Archive for November, 2021


Quoted In The Grove:
Adult life is dealing with an enormous amount of questions that don’t have answers. So I let the mystery settle into my music. I don’t deny anything, I don’t advocate anything, I just live with it.
~Bruce Springsteen

Live the questions now. Perhaps then you will gradually, without noticing it, live your way into the answer, one distant day in the future.

A valid answer comes when the question is lived.
~Elizabeth Vongsaravanh

You don’t want a million answers as much as you want a few forever questions. The questions are diamonds you hold in the light. Study a lifetime and you see different colors from the same jewel.
~Richard Bach

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Exercise Prompt for 12/14:   perfect

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When someone asks a question, don’t assume they don’t know the answer. Clever people will always test you.
~Wayne Gerard Trotman

The smart ones ask when they don’t know. And, sometimes, when they do.
~Malcolm Forbes


The key to wisdom is this – constant and frequent questioning, for by doubting we are led to question and by questioning we arrive at the truth.
~Peter Abelard

Doubts are good. Confusion is excellent. Questions are awesome. All these are attempts to expand the wisdom of mind.
~Manoj Arora

A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.
~Bruce Lee

The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life.

A wise man never regrets the questions he asks. Only the ones he didn’t ask.
~Ted Bell

The wise man doesn’t give the right answers, he poses the right questions.
~Claude LeviStrauss

There is frequently more to be learned from the unexpected questions of a child than the discourses of men.
~John Locke


You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.
~Naguib Mahfouz

We get wise by asking questions, and even if these are not answered, we get wise, for a wellpacked question carries its answer on its back as a snail carries its shell.
~James Stephens

A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.
~Francis Bacon

A wise man’s question contains half the answer.
~Solomon Ibn Gabirol

The question is the answer.
~Thomas Vato

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Posted From The Grove

By nature’s kindly disposition most questions which it is beyond a man’s power to answer do not occur to him at all.
~George Santayana

Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why.
~Bernerd Baruch

That is the essence of science: ask an impertinent question, and you are on the way to a pertinent answer.
~Jacob Bronowski

In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.
~Galileo Galilei


Everything we know has its origins in questions. Questions, we might say, are the principal intellectual instruments available to human beings.
~Neil Postman

If we would have new knowledge, we must get us a whole world of new questions.
~Susanne Langer

Science goes from question to question; big questions, and little, tentative answers. The questions as they age grow ever broader, the answers are seen to be more limited.
~George Wald


I do not question dusty tomes — I ask the stars.
Parchment has no meaning to me — I ask my living, quivering breath
~Muriel Strode

The question that will decide our destiny is not whether we shall expand into space. It is: shall we be one species or a million? A million species will not exhaust the ecological niches that are awaiting the arrival of intelligence.
~Freeman Dyson

At issue was the question whether this man’s faith could prevail against a man whose equal faith it was that this society is sick beyond saving, and that mercy itself pleads for its swift extinction and replacement by another.
~Whittaker Chambers

Movies about space raise those questions of what we’re doing here, and that inevitably introduces a spiritual dimension.
~Danny Boyle

Technology may create a condition, but the questions are what do we do about ourselves. We better understand ourselves pretty clearly and we better find ways to like ourselves.
~Herbert Simon

Dreams are today’s answers to tomorrow’s questions.
~Edgar Cayce


The argument for intelligent design basically depends on saying, ‘You haven’t answered every question with evolution,’… Well, guess what? Science can’t answer every question.
~Kenneth R Miller

In mathematics the art of proposing a question must be held of higher value than solving it.
~Georg Cantor

Modern physics has become like Swift’s kingdom of Laputa, flying absurdly on an island above the earth and indifferent to what is beneath.
~Robert Lanza


Nowadays, everybody assumes, when they wake up in the morning, if they have a question, it will get answered. Because they have the internet. No matter what the question is, someone will answer their question.
~Jack White

The big question society will have to answer is whether it wants computers thinking like humans.
~David Smith

The question of whether a computer can think is no more interesting than the question of whether a submarine can swim.
~Edsger Dijkstra

It is questionable if all the mechanical inventions yet made have lightened the day’s toil of any human being.
~John Stuart Mill

Since when has the world of computer software design been about what people want? This is a simple question of evolution. The day is quickly coming when every knee will bow down to a silicon fist, and you will all beg your binary gods for mercy.
~Bill Gates


While that amendment failed, human cloning continues to advance and the breakthrough in this unethical and morally questionable science is around the corner.
~Mike Pence

There were certain questions about the foundations of morals that advances in science all threaten to make more complicated.
~Leon Kass

There’s no question that as science, knowledge and technology advance, that we will attempt to do more significant things. And there’s no question that we will always have to temper those things with ethics.
~Benjamin Carson

I suppose I’m intrigued with the bad traits of society, because I’m a part of society, and the bad traits pose the dangerous questions for our future.
~Jude Law

Science is wonderfully equipped to answer the question “How?” but it gets terribly confused when you ask the question “Why?”
~Erwin Chargaff

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

Science and literature give me answers. And they ask me questions I will never be able to answer.
~Mark Haddon

I also like to look at the dynamic that takes place between religion and science because, in a way, both are asking the same questions: Who are we? Where do we come from? Why are we here? Where are we going? The methodologies are diametrically opposed, but their motivation is the same; the wellspring is the same in both cases.
~J Michael Straczynski


~Sustainable Human:  Question Everything   (4:46)   George Carlin & Jacque Fresco


~Chris McNutt:  A Question   (9:40)   everyday-people answers


~James Chan-a-Sue:  A simple question?   (0.52)   sport or art?


~Sam Salek:  The Question Mark   (3:00)   surreal question mark jumps to a conclusion


~Blue Boat Films:  love — question mark   (3:43)   a short poem repeats, takes on meaning


~Tatiana Alisova:  How the question got its mark   (3:00)   animated story, unforgivable pun at the end


For us, sons of France, political sentiment is a passion; while, for the Englishmen, politics are a question of business.
~Wilfrid Laurier

As one digs deeper into the national character of the Americans, one sees that they have sought the value of everything in this world only in the answer to this single question: how much money will it bring in?
~Alexis de Tocqueville

I’d asked around 10 or 15 people for suggestions. Finally one lady friend asked the right question, ‘Well, what do you love most?’ That’s how I started painting money.
~Andy Warhol

At every turn, when humanity is asked the question, ‘Do you want temporary economic gain or longterm environmental loss, which one do you prefer,’ we invariably choose the money.
~Ethan Hawke

Every president needs to deal with the permanent government of the country, and the permanent government of the country is Wall Street oligarchs and corporate plutocrats and the questions becomes what is the relationship between that president and Wall Street.
~Cornel West

That is where the power, opportunity, and choice come from when you have money. Money equals opportunity. There is no question.
~Billie Jean King

When it is a question of money, everybody is of the same religion.


