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This Edition:   time

Quoted in The Grove:
Time is the longest distance between two places.
~Tennessee Williams

Some day man will travel at the speed of light, of small interest to those of us still trying to catch up to the speed of time.
~Robert Brault

If we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves.
~Maria Edgeworth

There’s time enough, but none to spare.
~Charles W Chesnutt


Prewritten Prompt for 09/28:   return


The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.
~Albert Einstein

Time brings all things to pass.

I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is.
~Alan Watts

Time — the abundance of now.
~Terri Guillemets


We are living in a culture entirely hypnotized by the illusion of time, in which the so-called present moment is felt as nothing but an infinitesimal hairline between a causative past and an absorbingly important future. We have no present. Our consciousness is almost completely preoccupied with memory and expectation. We do not realize that there never was, is, nor will be any other experience than present experience. We are therefore out of touch with reality.
~Alan Watts

Everything is just now. Your existence is just now. Just timeless Now. All the rest is just a dream due to conditioning and memory.

I have all the time in the world from life to life to do what is to do, to do what is done, to do the timeless doing.
~Jack Kerouac

We can learn not to keep situations or events alive in our minds, but to return our attention continuously to the pristine, timeless present moment rather than be caught up in mental movie making.
~Eckhart Tolle


As we look deeply within, we understand our perfect balance. There is no fear of the cycle of birth, life and death. For when you stand in the present moment, you are timeless.
~Rodney Yee

There is no first or last in Forever. It is Centre there all the time.
~Emily Dickinson

Eternity is not ever-lasting time but the real, unfading, indestructible, and timeless Present, for, as Schroedinger said, the present is the only thing that has no end.
~Ken Wilber

To seek the timeless way we must first know the quality without a name. There is a central quality which is the root criterion of life and spirit in a man, a town, a building, or a wilderness. This quality is objective and precise, but it cannot be named.
~Christopher Alexander

The unknown is not measurable by the known. Time cannot measure the timeless, the eternal, that immensity which has no beginning and no end… when we try to measure something which is not measurable, we only get caught in words.
~Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Posted From The Grove

The trouble with our times is that the future is not what it used to be.
~Paul Valery

About the time we can make the ends meet, somebody moves the ends.
~Herbert Hoover

It’s time to get real, folks. Hope and change ain’t working. Hope and change is not a solution. Hope and change is not a job.
~Herman Cain

Every time the government grows we lose more of who we are.
~Glenn Beck

There are times in history where a particular doctrine becomes a symbol of a greater problem.
~Pat Robertson

Sometimes – history needs a push.
~Vladimir Lenin

By the time a man gets to be presidential material, he’s been bought ten times over.
~Gore Vidal

War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other’s children.
~Jimmy Carter

A time will come when a politician who has willfully made war and promoted international dissension will be as sure of the dock and much surer of the noose than a private homicide. It is not reasonable that those who gamble with men’s lives should not stake their own.
~H G Wells

There comes a time when deceit and defiance must be seen for what they are. At that point, a gathering danger must be directly confronted. At that point, we must show that beyond our resolutions is actual resolve.
~Dick Cheney

When times are tough, constant conflict may be good politics but in the real world, cooperation works better. After all, nobody’s right all the time, and a broken clock is right twice a day.
~William J Clinton

After a lifetime of world travel I’ve been fascinated that those in the third world don’t have the same perception of reality that we do.
~Jim Harrison

For the first time in the history of mankind, one generation literally has the power to destroy the past, the present and the future, the power to bring time to an end.
~Hubert H Humphrey


You know, sometimes, when they say you’re ahead of your time, it’s just a polite way of saying you have a real bad sense of timing
~George McGovern

There comes a time in the affairs of man when he must take the bull by the tail and face the situation.
~W C Fields

In time of peace prepare for war.
~Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus

During times of war, hatred becomes quite respectable even though it has to masquerade often under the guise of patriotism.
~Howard Thurman

Perhaps in time the so-called Dark Ages will be thought of as including our own.
~Georg C Lichtenberg

In such ugly times, the only true protest is beauty.
~Phil Ochs


Every time there’s a revolution, it comes from somebody reading a book about revolution. David Walker wrote a book and Nat Turner did his thing.
~Mike Tyson

Republicans many times can’t get the words ‘equality of opportunity’ out of their mouths. Their lips do not form that way.
~Jack Kemp

At a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed.
~Frederick Douglass


~Matthew Harmer:  Inside Time   (4:30)   coping with lockdown with images, a poem


~LifeHunters:  Life Lessons from 100-Year-Olds   (13:29)   three with sparkling attitudes


We trained hard, but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form up into teams we would be reorganized. Presumably the plans for our employment were being changed. I was to learn later in life that, perhaps because we are so good at organizing, we tend as a nation to meet any new situation by reorganizing; and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency and demoralization.
~Charlton Ogburn

We live in a time where government is not a leadership thing, it’s more a business that’s out there and running riot, so I guess the people have to go out there and say stuff.
~Yahoo Serious

Times of great calamity and confusion have been productive for the greatest minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace. The brightest thunder-bolt is elicited from the darkest storm.
~Charles Caleb Colton

Different times need different types of leadership.
~Park Geun-hye


If you want work well done, select a Busy Man — the Other Kind has No Time.
~Elbert Hubbard

The great enemy of achievement is a schedule already full.
~Robert Brault

I said I did not have time, but to what did I give the time, and was it a fair exchange?
~Muriel Strode


Time is neutral and does not change things. With courage and initiative, leaders change things.
~Jesse Jackson

Every time you have to speak, you are auditioning for leadership.
~James Humes


The time to take counsel of your fears is before you make an important battle decision. That’s the time to listen to every fear you can imagine! When you have collected all the facts and fears and made your decision, turn off all your fears and go ahead!
~George S Patton

Time gives good advice. (El tiempo da buen consejo.)
~Spanish proverb

Time is the wisest counselor of all.

When you lead change, sometimes you get arrows in your back. I mean, that’s just the way the real world is.
~Carly Fiorina


Time is money, especially when you are talking to a lawyer or buying a commercial.
~Frank Dane

The key is in not spending time, but in investing it.
~Stephen R Covey

In times of rapid change, experience could be your worst enemy.
~J Paul Getty

Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.
~Napoleon Hill

Maybe a person’s time would be as well spent raising food as raising money to buy food.
~Frank A Clark

Time is really the only capital that any human being has, and the only thing he can’t afford to lose.
~Thomas A Edison

My time at Shell was a most valuable experience because it taught me to look at the world in a long-term way. Shell takes a 20-year view on events and plans for different scenarios. It makes you see the world as a kind of large matrix.
~Vince Cable


Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.
~Hector Berlioz

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. No man has learned anything rightly, until he knows that every day is Doomsday.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

How did it get so late so soon?
~Dr Seuss


Time is a cruel thief to rob us of our former selves. We lose as much to life as we do to death.
~Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey

I pondered long the book of suffering, till Time stood before me saying, “There is a quicker way,” and he thrust his flaming brand against my breast.
~Muriel Strode

Oh, it was better not to be accustomed to clocks, better to know only the dawn’s blending with the sunrise and the day’s slow sinking into dark! Then one might pass smoothly into the largeness of eternity. ~Cid Ricketts Sumner

Time takes the ugliness and horror out of death and turns it into beauty.
~Dodie Smith


Man goes nowhere. Everything comes to man, like tomorrow.
~Antonio Porchia

Time goes, you say? Ah no!
Alas, Time stays, we go;
~Austin Dobson


The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
~Rabindranath Tagore

I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them.
~Ian Fleming

God hath given to man a short time here upon earth, and yet upon this short time eternity depends.
~Jeremy Taylor

Before my birth there was infinite time, and after my death, inexhaustible time. I never thought of it before: I’d been living luminously between two eternities of darkness.
~Orhan Pamuk


Eternity is a clock which says ‘tick’ in one century and ‘tock’ in the next.
~Author unknown

As rolling rivers never cease
To pour their currents in the sea,
So years succeeding years increase
The ocean of eternity.
~Edward George Kent

Eternity is a clock without hands.
~Author unknown


Never here, forever there,
Where all parting, pain, and care,
And death, and time shall disappear,—
Forever there, but never here!
The horologe of Eternity
Sayeth this incessantly,—
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Eternity is a clock whose pendulum says and repeats incessantly, these two words only, amid the silence of the tombs: Always, never! Never, always!
~Jacques Bridaine

“Eternity,” said he, waving his hand slowly to and fro like the pendulum of a clock, — “eternity is a clock in Heaven, whose pendulum sounds thus: Ever, Ever, Ever! and Eternity is a clock in Hell, whose pendulum sounds thus: Never, Never, Never!”
~Anonymous, Elfie in Sicily


Eternity does not mean infinite time, but simply timelessness
~Elif Safak

Saying the universe is eternal simply is saying that it has no beginning or end, not that it had a beginning an infinite time ago
~Victor J Stenger


Why am I exactly this and not that being? at this point of unlimited space and in this moment of infinite time? in this group of beings, on this planet? Why do I exist if I could have been without existence?
~Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz

In infinite time, in infinite matter, in infinite space, is formed a bubble organism, and that bubble lasts a while and bursts, and that bubble is Me.
~Leo Tolstoy


~Time Magazine:  Out Of Time   (4:27)   time tourists


~Alireza Ghasemi:  Lunch Time   (15:58)   foreign, for the gold


~Labyrinth Pictures:  Paradox   (17:32)   reality insert


~Rusty Lake:  Paradox   (18:32)   spooky


~Dust:  A Week With Rebecca   (28:28)   robot:  to be or not to be … to fall or not to fall, in love


Thinking of the days past as—
Fallen to the waves of the river of life.
~Julia Cooley Altrocchi

Time, hurries swiftly on,
Each fleeting year seems shorter than the last,
And many hopes which cheered its opening dawn,
Are buried with the past.
~Mary Ann H Dodd Shutts

Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back.
~Harvey Mackay

Lost wealth may be replaced by industry, lost knowledge by study, lost health by temperance or medicine, but lost time is gone forever.
~Samuel Smiles

Darn the wheel of the world! Why must it continually turn over? Where is the reverse gear?
~Jack London

The Old Clock on the Stairs…
By day its voice is low and light;
But in the silent dead of night,
Distinct as a passing footstep’s fall,
It echoes along the vacant hall,
Along the ceiling, along the floor,
And seems to say, at each chamber-door,—
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

You can’t make up for lost time. You can only do better in the future.
~Ashley Ormon


