mystery, we have become a nation of burned-out people. People who wonder do not burn out.
~Rachel Naomi Remen

Nothing is more contagious than genuine love and genuine care. Nothing is more exhilarating than authentic awe and wonder. Nothing is more exciting than to witness people having the courage to fight for their highest vision.
~Michael Lerner



I am filled with awe that filmmakers have the capacity to stir us and give us back a sense of wonder.
~Theodore Bikel

And I love Mel Brooks. My Dad loved his movies, too, they’re awesome, the kind of thing that if you’re in for ten minutes, you’re in for two hours.
~Mike Myers

I always thought that the spine of a character was awe and wonder.
~William Shatner

I love being around great actors and film-makers, and I try to hide the fact that I’m in awe of them.
~Jessica Chastain

Creative people are very insecure people because they don’t know whether people like them or are in awe of them. That insecurity always comes out. It makes them a better actor, I feel.
~Persis Khambatta


A friend who is far away is sometimes much nearer than one who is at hand. Is not the mountain far more awe-inspiring and more clearly visible to one passing through the valley than to those who inhabit the mountain?
~Khalil Gibran

Familiarity with any great thing removes our awe of it.
~L Frank Baum

You can’t always be in awe of someone’s talent, living with them.
~Yoko Ono

There’s people that are just in awe of what you do, and then there are people who just think it’s garbage. And I think there are people who are just uncomfortable seeing someone have fun with their job
~Todd Barry


Great sci-fi has never shied from tackling the Big Questions, though really great sci-fi never forgets to entertain us along the way. Shock and awe applies to art, as well.
~Rick Yancey

To me, science fiction is about the sense of mystery, the sense of awe. Not ‘shock and awe’, just ‘awe.’
~J Michael Straczynski

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
~Oscar Wilde


Two gentle stories, the foreign language spoken is English-accent

~NITVShorts:  New Boy   (11:32)   learning it


~NITVShorts:  The Attendant   (11:50)   earning it


When we’re infused with either enthusiasm or awe or fondness, it changes what we see. It changes what we remember.
~Robert Legato

Create experiences that leave you in awe, for these will be the highlights of your life.
~Ryan Blair


If the grandfather of the grandfather of Jesus had known what was hidden within him, he would have stood humble and awe-struck before his soul.
~Khalil Gibran

It is awesome to feel you are carrying on the family name.
~Daniel Day-Lewis

I really like being pregnant. Not that there aren’t things I don’t love, but when I think about what my body is doing – creating a child – it just blows my mind. I’m in awe of the process and science.
~Emily Deschanel

The production of souls is the secret of unfathomable depth.
~Victor Hugo


We teach children how to measure and how to weigh. We fail to teach them how to revere, how to sense wonder and awe.
~Harold S Kushner

If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life
~Rachel Carson

By cutting ourselves off from the rest of creation, we are left bereft of awe and wonder and therefore of reverence and gratitude. We violate our very beings, and we have nothing but trivia to teach our young.
~Matthew Fox

The job of a teacher is to excite in the young a boundless sense of curiosity about life, so that the growing child shall come to apprehend it with an excitement tempered by awe and wonder.
~John Garrett

A schoolmaster should have an atmosphere of awe, and walk wonderingly, as if he was amazed at being himself.
~Walter Bagehot


I really believed that the priests were acquainted with my thoughts; and often stood in great awe of them. They often told me they had power to strike me dead at any moment.
~Maria Monk

I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief.
~Gerry Spence

The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.
~Albert Einstein


The most unfathomable schools and sages have never attained to the gravity which dwells in the eyes of a baby of three months old. It is the gravity of astonishment at the universe, and astonishment at the universe is not mysticism, but a transcendent common-sense. The fascination of children lies in this: that with each of them all things are remade, and the universe is put again upon its trial.
~Gilbert K Chesterton

Home is that youthful region where a child is the only real living inhabitant. Parents, siblings, and neighbors are mysterious apparitions who come, go, and do strange unfathomable things in and around the child, the region’s only enfranchised citizen.
~Maya Angelou

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I haven’t experienced love at first sight yet. I’ve seen very, very beautiful girls and been awestruck but never love at first sight.
~Tristan Wilds

Don’t be upset. Don’t listen to me. I only meant that I am jealous of a dark, unconscious element, something irrational, unfathomable. I am jealous of your toilet articles, of the drops of sweat on your skin, of the germs in the air you breathe… I know this must seem obscure and confused, but I can’t say it more clearly. I love you madly, irrationally, infinitely.
~Boris Pasternak

Love is the river of life in this world. Think not that ye know it who stand at the little tinkling rill, the first small fountain. Not until you have gone through the rocky gorges, and not lost the stream; not until you nave gone through the meadow, and the stream has widened and deepened until fleets could ride on its bosom; not until beyond the meadow you have come to the unfathomable ocean, and poured your treasures into its depths — not until then can you know what love is.
~Henry Ward Beecher

This was a kind of dying. Losing the woman I truly had loved, and still loved more than anything, was just unfathomable. To me, she was the world.
~Andres Lokko


Who can be sure that Jean Valjean had not been on the verge of losing heart and giving up the struggle? In loving he recovered his strength. But the truth is that he was no less vulnerable than Cosette. He protected her and she sustained him. Thanks to him she could go forward into life, and thanks to her he could continue virtous. He was the child’s support and she his mainstay. Sublime, unfathomable marvel of the balance of destiny!
~Victor Hugo

You are my country, Desdemona. … My Egypt. My hot, harrowing desert and my cool, verdant Nile, infinitely lovely and unfathomable and sustaining.
~Connie Brockway

Fundamentally the male artist approximates more to the psychology of woman, who, biologically speaking, is a purely creative being and whose personality has been as mysterious and unfathomable to the man as the artist has been to the average person.
~Beatrice M Hinkle

The reason why you know more funny dudes than funny chicks is that dudes are funnier than chicks. If my daughter has a mediocre sense of humor, I’m just gonna tell her, ‘Be a staff writer for a sitcom. Because they’ll have to hire you, they can’t really fire you, and you don’t have to produce that much. It’ll be awesome.
~Adam Carolla

It used to be that you had to make female TV characters perfect so no one would be offended by your ‘portrayal’ of women. Even when I started out on ‘The Office’ eight years ago, we could write our male characters funny and flawed, but not the women. And now, thankfully, it’s completely different.
~Mindy Kaling

There shall be poets! When woman’s unmeasured bondage shall be broken, when she shall live for and through herself, man — hitherto detestable — having let her go, she, too, will be poet! Woman will find the unknown!
~Arthur Rimbaud


What if one happens to be possessed of a heart that can’t be trusted? What if the heart, for its own unfathomable reasons, leads one willfully and in a cloud of unspeakable radiance away from health, domesticity, civic responsibility and strong social connections and all the blandly-held common virtues and instead straight towards a beautiful flare of ruin, self-immolation, disaster?
~Donna Tartt

When men hear women want a commitment, they think it means commitment to a romantic relationship, but that’s not it. It’s a commitment to not floating around anymore. I want a guy who is entrenched in his own life. Entrenched is awesome.
~Mindy Kaling

Woman is the unfathomable, incalculable mystery, the problem we men can never hope to solve.
~P G Wodehouse

Is it truly so unfathomable, that an imperfect girl might be perfectly loved?
~Tessa Dare

For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.
~Carl Sagan

Movies can provide tear-inducing or comically-entertaining representations of love, but many agree that its deeper conflicting complexities often seem unfathomable.