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

The common question that gets asked in business is, ‘why?’ That’s a good question, but an equally valid question is, ‘why not?’
~Jeff Bezos

One thing that hasn’t changed, though, is that we still have to hear the new ad 2 or 3 times before it begins to affect us, even when we’re already familiar with the advertiser in question and have a positive opinion of them.
~Roy H Williams


My greatest strength as a consultant is to be ignorant and ask a few questions.
~Peter Drucker

Asking the right question and listening to the answer is a great relationship builder, which is important to the persuasion process.
~Zig Ziglar

When you want to persuade, you’ll always get further by asking a question than by making a statement.
~Dorothy Leeds

When you are talking, you are only covering what you already know. The only way to learn what other person needs and what you don’t already know is to ask questions.
~Tom Hopkins

Asking questions is one of the fundamental keys of learning. It is always better to ask a question than pretend you understand.
~Catherine Pulsifer


I would say that the directors that I’ve liked the most are all curious in nature – curious thinkers. They’re all big questioners, I would say, first and foremost.
~Brad Pitt

It’s a good question, because a movie isn’t good or bad based on its politics. It’s usually good or bad for other reasons, though you might agree or disagree with its politics.
~Roger Ebert

The best films of any kind, narrative or documentary, provoke questions.
~Edward Norton

The Final Jeopardy! questions seem to be, by design, things you can’t know. And so it’s not about who knows them, but who can figure them out in thirty seconds.
~Ken Jennings


I’ve discovered just how symbiotic the relationship is between writers, directors and actors. They ask the same questions and strip down texts in exactly the same way.
~Damian Lewis

Because I’m the author of my screenplays I know what I’m looking for. It’s true that I can be stubborn in demanding that I get what I want, but it’s also a question of working with patience and love.
~Michael Haneke

Acting is a question of absorbing other people’s personalities and adding some of your own experience.
~JeanPaul Sartre

This is the problem with language, and this is what makes silent movies fun, because the connection with them, me or the audience is not with the language. There’s no question of interpretation of what we are saying it’s just about feeling. You create your own story.
~Michel Hazanavicius

Mainstream cinema raises questions only to immediately provide an answer to them, so they can send the spectator home reassured. If we actually had those answers, then society would appear very different from what it is.
~Michael Haneke


LOVE: Parts I, II, III
~NITVShorts:  A Glimpse   (10:04)   telescoping on love


~Omeleto:  I Will Despise You   (7:50)   the wages of honesty — a concept romance


~Kate Cox:  VERT   (12:14)   transformation technology, when ‘what if’ arrives


~Bystanders:  Mr Question Mark   (3:55)   goofy mystery


~Corry Raymond:  One Final Question   (3:09)   the one before *click*


~Omeleto:  Newborn   (6:18)   what’s in a name


~Dust:  Hashtag   (14:56)   fb extrapolated


~Omeleto:  Hyperuranios   (7:01)   To be or not, subtitlted Plato


Please don’t ask me any questions about the politics of 30 years ago.
~Helen Reddy

I certainly hope I’m not still answering childstar questions by the time I reach menopause.
~Christina Ricci


When I’m interviewing somebody I don’t work from prepared questions.
~William Shatner

Sometimes we have to actually say, I think you’re really funny, but none of your jokes are going to make it on the air. So just answer my questions. Seriously.
~Rob Corddry

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

When I meet successful people I ask 100 questions as to what they attribute their success to. It is usually the same: persistence, hard work and hiring good people.
~Kiana Tom

I’m just in an unfortunate business where if you ask me a question I have to answer it honestly and if I don’t answer it truthfully then I’m not respected.
~Terry Bradshaw

In every interview I have ever read or seen or taken part in, the final question in our future-oriented society is always, What next?
~Jessica Savitch

When somebody has an enormous success in this culture, people start asking two questions, which are ‘What are you doing now?’ and ‘How are you going to beat that?’ And I have to say, I love the assumption that your intention is to beat yourself constantly – that you’re in battle against yourself.
~Elizabeth Gilbert


The simplest questions are the most profound. Where were you born? Where is your home? Where are you going? What are you doing? Think about these once in a while and watch your answers change.
~Richard Bach

Everything will change. The only question is growing up or decaying.
~Nikki Giovanni

It may almost be a question whether such wisdom as many of us have in our mature years has not come from the dying out of the power of temptation, rather than as the results of thought and resolution.
~Anthony Trollope

When you stop learning, stop listening, stop looking and asking questions, always new questions, then it is time to die.
~Lillian Smith

As you get older, the questions come down to about two or three. How long? And what do I do with the time I’ve got left?
~David Bowie

If I had it to do again, I’d ask more questions and interrupt fewer answers.
~Robert Brault

We only live once, but once is enough if we do it right. Live your life with class, dignity, and style so that an exclamation, rather than a question mark signifies it!
~Gary Ryan Blair

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When you sit down and think about what rock ‘n’ roll music really is, then you have to change that question. Played uptempo, you call it rock ‘n’ roll; at a regular tempo, you call it rhythm and blues.
~Little Richard

The biggest question I have is if you’re a rock singer or a rock ‘n’ roll band, or if you’re a pop singer… if you’ve made your way in another genre of music and now you want to make a country record, why? That’s my question. Why?
~Joe Nichols

Music is more emotional than prose, more revolutionary than poetry. I’m not saying I’ve got the answers, just a lot of questions that I don’t hear other artists asking.
~Malcolm Wilson

There is a real patriotism underneath the best of my music but it is a critical, questioning and often angry patriotism.
~Bruce Springsteen


What does it mean to not be alone? I’ve approached that question through music, technology, writing and other means.
~Jaron Lanier

It’s not a question of whether you will hurt, or of how much you will hurt; it’s a question of what you will do, and how well you will do it, while pain has her wanton way with you.
~Daniel James Brown

A kiss can be a comma, a question mark, or an exclamation point.

Charm is a way of getting the answer ‘Yes’ without asking a clear question.
~Albert Camus

Her stardust was a question mark,
and his an exclamation point —
together they had all the answers.
~Terri Guillemets

Dance with a girl three times, and if you like the light of her eye and the tone of voice with which she, breathless, answers your little questions about horseflesh and music, about affairs masculine and feminine, then take the leap in the dark.
~Anthony Trollope

When marrying, ask yourself this question: Do you believe that you will be able to converse well with this person into your old age? Everything else in marriage is transitory.
~Friedrich Nietzsche


The fidelity question is difficult for me. Society has made us believe we’re supposed to be monogamous when we’re not killer whales, or whatever the monogamous species is.
~Rachel Hunter

I think people are born bisexual and they make subconscious choices based on the pressures of society. I have no question in my mind about being bisexual. But I’m also a hypocrite: I would never date a girl who is bisexual, because that means they also sleep with men, and men are so dirty that I’d never sleep with a girl who had slept with a man.
~Megan Fox

As the pain that can be told is but half a pain, so the pity that questions has little healing in its touch.
~Edith Wharton

So my father was a person who never lied to me. If I had a question, he answered it. I knew a lot of things at a young age because I was intrigued.
~Nick Cannon

Positive feelings come from being honest about yourself and accepting your personality, and physical characteristics, warts and all; and, from belonging to a family that accepts you without question.
~Willard Scott

The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.
~Maya Angelou


~Jack Northover:  Question Mark   (4:18)   dream-like question — worth trying again?