Days — The pages in the book of life.
~Charles Searle

DAY, n. A period of twenty-four hours, mostly misspent. This period is divided into two parts, the day proper and the night, or day improper — the former devoted to sins of business, the latter consecrated to the other sort. The two kinds of social activity overlap.
~Ambrose Bierce

I don’t worry about the world coming to an end any more… The way I figure it, the world can’t come to an end today because it is already tomorrow in some other part of the world!
~Charles M Schulz  (Lucy in Peanuts)

Days are either days or daze according to the temper of the tempter. To the tempestuous, every day is different from every other day, and no day is a mere stitch in Time.
~Kenneth Alfred Evelyn Alexander

Days are either days or daze according to the temper of the tempter.
To the tempestuous, every day is different from every other day,
and no day is a mere stitch in Time.
~Kenneth Alfred Evelyn Alexander


Remember the first time you went to a show and saw your favorite band. You wore their shirt, and sang every word. You didn’t know anything about scene politics, haircuts, or what was cool. All you knew was that this music made you feel different from anyone you shared a locker with. Someone finally understood you. This is what music is about.
~Gerard Way

We of the tribe of the unquiet heart,
We fight each day against the turns of chance;
The overwhelming tide of trivial things
That eat away the hours. The flying hours
That should be full of all life has to give.
~Jean Wright

It is the hour to be drunken!
Be drunken,
if you would not be martyred slaves of Time;
be drunken continually!
With wine, with poetry, or with virtue,
as you will.
~Charles Baudelaire

But what minutes! Count them by sensation and not by calendars, and each moment is a day and the race a life.
~Benjamin Disraeli

The days, the days, the swift, mute days
That fly across our fitful ways,
That bear us through the tangled maze
We call our life, — the days! the days!
~Mary Clemmer

Man, however, seems to be the only living thing that gets tangled in time. The trees never fall behind, nor does the grass… Maybe they have better clocks than man has ever made.
~Hal Borland


There is a time for risky love. There is a time for extravagant gestures. There is a time to pour out your affections on one you love. And when the time comes – seize it, don’t miss it.
~Max Lucado

Sometimes I bust out and do things so permanent. Like tattoos and marriage.
~Drew Barrymore


Sometimes you can forget about who you are in a relationship. But you can also be inspired by the person you are with to become something you always knew you wanted to become.
~Mia Maestro

I’m a romantic; a sentimental person thinks things will last, a romantic person hopes against hope that they won’t.
~F Scott Fitzgerald

There was a time in the marriage when I could no longer look at myself in a mirror, couldn’t feel I was a nice person. A bad relationship can do that, can make you doubt everything good you ever felt about yourself.
~Dionne Warwick

Since the dawn of time, traditional marriage – the union between one man and one woman – has been the building block of civilization, and at no point in our nation’s history has that foundation been under more severe attack than now.
~Jim DeMint

Sometimes what works 40 years ago doesn’t work today.
~Joel Osteen

The first time you marry for love, the second for money, and the third for companionship.
~Jackie Kennedy


For disappearing acts, it’s hard to beat what happens to the eight hours supposedly left after eight of sleep and eight of work.
~Doug Larson

There is no time for cut-and-dried monotony. There is time for work. And time for love. That leaves no other time!
~Coco Chanel


I don’t have time for superficial friends. I suppose if you’re really lonely you can call a superficial friend, but otherwise, what’s the point?
~Courteney Cox

One friend in a lifetime is much, two are many, three are hardly possible. Friendship needs a certain parallelism of life, a community of thought, a rivalry of aim.
~Henry Adams

The best time to frame an answer to the letters of a friend, is the moment you receive them. Then the warmth of friendship, and the intelligence received, most forcibly cooperate.
~William Shenstone

The best time to make friends is before you need them.
~Ethel Barrymore


~Rolling Stones:  Time Is On My Side   (3:00)   so young ago


~Eric Clapton:  Tears In Heaven,  multi-star cast   (4:50)   2005 benefit


~Project Sarangi:   Tears In Heaven   (3:27)   guitar with exotic sarangi, gorgeous new sound


~Cyndi Lauper:  Time After Time   (4:57)   love has limits?


~Michael Jackson:  Remember The Time   (9:17)   it’s about the video


~Chicago:  Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is   (3:13)   answer, anyone?


~The Cars:  Good Times Roll   (3:38)   but not during COVID


~BB King:  Let The Good Times Roll   (3:44)   in spite of COVID


~Green Day:  Time of Your Life   (2:31)   choices


~The Beatles:  Yesterday,  feat. Eveningcall   (3:15)   polished


~Joanna Wang:  Times Of Your Life   (3:13)    memories, does the past one better


~Sam Hunt:  Take Your Time   (3:59)   country paladin steps up


~Billy Joel: The Longest Time   (4:04)   a capella


~Real McCoy:  One More Time   (4:01)   danceable


~Bob Dylan:  Times They Are a’Changing,  feat. Brandi Carlile   (4:36)   past anthem for the future


~The Rolling Stones:  The Last Time   (3:27)   in memorium: Charlie Watts – the last time


In times of conflict, war, poverty or religious fundamentalism, women and children are the first and most numerous victims. Women need all their courage today.
~Isabel Allende

It seemed as if, first in her own fire within the house, and then in the fiery haze without, she tried to discover what kind of woof Old Time, that greatest and longest-established Spinner of all, would weave from the threads he had already spun into a woman.
~Charles Dickens

I feel as if sometimes women can’t deal with what’s going on and they have no one around who actually understands.
~Diane Kruger

I blinked. Time passed… Blink, and an hour would elapse. Blink again, and a whole afternoon might go by. It was as though someone were slicing at my internal calendar with a pair of scissors, removing time.
~Abby Geni

I had a terrible time with feminists in the Seventies. They hated me, those women. I think they hated everything.
~David Bailey

It is high time to compel man by the might of right to give woman her political, legal and social rights. She will find her own sphere in accordance with her capacities, powers and tastes; and yet she will be woman still.
~Ernestine Rose


Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.
~Henry Van Dyke

Timeless is the creature who is wise.
And timeless is the prisoner in disguise.
~Stevie Nicks

Time can bring you down, time can bend your knees. Times can break your heart, have you begging please…Beyond the door, there’s peace I’m sure. And I know there’ll be no more tears in heaven.
~Eric Clapton

A record is a message, timeless.
~Ziggy Marley


Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
~H Jackson Brown, Jr

From time immemorial artistic insights have been revealed to artists in their sleep and in dreams, so that at all times they ardently desired them.

Sometimes you wake up. Sometimes the fall kills you. And sometimes, When you fall, you fly.
~Neil Gaiman




Here’s to the Clock!
Whose hands, we pray heaven,
When we come home at three,
Have stopped at eleven!
~Oliver Herford

And anyhow a clock is only something that you compare with your watch and find the clock is several minutes wrong.
~Ogden Nash

And there is nothing more surly
Than a watchless man who doesn’t know
whether he is late or early…
~Ogden Nash

Probably the worst time in a person’s life is when they have to kill a family member because they are the devil. But otherwise it’s been a pretty good day.
~Emo Philips

Most children threaten at times to run away from home. This is the only thing that keeps some parents going.
~Phyllis Diller

The only time I ever enjoyed ironing was the day I accidentally got gin in the steam iron.
~Phyllis Diller

There comes a time in every man’s life, and I’ve had plenty of them.
~Casey Stengel

In life, one is entitled to a side dish of either coleslaw or potato salad, and the choice must be made in terror, with the knowledge that not only is our time on earth limited, but most kitchens close at ten.
~Woody Allen

Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana
~Groucho Marx

The last time I saw him he was walking down lover’s lane holding his own hand.
~Fred Allen

Any time three New Yorkers get into a cab without an argument, a bank has just been robbed.
~Phyllis Diller

The worst time to have a heart attack is during a game of charades.
~Demetri Martin

The first time I see a jogger smiling, I’ll consider it.
~Joan Rivers

The first time I sang in the church choir; two hundred people changed their religion.
~Fred Allen

The lesson of Good Friday is to never lose hope — or at least give it 48 hours.
~Robert Brault

Time is a figure eight, at its center the city of Déjà vu.
~Robert Brault


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

Sometimes in the most tragic situation, something just profoundly funny happens.
~David Hyde Pierce

Time takes away the grief of men.
~Desiderius Erasmus

Even when there are times that we’re not happy, happiness will creep in.
~Dyan Cannon



© Silvia Trujillo


Don’t be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of. One man gets only a week’s value out of a year while another man gets a full year’s value out of a week.
~Charles Richards

If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of.
~Bruce Lee

A man who dares to waste one hour of life has not discovered the value of life.
~Charles Darwin

Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much can be done if we are always doing.
~Thomas Jefferson


We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.
~Nelson Mandela

The time for action is now. It’s never too late to do something.
~Antoine de Saint-Exupery

They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.
~Andy Warhol


Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them.
~Henry Ford

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.
~Leonardo da Vinci


The clock ticked on with that judicial intonation characteristic of time-pieces that measure sacred time and wasted opportunities.
~Edward Bellamy

Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination: never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
~Philip Stanhope

The time I kill is killing me.
~Mason Cooley


If you let slip time, like a neglected rose it withers on the stalk with languished head.
~John Milton

The flower that you hold in your hands was born today and already it is as old as you are.
~Antonio Porchia

It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.
~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


I am one of those lazy-butt loners who can poke my way through a day and never feel a second has been wasted.
~Tom Hanks

You must have been warned against letting the golden hours slip by; but some of them are golden only because we let them slip by.
~J M Barrie

Time is the only one of life’s resources that when it’s all spent, you wish you had spent more of it foolishly.
~Robert Brault

And the old church tower, so close at hand,
Holds a clanging and busy bell
That warns my heedless ears of the hours,
—But it says that I waste ’em well.
~Jean Wright

Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.
~Marthe Troly-Curtin


Those who make the worst use of their time are the first to complain of its brevity.
~Jean De La Bruyere

People who would never trespass on your property will trespass on your time, as if your time were not your property.
~Robert Brault

He who robs you of your time steals your greatest treasure.
~James Lendall Basford

Shun such as lounge through afternoons and eves,
And on thy dial write “Beware of thieves!”
Felon of minutes, never taught to feel
The worth of treasures which thy fingers steal,
Pick my left pocket of its silver dime,
But spare the right, — it holds my golden time!
~Oliver Wendell Holmes

Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.
~Carl Sandburg

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.
~Steve Jobs

Time is a game played beautifully by children.
~Heraclitus of Ephesus

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@Writers Platform

You know that I write slowly. This is chiefly because I am never satisfied until I have said as much as possible in a few words, and writing briefly takes far more time than writing at length.
~Carl Friedrich Gauss