Love involves a peculiar unfathomable combination of understanding and misunderstanding.
~Diane Arbus

After one moment of gripped immobility, the queen bent to kiss the king lightly on one closed eyelid, then on the other. She said, ‘I love your eyes.’ She kissed him on either cheek, near the small lobe of his ear. ‘I love your ears, and I love’—she paused as she kissed him gently on the lips— ‘every single one of your ridiculous lies.’ The king opened his eyes and smiled at the queen in a companionship that was as unassailable as it was unfathomable.
~Megan Whalen Turner


~Spacey Blak:  Wonder Boy, ft. Debbie Aramide   (4:08)   amateur hero


~Natalie Merchant:  Wonder   (5:05)   small venue concert


~Moon Tooth:  Awe At All Angles   (4:15)   all angles inclusive, tight guitar


~Stevie Wonder & Diana Ross:  For Once in My Life   (3:02)   once upon a time


~Laime Pilniga:  Awe   (3:25)   wounded eyes fuel the song


~DJ Manzo, ft. Presh and Chronix:  Awe Mah   (3:49)   South African joyful


How Great Thou Are — a hymn
~Hillsong (4:10)


~Vince Gill & Carrie Underwood   (5:41)


The bassoon is one of my favorite instruments. It has a medieval aroma, like the days when everything used to sound like that. Some people crave baseball…I find this unfathomable, but I can easily understand why a person could get excited about playing the bassoon.
~Frank Zappa

The meaning of song goes deep. Who in logical words can explain the effect music has on us? A kind of inarticulate, unfathomable speech, which leads us to the edge of the infinite, and lets us for a moment gaze into that!
~Thomas Carlyle

The feeling of awed wonder that science can give us is one of the highest experiences of which the human psyche is capable. It is a deep aesthetic passion to rank with the finest that music and poetry can deliver.
~Richard Dawkins

Science cannot tell us a word about why music delights us, of why and how an old song can move us to tears. Science is reticent too when it is a question of the great Unity – the One of Parmenides – of which we all somehow form part, to which we belong. The most popular name for it in our time is God – with a capital ‘G’.
~Erwin Schrodinger

To reflect upon the [black hole’s] event horizon is a great deal more awe-inspiring than a burning bush or a wooden statue that weeps or pees or bleeds.
~Christopher Hitchens

Do not, I beg you, look for anything behind phenomena. They are themselves their own lesson.

How is it that hardly any major religion has looked at science and concluded, “This is better than we thought! The Universe is much bigger than our prophets said, grander, more subtle, more elegant?
~Carl Sagan


To science, not even the bark of a tree or a drop of pond water is dull or a handful of dirt banal. They all arouse awe and wonder.
~Jane Jacobs

A woodland in full color is awesome as a forest fire, in magnitude at least, but a single tree is like a dancing tongue of flame to warm the heart.
~Hal Borland

To early man, trees were objects of awe and wonder. The mystery of their growth, the movement of their leaves and branches, the way they seemed to die and come again to life in spring, the sudden growth of the plant from the seed – all these appeared to be miracles as indeed they still are, miracles of nature!
~Ruskin Bond

A leaf fluttered in through the window this morning, as if supported by the rays of the sun, a bird settled on the fire escape, joy in the task of coffee, joy accompanied me as I walked.
~Anais Nin


We do not associate the idea of antiquity with the ocean, nor wonder how it looked a thousand years ago, as we do of the land, for it was equally wild and unfathomable always.
~Henry David Thoreau

“The world is but a Thought,” said he:
“The vast unfathomable sea
Is but a Notion-unto me.”
~Lewis Carroll

Unfathomable mind, now beacon, now sea.
~Samuel Beckett

We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.
~Henry David Thoreau

Earth’s crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God:
But only he who sees takes off his shoes.
~Elizabeth Barrett Browning

And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.
~Friedrich Nietzsche



inexcusably bad, in poor taste, simply awful


The Internet is like a herd of performing elephants with diarrhoea – massive, difficult to re-direct, awe-inspiring, entertaining, and a source of mind-boggling amounts of excrement when you least expect it.
~Gene Spafford

Often people display a curious respect for a man drunk, rather like the respect of simple races for the insane… There is something awe-inspiring in one who has lost all inhibitions.
~F Scott Fitzgerald


One can only be in awe of the creativity of chocolate marketers. My take is that if there is a health benefit, it is small.
~Marion Nestle

Awe consumes any brand that ignites it.
~Cynthia Ozick


Man is a simple being, and however rich, varied, and unfathomable he may be, the cycle of his situations is soon run through.

The further one advances in experience, the closer one comes to the unfathomable; the more one learns to utilize experience, the more one recognizes that the unfathomable is of no practical value.

The world is vast, beautiful, and fascinating, even awe-inspiring – but impersonal. It demands nothing of me, and allows me to demand nothing of it.
~Herbert Simon


Facing the kitsch aesthetic is the unfathomable world of myths.
~Saul Friedlander

That shoreline where the island of knowing meets the unfathomable sea of our own being is the landscape of myth.
~William Irwin Thompson

Because philosophy arises from awe, a philosopher is bound in his way to be a lover of myths and poetic fables. Poets and philosophers are alike in being big with wonder.
~Thomas Aquinas

Isn’t this enough? Just this world? Just this beautiful, complex wonderfully unfathomable world? How does it so fail to hold our attention that we have to diminish it with the invention of cheap, man-made myths and monsters?
~Tim Minchin

The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder.
~Ralph Washington Sockman


Gaseous pillars in the Eagle Nebula


You do not know the unfathomable cowardice of humanity…servile in the face of force, pitiless in the face of weakness, implacable before blunders, indulgent before crimes…and patient to the point of martyrdom before all the violences of bold despotism.
~Niccolo Machiavelli

Americans have become conditioned to believe the world is a gray place without absolutes; this is because we’re simultaneously cowardly and arrogant. We don’t know the answers, so we assume they must not exist. But they do exist. They are unclear and/or unfathomable, but they’re out there.
~Chuck Klosterman

The first act of awe, when man was struck with the beauty or wonder of Nature, was the first spiritual experience.
~Henryk Skolimowski

Whence come I and whither go I? That is the great unfathomable question, the same for every one of us. Science has no answer to it.
~Max Planck

Scientific views end in awe and mystery, lost at the edge in uncertainty, but they appear to be so deep and so impressive that the theory that it is all arranged as a stage for God to watch man’s struggle for good and evil seems inadequate.
~Richard P Feynman

Guess what: God created beings not to act in a morality play but to
experience what is unfathomable, to elicit what can become, to descend
into the darkness of creation and reveal it to him, to mourn and celebrate enigma and possibility. The universe is a whirling dervish, not a hanging judge in robes.
~Richard Grossinger

It is possible to become discouraged about the injustice we see everywhere. But God did not promise us that the world would be humane and just. He gives us the gift of life and allows us to choose the way we will use our limited time on earth. It is an awesome opportunity.
~Cesar Chavez


It’s a mystery. That’s the first thing that interests me about the idea of God. If there is one, it’s mysterious and powerful and awesome to even consider the concept, and you have to take it seriously.
~Stephen King

Now when the ancient Egyptians, awestruck and wondering, turned their eyes to the heavens, they concluded that two gods, the sun and the moon, were primeval and eternal; and they called the former Osiris, the latter Isis.
~Diodorus Siculus

Our evangelical culture tends to take the awesome reality of a transcendent god who is worthy to be feared and downsize Him so He could fit into our “buddy system.” The way we talk about Him, the way we pray, and, more strikingly, the way we live shows that we have somehow lost our sense of being appropriately awestruck… If God were to show up visibly, many of us think we’d run up to Him and high-five Him for the good things He has done.
~Joseph Stowell

The infinity of God is not mysterious, it is only unfathomable; not concealed, but incomprehensible; it is a clear infinity, the darkness of the pure unsearchable sea.
~John Ruskin

Awe enables us to see in the world intimations of the divine, to sense in small things the beginning of infinite significance, to sense the ultimate in the common and the simple, to feel in the rush of the passing the stillness of the eternal.
~Abraham Joshua Heschel


We worship an awesome God in the Blue States, and we don’t like federal agents poking around our libraries in the Red States. We coach Little League in the Blue States and have gay friends in the Red States.
~Barack Obama

A Grand Design we couldn’t see because we were part of it. A Grand Design we only got occasional, fleeting glimpses of. A Grand Design involving the entire course of history and all of time and space that, for some unfathomable reason, chose to work out its designs with cats and croquet mallets and penwipers, to say nothing of the dog. And a hideous piece of Victorian artwork. And us.
~Connie Willis

God loves human beings. God loves the world. Not an ideal human, but human beings as they are; not an ideal world, but the real world. What we find repulsive in their opposition to God, what we shrink back from with pain and hostility, namely, real human beings, the real world, this is for God the ground of unfathomable love.
~Dietrich Bonhoeffer


@Writers Platform:

Here’s a funny question: What is your favorite word? Think about it —maybe it’s a word that makes you absolutely happy, or a word that sounds gloriously beautiful, or a word that evokes awe and wonder. Maybe you are reminded of a great time when you hear it, or maybe it represents your life’s dream. So, what is it? What is your favorite word of all words? Thought about it yet? Good. And now, think why.
~Vera Nazarian

Something unfathomable lies behind every thought … something for which there aren’t any words.
~Peter Weiss

Words today are like the shells and rope of seaweed which a child brings home glistening from the beach and which in an hour have lost their luster.
~Cyril Connolly


In my school, the library was forbidden. I was accused of turning on the radiator so that the [class]room was uninhabitable and the ceiling came down below; I’m pretty sure I didn’t do it. But then we were moved to the library. And there was a really boring history thing, about the Spanish Armada: how could you make that boring?! So I reached my hand out, and slid a book off to read under the desk, and it opened at King Lear Act Four Scene Six. I was astounded. I’d never seen language like it. I was awestruck. I think that may be one reason why I got involved in theatre.
~Keith Johnstone

When Dr. King was murdered, I had no idea who he was. But as soon as I heard his words on television that night when I was 9 years old, I was dumbstruck, awestruck by their power.
~Michael Eric Dyson

The man who comes back through the Door in the Wall will never be quite the same as the man who went out. He will be wiser but less sure, happier but less self-satisfied, humbler in acknowledging his ignorance yet better equipped to understand the relationship of words to things
~Aldous Huxley


Batty as it sounds, subject and style may choose artists through some unfathomable cosmic means. How else to explain that even artists who enjoy what they do can be perplexed or even horrified that they’re doing it?
~Jerry Saltz

It’s a pity if someone…has to console himself for the wreck of his days with the notion that somehow his voice, his work embodies the deepest, most obscure, freshest, rawest oyster of reality in the unfathomable refrigerator of the heart’s ocean, but I am such a one, and there you have it.
~Leonard Cohen

There’s a unique bond of trust between readers and authors that I don’t believe exists in any other art form; as a reader, I trust a novelist to give me his or her best effort, however flawed.
~Dan Simmons

The role of the writer is not simply to arrange Being according to his own lights; he must also serve as a medium to Being and remain open to its often unfathomable dictates. This is the only way the work can transcend its creator and radiate its meaning…
~Vaclav Havel

Prose — it might be speculated — is discourse; poetry ellipsis. Prose is spoken aloud; poetry overheard. The one is presumably articulate and social, a shared language, the voice of “communication”; the other is private, allusive, teasing, sly, idiosyncratic as the spider’s delicate web, a kind of witchcraft unfathomable to ordinary minds.
~Joyce Carol Oates

The theologians gather dust upon the shelves of my library but the poets are stained with my fingers and blotted by my tears.
~John Haynes Holmes


Prewritten Prompt:   awe


No sight is more provocative of awe than is the night sky.
~Llewelyn Powys

Looking at these stars suddenly dwarfed my own troubles and all the gravities of terrestrial life. I thought of their unfathomable distance, and the slow inevitable drift of their movements out of the unknown past into the unknown future.
~H G Wells

You are confronted with abysses of time that are, in a way, unfathomable. You see a painting in charcoal of reindeer and it was left unfinished and somebody else finished it. But through radio carbon dating we know that the next one completed the painting 5,000 years later. You’re just blown away by the notion of passage of time. We have no relationship to that kind of depth of time.
~Werner Herzog

There is some awe mixed with the joy of our surprise, when this poet, who lived in some past world, two or three hundred years ago, says that which lies close to my own soul, that which I also had well nigh thought and said.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Think with awe on the slow and quiet power of time.
~Friedrich Schiller


The most impactful place that I’ve been to where I was just completely awestruck, happy, moved is Victoria Falls between Zambia and Zimbabwe. It is probably the most beautiful and romantic place in the world.
~Hill Harper

Awe is the emotion of self-transcendence.
~Jonathan Haidt

Joy draws its nourishment from quietness and from the unfathomable.
~Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Silence before being born, silence after death: life is nothing but noise between two unfathomable silences.
~Isabel Allende

Let us seek to fathom those things that are fathomable and reserve those things which are unfathomable for reverence in quietude.



The Dream

Bow to the venerable
deserving of awe
Serving the vulnerable
unprotected by law
Protest unequal evils
heeding the call
Soft social upheaval
avoiding the brawl
Political evolution
without revolution
Stately procession
encompassing all


Dual Doggerels Dueling 1 & 2

Chance Wasted

Abandoning dreams of recovering Eden
Abode inherited rooted at birth
Homo’s only, own and lonely world
Sapiens’ home née planet Earth
Chased and unchaste, fallen, retreating
Coping with failure, lessons unlearned
Playing it brash, bold and unchastened
Garden crashing, trashed then burned
Raping the woods, set the forests on fire
Stench of oil replacing than scent of pine
Nightmare prevailing instead of awe
Still, after it’s gone, the memory is mine


First down touchdown, reaching the moon
Wonder cheering the sport, science’s boon
Orbiting, landing, scoring on Mars
Awe earns the win, next goal the stars


Conditions Apply

Having lived with wonder all my days
with just enough resource in laughter and tears
to continue it

Yet if awe should fade or reserves run dry
I’ll consider it permission to bid it farewell
say goodnight and end it


Ready, nay, excited
Just moments away
I’ll have all my answers
I’ll know the Afterwards
In awe of that instant
Preparations in order
Mere seconds left
They throw the switch…



Redshot South Pacific sunset
The peerless Taj Mahal
Blue whale swimming beside me
A deafening roar, Niagara Falls
Hubble’s view a stellar heavens
Teeming China, its insular wall
Yet you unclothed here before me
Inspires my awe most of all

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The knowledgeable person lives with a question mark, and the man of awe and wonder lives with an exclamation mark.

Emotion is often what we rely upon to carry us across the unfathomable voids in our intelligence.
~Bryant H McGill


No man is quite so much a hero in the dark as in broad daylight, in solitude as in society, in the gloom of the churchyard as in the blaze of the drawing-room. The season and the place may be such as to oppress the stoutest heart with a mysterious awe, which, if not fear, is near akin to it.
~William H Prescott

Don’t call it uncertainty — call it wonder.


You are so terribly nimble, so clever. I distrust your cleverness. You make a wonderful pattern, everything is in its place, it looks convincingly clear, too clear. And meanwhile, where are you? Not on the clear surface of your ideas, but you have already sunk deeper, into darker regions, so that one only thinks one has been given all your thoughts, one only imagines you have emptied yourself in that clarity. But there are layers and layers — you’re bottomless, unfathomable. Your clearness is deceptive. You are the thinker who arouses most confusion in me, most doubt, most disturbance.
~Anais Nin

Conscience is but a word that cowards use, devised at first to keep the strong in awe.
~William Shakespeare


I’m in awe of the universe, but I don’t necessarily believe there’s an intelligence or agent behind it. I do have a passion for the visual in religious rituals, though, even though they may be completely empty and bereft of substance. The incense is powerful and provocative, whether Buddhist or Catholic.
~David Bowie

Awe and respect are two different things.
~Oliver Reed


We’re all talking about the same thing, whether it’s religious people or New Age spiritual people or Buddhists or scientists. We’re all talking about having a sense of awe and wonder at something grander than ourselves.
~Michael Shermer

Men sunk in the greatest darkness imaginable retain some sense and awe of the Deity.
~John Tillotson

A certain pride, a certain awe, withheld him from offering to God even one prayer at night, though he knew it was in God’s power to take away his life while he slept and hurl his soul hellward ere he could beg for mercy.
~James Joyce


With respect to duels, indeed, I have my own ideas. Few things in this so surprising world strike me with more surprise. Two little visual spectra of men, hovering with insecure enough cohesion in the midst of the unfathomable, and to dissolve therein, at any rate, very soon, make pause at the distance of twelve paces asunder; whirl around, and simultaneously by the cunningest mechanism, explode one another into dissolution; and, offhand, become air, and non-extant – the little spitfires!
~Thomas Carlyle


There are two words that, when spoken, have the most unfathomable power to completely change your life. Two words which, when they pass your lips, will be the cause of bringing absolute joy and happiness to you. Two words that will create miracles in your life. Two words that will wipe out negativity. Two words that will bring you abundance in all things. Two words which, when uttered and sincerely felt, will summon all the forces and vibrations in the Universe to move all things for you. The only thing standing between you, happiness, and the life of your dreams is two words THANK YOU!
~Rhonda Byrne

Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.
~John Milton


Great sci-fi has never shied from tackling the Big Questions, though really great sci-fi never forgets to entertain us along the way. Shock and awe applies to art, as well.
~Rick Yancey

To me, science fiction is about the sense of mystery, the sense of awe. Not ‘shock and awe’, just ‘awe.’
~J Michael Straczynski


We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
~Oscar Wilde

I think this is how we are supposed to be in the world — present and in awe.
~Anne Lamott


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Quoted In The Grove:   escape

Every man builds his world in his own image. He has the power to choose, but no power to escape the necessity of choice.
~Ayn Rand

Maybe love is a disease, and we would be better off without it. But we have chosen a different road. And in the end that is the point of escaping the cure: We are free to choose. We are even free to choose the wrong thing.
~Lauren Oliver

All the choices we make in our life are pointless. There’s no escaping the inevitable.
~John Cusack

Fear has two meanings, forget everything and run, or face everything and rise. The choice is yours.
~Zig Ziglar


Prewritten Prompt for late July:   awe


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When things fall apart, the children of the land scurry and scatter like birds escaping a burning sky.
~NoViolet Bulawayo

Amidst the vicissitudes of the earth’s surface, species cannot be immortal, but must perish, one after another, like the individuals which compose them. There is no possibility of escaping from this conclusion.
~Charles Lyell

We all share one planet and are one humanity, there is no escaping this reality.
~Wangari Maathai

You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.
~Abraham Lincoln

Not that running away’s going to solve everything. I don’t want to rain on your parade or anything, but I wouldn’t count on escaping this place if I were you. No matter how far you run. Distance might not solve anything.
~Haruki Murakami

There are so many benefits to be derived from space exploration and exploitation; why not take what seems to me the only chance of escaping what is otherwise the sure destruction of all that humanity has struggled to achieve for 50,000 years?
~Isaac Asimov

There is no hope for the fanciful idea of reaching the moon because of insurmountable barriers to escaping the earth’s gravity
~Forest Ray Moulton

~ ~

Posted From The Grove

In order to escape accountability for his crimes, the perpetrator does everything in his power to promote forgetting. If secrecy fails, the perpetrator attacks the credibility of his victim. If he cannot silence her absolutely, he tries to make sure no one listens.
~Judith Lewis Herman

The first rule for escaping prison in the United States is always having someone more important than yourself to incriminate.
~Alan Dershowitz

In the last analysis, of course, an oath will encourage fidelity in office only to the degree that officeholders continue to believe that they cannot escape ultimate accountability for a breach of faith.
~James L Buckley

I’m not in favor of the death penalty. But I’m in favor of locking these people away in maximum security units where they can never get out. They can never escape. They can never be paroled. Lock the bad ones away. But you gotta rethink everybody else.
~John Grisham


I knew, however, that the next morning after the fight I would have to get away, and I did just in time, for a full company came early to look for me and were furious because I had escaped them.
~Jesse James

I was lucky because on the morning after the burning of the Reichstag I left my home very early to catch a train to Berlin for the conference of our student organization and that is the only reason why I escaped arrest.
~Klaus Fuchs

You don’t need to know what you’re escaping from to become a fugitive.
~Bella Pollen

Sometimes it seems unfair that events so old can reach forward through the years, sinking claws into one’s life and twisting all that follows it. Yet perhaps that is the ultimate justice: we are the sum of all we have done added to the sum of all that has been done to us. There is no escaping that, not for any of us.
~Robin Hobb


~Brightside:  7 Self-Defense Techniques for Women   (8:24)   escapes recommended by professionals


~Mr Bean:  JUDO Bean   (12:34)   um … comedy?


Great Animal Escapes:
~BBC Earth:  Triumph of the Herbivores/Prey Escapes Predator (4:16)


Great Kitty Escapes
~jenawesome:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJUTOtrQrSY   (2:08)

~linehead10:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=md4c7XZNgYg   (0:22)


She clutched the train ticket tighter and waited for the sense of escape to come over her as it had a dozen times before, that heady sensation of having just scooted through the clanging gate, of eluding the thrown net. It didn’t come. She was running again, but she wasn’t escaping. She’d been chased to ground a long, long time ago.
~Connie Brockway

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.
~Steve Jobs

The return of my birthday, if I remember it, fills me with thoughts which it seems to be the general care of humanity to escape.
~Samuel Johnson

It is vain for the coward to flee; death follows close behind; it is only by defying it that the brave escape.


The other inmates stand in a long straight line, flanked by guards, and I am dragged past them. I do not respect them, because they will not run – will not try to escape.
~Jack Henry Abbott

We imagine that we want to escape our selfish and commonplace existence, but we cling desperately to our chains.
~Anne Sullivan Macy

Slaves lose everything in their chains, even the desire of escaping from them.
~Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Desperation is the raw material of drastic change. Only those who can leave behind everything they have ever believed in can hope to escape.
~William S Burroughs


The hardest prison to escape is in your mind.

We can spend our whole lives escaping from the monsters of our minds.
~Pema Chödrön

When you see a man led to prison say in your heart, “Mayhap he is escaping from a narrower prison.” And when you see a man drunken say in your heart, “Mayhap he sought escape from something still more unbeautiful.”
~Khalil Gibran


The best way to keep a prisoner from escaping is to make sure he never knows he’s in prison.
~Fyodor Dostoevsky

It isn’t running away they’re afraid of. We wouldn’t get far. It’s those other escapes, the ones you can open in yourself, given a cutting edge.
~Margaret Atwood

If you think you’re free, no escape is possible.
~Herb Cohen



You can escape into a character.
~John Candy

I’m the kind of actor who has ventured into escaping from me.
~Helena Bonham Carter

I love escaping into character. It’s a chance to try on people that you wouldn’t be brave or stupid enough to be in real life.
~Andrea Corr

When you’re acting, you’re escaping and hiding behind something. It’s cliched to say, but there’s a safety there.
~Tamsin Egerton

That’s why I’m an actress — escaping into a world.
~Julie Walters

When you get into any kind of period work, or any kind of prosthetic work, or anything that alters what your 8×10 looks like, it’s the joy of escaping and becoming somebody else. And it is definitely freeing.
~Scott Bakula

While it’s really hard to do, at the same time, I’m escaping my body, which I really want to do. I’m living someone else’s life. I get very intensely into the story, into the interviews and the research. I’m experiencing things along with my subjects. I have a freedom I don’t have in my physical life.
~Laura Hillenbrand

A lot of the fun lies in trying to penetrate the mystery; and this is best done by saying over the lines to yourself again and again, till they pass through the stage of sounding like nonsense, and finally return to a full sense that had at first escaped notice.
~Anthony Hecht

Context is everything. Dress me up and see. I’m a carnival barker, an auctioneer, a downtown performance artist, a speaker in tongues, a senator drunk on filibuster. I’ve got Tourette’s. My mouth won’t quit, though mostly I whisper or subvocalize like I’m reading aloud, my Adam’s apple bobbing, jaw muscle beating like a miniature heart under my cheek, the noise suppressed, the words escaping silently, mere ghosts of themselves, husks of empty breath and tone.
~Jonathan Lethem


Most of my escapades were getting my Labrador dog into the back of my car to drive to Brooklyn where I worked at Avenue M Studios shooting a soap opera and battling being a 17 to 18-year-old playing twins being afraid that I was going to get fired, because who wouldn’t fire me? I had no idea what I was doing.
~Anne Heche

Early in life she had discovered the important truth that nothing looks so like innocence as an indiscretion; and by a series of reckless escapades, half of them quite harmless, she had acquired all the privileges of a personality.
~Oscar Wilde


I could feel myself changing physically. It was like something dropped out of the sky. Seeing her on the fire escape had given me a certain feeling, and then when I saw the photograph of her, it gave me a similar feeling. And I thought that was an incredibly powerful thing — that a photograph could give you a feeling that was similar to a feeling you had in the physical world. Nobody could’ve told me that. I knew what I was going to do for the rest of my life.
~Henry Wessel, Jr

I find beauty in unusual things, like hanging your head out the window or sitting on a fire escape.
~Scarlett Johansson


Cinema in India is like brushing your teeth in the morning. You can’t escape it.
~Shahrukh Khan