~Moody Blues:  Question   (4:50)   classic questions in a classic song


~Myra Sky:  Question Mark   (4:00)   lyric driven, danceable, catchy


~Apelix Loves Art:  Question Mark   (6:28)   montage of musics and movement


~Shrink the Giant:  Question Mark   (4:18)   small venue concert


~hollywoodgrrl:  Doctor Who || A Question Mark   (2:40)   for Doctor Who fans


~Billie Ocean:  Question Is   (4:24)   the question is how


~Elvis Presley:  Easy Question   (2:18)   dated dating scene


~Tamia:  Questions   (3:28) questions at the end of…


~Depeche Mode:  A Question of Time   (5:34)   stylish  


The great question that has never been answered, and which I have not yet been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is ‘What does a woman want?’
~Sigmund Freud

No doubt exists that all women are crazy; it’s only a question of degree.
~W C Fields

Militant feminists are prochoice because it’s their ultimate avenue of power over men. And believe me, to them it is a question of power. It is their attempt to impose their will on the rest of society, particularly on men.
~Rush Limbaugh


There are some great questions to ask your doctor. If he says ‘no,’ then you find yourself a different doctor. There really has to be a change in how we medically look at women at this time. I mean, this is not just baby gloom.
~Marie Osmond

I have frequently been questioned, especially by women, of how I could reconcile family life with a scientific career. Well, it has not been easy.
~Marie Curie

When you’re a big money earner and your husband isn’t, it makes you question how feminine you are. I felt I was less feminine than if I was a supporting wife, or a second fiddle, or ‘Mrs. Higgins.’
~Barbara Corcoran

I think how pay gets determined is pretty broad – experience, how people look, what they bring to the job. But there’s no question women are paid less. Women don’t ask.
~Dee Dee Myers

Many of my books come from what if questions that I can’t answer, things that I’m worried about as either a woman, a wife, a mom, an American.
~Jodi Picoult

One of the hardest questions I have been asked is ‘How will you manage the army if you are having menstrual cramps?’ I have also been asked if I will have the courage to face criminals. My answer is that courage is not a matter of gender.
~Josefina Vazquez Mota

I now announce myself as candidate for the Presidency. I anticipate criticism; but however unfavorable I trust that my sincerity will not be called into question.
~Victoria Woodhull

God may be in the details, but the goddess is in the questions. Once we begin to ask them, there’s no turning back.
~Gloria Steinem

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I refuse to answer that question on the grounds that I don’t know the answer.
~Douglas Adams

A psychiatrist asks a lot of expensive questions your wife asks for nothing.
~Joey Adams

If there are no stupid questions, then what kind of questions do stupid people ask? Do they get smart just in time to ask questions?
~Scott Adams

If love is the answer, could you please rephrase the question?
~Lily Tomlin

The question isn’t at what age I want to retire, it’s at what income.
~George Foreman

I cannot stress enough that the answer to life’s questions is often in people’s faces. Try putting your iPhones down once in a while, and look in people’s faces. People’s faces will tell you amazing things. Like if they are angry, or nauseous or asleep.
~Amy Poehler

Do not waste your time on Social Questions. What is the matter with the poor is Poverty; what is the matter with the rich is Uselessness.
~George Bernard Shaw

…and when, at some later date, it is punished for asking too many questions, it thinks up enough additional questions during its punishment to make the Encyclopedia Britannica look sick.
~Ellen Parr

My joking answer to this question is that I leave a bowl of milk out on the back porch every night for the Idea Fairy. In the morning, the milk is gone and there’s a brand-new shiny idea by the bowl.
~Sarah Zettel

I don’t know why people question the academic training of an athlete. Fifty percent of the doctors in this country graduated in the bottom half of their classes.
~Al McGuire

The sway of alcohol over mankind is unquestionably due to its power to stimulate the mystical faculties of human nature, usually crushed to earth by the cold facts and dry criticisms of the sober hour.
~William James

And there is no question but that you can’t sustain a mood, a dramatic mood of any particular kind, when at the end of the climactic moment of the scene, out come a couple of dancing rabbits with toilet paper. ~Rod Serling

To me, I’ve never understood why there is any question about are women as funny as men.
~Judd Apatow



Knock Turn
© Greg Thweatt


It is the nature, and the advantage, of strong people that they can bring out the crucial questions and form a clear opinion about them. The weak always have to decide between alternatives that are not their own.
~Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The genius of our ruling class is that it has kept a majority of the people from ever questioning the inequity of a system where most people drudge along, paying heavy taxes for which they get nothing in return.
~Gore Vidal

If you ask any one of them a question, he will pull out some little enigmatic phrase from his quiver and shoot it off at you; and if you try to make him give an account of what he has said, you will only get hit by another, full of strange turns of language.

When the question arose whether I, as a member of the royal family, should take part in active combat in the Falklands, there was no question in her mind, and it only took her two days to sort the issue.
~Prince Andrew

Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the form of kings to govern him? Let history answer this question.
~Thomas Jefferson


Attacks on a politician’s identity – questioning Romney’s religion, say, or Obama’s birthplace – tend to come when an opponent is desperate and can’t sell himself.
~Jon Meacham

The most important quality in a leader is that of being acknowledged as such. All leaders whose fitness is questioned are clearly lacking in force.
~Andre Maurois


I can honestly say that I was never affected by the question of the success of an undertaking. If I felt it was the right thing to do, I was for it regardless of the possible outcome.
~Golda Meir

The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.
~Dwight D Eisenhower


It was a good 15 or 20 years before anyone at Rand would be in the same room with me. They didn’t want the question raised, ‘What’s your relationship with Daniel Ellsberg?’ And not one of them wrote me a letter because they didn’t want a letter of theirs to show up in my trash – which the FBI had been going through.
~Daniel Ellsberg

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

I hope that the mistakes made and suffering imposed upon Japanese Americans nearly 60 years ago will not be repeated against Arab Americans whose loyalties are now being called into question.
~Daniel Inouye

But it required a disastrous, internecine war to bring this question of human freedom to a crisis, and the process of striking the shackles from the slave was accomplished in a single hour.
~Wendell Willkie

Good history is a question of survival. Without any past, we will deprive ourselves of the defining impression of our being.
~Ken Burns


What is especially important is addressing the question of how religion can be enforced through political means and what can be done to create a political environment that, on the one hand, acknowledges the role of religion in society, while on the other hand does not impose one religion on the populace at the expense of all others.
~Tony Campolo

Will dissent be permitted? The answer to that question will determine whether the society is a free society or a fear society.
~Natan Sharansky


Don’t underestimate questions from the crowd; technology has made voters more informed than ever.
~Ron Fournier

At every turn when there has been an imbalance of power, the truth questioned, or our beliefs and values distorted, the change required to restore our nation has always come from the bottom up from our people.
~Howard Dean

The democratic idealist is prone to make light of the whole question of standards and leadership because of his unbounded faith in the plain people.
~Irving Babbitt


It seems to me that socialists today can preserve their position in academic economics merely by the pretense that the differences are entirely moral questions about which science cannot decide.
~Friedrich August von Hayek

Just as the left has to be more willing to question ‘Government knows best,’ the right has to rethink its laissez-faire attitude toward government.
~Jack Kemp

Liberals, it has been said, are generous with other peoples’ money, except when it comes to questions of national survival when they prefer to be generous with other people’s freedom and security.
~William F Buckley, Jr

I am conservative with a small ‘c.’ It’s possible to be conservative in fiscal policy, and tolerant on moral issues or questions of freedom of expression.
~Mick Jagger


The great questions of the day will not be settled by means of speeches and majority decisions but by iron and blood.
~Otto von Bismarck

Once boys’ and men’s challenges are clear, the question ‘why now’ quickly becomes ‘why didn’t we see this sooner?’ The answer? Virtually every society that survived did so by socializing its sons to be disposable.
~Warren Farrell

Religion is run by thought police. ‘Obey. Listen. This is what you do. Don’t ask questions. Go die for your country.’ …spirituality says, ‘Okay, you can die for your country, but know what you’re doing while you’re doing it.’
~Tommy Chong

I don’t think I would want the responsibility for enforcing the death penalties. There’s always the inevitable question of whether someone you gave the order to execute might truly have been innocent.
~Jesse Ventura