If I had more time, I would have written a shorter letter.
~Marcus Tullius Cicero

The most important things are the hardest things to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them — words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they’re brought out.
~Stephen King

A book no more contains reality than a clock contains time. A book may measure so-called reality as a clock measures so-called time; a book may create an illusion of reality as a clock creates an illusion of time; a book may be real, just as a clock is real (both more real, perhaps, than those ideas to which they allude); but let’s not kid ourselves – all a clock contains is wheels and springs and all a book contains is sentences.
~Tom Robbins


Wonderful, unfinished volume,
Leaves on leaves of manuscript,
Written on forever, ever,
With a pen in ages dipped!…
~Sara L Vickers Oberholtzer

The time to read is any time: no apparatus, no appointment of time and place, is necessary. It is the only art which can be practiced at any hour of the day or night, whenever the time and inclination comes, that is your time for reading; in joy or sorrow, health or illness.
~Holbrook Jackson

How we educate the mind will change with the times; how we cultivate the heart is and will remain timeless.
~Basil Moreau


Time extracts various values from a painter’s work. When these values are exhausted the pictures are forgotten, and the more a picture has to give, the greater it is.
~Henri Matisse

The best images are the ones that retain their strength and impact over the years, regardless of the number of times they are viewed.
~Anne Geddes


As time goes by, I realize that I do trust the wind. And I often write my songs for myself.
~David Friedman

Sometimes you have to play a long time to be able to play like yourself.
~Miles Davis


Sometimes movie-making happens like clockwork; other times, like a car accident.
~Eric Roberts

There’s too much down time making movies. That leads to boredom. And that leads to trouble.
~Jeremy Renner


Glass Table @Wordgrove:


A Dream You Dream

Into my thoughts you move
Silently as you go
Tickling and teasing softly
Moving me so
Finding secrets hidden there
Even I did not see
Bringing out wings that spread
Showing mine to me
Soaring with me oh so high
Joys written on my face
Am I just a dream you dream
Pixels that dance in space


There are several divisions of the day and night. I will commence with the media nox (mid-night) as it is the starting point of the civil year amongst the Romans. The time which approaches it nearest is media nocte (past mid-night); then comes gallicinium (cock’s-crow); then the conticinium (moment of silence) the time that the cock ceases to crow; then the moment called ante lucem and diluculum (the break of day) when it is already day, without the sun having risen; then the second diluculum called mané (the morning when the sun commences to appear); then ad meridiem (which precedes mid-day); then the meridies, or the middle of the day; then succeeds the time called de meridie (afternoon); then suprema (close of the last moment of the day); vespera (evening) which immediately precedes the rising of the star called vesperium or hesperon; then comes crepusculum (twilight), which is perhaps called so because uncertain things are called crepercœ, and it is difficult to say whether this moment belongs to the day or to the night; then comes the moment which we call luminibus accensis (the illuminated lights) and which the ancients called prima face (the first flambeau); then concubium (time to retire); then the intempesta (inopportune time to work); and then the moment called ad mediam noctem (which is near to midnight), after which the media nox returns.
~Censorinus, De Die Natale (The Natal Day)

“To get a conception of this change you must analyze definitely what time is. We measure and mark it by years, months, and so forth, down to minutes and seconds, all based upon the movements of our earth around its sun. But that is the measurement of time, not time itself. How would you describe time?”
The Big Business Man smiled. “Time,” he said, “is what keeps everything from happening at once.”
“Very clever,” laughed the Chemist…. “But there is no question that to some much smaller degree we all of us differ one from the other. The difference, however, is so comparatively slight, that we can each one reconcile it to the standard measurement of time. And so, outwardly, time is the same for all of us. But inwardly, why, we none of us conceive a minute or an hour to be the same! How do you know how long a minute is to me? More than that, time is not constant even in the same individual. How many hours are shorter to you than others? How many days have been almost interminable? No, instead of being constant, there is nothing more inconstant than time.”
~Raymond King Cummings

“Remember what I told you about time,” the skull said. “When I was alive, I believed — as you do — that time was at least as real and solid as myself, and probably more so. I said ‘one o’clock’ as though I could see it, and ‘Monday’ as though I could find it on the map; and I let myself be hurried along from minute to minute, day to day, year to year, as though I were actually moving from one place to another. Like everyone else, I lived in a house bricked up with seconds and minutes, weekends and New Year’s Days, and I never went outside until I died, because there was no other door.”
~Peter S Beagle


From The Grove:

~Christone @Wordgrove Library
Sponsoring:  backpacker

From the father.

“This road I wandered long ago
To gaze on rick and manger;
Here is the land I used to know,
And here am I – a stranger!”

• ~ † ~ •

From the son.

Who Remaineth?

Only stragglers and trash are left,
The crowds are gone,
In mad plunder for new pleasure.

But I will remain, and remain alone,
Perched high on the cliffs of forgotten memory,

And when once in solitude,
The shores will speak to me.
We both will wait, patiently.

~ † ~

I think it is deeper; a joyful solitude, one longed for and desired. I enjoyed it many times in my travels and years across many places in the world!

• ~ † ~ •

Good Morning!

The coffee-mug is warm in my hands, the surf loud enough to speak of paradise, the seagulls know it, but the cliffs remain in blissful silence.

Where are you, my dove?

The grass is cool in the early morning mist beneath my feet, but my soul yearns and the horizon may yet deliver.

I will watch and wait, for you.


Remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.
~Dale Carnegie

Regret for wasted time is more wasted time
~Mason Cooley

I seemed to have lived a long time since that day.
~Richard Hengist Horne

You can’t have a better tomorrow if you are thinking about yesterday all the time.
~Charles F Kettering

An ounce of to-morrow is worth a pound of yesterday.
~Poor Richard Junior’s Philosophy

Old Time, in whose bank we deposit our notes,
Is a miser who always wants guineas for groats;
He keeps all his customers still in arrears
By lending them minutes and charging them years.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes

Old Time, that greatest and longest established spinner of all!…. his factory is a secret place, his work is noiseless, and his hands are mutes.
~Charles Dickens

“Old times” never come back and I suppose it’s just as well. What comes back is a new morning every day in the year, and that’s better.
~George Edward Woodberry


Prewritten Prompt:   time


Sometimes I wish that there were a way to let people know that just because I live in a world without rules, and in a life that is lawless, doesn’t mean that it doesn’t hurt so bad the morning after.
~Elizabeth Wurtzel

It is not time for mirth and laughter,
the cold, gray dawn of the morning after.
~George Ade


Human life is but a schoolday of eternity.
~James Lendall Basford

Time is the school in which we learn,
Time is the fire in which we burn.
~Delmore Schwartz

Time…a substance of some sort which existence burned up like a fire.
~Susan Fromberg Schaeffer

Nobody has time to keep trying on a load of things in the morning like a teenager.
~Claudia Schiffer

I think there’s a time in your life where you don’t feel like you fit in. I think everyone has that when you’re a teenager, especially, and especially in the society we live in.
~Matthew Vaughn

As I’ve said many times, the single most oppressed class in America right now is the teenager.
~Joe Bob Briggs


Girls blush, sometimes, because they are alive, half wishing they were dead to save the shame. The sudden blush devours them, neck and brow; They have drawn too near the fire of life, like gnats, and flare up bodily, wings and all. What then? Who’s sorry for a gnat or girl?
~Elizabeth Barrett Browning

But it seemed to Lucy, in her waking womanhood, that there were other secrets hidden in Greymire; secrets that belonged to her alone, and would some day whisper their message to her heart.
~Florence Bone


Time is a seed, a sprout, a bud,
A bloom, a flower, a wilting rose,
Decay, disappearance, — a seed.
~Terri Guillemets

God, planting Eden,
Dropped a seed
Within Time’s neighbor plot
That grew to be
This hour?
~Mary Carolyn Davies


The passing years are like a mist sweeping up from the sea of time so that my memories acquire new aspects.
~W Somerset Maugham

Time was large and wide as the sky, one part slipping into the next, unbroken as the flowing of water. She would not like it shattered so.
~Cid Ricketts Sumner

Time, the Heraclitean river — so painfully real to the heart, so unseizable for the brain.
~Percival Arland Ussher

Time is making fools of us again.
~J K Rowling

For the longest time, you just sound like a broken record, but you have to be consistent when teaching kids.
~Heidi Klum




having slept
time well spent
to wake feeling rested
cheated too
sleep’s a thief
when time grows short
when the new moon night
bled of Luna’s light
shed of milk-white
reminds of nightness
when the endless comes
too soon



time and experience
history’s graduate
too many sons lost
but not their lesson
it’s not so much
a diminished empire
striding the stage
than a wisdom emerging
a matured and stately
a change of focus
to survive



There was a time
time was a shadow
of no more substance
than a callow youth
An unfledged arrow
a distant target
a sundial watch
an approximate truth
The hands of time
that mold a student
graduate at death
a master sleuth


Dual Doggerels Dueling

Untamed, a Timeline

The timeline from meeting you to needing you
From a bleeding you to a healing you
From greeting you to completing you
The pleading you to a deceiving you
The misleading you now the cheating you
The cleaving you to a receding you
From believing you to not heeding you
From misreading to deleting you
From grieving to succeeding you
Exit the speeding you, so not impeding you
Let you stampede in another’s corral



Metered motion of the hands, please
Measured true and tuned precisely
Watch the time please, see it increase
Match time remaining on the decrease
One request ere one’s fated decease
Lord, grant me one decent rhyme piece


5s & 7s

riding the timeclock
taking up space on the page
standard maneuvers
players get the standard raise
saving hemlock for the sage


rancid oil of time
late tomatoes gone to rot
ordained entropy


the wrong and the wronged
two narratives to believe
patina of time


tombs of the unknown
lasting flames, names etched in stone
times all died alone

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Last quotes:
It’s a strange thing, but when you are dreading something, and would give anything to slow down time, it has a disobliging habit of speeding up.
~J K Rowling

Time’s pace is always either too fast or too slow to please us.
~Charles Searle

Time is like the wind, it lifts the light and leaves the heavy.
~Doménico Cieri Estrada


Sometimes I feel that life is passing me by, not slowly either, but with ropes of steam and spark-spattered wheels and a hoarse roar of power or terror. It’s passing, yet I’m the one who is doing all the moving. I’m not the station, I’m not the stop; I’m the train. I’m the train.
~Martin Amis

Time kept passing without my consent.
~Abby Geni

The present: a point so intangible that, even as we name it, it unnames itself.
~Charles Searle


Because Father said clocks slay time. He said time is dead as long as it is being clicked off by little wheels; only when the clock stops does time come to life.
~William Faulkner

And once again the flying seconds multiplied themselves endlessly.
~Bram Stoker


Time always seems long to the child who is waiting – for Christmas, for next summer, for becoming a grownup: long also when he surrenders his whole soul to each moment of a happy day.
~Dag Hammarskjold

Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend.