People have perhaps gotten to the point where for the most part movies are a just bit of escape.
~Neil LaBute

Escaping into a film is not like escaping into a book. Books force you to give something back to them, to exercise your intelligence and imagination, where as you can watch a film — and even enjoy it — in a state of mindless passivity.
~Paul Auster

I often hear people say that they read to escape reality, but I believe that what they’re really doing is reading to find reason for hope, to find strength.
~Terry Goodkind

Mother used to say escape is never further than the nearest book.
~David Mitchell

I go on many thrilling adventures and wondrous, profound escapades through books.
~Kurt Vonnegut

Every time you think of escaping mentally or physically, grab the book that lies inches away from your heart.
~Muna Adnan Naqi

Novels aren’t just happy escapes; they are slivers of people’s souls, nailed to the pages, dripping ink from veins of wood pulp. Reading the right one at the right time can make all the difference.
~Brandon Sanderson

Fare forward, travellers! not escaping from the past
Into different lives, or into any future;
You are not the same people who left that station
Or who will arrive at any terminus,
While the narrowing rails slide together behind you.
~T S Eliot


I think escapism is very important, certainly in my life. I love nothing more than escaping into the world of a film or a novel. To be involved in creating that for other people is a privilege.
~Ben Barnes

My whole art is based on escaping life and reality, which might not be the best tendency to have when you’re trying to be a good person in general. But people can escape into my world easily — artists are supposed to create a keyhole that people can look into.
~Lykke Li


~Barr Pictures Media:  Hesitation   (1:33)   when apples escape


~Omeleto:  Neon   (15:07)   what, then, when death fails


~Omeleto:  Ride or Die   (14:02)   doomsday escape, a comedy


~Omeleto:  Beneath The Surface   (19:02)   escape?


There was no one color that could paint Lena Duchannes. She was a red sweater and a blue sky, a gray wind and a silver sparrow, a black curl escaping from behind her ear.
~Kami Garcia

“I said your hair is coming undone — here,” he said, and reached out and tucked an escaping curl back behind her ear. Tessa felt the blood spill hot up into her face, and was glad for the dimness of the carriage. “You have to be careful with it,” he said, taking his hand back, slowly, his fingers lingering against her cheek.
~Cassandra Clare

A hat is a shameless flatterer, calling attention to an escaping curl, a tawny braid, a sprinkling of freckles over a pert nose, directing the eye to what is most unique about a face. Its curves emphasize a shining pair of eyes, a lofty forehead; its deep brim accentuates the pale tint of a cheek, creates an aura of prettiness, suggests a mystery that awakens curiosity in the onlooker.
~Jeanine Larmoth

The breath of peace was fanning her glorious brow, her head was bowed a very little forward, and a tress, escaping from its bonds, fell by the side of her pure white temple, and close to her just opened lips; it hung there motionless! no breath disturbed its repose! She slept as an angel might sleep, having accomplished the mission of her God.
~Nathaniel Hawthorne

Flickering lights anonymous doors my heart escaping in drips i’m still waking up but she’s still sleeping this ICU is hotel for the dead
~Maggie Stiefvater

You might argue that I make the rounds no matter what year it is, but sometimes the human race likes to crank things up a little. They increase the production of bodies and their escaping souls.
~Markus Zusak

Hair is the most delicate and lasting of our materials, and survives us, like love. It is so light, so gentle; so escaping from the idea of death, that, with a lock of hair belonging to a child or friend, we may almost look up to heaven and compare notes with the angelic nature, — may almost say, “I have a piece of thee here not unworthy of thy being now.”
~Leigh Hunt


You can’t escape the taste of the food you had as a child. In times of stress, what do you dream about? Your mother’s clam chowder. It’s security, comfort. It brings you home.
~Jacques Pepin

Of course, I would be depressed sometimes, and my Mom would be worried about me because I would just sleep to escape. Cause I was so scared of being a musician or artist, or whatever you want to call it.
~Chantal Kreviazuk

I wanted to escape so badly. But of course I knew I couldn’t just give up and leave school. It was only when I heard my mom’s voice that I came out of my hiding place.
~Zhang Ziyi



You will never be able to escape from your heart. So it is better to listen to what it has to say.
~Paulo Coehlo

But nothing was as important as escaping Evernight or the ‘destiny’ my parents and teachers had decided for me. I had only one chance to be free and to be with the guy I loved. I intended to take it.
~Claudia Gray

No escaping when I start,
once I’m in I own your heart
~Adam Lambert

Fantastic tyrant of the amorous heart.
How hard thy yoke, how cruel thy dart.
Those escape your anger who refuse your sway,
and those are punished most, who most obey.
~Matthew Prior

You cannot escape the fact that women mould your first five years, whether you like it or not. And I can’t say I do like it very much.
~Doris Lessing


A man has only one escape from his old self: to see a different self in the mirror of some woman’s eyes.
~Clare Boothe Luce

She placed her palm over his wound, pressing as hard as she dared. She would stop the blood. She would hold him and stop his life from escaping. She would hold life inside him and he wouldn’t die.
~Michael Grant


Unfenced by law, the unmarried lover can quit a bad relationship at any time. But you – the legally married person who wants to escape doomed love – may soon discover that a significant portion of your marriage contract belongs to the State, and that it sometimes takes a very long while for the State to grant you your leave.
~Elizabeth Gilbert

The problem with escaping is that we leave behind us, even among those we love, different versions of the truth and everything we couldn’t bring ourselves to say.
~Frederick Weisel

Romance like a ghost escapes touching; it is always where you are not, not where you are. The interview or conversation was prose at the time, but it is poetry in the memory.
~George William Curtis


I believe all sin, love, glory are this: when you slide down the knotted sheets, escaping from Gestapo headquarters, and she hugs you, there, suspended, and she whispers that she’s always dreamed of you. The rest is just sex, copulation, the perpetuation of the vile species.
~Umberto Eco

Love is something far more than desire for sexual intercourse; it is the principal means of escape from the loneliness which afflicts most men and women throughout the greater part of their lives.
~Bertrand Russell

Knowing how to be solitary is central to the art of loving. When we can be alone, we can be with others without using them as a means of escape.
~Bell Hooks

When the eternal and the human meet, that’s where love is born — not through escaping our humanity or trying to disappear into transcendence, but through finding that place where they come into union.


~Bob Dylan: Drifter’s Escape, from Masked and anonymous   (3:10)   telling breakaway scenes


~James Taylor:  Carolina in My Mind   (5:05)   after he was young before mellowing into ageless


~John Mayer:  Route 66, in  Cars   (3:21) cross country escapade, Disney hits the high spots


~Pink:  The Great Escape   (2:59)   loyalty, to the rescue


~Gwen Stefani:  The Sweet Escape   (4:06)   bad girl wants second chance


~Tiesto: Escape Me, ft. CC Sheffield   (3:39)   slick dj dare


~A R Rahman & Asad Khan: Mausam & Escape, from Slumdog Millionaire   (4:24)   sitar sensation


~Naughty Boy:  La la la, ft. Sam Smith   (4:03)   mystical, epic


~Ludacris:  Runaway Love,  ft. Mary J Blige   (5:01)   3 running for life


~Kelly Clarkson:  Breakaway   (3:55)   taking to the sky, saying goodbye


I think the most important thing about music is the sense of escape.
~Thom Yorke

Hip-hop reflects the truth, and the problem is that hip-hop exposes a lot of the negative truth that society tries to conceal. It’s a platform where we could offer information, but it’s also an escape.
~Busta Rhymes

With all the negativity going on in the world right now, people need an escape. When you give them a hit record or a great record, it allows them to escape for at least three to four minutes. They’re not thinking bills or economy or immigration or war when you create that kind of ambiance.

There is only one way left to escape the alienation of present day society: to retreat ahead of it.
~Roland Barthes

Music is a great natural high and a great natural escape.
~Shania Twain

Whether a person is spiritual or not, we all seek to get away from the stress, anger, and anxiety of everyday life. Some people drink, do drugs, or do worse to escape, and they hurt themselves in the process. Some people listen to music, mine included, and feel better.