The executive has no right, in any case, to decide the question, whether there is or is not cause for declaring war.
~James Madison

Humanity should question itself, once more, about the absurd and always unfair phenomenon of war, on whose stage of death and pain only remain standing the negotiating table that could and should have prevented it.
~Pope John Paul II

Peace congresses often start by dealing with some of the less important questions in excessive detail, so at the end there is no time to discuss the most important problems.
~Fredrik Bajer

To die for an idea; it is unquestionably noble. But how much nobler it would be if men died for ideas that were true!
~H L Mencken


Policemen so cherish their status as keepers of the peace and protectors of the public that they have occasionally been known to beat to death those citizens or groups who question that status.
~David Mamet

Society questions the police and their methods, and the police say, Do you want the criminals off the street or not?
~Kurt Russell

Both sides of a question do not belong to the poor old question at all, but to the opposing views which bedevil it.
~Henry Haskins


By asking the question ‘Am I happy?,’ and via the answer setting out what I mean by happiness, there is a political route that can be taken, by asking another question – ‘Can politics deliver happiness, and should it try?’
~Alastair Campbell

Unquestionably, it is possible to do without happiness; it is done involuntarily by nineteen-twentieths of mankind.
~John Stuart Mill

That said, the question remains: how to strike the balance between free speech and mutual respect in this mixedup world, both blessed and cursed with instant communication? We should not fight fire with fire, threats with threats.
~Timothy Garton Ash


Young man, never fall into the error of supposing that interest in these great questions must be beneath you. It cannot. The man who thinks himself above politics is making a double mistake.
~Harry Emerson Fosdick

The question is whether or not you choose to disturb the world around you, or if you choose to let it go on as if you had never arrived.
~Ann Patchett

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@Writers Platform

Art must unquestionably have a social value; that is, as a potential means of communication it must be addressed, and in comprehensible terms, to the understanding of mankind.
~Rockwell Kent

I do not have much patience with a thing of beauty that must be explained to be understood. If it does need additional interpretation by someone other than the creator, then I question whether it has fulfilled its purpose.
~Charlie Chaplin


You have to have conviction and completely question everything and anything you do. No matter how much you study, no matter how much you know, the side of your brain that has the smarts won’t necessarily help you in making art.
~Maya Lin

There is no mystery to creation. To create is to respond. The question is not, What am I writing about?, but rather, What am I responding to?
~Gavin McCrea

Artschwager’s art always involves looking closely at surfaces, questions what an object is, wants to make you forget the name of the thing you’re looking at so that it might mushroom in your mind into something that triggers unexpected infinities.
~Jerry Saltz

What does that represent? There was never any question in plastic art, in poetry, in music, of representing anything. It is a matter of making something beautiful, moving, or dramatic – this is by no means the same thing.
~Fernand Leger


The only question to ask yourself is, how much are you willing to sacrifice to achieve this success?
~Larry Flynt

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

The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure.
~Joseph Campbell


I’m not claiming divinity. I’ve never claimed purity of soul. I’ve never claimed to have the answers to life. I only put out songs and answer questions as honestly as I can
~John Lennon

The first question at that time in poetry was simply the question of honesty, of sincerity.
~George Oppen

And the second question, can poetry be taught? I didn’t think so.
~Norman MacCaig


If we ask a vague question, such as, ‘What is poetry?’ we expect a vague answer, such as, ‘Poetry is the music of words,’ or ‘Poetry is the linguistic correction of disorder.’
~A R Ammons

Poetry is a succession of questions which the poet constantly poses.
~Vicente Aleixandre

The best books are the ones that ask the most questions.
~Jonathan Safran Foer

The stupidity of people comes from having an answer for everything. The wisdom of the novel comes from having a question for everything. …The novelist teaches the reader to comprehend the world as a question. There is wisdom and tolerance in that attitude. In a world built on sacrosanct certainties the novel is dead.
~Milan Kundera

The most important training, though, is to experience life as a writer, questioning everything, inventing multiple explanations for everything. If you do that, all the other things will come; if you don’t, there’s no hope for you.
~Orson Scott Card



~bckpakr:  excerpt • Trip to Greece

Once on that boat, I was surrounded by people and languages I didn’t know; I would have felt more at home if I had heard French, Italian, German, or some other language that I knew or at least recognized, but there was none of it!

These people didn’t even look the same, and after having no home to return to, this increased my loneliness in that moment more than I had felt in a long time!

I went up to the top of the ship where no-one else was, and stared into the absolute blackness of the night, in the direction the ship was heading, with the sea wind full in my face.

Not a star could be seen, and feeling the growing distance from the land I knew behind me as I was pulled further and further away from it, together with knowing I had no means to get back to it whatsoever.

That’s when the panic set in!

(to be cont.)


~LK7:  Which Animal

Which animal is which animal?

And which animal knows?

My cats don’t know.

One presides over the waters.

Another one barks.

Bu which animal knows?

All protect us thru all.

My oldest is my youngest.

Still the tiniest thing.

Still the Heart of Mine.

Animals don’t know.

That is their gift.

Animals don’t know.

Unless they do?



My training in Science of Mind had begun with my mother. She took me to a different church every Sunday, and she encouraged me to question the minister afterward.
~Esther Williams

The question of religion was a matter for each individual’s conscience, and in a great many cases was the outcome of birth or residence in a certain geographical area.
~James Larkin

When Christians start thinking about Jesus, things start breaking down, they lose their faith. It’s perfectly possible to go to church every Sunday and not ask any questions, just because you like it as a way of life. They fear that if they ask questions they’ll lose their Christ, the very linchpin of their religion.
~A N Wilson

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

Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear.
~Thomas Jefferson

We like security: we like the pope to be infallible in matters of faith, and grave doctors to be so in moral questions so that we can feel reassured.
~Blaise Pascal


I was very, very religious. And of course I wrote about it in ‘Night.’ I questioned God’s silence. So I questioned. I don’t have an answer for that. Does it mean that I stopped having faith? No. I have faith, but I question it.
~Elie Wiesel

…I can only answer with another question: do you think we are wise enough to read God’s mind?
~Freeman Dyson

Religious belief, like history itself, is a story that is always unfolding, always subject to inquiry and ripe for questioning. For without doubt there is no faith.
~Jon Meacham


No man likes to have his intelligence or good faith questioned, especially if he has doubts about it himself.
~Henry Adams

I went to medical school because I wanted to ask the big questions. Do we have a soul? Does God exist? What happens after death?
~Deepak Chopra

Don’t question God, for He may reply: If you’re so anxious for answers, come up here.
~Freeman Dyson

The most erroneous stories are those we think we know best — and therefore never scrutinize or question.
~Stephen Jay Gould

It would make life much easier if I could have total faith and not question everything all the time, but I can’t do it and I won’t do it.
~Joey Skaggs

A skeptic doubts the best authority; an enthusiast is likely to accept the poorest.
~James Lendall Basford

This is how humans are: We question all our beliefs, except for the ones we really believe, and those we never think to question.
~Orson Scott Card

I don’t think that the total creation took place in six days as we now measure time. If we can confirm, say, the Big Bang theory, that doesn’t at all cause me to question my faith that God created the Big Bang.
~Jimmy Carter

The usual approach of science of constructing a mathematical model cannot answer the questions of why there should be a universe for the model to describe. Why does the universe go to all the bother of existing?
~Stephen Hawking

Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear.
~Thomas Jefferson


To imply that religious believers have no right to engage moral questions in the public square or at the ballot is simply to establish a Reichian secularism as our state faith.
~Maggie Gallagher

Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense questions are unanswerable.
~C S Lewis

It is not every question that deserves an answer.
~Publilius Syrus

Every question possessed a power that did not lie in the answer.
~Elie Wiesel

Science is wonderfully equipped to answer the question “How?” but it gets terribly confused when you ask the question “Why?”
~Erwin Chargaff

The riddle does not exist. If a question can be put at all, then it can also be answered.
~Ludwig Wittgenstein

I had a million questions to ask God: but when I met Him, they all fled my mind; and it didn’t seem to matter.
~Christopher Morley


Exercise Prompt:   question


Before you start some work, always ask yourself three questions – Why am I doing it, What the results might be and Will I be successful. Only when you think deeply and find satisfactory answers to these questions, go ahead.