Time is a brisk wind, for each hour it brings something new… but who can understand and measure its sharp breath, its mystery and its design?

Time is a storm in which we are all lost.
~William Carlos Williams


She was forever saving time, like bits of string.
~Helen Hudson

Much may be done in those little shreds and patches of time, which every day produces, and which most men throw away, but which nevertheless will make at the end of it, no small deduction from the little life of man.
~Charles Caleb Colton

And man watches his ingenious clock and his makeshift calendar and ticks off the days, wondering where time goes. Cherishing life, metering it out for himself in bits and pieces, hoping thus to control it.
~Hal Borland


Better three hours too soon, than one minute too late.
~William Shakespeare

Among life’s regrets is all the time wasted being early for everything.
~Robert Brault

Punctuality is the thief of time.
~Oscar Wilde


You will never ‘find’ time for anything. If you want time, you must make it.
~Charles Buxton

You may delay, but time will not.
~Benjamin Franklin

Whether it’s the best of times or the worst of times, it’s the only time we’ve got.
~Art Buchwald


The world was made, not in time, but simultaneously with time. There was no time before the world.
~Augustine of Hippo

Once you understand that the false needs time and what needs time is false, you are nearer the Reality, which is timeless, ever in the NOW.
~Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition.
~Rod Serling


Yet, taught by time, my heart has learned to glow for other’s good, and melt at other’s woe.

Compassion is sometimes the fatal capacity for feeling what it is like to live inside somebody else’s skin. It is the knowledge that there can never really be any peace and joy for me until there is peace and joy finally for you too.
~Frederick Buechner

Even in a time of elephantine vanity and greed, one never has to look far to see the campfires of gentle people.
~Garrison Keillor


I must have justice, or I will destroy myself. And not justice in some remote and infinite time and space, but here on Earth…I want to see with my own eyes the lamb lie down with the lion and the victim rise up and embrace his murderer. I want to be there when everyone suddenly understands what it has all been about. All the religions of the world are built on this longing, and I am a believer.
~Fyodor Dostoevsky

Laughter is timeless. Imagination has no age. And dreams are forever.
~Walt Disney

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This Edition:  tool

Quoted in The Grove:
Tools for success: For true success ask yourself these four questions: Why? Why not? Why not me? Why not now?
~James Allen

Do not wait; the time will never be just right. Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.
~George Herbert

Let nature take its course and your tools will strike at the right moment.
~Bruce Lee

Human beings are free except when humanity needs them. Maybe humanity needs you. To do something. Maybe humanity needs me to find out what you’re good for. We might both do despicable things, Ender, but if humankind survives, then we were good tools.
~Orson Scott Card



Prewritten Prompt circa 09.14:   time



I work using the Brian Eno school of thinking: limit your tools, focus on one thing and just make it work. You become very inventive with the restrictions you give yourself.
~Anton Corbijn

The higher the artist, the fewer the gestures. The fewer the tools, the greater the imagination. The greater the will, the greater the secret failure.
~Ben Okri


Blunt tools are sometimes found of use where sharper instruments would fail.
~Charles Dickens

Some tools of thought are so blunt that they are almost useless; others are so sharp that they are dangerous. But the wise man will have the use of both kinds.
~Gregory Bateson

A wise Man will make Tools of what comes to Hand.
~Thomas Fuller


We are each given a block of marble when we begin a lifetime, and the tools to shape it into sculpture. We can drag it behind us untouched, we can pound it to gravel, we can shape it into glory. Examples from every other life are left for us to see, lifeworks finished and unfinished, guiding and warning. Near the end our sculpture is nearly finished, and we can smooth and polish what we started years before.
~Richard Bach

…pens and brushes are merely tools you employ in the inking process. Any line the inker draws is a combination of what the tool can produce and what is inside the head of the artist. If you want to draw a fat line, you will find a way to do it no matter what instrument you use. If the pen is mightier than the sword, then the brain is mightier than the pen.
~Klaus Janson

A determined soul will do more with a rusty monkey-wrench than a loafer will accomplish with all the tools in a machine shop.
~Rupert Hughes

But sometimes imperfect tools lead us toward perfect ends.
~Ted Dekker

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Posted From The Grove

Every child has a dream, to pursue the dream is in every child’s hand to make it a reality. One’s invention is another’s tool.
~Samuel Morse

A tool is but the extension of a man’s hand, and a machine is but a complex tool. And he that invents a machine augments the power of a man and the wellbeing of mankind.
~Henry Ward Beecher

There is a great satisfaction in building good tools for other people to use.
~Freeman Dyson

The point is that I don’t design stuff for myself. I’m a toolmaker. I design things that other people want to use.
~Robert Moog

Stevie didn’t use the technology to drive the song. He used it to enhance. I use the tools to further my work, I don’t use my work to further the tools.
~Brian McKnight


Thus, the standard library will serve as both a tool and as a teacher.
~Bjarne Stroustrup

Who knows what technology will emerge in the next five years, let alone 20. Yet the education we provide our children now is supposed to last for decades. We cannot train them for jobs that do not even exist yet, but we can provide them with the minds and tools they’ll need to adapt to our ever-changing set of circumstances.
~Jim Hunt

The content of most textbooks is perishable, but the tools of self-directedness serve one well over time.
~Albert Bandura


The mind is left bereft when it is nothing more than a tool of regurgitation.
~Corey Taylor

Our Age of Anxiety is, in great part, the result of trying to do today’s job with yesterday’s tools and yesterday’s concepts.
~Marshall McLuhan

Our system of education is locked in a time capsule. You want to say to the people in charge, ‘You’re not using today’s tools! Wake up!’
~George Lucas

Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.
~Mortimer Adler


There is no easy way to train an apprentice. My two tools are example and nagging.
~Daniel Handler

Teaching is the only major occupation of man for which we have not yet developed tools that make an average person capable of competence and performance. In teaching we rely on the ‘naturals,’ the ones who somehow know how to teach.
~Peter Drucker

I’ve come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom. It’s my personal approach that creates the climate. It’s my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher, I possess tremendous power to make a student’s life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a student humanized or de-humanized.
~Haim Ginott

I never demonstrate how art should be made or what the outcome should look like. Instead, give kids the tools and the materials to make their own art. Have them experience the process.
~Jerry Pinkney


Style used to be an interaction between the human soul and tools that were limiting. In the digital era, it will have to come from the soul alone.
~Jaron Lanier

You are not on this planet to produce anything with your body. You are on this planet to produce something with your soul. Your body is simply and merely the tool of your soul. Your mind is the power that makes the body go. So what you have here is a power tool, used in the creation of the soul’s desire.
~Neale Donald Walsch

To those of us who often procrastinate on the decision we feel intimidated by…I relieve you with this statement: It is not how much you know that arms you with the tools of great decision making, but rather how much you ask. Ask questions.
~T D Jakes

Our passion for learning … is our tool for survival.
~Carl Sagan



~5-Minute Crafts for Men:  40 Simple Life Hacks for Men   (9:54)   uninspired, but useful


~Charlie Prince:  Kestrel Tool   (5:40)   carving tools, native American art, a plea for help and a slice of life


~Eraldo Cuko:  Tool – Skin   (1:10)   a brief celebration


~Joy & Misery:  Tool   (9:57)   disgustipated? mesmerizing for its weirdness


~Noah Kalina:  7777 Days   (2:19)   self-portrait every day, 21 years, a man ages, only his eyes hold steady, remain unchanged, hypnotic, refutes the insult of time: his tool – a camera

Thx to: Rusty’s Electric Dreams



Virtually every major technological advance in the history of the human species — back to the invention of stone tools and the domestication of fire — has been ethically ambiguous.
~Carl Sagan

Nobel was a genuine friend of peace. He even went so far as to believe that he had invented a tool of destruction, dynamite, which would make war so senseless that it would become impossible. He was wrong.
~Alva Myrdal

Either man is obsolete or war is. War is the ultimate tool of politics. Political leaders look out only for their own side. Politicians are always realistically maneuvering for the next election. They are obsolete as fundamental problem-solvers.
~R Buckminster Fuller

Even the best weapon is an unhappy tool, hateful to living things. So the follower of the Way stays away from it. Weapons are unhappy tools, not chosen by thoughtful people; to be used only when there is no choice, and with a calm, still mind, without enjoyment. To enjoy using weapons is to enjoy killing people, and to enjoy killing people is to lose your share in the common good.
~Ursula K Le Guin

We shall not fail or falter; we shall not weaken or tire. Neither the sudden shock of battle, nor the long-drawn trials of vigilance and exertion will wear us down. Give us the tools and we will finish the job.
~Winston Churchill


I never wanted to be feared. If I regret one thing, it is the fear I have caused. Fear is the tool of tyrants. Unfortunately, when the fate of the world is in question, you use whatever tools are available.
~Brandon Sanderson

As we discern a fine line between crank and genius, so also (and unfortunately) we must acknowledge an equally graded trajectory from crank to demagogue. When people learn no tools of judgment and merely follow their hopes, the seeds of political manipulation are sown.
~Stephen Jay Gould

With the tools of democracy, democracy was murdered and lawlessness made “legal.” Raw power ruled, and its only real goal was to destroy all other powers besides itself.
~Eric Metaxas


Because a doubt is not a denial. Doubt is a powerful tool, and it should be applied to history.
~Walter M Miller, Jr

We live in an era with no historical precedents. History is no longer useful as a tool in helping us understand current changes.
~Doug Coupland

History is a tool used by politicians to justify their intentions.
~Ted Koppel

The single most powerful tool for winning a negotiation is the ability to get up and walk away from the table without a deal
~Paul Gauguin

Reasonable, even intelligent people can, and frequently do, disagree on how best to achieve peace in the Middle East, but, peace must be the goal of our foreign policy tools, whether they be by the stick or by the carrot.
~Nick Rahall

The fear of a work becoming dated is one of the most effective tools for keeping people from writing political work.
~Tony Kushner


We are gods. Our tools make us gods. In symbiosis with our technology, our powers are expanding exponentially and so, too, our possibilities.
~Jason Silva

If you stumble over mere believability, what are you living for? Love is hard to believe, ask any lover. Life is hard to believe, ask any scientist. God is hard to believe, ask any believer. What is your problem with hard to believe? Reason is excellent for getting food, clothing and shelter. Reason is the very best tool kit. Nothing beats reason for keeping tigers away. But be excessively reasonable and you risk throwing out the universe with the bathwater
~Yann Martel