I’m interested in how artists and writers do this, using art as therapy. Escaping into the worlds we create.
~David Lloyd

Singing is a way of escaping. It’s another world. I’m no longer on earth.
~Edith C Ransom

Elvis’ early music has drama because as he sang he was escaping limits.
~Greil Marcus

Now there is no taboo; everything is allowed. But one cannot simply go back to tonality, it’s not the way. We must find a way of neither going back nor continuing the avant-garde. I am in a prison: one wall is the avant-garde, the other wall is the past, and I want to escape.
~Gyorgy Ligeti

If someone has been escaping reality, I don’t expect him to dig my music.
~Charles Mingus

Mozart’s music is constantly escaping from its frame, because it cannot be contained in it.
~Leonard Bernstein

Music should be your escape.
~Missy Elliot





If you’re drunk please don’t drive. If you’re on shrooms please don’t think Walmart’s a prison for bad clothing that needs help escaping.
~Dane Cook

They’re not supposed to show prison films in prison. Especially ones that are about escaping.
~Steve Buscemi

Chasing an errant swarm of bees is nothing to following a naked lunatic when the fit of escaping is upon him!
~Bram Stoker

A golf course is for golf. A tennis court is for tennis. A prison camp is for escaping.
~Pierre Fresnay

Beauty for some provides escape, who gain a happiness in eyeing the gorgeous buttocks of the ape or Autumn sunsets exquisitely dying.
~Langston Hughes

Comedy is an escape, not from truth but from despair; a narrow escape into faith.
~Christopher Fry


On my job I end up jumping out of planes. Last week I got in an 18-wheeler and drove down a runway onto a skid track. The week before that they put me in a car and sunk me to the bottom of a lake to see if I could escape without an oxygen tank.
~Rick Mercer

Getting hurt and narrowly escaping death is sort of a thing for me.
~Channing Tatum

How can they say my life is not a success? Have I not for more than sixty years got enough to eat and escaped being eaten?”
~Logan P Smith

Is this not the true romantic feeling; not to desire to escape life, but to prevent life from escaping you.
~Thomas Wolfe

I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was.
~Ransom Riggs

War, the ordinary man’s most convenient means of escaping from the ordinary.
~Philip Caputo


People have learned to escape reality very well but too often lose their way back.
~Eugene J Martin

Forget about winning and losing; forget about pride and pain. Let your opponent graze your skin and you smash into his flesh; let him smash into your flesh and you fracture his bones; let him fracture your bones and you take his life! Do not be concerned with escaping safely — lay your life before him!!
~Bruce Lee

Would the world ever have been made if its maker had been afraid of making trouble? Making life means making trouble. There’s only one way of escaping trouble; and that’s killing things.
~George Bernard Shaw

It’s not so much about killing an animal, it’s being at peace and you don’t have to worry about all the other things that go on. That’s a couple of hours a week that you get to escape but it’s nice to do that.
~Brett Favre

Games are a way of escaping reality — that’s why you need heroic factor.
~Hideo Kojima

The real test of a bridge player isn’t in keeping out of trouble, but in escaping once he’s in.
~Alfred Sheinwold



The Arts Newspaper


Small debts are like small shot; they are rattling on every side, and can scarcely be escaped without a wound: great debts are like cannon; of loud noise, but little danger.
~Samuel Johnson

The thief or swindler who has gained great wealth by his delinquency has a better chance than the small thief of escaping the rigorous penalty of the law.
~Thorstein Veblen

In a market economy, however, the individual has some possibility of escaping from the power of the state.
~Peter L Berger

In other words, a democratic government is the only one in which those who vote for a tax can escape the obligation to pay it.
~Alexis de Tocqueville

No matter what system you live under, there is no escaping the law that it’s always the strongest, the cruellest, the least generous who win.
~Oriana Fallaci

The difficulty lies, not in the new ideas, but in escaping from the old ones.
~John Maynard Keynes


My art teacher had said that if you breathed deeply and imagined something, you could be there. You could see it, feel it. During our standoffs with the NKVD, I learned to do that. I clung to my rusted dreams during the times of silence. It was at gunpoint that I fell into every hope and allowed myself to wish from the deepest part of my heart. Komorov thought he was torturing us. But we were escaping into a stillness within ourselves. We found strength there.
~Ruta Sepetys

Also, when you escape a Communist regime, you treasure liberty and you understand that as government and state expand, liberty must contract.
~Dennis Prager

Guantanamo allows us to secure dangerous detainees without the risk of escape, while at the same time providing us with valuable intelligence information on how best to proceed in the war against terror and prevent future attacks.
~Tim Ryun

Governments that block the aspirations of their people, that steal or are corrupt, that oppress and torture or that deny freedom of expression and human rights should bear in mind that they will find it increasingly hard to escape the judgement of their own people, or where warranted, the reach of international law.
~William Hague

In this world without quiet corners, there can be no easy escapes from history, from hullabaloo, from terrible, unquiet fuss.
~Salman Rushdie

War is only a cowardly escape from the problems of peace.
~Thomas Mann

What polluters do is raise the standards of living for themselves, while lowering the quality of living for everybody else, and they do that by escaping the disciplines of the free market.
~Robert F Kennedy, Jr

The tyranny that now exists is actual. That which may exist in the future is potential. If we are always to draw back from change with the thought that the change may be for the worse, then there is no hope at all of ever escaping injustice.
~Isaac Asimov

Now the first step has to be taken, the step towards democracy. This step is full of risks, and requires trust on all sides. We don’t know where it will lead. But if we just stand still, we will have no chance of escaping the violence.
~Daniel Barenboim

No country that permits firearms to be widely and randomly distributed among its population – especially firearms that are capable of wounding and killing human beings – can expect to escape violence, and a great deal of violence.
~Margaret Mead

But the desire of obtaining the advantages, and of escaping the burdens, of political society, is a perpetual and inexhaustible source of discord.
~Edward Gibbon

When my dreams showed signs
of becoming
politically correct
no unruly images
escaping beyond borders

then I began to wonder
~Adrienne Rich

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@Writers Platform:

There’s this great Ron Carlson story, “A Note on the Type,” and it’s about this guy who keeps escaping from prison. He’s really good at escaping, but he gets caught all the time, because he can’t stop writing his name on underpasses where he’s running from the law. And there’s this whole beautiful paragraph about how to run is to write. And, you know, it’s obviously about the writer’s life.
~Pam Houston

A writer’s style reveals something of his spirit, his habits, his capacites, his bias…it is the Self escaping into the open.
~E B White

I took up writing to escape the drudgery of that every day cubicle kind of war.
~Walter Mosley

Writing is a deeply immersive experience. When the words are flying, the house could be burgled and I wouldn’t notice. I have a low boredom threshold and I like intensity – writing is a way of escaping the quotidian.
~Monica Ali

There is no escaping, at times, the gloomy suspicion that fiddling with pens and ink is, after all, no fit employment for a grown man.
~James Branch Cabell

I am a reader. I am a writer. People assume I do these things to escape. You couldn’t be more right. I’m escaping a world I don’t like. A world I have no control in. In this world, I am nothing. I am a color, a height, a weight, a number. But in the world of books and writing, I am amazing. I am powerful. I am different. People are better. Worlds are endless. Change is possible. Life is manageable.
~Philip K Dick

The very word ‘fiction’ implies another world, literally a different place, whereas no one claims that a dedicated sportsman is escaping his life, or a chef or a nurse. But the poor writer — the sci-fi one especially — is seen as running away. Bollocks. This is real, for me, and it’s tough, it’s fun, it’s practical, and it’s…important.
~Russell T Davies


I don’t believe one reads to escape reality. A person reads to confirm a reality he knows is there, but which he has not experienced.
~Lawrence Durrell

Girls are the best readers in the world. Reading is really a way of kind of escaping so deeply into yourself and pursuing your own thoughts within the construct of a story.
~Caitlin Flanagan

Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things.
~T S Eliot

When I write down my thoughts, they do not escape me. This action makes me remember my strength which I forget at all times. I educate myself proportionately to my captured thought. I aim only to distinguish the contradiction between my mind and nothingness.
~Isidore Ducasse Lautreamont

You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you. You cannot escape the results of your thoughts.
~Welly Odendo

You cannot escape the results of your thoughts. Whatever your present environment may be, you will fall, remain or rise with your thoughts, your vision, your ideal. You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as your dominant aspiration.
~James Lane Allen


We grew up in abject poverty. Acting, writing scripts and skits were a way of escaping our environment at a very young age.
~Viola Davis