For true success ask yourself these four questions: Why? Why not? Why not me? Why not now?
~James Allen

There are four questions of value in life… What is sacred? Of what is the spirit made? What is worth living for, and what is worth dying for? The answer to each is the same. Only love.
~Johnny Depp

All the interests of my reason, speculative as well as practical, combine in the three following questions: 1. What can I know? 2. What ought I to do? 3. What may I hope?
~Immanuel Kant


The only history is a mere question of one’s struggle inside oneself. But that is the joy of it. One need neither discover Americas nor conquer nations, and yet one has as great a work as Columbus or Alexander, to do.
~David Herbert Lawrence

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

In the final analysis, the questions of why bad things happen to good people transmutes itself into some very different questions, no longer asking why something happened, but asking how we will respond, what we intend to do now that it happened.
~Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

The man who kicks up a shindy will probably improve the morals of mankind; he will beyond any question improve his own. In short, I believe getting into hot water. I think it keeps you clean.
~G K Chesteron


To a billion people around the world surviving on just a dollar a day, the question of what to eat tonight is more about life and death than about recipes.
~Giada De Laurentiis

You see, Africa makes a fool of our idea of justice. It makes a farce of our idea of equality. It mocks our pieties. It doubts our concern. It questions our commitment. Because there is no way we can look at what’s happening in Africa, and if we’re honest, conclude that it would ever be allowed to happen anywhere else.

I don’t think anybody cares about unwed mothers unless they’re black or poor. The question is not morality, the question is money. That’s what we’re upset about.
~Toni Morrison

So long as you have food in your mouth, you have solved all questions for the time being.
~Franz Kafka

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gone cycling

birth and rebirth
this world too
like organisms
as all beings do
die out to make room
whose time has come due



the future rippling forward
towards me
the past crashing on rocks
behind me
oblivious to life in the water
below me
innertubing currents of time
that surround me

the question of life and its depth
mystifying me
four dimensions with a fifth one
electrifying me
the wisdom of acceptance
defying me
the loss of you and your love
crucifying me



the best audience
you’ll ever have
the hungriest eyes
that ever lived

learning to leave it
voyaging the world
diving and mining
slime covered pearls

a one-life season
one time chance
to live the story
or pretend romance

chasing serendipty
instantly passed
treating the present
as ongoing past

hang out at stay-overs
the question survival
same settled endpoint
departure’s arrival

eternal anonymity
ploughed into earth
dust on the water
of negligible worth

answers at last
or find my end
a vapor at peace
adrift on the wind


5s & 7s

foolhardy venture
stranded on a limb with views
same gnawing question
wild honey hive or wasp nest
the bears below wait to see


to be or not be
frank question of survival
for generations
begging the question
assume the answer is love
please, pop the question

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The Olio and Salmagundi of Quotes

Question everything, even the question mark, that shepherd’s crook floating in the air above that small round rock.
~Dick Allen

The most important question anyone can ask is: What myth am I living?
~Carl Jung

If you want the answer, ask the question.
~Lorii Myers

Some questions cannot be answered. They become familiar weights in the hand, round stones pulled from the pocket, unyielding and cool.
~Jane Hirshfield


The question is not Can they reason?, nor Can they talk?, but Can they suffer?
~Jeremy Bentham

Animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.
~George Eliot

Maybe one day the world will change, that we’ll be in a luxurious position of being able to debate whether or not it’s inherently wrong to eat animals, but the question doesn’t matter right now.
~Jonathan Safran Foer


One who never asks either knows everything or nothing.
~Malcolm Forbes

Take the attitude of a student, never be too big to ask questions, never know too much to learn something new.
~Og Mandino


The question, I’ve come to think, is not what inspires one to change, but what inspires one to remain changed.
~Jonathan Safran Foer

Question: Why are we Masters of our Fate, the captains of our souls? Because we have the power to control our thoughts, our attitudes. That is why many people live in the withering negative world.
~Alfred A Montapert


Questions are never indiscreet, answers sometimes are.
~Oscar Wilde


A city is a place where there is no need to wait for next week to get the answer to a question, to taste the food of any country, to find new voices to listen to and familiar ones to listen to again.
~Margaret Mead


Knowledge is having the right answer. Intelligence is asking the right question.

He who knows all the answers has not yet been asked all the questions.

He who is afraid to ask is ashamed of learning


There are no ugly questions except those clothed in condescension.
~John Steinbeck

It is an interesting question how far men would retain their relative rank if they were divested of their clothes.
~Henry David Thoreau


There are years that ask questions and years that answer.
Zora Neale Hurston

Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.
~William Burroughs


Nature puts no question and answers none which we mortals ask. She has long ago taken her resolution.
~Henry David Thoreau

The question of whether it’s God’s green earth is not at center stage, except in the sense that if so, one is reminded with some regularity that He may be dying.
~Edward Hoagland


Questions give us no rest. We know not why our curse makes us seek we know not what, ever and ever. But we cannot resist it. It whispers to us that there are great things on this earth of ours, and that we must know them.
~Ayn Rand

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Newly returned from Colombia, belatedly from Oregon, this week’s

The BRIDGE Issue

Quoted in The Grove:
People who have lost relationships often wonder why they can’t just let it be “water under the bridge.” It is water under the bridge — the trouble is we do not live on the bridge but in the river of life with its many twists and turns.
~Grant Fairley

The fate of the bridges is to be lonely; because bridges are to cross not to stay!
~Mehmet Murat İldan

Walls turned sideways are bridges.
~Angela Davis

He sees his mind now as an archipelago of islands that he labors to build bridges between — and while he’s had great success engineering the most spectacular of bridges, he suspects there are some islands that he’ll never reach.
~Neal Shusterman


Prewritten Prompt for 11/30:  question


Of everything that man erects and builds in his urge for living nothing is in my eyes better and more valuable than bridges. They are more important than houses, more sacred than shrines. Belonging to everyone and being equal to everyone, useful, always built with a sense, on the spot where most human needs are crossing, they are more durable than other buildings and they do not serve for anything secret or bad.
~Ivo Andric

The wisdom of bridges comes from the fact that they know the both sides, they know the both shores!
~Mehmet Murat İldan

A bridge has no allegiance to either side.
~Les Coleman

Bridges are happy, because they do not judge those who come to them…
Sometimes in life it is most wise to behave like a bridge: Don’t judge the person who comes to you; let him come and pass! Behave like a bridge!
~Mehmet Murat İldan

Golden bridge, silver bridge or diamond bridge; it doesn’t matter! As long as the bridge takes you across the other side, it is a good bridge!
~Mehmet Murat İldan

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Posted From The Grove

The human condition can almost be summed up in the observation that, whereas all experiences are of the past, all decisions are about the future. It is the great task of human knowledge to bridge this gap and to find those patterns in the past which can be projected into the future as realistic images.
~Kenneth E Boulding