Faith is the commitment of one’s consciousness to beliefs for which one has no sensory evidence or rational proof… A mystic is a man who treats his feelings as tools of cognition. Faith is the equation of feelings with knowledge
~Nathaniel Branden

Reason is a choice. Wishes and whims are not facts, nor are they a means to discovering them. Reason is our only way of grasping reality — it is our basic tool of survival. We are free to evade the effort of thinking, to reject reason, but we are not free to avoid the penalty of the abyss we refuse to see. …The only sovereign I can allow to rule me is reason.
~Terry Goodkind

Censorship is the tool of those who have the need to hide actualities from themselves and from others. Their fear is only their inability to face what is real, and I can’t vent any anger against them. I only feel this appalling sadness. Somewhere, in their upbringing, they were shielded against the total facts of our existence. They were only taught to look one way when many ways exist.
~Charles Bukowski

On some other world, possibly it is different. Better. There are clear good and evil alternatives. Not these obscure admixtures, these blends, with no proper tool by which to untangle the components.
~Philip K Dick


Science is the tool of the Western mind and with it more doors can be opened than with bare hands.
~Carl Jung

Eratosthenes’s only tools were sticks, eyes, feet, and brains; plus a zest for experiment. With those tools he correctly deduced the circumference of the Earth, to high precision, with an error of only a few percent. That’s pretty good figuring for 2200 years ago.
~Carl Sagan

The first man of science was he who looked into a thing, not to learn whether it furnished him with food, or shelter, or weapons, or tools, armaments, or play-withs but who sought to know it for the gratification of knowing.
~Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Science is an art form and not a philosophical method. The great advances in science usually result from new tools rather than from new doctrines… Every time we introduce a new tool, it always leads to new and unexpected discoveries, because Nature’s imagination is richer than ours.
~Freeman Dyson

Of all tools, an observatory is the most sublime… What is so good in a college as an observatory? The sublime attaches to the door and to the first stair you ascent, that this is the road to the stars.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson


Broken tools can be replaced. You can’t.
~Author unknown

To learn about eye protection, ask someone who has one.
~Author unknown

Your safety gears are between your ears.
~Author unknown

Don’t learn safety by accident.
~Author unknown

For safety is not a gadget but a state of mind.
~Eleanor Everet

Know safety, no injury. No safety, know injury.
~Author unknown


[E]dged tools are dangerous things to handle, and not infrequently do much hurt.
~Agnes Reppllier

‘Tis dangerous meddling with edge-tools.
~John Tatham

Count fingers before and after using a circular saw.
~Andy Lee

‘oh dear, what an edged tool you are!’
‘Don’t play with me then’
~Charles Dickens


It was a great question among Carpenters whether this wood should be a God or a stool…. the Prophets discoursed against them in the matter of images, they called them wood and stone, Gold and Silver, and represented the folly of putting trust in things that had no life
~Jeremy Taylor

The gods do make playthings of us … but it is we mortals who provide them with the tools.
~Melina Marchetta



~Omeleto:  The Shabbos Goy   (7:01)   when an intimate tool goes rogue


~Confessions of a Dangerous Mind:  If I Had a Hammer   (2:14)   under extreme provocation


~KIITOS LAB:  Tool   (0.33)   half-minute cartoon parable



If you have the tools but do not have the visual concept, the tools do not work
~Betty Poluk

I always found it rather pathetic that as a photographer I would be dependent to such a large extent on sheer luck… So the moment I was offered [digital] tools to bend the shape of the image into my choices, and not those of lady luck, I was hooked.
~Pedro Meyer

If you want to teach people a new way of thinking, don’t bother trying to teach them. Instead, give them a tool, the use of which will lead to new ways of thinking.
~R Buckminster Fuller

The most unknown, unused and unrecognized tool of the human mind, is the recognition that attitude is always a choice
~Mark Horton

A good tool improves the way you work. A great tool improves the way you think.
~Jeff Duntemann

A language like Ruby is a toolbox with some really neat little tools that do their job really nicely. JavaScript is a leather sheath with a really really sharp knife inside. That knife can cut anything, and with it you can do anything. You can kill a bear. You can catch fish. You can whittle a piece of wood into a pony. It’s even a toothpick.
~Nick Morgan

I work with a lot of music programs and there’s a steep learning curve to a lot of them. You can really find yourself trying to figure out how to do things, instead of making music.

This is the same problem I have with digital photography. The potential is always remarkable. But the medium never settles. Each year there is a better camera to buy and new software to download. The user never has time to become comfortable with the tool. Consequently too much of the work is merely about the technology. The HDR and QTVR fads are good examples. Instead of focusing on the subject, users obsess over RAW conversion, Photoshop plug-ins, and on and on. For good work to develop the technology needs to become as stable and functional as a typewriter.
~Alec Soth

If you want to build a boat, do not instruct the men to saw wood, stitch the sails, prepare the tools and organize the work, but make them long for setting sail and travel to distant lands.
~Antoine de Saint-Exupery


Just in the past couple years, we’ve seen digital tools display skills and abilities that…eat deeply into what we human beings do for a living.
~Andrew McAfee

Are the tools without, which the carpenter puts forth his hands to, or are they and all the carpentry within himself; and would he not smile at the notion that chest or house is more than he?
~C A Bartol

The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house.
~Audre Lorde

Technology and tools are useful and powerful when they are your servant and not your master.
~Stephen Covey


Tools, of course, can be the subtlest of traps.
~Neil Gaiman

Men were not intended to work with the accuracy of tools, to be precise and perfect in all their actions.
~John Ruskin

But lo! men have become the tools of their tools.
~Henry David Thoreau

The hand is the tool of tools.

We become what we behold. We shape our tools, and thereafter our tools shape us.
~Marshall McLuhan

Machinery is aggressive. The weaver becomes a web, the machinist a machine. If you do not use the tools, they use you. All tools are in one sense edge-tools, and dangerous.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The tools belong to the man who can use them.
~Napoleon Bonaparte


You have to pick the right tool for the point you’re trying to make and there is no one solution.
~Jay Maisel

The most important tool you have on a resume is language.
~Jay Samit

Choose your tools carefully, but not so carefully that you get uptight or spend more time at the stationery store than at your writing table.
~Natalie Goldberg

Finding the tool is often half the battle.
~Andy Rooney




If Mozart had power tools, there’s no telling how great his music might have been.
~Dave Barry

Like all tools, modern technology has produced some wonderful moments in music and also some horrors.
~Hugh Hopper

Smash creative blocks. Change the problem or sneak up on it from a different direction. Try something fresh – a new way with an old theme, a different point of view, unusual tool.
~Nita Leland

I do the best I can with any instrument I get attracted to. But they’re just tools in order for you to express yourself and that’s really the upshot of it.
~John Mayall


The dance, just as the performance of the actor, is kinesthetic art, art of the muscle sense. The awareness of tension and relaxation within his own body, the sense of balance that distinguishes the proud stability of the vertical from the risky adventures of thrusting and falling — these are the tools of the dancer.
~Rudolf Arnheim

Whereas painting is a more rarefied art form, with a limited audience, I recognized film as this extraordinary social tool that could reach tremendous numbers of people.
~Kathryn Bigelow

I’ve always thought of acting as a tool to change society. I watch a lot of actors and I see panic in their eyes because they don’t know why they act and I know why I act. Whether I’m a good or a bad actor, I know why I do it.
~Andy Serkis

The tools are real. The viewer is real, you, the artist, is real and a part of everything you paint. You connect yourself to the viewer by sharing something that is inside of you that connects with something inside of him. All you have as your guide is that you know what moves you. All you have to do it with is a brush, some chemical and canvas, and technique.
~Steven Brust


Whether made into a wooden pillow or table,
wood with excellent fine grain is a guarantee of splendid poems,
and the composition of perfect documents.
~Liú Shéng

Have pity on those who are fearful of taking up a pen, or a paintbrush, or an instrument, or a tool because they are afraid that someone has already done so better than they could.
~Paulo Coelho


“Difficulty” is the name of an ancient tool that was created purely to help us define who we are.
~Paulo Coelho

Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom, not a guide by which to live.
~Robert Kennedy

Guilt [is] a tool, rather than a weapon against the self.
~Veronica Roth

Hindsight, I think, is a useless tool… Changing even the bad things that have gone before would fundamentally change who we are, and whether or not that would be a good thing, I believe, it is impossible to predict. So I take my past experiences… and try to regret nothing.
~R A Salvatore

Surviving a failure gives you more self-confidence. Failures are great learning tools – but they must be kept to a minimum.
~Jeffrey R Immelt

You want failures to be small and informational. Silicon Valley does very well. It knows how to use failure as a tool for improvement.
~Nassim Nicholas Taleb

It is essential to have good tools, but it is also essential that the tools should be used in the right way.
~Wallace D Wattles



~Arlo Guthrie:  If I Had a Hammer   (2:23)    Pete Seeger tribute


~Desiree Dawson:  Meet You At The Light   (6:09)   saying goodbye, inconsolable loss


~Clamavi De Profundis:  When the Hammer Falls   (4:54)   manly chanting   (Lord Of The Rings)



Dear Miss Independent, I’ve decided that of all the women I’ve ever known, you are the only one I will ever love more than hunting, fishing, football, and power tools. You may not know this, but the other time I asked you to marry me, the night I put the crib together, I meant it. Even though I knew you weren’t ready. God, I hope you’re ready now. Marry me, Ella. Because no matter where you go or what you do, I’ll love you every day for the rest of my life. Jack
~Lisa Kleypas

Love can come only with time and sentience.
We learn it as we learn language — and some never learn it well.
Love is like a tool, though it is not a tool;
something strange and wonderful to use,
difficult to master,
and mysterious in its provenance.
~Catherynne M Valente

To ignore or use silence is a cruel tool. Hence this quote: Silence is all we dread; there’s ransom in a voice; but silence is infinity.
~Emily Dickinson

If someone were to ask whether communications skills or meekness is most important to a marriage, I’d answer meekness, hands down. You can be a superb communicator but still never have the humility to ask, ‘Is it I?’ Communication skills are no substitute for Christlike attributes.
~John Bytheway

I’m only a tool, beloved. Not your Savior
~Francine Rivers

There are few more powerful tools for promoting stability than the institution of marriage.
~Iain Duncan Smith