As a kid I quite fancied the romantic, Bohemian idea of being an artist. I expect I thought I could escape from the difficulties of maths and spelling. Maybe I thought I would avoid the judgement of the establishment.
~Peter Wright

I was escaping from Nature and at last becoming myself, that Other whom I was aspiring to be in the eyes of others.
~Jean-Paul Sartre


An important step in escaping mediocrity is to stop worrying about what other people think of you.
~Bryant McGill

If all the people around you are happy with you, you are not doing great work. When you stop being like other people, they stop liking you. That’s just how it goes. There’s no escaping it. And it’s okay. What you need to understand about that disapproval is that it’s a sign you’re doing something right.
~Darren Hardy

It is folly for an eminent man to think of escaping censure, and a weakness to be affected with it. All the illustrious persons of antiquity, and indeed of every age in the world, have passed through this fiery persecution.
~Joseph Addison

To escape criticism – do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
~Elbert Hubbard

The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.
~Marcus Aurelius

If you should escape the censure of others, hope not to escape your own.
~Henry Home


Provided we can escape from the museums we carry around inside us, provided we can stop selling ourselves tickets to the galleries in our own skulls, we can begin to contemplate an art which re-creates the goal of the sorcerer: changing the structure of reality by the manipulation of living symbols… Art tells gorgeous lies that come true.
~Hakim Bey

We call the beautiful the highest, because it appears to us the golden mean, escaping the dowdiness of the good and the heartlessness of the true.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The sound of water escaping from mill-dams, etc., willows, old rotten planks, slimy posts, and brickwork, those scenes made me a painter and I am grateful.
~John Constable

To devote yourself to the creation and enjoyment of beauty, then, can be a serious business — not always necessarily a means of escaping reality, but sometimes a means of holding on to the real when everything is flaking away into … rhetoric and plot.
~Elizabeth Gilbert

All stories are about wolves. All worth repeating, that is. Anything else is sentimental drivel… Think about it. There’s escaping from the wolves, fighting the wolves, capturing the wolves, taming the wolves. Being thrown to the wolves, or throwing others to the wolves so the wolves will eat them instead of you. Running with the wolf pack. Turning into a wolf. Best of all, turning into the head wolf. No other decent stories exist.
~Margaret Atwood


Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It’s a way of understanding it.
~Lloyd Alexander

Imagination should be used, not to escape reality but to create it.
~Colin Wilson

We don’t create a fantasy world to escape reality. We create it to be able to stay.
~Lynda Barry

It was a great escape for me and it was a way to take a break from what was going on in my own world, to go into another world.
~Alice Hoffman


Fantasy is escapism, but wait… Why is this wrong? Is the story opening windows or slamming doors? The British author G.K. Chesterton summarized the role of fantasy very well. He said its purpose was to take the everyday, commonplace world and lift it up and turn it around and show it to us from a different perspective, so that once again we see it for the first time and realize how marvelous it is. Fantasy — the ability to envisage the world in many different ways — is one of the skills that make us human.
~Terry Pratchett

I don’t think escaping is necessarily a problem, but we can get addicted to almost anything. If you’re craving being in this other reality and you don’t want to participate in your own reality, those are the times we have to start asking ourselves difficult questions.
~Joshua Mohr

Forget about what you are escaping from. Reserve your anxiety for what you are escaping to.
~Michael Chabon


The Glass Table:

~Stejovis,  expat of Uru & There.com

impromptu on shallow/bright

bright colored rose –
who can harbor
shallow thoughts

bright sunshine
in the morning
shallow teacup

bright sails
hang calm and silent –
shallow water

bright little ant –
pity that the puddle
is not shallow

a shallow sip
for such a vintage –
not very bright


The more we wait, the more everything and everyone looks like a grain of sand escaping between our fingers before vanishing into the wind.
~Fábio Moon

The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.
~Jean Paul

To be young is to live in the hope of escaping youth; to be old, in the despair of having succeeded.
~Jose Bergamin


Nobody actually ever does this — escaping through a window.
~Kevin James

Soul’s escaping through this hole that is gaping

One of them hissed — not the hiss of a cat, a long, steady tone — more like the hiss of air escaping the rubber raft that is all that lies between you and a dark sea full of sharks, the hiss of your life leaking out at the seams.
~Christopher Moore

In masks outrageous and austere,
The years go by in single file;
But none has merited my fear,
And none has quite escaped my smile.
~Elinor Wylie


When I was younger, many of my romantic escapades were just a means of simply avoiding being by myself. I was afraid of feeling lonely, afraid I wouldn’t know what to say to myself.
~Michael Zaslow

I believed, when I entered this convent, I was escaping from myself, but alas, poor me, I brought myself with me!
~Juana Inés de la Cruz

There was no escaping by means of any journey, however adventurous, one took one’s problems and sorrows with one.
~Elizabeth Aston

You can’t run away from yourself.
~Bob Marley


Drugs are marvelous if you want to escape, but reality is so rich, why escape?
~Geraldine Chaplin

sloughing my skin
escaping it’s grip
stripped of my wit
it hurts to be me
~Maggie Stiefvater

There are times when the mind is dealt such a blow it hides itself in insanity. While this may not seem beneficial, it is. There are times when reality is nothing but pain, and to escape that pain the mind must leave reality behind.
~Patrick Rothfuss

You learned to run from what you feel, and that’s why you have nightmares. To deny is to invite madness. To accept is to control.
~Megan Chance

Do not allow yourself to suppress your thoughts. Instead, let the thoughts come before you and become a sort of observer. Start observing your own mind. Do not try to escape; do not be afraid of your thinking.
~Rama Swami


To become truly immortal a work of art must escape all human limits: logic and common sense will only interfere. But once these barriers are broken it will enter the regions of childhood vision and dream.
~Giorgio de Chirico

I think that physics is about escaping the prison of the received thoughts and searching for novel ways of thinking the world, about trying to clear a bit the misty lake of insubstantial dreams, which reflect reality like the lake reflects the mountains.
~Carlo Rovelli

Ideas are etheric like dreams. Use them now, they will escape from your reality.
~Gordana Biernat

Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape those who dream only at night.
~Edgar Allan Poe


Prewritten Prompt:   escape


When I was still quite young I had a complete presentiment of life. It was like the nauseating smell of cooking escaping from a ventilator: you don’t have to have eaten it to know that it would make you throw up.
~Julian Barnes

I mean, being a child was being a child, was being a creature without power, without pocket money, without escape routes of any kind. So I didn’t want to be a child.
~Maurice Sendak

He had so many ways of climbing into the tree house in his head, escaping the madness below, and pulling the ladder up behind him.
~Abraham Verghese

Viewing the child solely as an immature person is a way of escaping comforting him.
~Clark Moustakas

We thought we were running away from the grownups, and now we are the grownups.
~Margaret Atwood


The first time that you escape from home or the small town that you live in — there’s a reason a small town is called a small town: It’s because not many people want to live there.
~Billie Joe Armstrong

When I was a little kid, all I wanted to do was to escape what I thought was the country and get to a city. Probably film and television had influenced me so much, I really thought the key to happiness was living a very artificial life in a penthouse in New York with martini glasses.
~Tom Ford

Each neighborhood of the city appeared to be made of a different substance, each seemed to have a different air pressure, a different psychic weight: the bright lights and shuttered shops, the housing projects and luxury hotels, the fire escapes and city parks.
~Teju Cole

I’m one with New York, and New York is one with me. I grew up there; there’s no escaping it. We’re like Siamese twins, if you separate us, I’ll die.
~Adrian Grenier

It is impossible to escape the impression that people commonly use false standards of measurement — that they seek power, success and wealth for themselves and admire them in others, and that they underestimate what is of true value in life.
~Sigmund Freud

There is a tonic strength, in the hour of sorrow and affliction, in escaping from the world and society and getting back to the simple duties and interests we have slighted and forgotten. Our world grows smaller, but it grows dearer and greater. Simple things have a new charm for us, and we suddenly realize that we have been renouncing all that is greatest and best, in our pursuit of some phantom.
~William George Jordan

I’ve sort of escaped my background, as people often do, through art and culture.
~Danny Boyle


I think you can’t really escape any kind of spiritual education as a child, whether it’s New Age or Judaism or Buddhism or whatever it is. You can’t escape it, even if you completely disagree with it, you still have it as a foundation that you base things off of.
~Jack White