Your problem is to bridge the gap which exists between where you are now and the goal you intend to reach.
~Earl Nightingale

Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.
~Jim Rohn


You don’t want to burn bridges or make people angry. Building a career is all about creating relationships.
~Ricki Frankel

Never burn bridges. Today’s junior jerk, tomorrow’s senior partner.
~Sigourney Weaver

Burning a bridge, for example, does not just impact the situation at hand. It can impact opportunities you may never be aware of.
~Valorie Burton

If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.
~Barack Obama

You never know when a relationship will come in handy, so be cautious about burning bridges.
~John Michael Morgan

In war you must always choose sides. One or the other. Silver or black. Human or demon. If you try to be a bridge laid down between them, they will tear you in half.
~Catherynne M Valente

I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.
~James Madison


The statesman’s duty is to bridge the gap between his nation’s experience and his vision.
~Henry A Kissinger

Our bridge to the future must include bridges to other nations, because we remain the world’s indispensable nation to advance prosperity, peace and freedom and to keep our own children safe from the dangers of terror and weapons of mass destruction.
~William J Clinton

Bridges take people across rivers. Leaders take people across ignorance. With a leader, the destination of a journey is sure.
~Israelmore Ayivor


The act of burning one’s bridges is historically an expression used to signify staking everything on the success of one venture or another, usually battle.
~Jerald Ford

It makes no difference if I burn my bridges behind me — I never retreat.
~Fiorello LaGuardia


It is easier to bridge the oceans that lie between continents than it is to bridge the gap between individuals or the peoples.
~Mahatma Gandhi

Listen first. Give your opponents a chance to talk. Let them finish. Do not resist, defend or debate. This only raises barriers. Try to build bridges of understanding.
~Dale Carnegie

I learned that a long walk and calm conversation are an incredible combination if you want to build a bridge.
~Seth Godin

Build your opponent a golden bridge to retreat across.
~Sun Tzu

We have to build bridges of peace instead of building walls of wars.
~Widad Akrawi


~beeware42:  After the lunch (on Waterloo Bridge) by Wendy Cope (0:46)   

After the lunch

On Waterloo Bridge where we said our goodbyes,
the weather conditions bring tears to my eyes.
I wipe them away with a black woolly glove
And try not to notice I’ve fallen in love

On Waterloo Bridge I am trying to think:
This is nothing. you’re high on the charm and the drink.
But the juke-box inside me is playing a song
That says something different. And when was it wrong?

On Waterloo Bridge with the wind in my hair
I am tempted to skip. You’re a fool. I don’t care.
The head does its best but the heart is the boss-
I admit it before I am halfway across
~Wendy Cope


~High Altitude Films:  The Bridge   (8:28)   Suicide Bridge (Archway Rd, London) speaks; a poem


~hh1edits:  Burning Bridges   (1:37)   burning, exploding, rising and falling, filmdom’s storied bridge demolitions to rousing music


If you hug to yourself any resentment against anybody else, you destroy the bridge by which God would come to you.
~Peter Marshall

Throughout history, religious differences have divided men and women from their neighbors and have served as justification for some of humankind’s bloodiest conflicts. In the modern world, it has become clear that people of all religions must bridge these differences and work together, to ensure our survival and realize the vision of peace that all faiths share.
~Prince Hassan bin Talal


Can God be counted on? Count blessings and find out how many of His bridges have already held.
~Ann Voskamp

The Devil sends the precipices; God sends the bridges! When you come across a precipice, look for the bridge; it is somewhere there!
~Mehmet Murat İldan

Our worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God’s grace. And your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God’s grace.
~Jerry Bridges


Religion is a bridge to the spiritual, but the spiritual lies beyond religion.
~Rachel Naomi Remen

I really believe that God builds all the bridges, writes all the books, and delivers all the speeches. When I say God, again, I mean that source we all come from, we all are pieces of, and we all are connected to.
~Wayne Dyer



We should think seriously before we slam doors, before we burn bridges, before we saw off the limb on which we find ourselves sitting.
~Richard L Evans

My father used to tell me, never burn your bridges, all of the time, but I never understood it until I burned a bridge.
~Eric Stanberry Jr

I wish someone had told me about ‘burning bridges.’ I have burned loads of bridges in my life and I just had to move forward
~Natalie Bandlow

Don’t burn bridges. You’ll be surprised how many times you have to cross the same river.
~H Jackson Brown Jr

The only bad thing about burning your bridges behind you is that the world is round.

Burning bridges behind you is understandable. It’s the bridges before us that we burn, not realizing we may need to cross, that brings regret.
~Anthony Liccione

Never burn bridges. If it’s a faulty bridge then close it off and let it fall on its own.
~Gregor Collins

Unless you work in demolition, don’t burn bridges.
~Harvey Mackay


When you’ve burned the bridges behind you, don’t go starting a fire on the one in front of you.
~Steven Erikson

I’ve been burning bridges all day, I think I’ll just knock this one down.
~Chris Soares


And we’re burning all the bridges now
Watching it go up in flames
And then we’d build it up again
~Casey Michael Laforet

You know, the thing about burned bridges is, they can be rebuilt.
~Tim Kring


Stop telling me not to burn bridges. Some bridges are meant to be burned; some roads are never meant to be traveled again.
~Dr Steve Maraboli

Burning Bridges
In order to escape.
~James Pesutich

Any bridge to the past that refuses to burn just gives the enemy an invitation and an entry point back into your life.
~Femi Olorunnisola

Bridges are meant for burning, when the people and memories they join aren’t the same.
~Jim Croce

My land is bare of chattering folk;
the clouds are low along the ridges,
and sweet’s the air with curly smoke
from all my burning bridges.
~Dorothy Parker

With every bridge that burns a new path is opened for the way your destiny is to be shaped. If you believe in destiny then you must believe that the bridge was burned so you can find a new way to go to find the destiny that you were meant to follow.
~Terry Perkins


The hardest thing in life to learn is which bridge to cross and which to burn.
~David Russell

When you find your reason for living, hold onto it. Never let it go. Even if it means burning other bridges along the way.
~Abbi Glines

Once you cross,
Accept the loss.
~James Pesutich

I’m grateful for every scar, some pages turned, some bridges burned, but there were lessons learned
~Carrie Underwood

You don’t have to worry about burning bridges, if you’re building your own.
~Kerry E Wagner


“And then what?”
“I’ll burn that bridge when I cross it.
~Ilona Andrews


I never wanted to set the world on fire. So I never had to burn any bridges behind me.
~Dinah Shore

We cross our bridges when we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and a presumption that once our eyes watered.
~Tom Stoppard


~Danny Dwyer:  Bridge   (13:54)   Charon’s other


~Omeleto:  The Moped Diaries   (10:56)   when the end becomes a beginning


~Omeleto:  In Passing   (5:03)   they jump to fall … in love


~Ting:  Bridge   (2:46)   animated parable


If women built the bridges or were meant to build the bridges, then they would have done it.
~Adam Carolla

In his student days, he used to argue that if a woman has no other course open to her but starvation, prostitution, or throwing herself from a bridge, then surely the prostitute, who has shown the most tenacious instinct for self-preservation, should be considered stronger and saner than her frailer and no longer living sisters. One couldn’t have it both ways, he’d pointed out: if women are seduced and abandoned they’re supposed to go mad, but if they survive, and seduce in their turn, then they were mad to begin with.
~Margaret Atwood