Womens, they ain’t like men. A woman ain’t gone beat you with a stick. Miss Hilly wouldn’t pull no pistol on me. Miss Leefolt wouldn’t come burn my house down. No, white womens like to keep they hands clean. They got a shiny little set of tools they use, sharp as witches’ fingernails, tidy and laid out neat, like the picks on a dentist tray. They gone take they time with em.
~Kathryn Stockett

My mother, grandmother and older sister all cooked, so it was hard to get into the kitchen. So I have no talent for cooking. I was always out in the garage with my dad. I have a tool belt. I’m a repair chick.
~Cheryl Ladd

It took a lot of women like that, a lot of women who said “I’m not going to do what you expect me to do, because you have no idea what I’m capable of. I’m going to get dirty and use tools and live the way I want” to move the world forward.
~Maureen Johnson

The Internet lets women use words, which is their natural tool. Little girls speak in more complex, grammatical sentences than little boys do, and women never lose that superiority in verbal ability.
~Helen Fisher


Passion is what convinced armies that had no chance to win — it’s believing that something can happen. Reality is what you make it to be. And when you’re the only one who can see the way the future is going to be, you can be the tool that bends, rips, shapes and paints the future the way you want it to be. That’s true passion!
~Garth Brooks

I do believe that such a life can only be found by living one’s true passion. Without passion, an individual gets caught in the trap of making a living instead of designing a life. When we fall into the trap of getting up each day to reenact an “ordinary” existence, we find ourselves at a level that is merely one of survival.
~Tony Robbins


I believe it is my duty to share the gifts I have learned. How dare I have the tools for finding serenity and not share them with the world?
~Gabrielle Bernstein

Shamanism is about shape shifting. Shamanism is about doing phenomenology with a tool kit that works.
~Terence McKenna

But magic is neither good nor evil. It is a tool, like a knife. Is a knife evil? Only if the wielder is evil.
~Rick Riordan

There is no such thing as a people who are all wicked or even all good. Everyone chooses. But even they, even they looked at people and saw only tools. No one is a cup for another to drink from.
~Catherynne M Valente

Have thy tools ready. God will find thee work.
~Charles Kingsley


The greatest tool to eliminate the noise is meditation.
~Russell Simmons

Even the simplest tools can empower people to do great things.
~Biz Stone

Never underestimate the power of a simple tool.
~Craig Bruce






Your first job is to prepare the soil. The best tool for this is your neighbor’s garden tiller. If your neighbor does not own a garden tiller, suggest that he buy one.
~Dave Barry

Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.
~Author unknown

My wife’s idea of sexy is Norm Abram wearing nothing other than a tool belt and safety glasses.
~Richard Menzies

Any tool is a weapon if you hold it right.
~Ani DiFranco

The wordsmith cuts saws for a living.
~Terri Guillemets

The science fair has long been a favorite educational tool in the American school system, and for a good reason: Your teachers hate you.
~Dave Barry

A bad day woodworking is better than a good day twerking.
~Author unknown

I think objects made of wood by children, left to their own devices, if such there be, will assay ten percent wood, ninety percent nails.
~Robert Paul Smith

Well, you missed out on some important protocol, Ella. You can’t stand between a Texan and his power tools. We like them. Big ones that drain the national grid. We also like truck-stop breakfasts, large moving objects, Monday night football, and the missionary position. We don’t drink light beer, drive Smart cars, or admit to knowing the names of more than about five or six colors. And we don’t wax our chests, ever.
~Lisa Kleypas

The most important tool of my trade was a mirror.
~Lana Turner

Father’s Day: When you get that lethal combination of alcohol and new power tools.
~David Letterman

For me, the scariest thing about a serial killer is that there’s somebody who lives next door to you, running power tools late into the night, and you don’t know he has a refrigerator full of penises.
~David Fincher

Humor is a marvelous communications tool, as Reagan has demonstrated so well. He has weathered many a storm that others might not have. With Reagan, people just say, ‘There he goes again.’ A sense of humor allows a president to back off a little from the tensions of the moment and take a calmer view of things.
~Robert Orben

Humor can be one of our best survival tools.
~Allen Klein


Exercise, from a public health perspective, is an unmitigated failure. The world’s longest-lived people live in environments that nudge them into more movement. They don’t use power tools, they do their own yard work, they grow a garden.
~Dan Buettner

Tools of many kinds and well chosen, are one of the joys of a garden.
~Liberty Hyde Bailey

My good hoe as it bites the ground revenges my wrongs, and I have less lust to bite my enemies. In smoothing the rough hillocks, I smooth my temper.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Toward seven o’clock every morning,
I leave my study and step
Out on the bright terrace;
the sun already burns resplendent
Between the shadows of the fig tree,
makes the low wall of coarse
Granite warm to the touch.
Here my tools lie ready and waiting,
Each one an intimate, an ally:
the round basket for weeds:
The zappetta, the small hoe with a short haft…
There’s a rake here as well, and at times a mattock and spade,
Or two watering cans filled with water warmed by the sun.
With my basket and small hoe in hand, facing the sun, I
Go out for my morning walk.
~Hermann Hesse

We are all youthful barbarians, and only our new toys bring us excitement. That has been the sole purpose of our flights. This one flies higher, that one faster. But now we will make ourselves at home. We will forget the machine, the tool. It is no longer complex; it does what it is supposed to do, unnoticed. And through this tool we will find again the old nature, the nature of the gardener, the navigator, the poet.
~Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Nature does not complete things. She is chaotic. Man must finish, and he does so by making a garden and building a wall.
~Robert Frost




© David Lorenz Winston



Money is like fire, an element as little troubled by moralizing as earth, air and water. Men can employ it as a tool or they can dance around it as if it were the incarnation of a god. Money votes socialist or monarchist, finds a profit in pornography or translations from the Bible, commissions Rembrandt and underwrites the technology of Auschwitz. It acquires its meaning from the uses to which it is put.
~Lewis H Lapham

Wealth is nothing more or less than a tool to do things with. It is like the fuel that runs the furnace or the belt that runs the wheel – only a means to an end.
~Henry Ford

Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver.
~Ayn Rand

Until and unless you discover that money is the root of all good, you ask for your own destruction. When money ceases to become the means by which men deal with one another, then men become the tools of other men. Blood, whips and guns — or dollars. Take your choice — there is no other.
~Ayn Rand

Wealth is a tool of freedom, but the pursuit of wealth is the way to slavery.
~Frank Herbert


Checklists turn out…to be among the basic tools of the quality and productivity revolution in aviation, engineering, construction – in virtually every field combining high risk and complexity. Checklists seem lowly and simplistic, but they help fill in for the gaps in our brains and between our brains.
~Atul Gawande

Meetings get a bad rap, and deservedly so — most are disorganized and distracted. But they can be a critical tool for getting your team on the same page.
~Justin Rosenstein

Anger can be an effective negotiating tool, but only as a calculated act, never as a reaction.
~Mark McCormack

People with leverage have dominance over people with less leverage. In other words, just as humans gained advantages over animals by creating leveraged tools, similarly, humans who use these tools of leverage have more power over humans that do not. Saying it more simply, ‘leverage is power’.
~Robert Kiyosaki


We’re a different sort of thief here, Lamora. Deception and misdirection are our tools. We don’t believe in hard work when a false face and a good line of bullshit can do so much more.
~Scott Lynch

The trust of the innocent is the liar’s most useful too.
~Stephen King

Gods and politics are the tools with which the godless and unprincipled manipulate the gullible.
~Janet Morris

The monopoly capitalists … weave around art a complicated web which converts it into a willing tool. The superstructure of society ordains the type of art in which the artist has to be educated. Rebels are subdued by its machinery and only rare talents may create their own work. The rest become shameless hacks or are crushed.
~Che Guevara

By and large, language is a tool for concealing the truth.
~George Carlin

Don’t trust children with edge tools. Don’t trust man, great God, with more power than he has until he has learned to use that little better. What a hell we should make of the world if we could do what we would!
~Ralph Waldo Emerson


A worker may be the hammer’s master, but the hammer still prevails. A tool knows exactly how it is meant to be handled, while the user of the tool can only have an approximate idea.
~Milan Kundera

I believe that inside every tool is a hammer.
~Adam Savage

As a technology, the book is like a hammer. That is to say, it is perfect: a tool ideally suited to its task. Hammers can be tweaked and varied but will never go obsolete. Even when builders pound nails by the thousand with pneumatic nail guns, every household needs a hammer. Likewise, the bicycle is alive and well. It was invented in a world without automobiles, and for speed and range it was quickly surpassed by motorcycles and all kinds of powered scooters. But there is nothing quaint about bicycles. They outsell cars.
~James Gleick


If my only tool is a hammer, then every problem is a nail.
~Sholem Asch

when you feel like a nail everything looks like a hammer
~William Gaddis

If the only tool you have is a hammer, it’s hard to eat spaghetti.
~David Allen

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@Writers Platform

Any sensibility which can be crammed into the mold of a system, or handled with the rough tools of proof, is no longer sensibility at all. It has hardened into an idea.
~Susan Sontag

Language: the one tool that enables us to grasp hold of our lives and transcend our fate by understanding it.
~Molly Haskell

Words are tools which automatically carve concepts out of experience.
~Julian Huxley


I have always been jealous of artists. The smell of the studio, the names of the various tools, the look of a half-finished canvas all shout of creation. What do writers have in comparison? Only the flat paper, the clacketing of the typewriter or the scrape of a pen across a yellow page. And then, when the finished piece is presented, there is a small wonder on one hand, a manuscript smudged with erasures or crossed out lines on the other. The impact of the painting is immediate, the manuscript must unfold slowly through time.
~Jane Yolen

By his very profession, a serious fiction writer is a vendor of the sensuous particulars of life, a perceiver and handler of things. His most valuable tools are his sense and his memory; what happens in his mind is primarily pictures.
~Wallace Stegner

What we need to question is bricks, concrete, glass, our table manners, our utensils, our tools, the way we spend our time, our rhythms. To question that which seems to have ceased forever to astonish us. We live, true, we breathe, true; we walk, we go downstairs, we sit at a table in order to eat, we lie down on a bed on order to sleep. How? Where? When? Why? Describe your street. Describe another. Compare.
~Georges Perec

Ultimately, literature is nothing but carpentry…. Both are very hard work. Writing something is almost as hard as making a table. With both you are working with reality, a material just as hard as wood. Both are full of tricks and techniques. Basically very little magic and a lot of hard work…
~Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Think of the tools in a tool-box: there is a hammer, pliers, a saw, a screwdriver, a rule, a glue-pot, nails and screws. The function of words are as diverse as the functions of these objects.
~Ludwig Wittgenstein

The wider the author’s arsenal of tools and the better technically equipped the storyteller is, the better the tale will be.
~Carlos Ruiz Zafon


A goose quill is mightier than a lion’s paw.
~William Hardcastle Browne

Many wearing rapiers are afraid of goosequills.
~William Shakespeare

I had rather stand the Shock of a Basilisk, than the Fury of a merciless Pen.
~Thomas Browne

The dash of a Pen is more grievous than the counterbuff of a Lance.
~George Whetstone

The pen is mightier than the sword.
~Edward Bulwer-Lytton

The pen-holder is mightier than the pen.
~James Lendall Basford

The pen is mightier than the sword, and the typewriter is mightier than both.
~Evan Esar

The mike is mightier than the pen or the sword.
~Dick Gregory

Then, he has the tools of persuasion. His cameras and microphones are mightier than the pen.
~Dick Gregory

The heart is mightier than the pen.
~Claudia Mill

The pun is mightier than the sword.
~The Trick of Being Funny

The PENSION is mightier than the sword.