The nature of Christ’s salvation is woefully misrepresented by the present-day evangelist. He announces a Saviour from Hell rather than a Saviour from sin. And that is why so many are fatally deceived, for there are multitudes who wish to escape the Lake of Fire who have no desire to be delivered from their carnality and worldliness.
~Arthur W Pink

All the seven deadly sins are man’s true nature. To be greedy. To be hateful. To have lust. Of course, you have to control them, but if you’re made to feel guilty for being human, then you’re going to be trapped in a never-ending sin-and-repent cycle that you can’t escape
~Marilyn Manson

Play, and escaping the ideology one grew up in, is freedom.
~Frank Bidart


A period recourse into the wilds is not a retreat into secret silent sanctums to escape a wicked world, it is to take breath amid effort to forge a better world.
~Benton MacKaye

I went whenever I could, and always my eyes lifted to the hills. I was to find a spiritual and physical satisfaction in climbing mountains and a tranquil mind upon reaching their summits, as though I had escaped from the disappointments and unkindness of life and emerged above them into a new world, a better world.
~Alfred Wainwright

You cannot find any peace by escaping from human pain and suffering; you have to find peace and harmony right in the midst of human pain. That is the purpose of spiritual life.
~Dainin Katagiri


The Exercise:

Dual Doggerels Dueling


Now that nature’s a freak
The future looks bleak
Need a reason to stay?
Escape into yesterday
Nitflex sitcoms ’50s week

Lusty Randy

Bottled emotions at bay
Escape a reason to stray
Partner not a romancer?
HornPub is your answer
Short vacations away



Born to believe
in the one true God
sanctimony instilled
designated at birth
willing to kill
to conquer the Earth
for the g-d
you were born to
shorn and adorned to
the preapproved way
encouraged to prosecute
commanded to execute
bald of a conscience
the hairless ape
no hope for escape

Playing or listening
to sitar or guitar
mellowed out cello
or pounding piano
or simply drumming
fingers and thumbing
country or hip hop
classical Mozart
or classic rock
highbrow strains
or drugged and numb
no life-or-death call
for censoring music
no serious censure
4 luvin’ the lot

Exclusive access
to all things holy
or foolish with wisdom
universal inclusion
chanting and dancing
sacred versions of folly
to die in the clutches
of inherited religion
or fly without crutches
on the wings of a song

Jazz, no notes found false or wrong,
or creeds inscribed, Script in rote
sanctified life few pleasures found right
crown life’s ascension in musical notes
forsaking dogma the day doctrine died



Needing love isn’t feeding love
quoth the misanthrope without a hope
Reading words isn’t heeding words
said the shaman, barely human
Breeding grounds where seedlings found
isn’t sexy done by proxy
Escaping strife by ending life
makes life’s wager even vaguer
Preaching God isn’t reaching God
announced the speaker getting bleaker
I’m getting better pledged the debtor
the former bettor now former fretter


5s & 7s

crowded yet lonely
nurturing world in decline
love turned a traitor
aged body in rebellion
favors a grave for escape


the word as defined
evade or run to escape
pros/cons for debate


love was a prison
fled its chains, the heartache
escaped in jailbreak


escapes damnation
clever homo sapiens
bribes God with its praise


A favorite means of escaping the solution to any problem is to declare it too complex for solution. This absolves us from attempting solution. … Any problem is too complex to solve when we do not wish to accept the conditions of solution. Solution is possible where acceptance is ready.
~Pearl S Buck

The best way to escape from your problem is to solve it.
~Robert Anthony

The surest way to escape anxiety and defeat despair is action. Do, don’t dwell.
~Michael Josephson


The part always has a tendency to reunite with its whole in order to escape from its imperfection.
~Leonardo da Vinci

We have need of history in its entirety, not to fall back into it, but to see if we can escape from it.
~Jose Ortega y Gasset


My mouth is a fire escape. The words coming out don’t care that they are naked. There is something burning in there.
~Andrea Gibson

A bird that you set free may be caught again, but a word that escapes your lips will not return.
~Jewish proverb

Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.
~Ambrose Bierce

If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.
~Rainer Maria Rilke

The pain we bring to others we cannot escape ourselves.
~Morgan Llywelyn


They [days past] provide a nostalgic escape from the tormented days of the present.
~Patrick Garry

The past is our definition. We may strive with good reason to escape it, or to escape what is bad in it. But we will escape it only by adding something better to it.
~Wendell Berry


The agnostic, the skeptic, is neurotic, but this does not imply a false philosophy; it implies the discovery of facts to which he does not know how to adapt himself. The intellectual who tries to escape from neurosis by escaping from the facts is merely acting on the principle that “where ignorance is bliss, ‘tis folly to be wise.
~Alan Watts

Escaping goblins to be caught by wolves!” he said, and it became a proverb, though we now say ‘out of the frying-pan into the fire’ in the same sort of uncomfortable situations.
~J R R Tolkien


We’re so trendy we can’t even escape ourselves.
~Kurt Cobain

That’s the thing about interviews, at some point you’re going to change your mind. But it’s there forever and you can’t escape it.
~Martha Plimpton


The willow which bends to the tempest, often escapes better than the oak which resists it; and so in great calamities, it sometimes happens that light and frivolous spirits recover their elasticity and presence of mind sooner than those of a loftier character.
~Albert Schweitzer

The past was the past; there was no escaping your beginnings… There was no escaping what he had realized as he fought for warmth in the night. With or without him, the moon and the wind would go on, rising and falling. The land would keep stretching ahead until it hit the sea. People would keep dying. It made no difference if Harold walked, or trembled, or stayed at home.
~Rachel Joyce

There’s no escaping fate, it just keeps going. Day and night, the future just keeps coming at you.
~Chuck Palahniuk


I was always someone who lived in the future all the time, it was always the next thing – dreams of escape.
~Julie Walters

Everybody past a certain age, regardless of how they look on the outside, pretty much constantly dreams of being able to escape from their lives.
~Doug Coupland

All the best stories in the world are but one story in reality – the story of escape. It is the only thing which interests us all and at all times, how to escape.
~Walter Bagehot

It is always fair sailing, when you escape evil.


Of all escape mechanisms, death is the most efficient.
~Henry Ward Beecher

To run away from trouble is a form of cowardice and, while it is true that the suicide braves death, he does it not for some noble object but to escape some ill.

To write poetry and to commit suicide, apparently so contradictory, had really been the same, attempts at escape.
~John Fowles

Death was like love, a romantic escape.
~Brigitte Bardot


Morning tide makes a great companion when you don’t want to be around people. It soothes and comforts and doesn’t ask for anything. But the sun does. The higher it gets, the more I am reminded that nothing stops time. There is no escaping it.
~Anna Banks

We are weighed down, every moment, by the conception and the sensation of Time. And there are but two means of escaping and forgetting this nightmare: pleasure and work. Pleasure consumes us. Work strengthens us. Let us choose.
~Charles Baudelaire

The only way to escape the personal corruption of praise is to go on working.
~Albert Einstein

The past can be escaped only by embracing something better.
~Nicholas Sparks


Anyone who has passed though the regular gradations of a classical education, and is not made a fool by it, may consider himself as having had a very narrow escape.
~William Hazlitt

Our principal writers have nearly all been fortunate in escaping regular education.
~Hugh MacDiarmid

No man should escape our universities without knowing how little he knows.
~J Robert Oppenheimer


In order to go on living one must try to escape the death involved in perfectionism.
~Hannah Arendt

The only way to escape the abyss is to look at it, gauge it, sound it out and descend into it.
~Cesare Pavese


It doesn’t escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is thanks to so much pain in someone else’s.
~Lupita Nyong’o

When gratitude has become a matter of reasoning there are many ways of escaping from its bonds.
~George Eliot

Maybe you don’t like your job, maybe you didn’t get enough sleep, well nobody likes their job, nobody got enough sleep. Maybe you just had the worst day of your life, but you know, there’s no escape, there’s no excuse, so just suck up and be nice.
~Ani DiFranco

Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.
~Seth Godin

If you really want to escape the things that harass you, what you’re needing is not to be in a different place but to be a different person.
~Seneca The Younger


Stop leaving and you will arrive,
Stop searching and you will see,
Stop running away and you will be found.

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