Feminism — the word — can give us a handle, a rallying point, a common ground, and help us build a bridge. Why not claim the gift of the word as a place to begin?
~Betty Buckley

And in that moment, everything I knew to be true about myself up until then was gone. I was acting like another woman, yet I was more myself than ever before.
~Robert James Waller


No matter where I go, I always make friends at the bridge table
~Martina Navratilova

People don’t realize that I’m really funny and I’m an excellent bridge player.
~Sheryl Crow



Music creates a bridge for people to move out of thinking and into presence.
~Eckhart Tolle

Music seems to be the bridge over the gulf between form and the formless.
~Hazrat Inayat Khan


Some of their best songs don’t have bridges and choruses. So that made me think I should trust my instincts. My songs were okay, I figured. I didn’t need to change anything.
~Lucinda Williams

It would be nice to abandon the verse-chorus-bridge structure completely, and make it so none of these things are definable… Make up new names for them. Instead of a bridge, you can call it a highway, or an overpass… Music should never be harmless.
~Robbie Robertson

I like songs that have lots of different parts in them, an intro, an outro and a bridge.
~Sean Lennon


It’s like this when you fall hard for a musician. It’s a crush with religious overtones. You listen to the songs and you memorize the words and the notes and this is a form of prayer. You attend the shows and this is the liturgy. You’re interested in relics — guitar picks, set lists, the sweaty napkin applied to His brow. You set up shrines in your room. It’s not just about the music. It’s about who you are when you listen to the music and who you wish to be and the way a particular song can bridge that gap, can make you feel the abrupt thrill of absolute faith.
~Steve Almond

Every great group is an island… but an island with a bridge to the mainland.
~Warren G Bennis

I am convinced that music, like philanthropy, bridges hope.
~Ricky Martin


~Paul Simon:  Bridge Over Troubled Waters    (pick one)

~John Legend    (3:44)   working it with soul

~Puddles Pity Party   (4:23)   Dedication: COVID’s frontline heroes

~Artists for Grenfell   (4:00)   tears, and a song for healing

~Korean (KBS Kpop)   (5:03)   passionate


I think Bridge Over Troubled Water was a very good song. Artie sang it beautifully. The Boxer was a really nice record. But I don’t think I’ve written any great songs.
~Paul Simon

~Neil Diamond:  Remembering   (4:09)   from:  Bridges of Madison County


~Leon Bridges:  Beyond   (4:09)   thinking it might be love


~Status Quo:  Burning Bridges   (3:50)   bouncy


~Garth:  Burning Bridges   (3:26)   a country goodbye


~Brooks & Dunn:  Building Bridges (3:52)   w/ Sheryl Crow/Vince Gill contributing voice


~The Wandering Hearts:  Burning Bridges   (3:56)   tight harmonies/dance


~Bobby Gentry:  Ode to Billy Joe   (4:51)   unanswered questions

~harleygal420:  If you remember this song, you are not old. You are high, quality vintage


I’m saying your name in the grocery store, I’m saying your name on the bridge at dawn. Your name like an animal covered with frost, your name like a music that’s been transposed, a suit of fur, a coat of mud, a kick in the pants, a lungful of glass, the sails in wind and the slap of waves on the hull.
~Richard Siken

Love is that condition in the human spirit so profound that it empowers us to develop courage; to trust that courage and build bridges with it; to trust those bridges and cross over them so we can attempt to reach each other.
~Maya Angelou

He and I had a bridge that no one else traveled that made us artistic lovers, passionate without a touch of the flesh. He made me thrive, and valuing that, I could do nothing that would endanger it.
~Susan Vreeland

There are certain bridges that are not worth crossing, no matter what others think. Loyalty and relationships are important.
~Tony Dungy


Male makeup is men’s titles, status and paying for dates. Makeup is what both sexes use to bridge the gap between the power they have and the power they’d like to have. Both male and female makeup are compensations for feelings of powerlessness.
~Warren Farrell

You don’t want any woman to look under the carpet because there’s lots of flaws underneath. Joanne believes my character in a film we did together, “Mr. and Mrs. Bridge” comes closest to who I really am. I personally don’t think there’s one character who comes close … but I learned a long time ago not to disagree on things that I don’t have a solid opinion about.
~Paul Newman

I don’t know what it is to love the way they love — they would jump off a bridge for me. I can’t do that. I can only say, I owe you.
~Bobby Darin


Burning bridges behind me
It’s too late to turn back now
Burning bridges behind me
All I want is to forget you somehow
~Remy David Shand

When all your love is lost
And burning bridges can’t be crossed
Lord won’t you let me know
Or give me one more reason to go
~Christopher Bridges

I fell for her like a suicide from a bridge.
~Neil Gaiman

Some bridges you crossed on your own, no matter who drove you to the edge
~J R Ward

For a split second I felt as though she was nobody special in the larger scheme of my life. She was just some girl who had tied me to her leg to help her sink when she jumped off the bridge. Then I blinked and was in love with her again.
~Miranda July


Then she offers him a slim but sincere smile, and he reluctantly returns it. It doesn’t bridge the gap between them, but at least it marks the spot where the bridge might be built.
~Neal Shusterman

Love creates bridges where it would seem they were impossible.
~Paulo Coelho




Any husband who says, “My wife and I are completely equal partners,” is talking about either a law firm or a hand of bridge.
~Bill Cosby

Bridge is a game that separates the men from the boys. It also separates husbands and wives.
~George Burns

Having sex is like playing bridge. If you don’t have a good partner, you’d better have a good hand.
~Woody Allen

My wife made me join a bridge club… I jump off next Tuesday.
~Rodney Dangerfield

Some people believe that when you die, you cross the River of Death and have to pay the ferryman. People don’t seem to worry about that these days. Perhaps there’s a bridge now.
~Terry Pratchett

You know, I do speak the Queens English. It’s just the wrong Queens that’s all. It’s over the 59th Street Bridge. It’s not over the Atlantic Ocean.
~Cyndi Lauper

I’m learning English at the moment. I can say ‘Big Ben’, ‘Hello Rodney’, ‘Tower Bridge’ and ‘Loo’.


A politician is a man who will double cross that bridge when he comes to it.
~Oscar Levant

Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build bridges even where there are no rivers.
~Nikita Khrushchev

Laughter is a holy thing. It is as sacred as music and silence
and solemnity, maybe more sacred. Laughter is like a prayer, like
a bridge over which creatures tiptoe to meet each other. Laughter
is like mercy; it heals. When you can laugh at yourself, you are
~Ted Loder


                           Rakotzbrücke Devil's Bridge – Gablenz, Germany 


…for the modern soul, for which it is mere child’s play to bridge oceans and continents, there is nothing so impossible as to find the contact with the souls dwelling just around the corner.
~Robert Musil

Art is a way of freezing time, or extending time… It’s another way to bridge the gaps between us.
~Sarah Ruhl

I think bridges have a special meaning in our life. I think a book is a bridge. Any type of art is a bridge that allows different cultures to connect. You may not understand your neighbour’s way of seeing life, but you sure understand your neighbour’s joy in painting or dancing.
~Paulo Coelho

True art means if it helps you to become silent, still, joyous; if it gives you a celebration, if it makes you dance, whether anybody participates with you or not is irrelevant. If it becomes a bridge between you and God, that is true art. If it becomes a meditation, that is true art. If you become absorbed in it, so utterly absorbed that the ego disappears, that is true art.