The pen is a formidable weapon, but a man can kill himself with it a great deal more easily than he can other people.
~George D Prentice

Everybody is writing, writing, writing – worst of all, writing poetry. It’d be better if the whole tribe of the scribblers – every damned one of us – were sent off somewhere with tool chests to do some honest work.
~Walt Whitman



Prewritten Prompt:   tool



What is a workman without his tooles?

A bad workman blames his tools.
Daphne du Maurier

Good workmen never quarrel with their tools…
~Lord Byron

Excuses are tools of the incompetent
~Mike Tomlin


The best carpenters make the fewest chips.
~English proverb

The best Carpenters make the fewest chips: but some there must be.
~Jeremy Taylor

Where you find quality, you will find a craftsman, not a quality-control expert.
~Robert Brault


The tools which would teach men their own use would be beyond price.

It was one thing to use computers as a tool, quite another to let them do your thinking for you.
~Tom Clancy

By 2100, our destiny is to become like the gods we once worshipped and feared. But our tools will not be magic wands and potions but the science of computers, nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, biotechnology, and most of all, the quantum theory.
~Michio Kaku

#3 pencils and quadrille pads.  (when asked what CAD tools he used to design the Cray I supercomputer )
~Seymour Cray


Tools get socially interesting after they’re no longer technologically interesting.
~Clay Shirky

The tools of social networking: These are the digital campfires around which the audience gathers to hear our story.
~Marco Tempest

Gossip isn’t scandal and it’s not merely malicious. It’s chatter about the human race by lovers of the same. Gossip is the tool of the poet, the shop-talk of the scientist, and the consolation of the housewife, wit, tycoon and intellectual. It begins in the nursery and ends when speech is past.
~Phyllis McGinley


Typography is a hidden tool of manipulation within society.
~Neville Brody

Our social tools are not an improvement to modern society, they are a challenge to it.
~Clay Shirky

What an excellent tool the internet is for freaks.
~Steig Larsson


Any tool can be used for good or bad. It’s really the ethics of the artist using it.
~John Knoll

The same applies to any artist; we are the tools and instruments of our talent. We are outsiders; we have no place in society because society is what we’re watching, and dealing with.
~William Trevor


The Exercise:

Opinion: The Tools I Use

Twice questioned about my extensive use of a thesaurus when I write, I feel the need to answer this time. For spelling and shades of meaning, I am often at the dictionary when I work. I use a thesaurus because the right word can make or break a good thought, make it resonate, somehow make it matter more, even memorable.

Rip saw or sandpaper? A carpenter might go with a lathe, a rasp or a chisel when carving his art out of marbled oak; he has a choice of tools. Muted melodies, muffled sounds, missed notes and tones? A mic and speakers are what’s needed to reach a sold-out house. No musician would limit herself to the acoustic hush of campfire songs. Doctors are not thought to be cheating with an x-ray, when a stethoscope might do.

Some tools rise from being merely-used to their place on the bench as the nearly-sacred. Certainly these are the secret to rounding out the curves in any craft. Dictionaries and a good thesaurus are my tools. There’s a rhyming app, too. As a poetaster and writer, I freely admit to an addiction to these tools in my search for the perfect words.

Picking one’s way thru these myriad resources, the choice of near-infinite options (your thoughts, their windings); this is a true quest and an odyssey, the authentic journey of an artist. It is an unmoored, unmapped voyage into uncertain endings. But once finished, having something final, a portion of oneself, an edit worthy a title, and having an offering to submit on the altar of art — well, then’s the moment, payday at last!

It is the false pride of a very small universe that wants to create without the benefit of tools. Besides the urgency of a need to create, and of bringing something new to life, a well-considered legacy is the common hope of ‘most any artist. A plea to the young writer: do not handicap yourself.

Do not deny your art the very best your time and talent have to offer. Your work lives on after you, long after your pride ceases to matter. Do not turn your back on the use of available tools. Do not refuse their help. Mortal pride counts for nothing in time’s judgement of your work. Your readers will only know your final edit. Do not cheat them.



Lovers’ duel on display
Broken rules paved the way
Troubled fools on parade
One-time duet stunned, dismayed
Cruel words that disobeyed
Dual meanings were to blame
Broken hearts, all the same
Fuel the pain that lyrics claim
The course of love gone astray
The dress of love in disarray
Yet loving kindness won the day
Love’s forgiveness holding sway
Cherubic arsenal helped allay
Sworn-to-love words gone astray
Enter Cupid, tools on display
Precise-time bow, heart its prey
Well-aimed arrows bloom
To a heart-shaped bouquet


Walled Street

Hurled rockets of hatred
Thrown rocks out of spite
Flicked pebbles of frustration
Spread grains of dislike

Parceled out love
In buckets or spoon
Return on investments
Guaranteed to balloon

Commercials of expression
Proven tools of the heart
Implements of the market
Finance deliveries of art


What Lasts

When cities fail
And bridges fall
When trains derail
And culture crawls
When civil insurrections
Have tools for resurrection

Money from the sellers’ mart
The crown and crime of art
Past privileges of the citizen
Pride interred ghosts of men
Feeble-failed dirt sepulchres
That even bones don’t endure
Surrendered, rendered final
Yet their tools abide eternal



foreign land
a language failure
a laziness of intent
the love of my own
perhaps a tool gone dull
the wall of age
against the distractions
eavesdropping on lives
living around
voices in rhythm
rising and falling
a day of discovery
the moment of magic
that a lack of language
became a music


parking lot full up
bred tools herded and resting
new beasts of burden


The difference between art and craft lies not in the tools you hold in your hands, but in the mental set that guides them. For the artisan, craft is an end in itself. For you, the artist, craft is the vehicle for expressing your vision. Craft is the visible edge of art.
~David Bayles

Handle your tools without mittens.
~Benjamin Franklin


Temper never mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use.
~Washington Irving

Silence & smile are two powerful tools. Smile is the way to solve many problems & Silence is the way to avoid many problems.
~Iris Johansen


…because it is a principle of his that no man who was not a true gentleman at heart ever was, since the world began, a true gentleman in manner. He says no varnish can hide the grain of the wood; and the more varnish you put on the more the grain will express itself.
~Charles Dickens

“What he has in addition is pure empathy and projection,” Dr. Bloom said. “He can assume your point of view, or mine — and maybe some other points of view that scare and sicken him. It’s an uncomfortable gift, Jack. Perception’s a tool that’s pointed on both ends.”
~Thomas Harris


It is well-known that there are many faces in the world over the finishing of which nature did not take much trouble, did not employ any fine tools such as files, gimlets, and so on, but simply hacked them out with round strokes: one chop—a nose appears; another chop—lips appear; eyes are scooped out with a big drill; and she lets it go into the world rough-hewn, saying: “ALIVE!
~Nikolai Gogol

Fashion is a tool…to compete in life outside the home. People like you better, without knowing why, because people always react well to a person they like the looks of.
~Mary Quant


I love the wry motto of the Paleontological Society, meant both literally and figuratively, for hammers are the main tool of our trade: Frango ut patefaciam — I break in order to reveal.
~Stephen Jay Gould

Stone tools are fossilized human behavior.
~Louis Leakey


Surely green branches thou mayst render straight;
Th’ attempt to straighten dry wood comes too late.
~Sadī, The Gulistān


Split your own wood, and it will warm you twice.
~Old New England saying


My fear is that I go up to the girl of my dreams and say “I’m sorry, but I’ve got to say hello to you,” and she slides the stool back and gets up and walks away, saying, “Not for me, Bub. I don’t want anything to do with you.”
~John Mayer

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.
~Steve Jobs


Woodworking matters. It’s more than a pastime or hobby — being a woodworker means that you know the satisfaction and pride that comes from using your hands and mind to build beautiful, functional objects, and that you’re as interested in the process as the outcome. Amid the speed and chaos of the modern world, woodworking gives us a place where we can slow down, pay attention, and take the time to do things right.
~Aimee Ontario Fraser

Woodworking minus patience equals firewood.
~Author unknown


The most important tool of the theoretical physicist is his wastebasket.
~Albert Einstein

An editor is a man to whom the wastebasket is mightier than the pen.
~Evan Esar

An architect’s most useful tools are an eraser at the drafting board, and a wrecking bar at the site.
~Frank Lloyd Wright


Filthy, mucky tools: filthy, mucky work. Clean, beautiful tools: clean, beautiful work.
~Alan Chadwick

There is a lovable quality about the actual tools. One feels so kindly to the thing that enables the hand to obey the brain. Moreover, one feels a good deal of respect for it; without it the brain and the hand would be helpless.
~Gertrude Jekyll


Knowledge and ability were tools, not things to show off.
~Haruki Murakami

Putty and paint will fix what ain’t.
~Handyman saying


Giving great service requires the right people and the right service tools.
~Ron Kaufman

Some great men owe most of their greatness to the ability of detecting in those they destine for their tools the exact quality of strength that matters for their work.
~Joseph Conrad


Tools have their own integrity.
~Vita Sackville-West

The most important persuasion tool you have in your entire arsenal is integrity.
~Zig Ziglar

No amount of tools can help a bad product. You have to remain genuine in your product development innovation and quality.
~Kara Swisher


We must use time as a tool, not as a couch.
~John F Kennedy

Effectiveness without values is a tool without a purpose.
~Edward de Bono


Troubles are often the tools by which God fashions us for better things.
~Henry Ward Beecher

Everyone’s doing the best they can with the tools they were given.
~Jaime Murray


Feeblest of bipeds!… Nevertheless he can use Tools, can devise Tools: with these the granite mountain melts into light dust before him; he kneads glowing iron, as if it were soft paste; seas are his smooth highway, winds and fire his unwearying steeds. Nowhere do you find him without Tools; without Tools he is nothing, with Tools he is all.
~Thomas Carlyle