After a point of time, when you get success and fame, money and everything, the purpose of life has to be redefined. For me, I think that purpose is to build bridges. Artists can do that very easily, more than politicians.
~A R Rahman

Social media is so powerful now, and with all these blog sites and YouTube channels and videos, it makes it more and more relevant to bridge artists together.


There is nothing in machinery, there is nothing in embankments and railways and iron bridges and engineering devices to oblige them to be ugly. Ugliness is the measure of imperfection.
~H G Wells

Imagination is the pontoon bridge making way for the timid feet of reason.

A picture is nothing but a bridge between the soul of the artist and that of the spectator.
~Eugene Delacroix

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@Writers Platform

There are mythic patterns under all of our lives. Each one of us, often unbeknownst to ourselves, is engaged in a drama of soul that is not reserved only for gods, heroes, and saints. Story is one bridge between the human realm and the divine.
~Deena Metzger

How lovely it is that there are words and sounds. Are not words and sounds rainbows and illusive bridges between things which are eternally apart?

Poetry is the special medium of spiritual crazy wisdom, the form of expression that comes closest to creating a bridge between words and what is wordless.
~Wes Nisker

Words build bridges into unexplored regions.
~Adolf Hitler

What I want to show in my work is the idea which hides itself behind so-called reality. I am seeking for the bridge which leans from the visible to the invisible through reality. It may sound paradoxical, but it is in fact reality which forms the mystery of our existence.
~Max Beckmann


Every spoken word double-crosses us. The written word is the only tolerable form of communication, as it isn’t a stone in a bridge between souls but a ray of light between stars.
~Fernando Pessoa

Good composition is like a suspension bridge — each line adds strength and takes none away.
~Robert Henri


Poetry is not only dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change, a bridge across our fears of what has never been before.
~Audre Lorde

the writing of some men is like a vast bridge that carries you over the many things that claw and tear.
~Charles Bukowski


She was, obviously, one of those women whose polished words may reflect a book club or bridge club, or any other deadly conventionality, but never her soul.
~Vladimir Nabokov

Language designed to impress builds a gulf. Language to express builds a bridge.
~Jim Rohn


Sometimes you get the best light from a burning bridge.
~Don Henley

The only way you can write is by the light of the bridges burning behind you.
~Richard Peck

He asked, “what makes a man a writer?” “well,” I said, “it’s simple, it’s either you get it down on paper or you jump off a bridge. writers are desperate people and when they stop being desperate they stop being writers.”
~Charles Bukowski

All my writing is about the recognition that there is no single reality. But the beauty of it is that you nevertheless go on, walking towards utopia, which may not exist, on a bridge which might end before you reach the other side.
~Marguerite Young


The Glass Table:

~bckpackr:  excerpt • Trip to Greece

Once, when I went looking for my brother, it took me those 3 days to get there, and I realized I had just one loaf of bread in my backpack and only enough money to buy a one-way ticket to Greece, but not enough to return.

What would you do? Did I turn back? I had nowhere to return to!

On the other hand I would be arriving in Greece with NO money – I didn’t speak a WORD of Greek – and I hoped and somehow thought it entirely possible that amid the ENTIRE country to search through, I would just happen to find my brother!

Naturally, I considered the odds were in my favor (I swear, I didn’t drink for this to seem logical!) and proceeded to go ahead and buy the ticket!

(to be cont.)


Other peoples’ words are the bridge you use to cross from where you were to wherever you’re going.
~Zadie Smith

In reading we must become creators. Once the child has learned to read alone, and can pick up a book without illustrations, he must become a creator, imagining the setting of the story, visualizing the characters, seeing facial expressions, hearing the inflection of voices. The author and the reader “know” each other; they meet on the bridge of words.
~Madeleine L’Engle

Words were power, words tried to change you, to shape bridges of longing that no one could ever really cross.
~Guy Gavriel Kay


Prewritten Prompt:  bridge


Some split between the inner world and outer world is common to all behaviour, and the need to bridge the gap is the source of creative behaviour.
~Anthony Storr

Sometimes the warrior feels as if he were living two lives at once. ‘There is a bridge that links what I do with what I would like to do,’ he thinks. Slowly, his dreams take over his everyday life, and then he realises that he is ready for the thing he always wanted. Then all that is needed is a little daring, and his two lives become one.
~Paulo Coelho

I can’t play bridge. I don’t play tennis. All those things that people learn, and I admire, there hasn’t seemed time for. But what there is time for is looking out the window.
~Alice Munro


The Exercise:

After All

To walk is a controlled fall
To fly a controlled fall
To jump the most willing fall
To die away and escape it all
Mortal, fatal the bridge’s call
Or instinct copes, chose life
… after all

Of those who lived
Survived the fall
Wished they hadn’t
Jumped at all
The instant after
They joined The Fall



These are those that shine for you
They the ones that align, and true
Acts of kindness a binding glue

Struts for building o’er the rift below
A bridge of deeds that trust might grow
Make or break, the choice is now


Toll Bridge

‘Twas my yearly vacation time
escaping ads, noise and crime
When a wounded, yearning soul
seeks nature’s way becoming whole

A long, slow, meditative walk
free of all intrusive talk
When sighted near a rocky ridge
‘neath verdant emerald foliage

A secret cloistered garden park
charming in the forest dark
O’er a plashing tumbling brook
as from a vintage picture book

An image of stardust heritage
there crossed a spellbound bridge
Try imagine my shocked surprise
a girlish gnome of human size

Cherished prize her sky blue eyes
probing eyes, kind and wise
Silv’ry complexion, pale and fair
sage green lips, Spanish moss for hair

Banished here in the role of troll
waiting magic while collecting toll
A comely lass, a forlorn miss
awaiting love, a human kiss

Tho most peculiar, and decidedly rare
I bent to honor her requested fare
It took no courage, our recent marriage
trading desk for woodland village



diplomats and airlines
non-adhesive by design
bridging distances


caught between two sides
spanning sides crossing borders
the listening bridge


holding not squeezing
bridging the distance to trust
sweet gift of a hug


Last Quotes:

A bridge has almost forever been a metaphor for transition.
~John H Hayes

A bridge is a meeting place . . . a possibility, a metaphor.
~Jeanette Winterson


What is great in man is that he is a bridge and not a goal.

If a man can bridge the gap between life and death, if he can live on after he’s dead, then maybe he was a great man.
~James Dean


Oh, burning bridges behind me
You can follow me down but it’s plain to see
I’m a victim of the burn and it’s third degree
~Remy David Shand

Why’d we want to burn those bridges
Why’d we want to light such a flame
Ain’t no way to stay warm at the fire
Of burning bridges
~Daniel Smith Chauncey


During my time we had two chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, at different times of course, on the bridge, both of whom asked my permission to sit on the captain’s chair.
~Patrick Stewart (of Star Trek)


True teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross; then, having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create their own.
~Nikos Kazantzakis

Education is all a matter of building bridges.
~Ralph Ellison

Until recently, over 98 percent of teachers just got one word of feedback: Satisfactory. If all my bridge coach ever told me was that I was ‘satisfactory,’ I would have no hope of ever getting better.
~Bill Gates


Hope meets you halfway on a bridge called faith.
~Bryant H McGill

Faith builds the bridge from this old world to the new.
~Neil Young

Faith becomes a bridge between where I am and where I want to go — it is a substance.
~T D Jakes


The grave itself is but a covered bridge,
Leading from light to light, through a brief darkness!
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Life is fighting. In life, it’s the look ahead that counts. We are all born equally far from the sun. There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love.
~John Knowles


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