You are equipped with strong bodies and educated minds. Add to these an unshakable faith in a divine providence and you have the tools by which you may build a successful life. Make each day your masterpiece and live so nobly that you may witness honestly each day: Whatever came to your hands this day, you did it to the best of your ability.
~Harold B Lee

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Quoted in The Grove: insult
If you haven’t anything nice to say about anyone, come sit by me.
~Alice Roosevelt Longfellow

If you can’t say anything nice, at least have the decency to be vague.
~Susan Andersen

The point of quotations is that one can use another’s words to be insulting.
~Carolyn Gold Heilbrun

The Stones that Critics hurl with Harsh Intent
A Man may use to build his Monument.
~Arthur Guiterman


Prewritten Prompt circa 08/29: tool


The man who offers an insult writes it in sand, but for the man who receives it, it’s chiseled in bronze.
~Giovannino Guareschi

She knew she should let it go, but it was too late. She’d chewed the insult over, torn it apart and swallowed it. The insult was part of her now.
~Louise Penny

I don’t know why I can’t let the insults go, but I can’t. I’m the product of every hurt that’s ever been laid on me.
~Julie Anne Peters

An injury is much sooner forgotten than an insult.
~Lord Chesterfield

Never insult anyone by accident.
~Robert A Heinlein


The way to procure insults is to submit to them. A man meets with no more respect than he exacts.
~William Hazlitt

If you are capable of submitting to insult you ought to be insulted.

He who allows himself to be insulted deserves to be.
~Pierre Corneille


No two insults call for quite the same treatment, but I offer you this as a generality: The only graceful way to accept an insult is to ignore it; if you can’t ignore it, top it; if you can’t top it, laugh at it; if you can’t laugh at it, it’s probably deserved.
~Russell Lynes

If you take the the insults of your fellow human beings personally, you will be offended for the rest of your life.
~Deepak Chopra

He who takes offense when no offense is intended is a fool, and he who takes offense when offense is intended is a greater fool.
~Brigham Young

Don’t argue. Never deign to deny. Meet insults with laughter.
~Leigh Bardugo


If someone offers you a gift, and you decline to accept it, the other person still owns that gift. The same is true of insults and verbal attacks.
~Steve Pavlina

No one can insult you without your permission.
~Eleanor Roosevelt

She’d tell me how she’d handle the backhanded compliment by smiling and pretending she was receiving a genuine compliment all the while ignoring their attempt to be insulting. After all, it’s the way an insult is received that makes it an insult. You can’t really give offense unless someone takes it.
~Portia de Rossi

You don’t take insults. You leave them with the insulter.
~Milton H Erickson

He who does not take insults seriously, is on the path to wisdom.
~Paulo Coelho

When you do not accept the insult some one casts on you, it goes back to the person who indulged in it first; a registered letter that is not accepted returns to the sender.
~Sathya Sai Baba

“You decline?” he cried, almost defiantly. “`Decline’ isn’t the word. A man doesn’t decline an insult.”
~Henry James

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Posted From The Grove

Never insult seven men when all your packing is a six-shooter.
~Zane Grey

Don’t speak unless you can improve the silence.
~Jorge Luis Borges

If you make an ass out of yourself, there will always be someone to ride you.
~Bruce Lee

Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.
~Oscar Wilde

To praise princes for virtues they do not possess is to insult them without fear of consequences.
~Francois de La Rochefoucauld

To say ‘we’ and mean ‘I’ is one of the most recondite insults.
~Theodor Adorno

There’s no reason to trade insults. We have our way of life and they have theirs. I wouldn’t live as they do, but disrespect seems pointless. I’m sure there are good people among them.
~Alexei Panshin


Flattery and insults raise the same question: What do you want?
~Mason Cooley

A gentleman will not insult me, and no man not a gentleman can insult me.
~Frederick Douglass

It is often better not to see an insult than to avenge it.
~Seneca the Younger


The clear problem of the outlawing of insult is that too many things can be interpreted as such. Criticism, ridicule, sarcasm, merely stating an alternative point of view to the orthodoxy, can be interpreted as insult.
~Rowan Atkinson

There’s a difference between using the word to insult somebody and using it to start a journalistic conversation.
~Juan Williams

Sometimes questions can be more cruel than insults.
~Jenny Han

Normal is the cruellest of all insults
~Mike Snelle

Not expecting someone to measure up is an insult
~Marshall Sylver


Schellenberg had the habit of calling people he didn’t like whores, and this term suited him well – and when I think about it, it’s true that the insults people prefer, the ones that come most spontaneously to their lips, often in the end reveal their own hidden faults, since they naturally hate what they most resemble.
~Jonathan Littell

When someone attempts to insult you know that they are inadvertently giving away what would insult them.
~Donna Lynn Hope

It is not insult from another that causes you pain. It is the part of your mind that agrees with the insult.
~Alan Cohen


‘Honesty’ in social life is often used as a cover for rudeness. But there is quite a difference between being candid in what you’re talking about, and people voicing their insulting opinions under the name of honesty.
~Judith Martin

Honesty has come to mean the privilege of insulting you to your face without expecting redress.
~Judith Martin

I’m not insulting you, I’m describing you.
~perp unknown

Just because it’s the truth doesn’t make it less insulting.
~Louise Penny


No one can ever heap enough insults upon me to suit my taste. I think we all really thrive on hostility, because it’s the most intense kind of massage the ego can undergo. Other people’s indifference is the only horror.
~Paul Bowles

I love it when someone insults me. That means that I don’t have to be nice anymore.
~Billy Idol


~Insult.gr: Insult Promo (7:08) evocative images & clips


~ME + U: Insult – Episode 103 (2:00) woke rules of insult


~Janis Aschberger: The Correct Insult (4:48) mature or immature humor, viewpoint depending; award winning


~Peter Mallahan: The Ultimate Insult (0:30) ouch


~Tightline Productions: The Insult (4:32) Flyfishing, tying the Insult Fly – for the incurably curious


I elect to stay on the soil of which I was born and on the plot of ground which I have fairly bought and honestly paid for. Don’t advise me to leave, and don’t add insult to injury by telling me it’s for my own good; of that I am to be the judge.
~Robert Purvis

Ineluctably, the insults inflicted in one war call forth new wars of retaliation, which may be waged within months of the original conflict or generations later.
~Barbara Ehrenreich

In your reaction to an imagined attack on your country or an insult to its government, you draw closer to the herd for protection, you conform in word and deed, and you insist vehemently that everybody else shall think, speak, and act together. And you fix your adoring gaze upon the State, with a truly filial look, as upon the Father of the flock.
~Randolph Bourne

If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known, that we are at all times ready for War.
~George Washington


The poorly sophisticated, since many of us are, as presumed to be, lacking in good arguments, we are then prone to being well-versed in insults.
~Criss Jami

I don’t feel I insult people. I try and get to the facts and I don’t feel I insult people.
~Donald Trump

I won’t insult your intelligence by suggesting that you really believe what you just said.
~William F Buckley, Jr

Half the world’s troubles come from men not being trained to resent a fallacy as much as an insult.
~Mary Renault

Why don’t you do the world a favour. Pull your bottom lip up over your head and swallow.
~Walter Matthau


Insults are the arguments employed by those who are in the wrong.
~Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Men have yet to master disagreeing without flashing all their frustrations that come with it; the conservative will throw half-truths while the liberal will throw insults. Combine these and what do you get? A dishonest mockery of a country.
~Criss Jami


To limit the press is to insult a nation; to prohibit reading of certain books is to declare the inhabitants to be either fools or slaves: such a prohibition ought to fill them with disdain.
~Claude Adrien Helvetius

Ultimately, there is no compromise. Westerners will either retain their civilization, including the right to insult and blaspheme, or not.
~Daniel Pipes

We criticize, copy, patronize, idolize and insult but we never doubt that the U.S. has a unique position in the history of human hopes.
~Ferdinand Mount


I think ideology is toxic, all ideology. It’s not that there are good ones and bad ones. All ideology is toxic, because ideology is a kind of insult to the gift of human free thinking.
~Terence McKenna

People having religions is an insult to the universe.
~Celia Green

If there is a God, atheism must seem to Him as less of an insult than religion.
~Edmond de Goncourt



I don’t know anything about this man. Anyhow, I only know two things about him. One is, he has never been in jail, and the other is, I don’t know why.
~Mark Twain

He is simply a hole in the air.
~George Orwell

He has the attention span of a lightning bolt.
~Robert Redford

I’ve been called worse things by better people.
~Pierre Trudeau


Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.
~Oscar Wilde

He was distinguished for ignorance; for he had only one idea, and that was wrong.
~Benjamin Disraeli

He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up
~Paul Keating

He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.
~Winston Churchill

He inherited some good instincts from his Quaker forebearers, but by diligent hard work, he overcame them.
~James Reston, Jr

There but for the grace of God, goes God.
~Winston Churchill

A modest little person, with much to be modest about.
~Winston Churchill

Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast.
~Oscar Wilde

They never open their mouths without subtracting from the sum of human knowledge.
~Thomas Reed

I’ve had a wonderful evening — but this wasn’t it.
~Groucho Marx

Her majesty is one verb short of a sentence.
~Jasper Fforde

Sometimes being old is used as an insult, which is bizarre because, if you’re lucky, that’s literally going to happen to you. It’s a strange thing to gloat about: being born recently.
~Ricky Gervais

He has no enemies, but he is intensely disliked by his friends.
~Oscar Wilde

Be stingy with nothing but the name of a friend, and take care not to waste your insults.
~Paul Gauguin


These lies are like their father that begets them;
gross as a mountain, open, palpable. Why, thou
clay-brained guts, thou knotty-pated fool, thou
whoreson, obscene, grease tallow-catch,—
~William Shakespeare

‘Sblood, you starveling, you elf-skin, you dried
neat’s tongue, you bull’s pizzle, you stock-fish! O
for breath to utter what is like thee! you
tailor’s-yard, you sheath, you bowcase; you vile
~William Shakespeare

…His wit’s as thick
Tewksbury mustard…
~William Shakespeare

Would thou wert clean enough to spit upon!
~William Shakespeare

Being unpleasant seems to be your only hobby.
~Livingston Welch


~Ha Pham: Ennio Morricone in, Malena (5:16) first love’s dream, cruelty of time


~Maura Lacerda: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (15:06) free of insult, a booklover’s escape-fantasy, animated


~Omeleto: Traction (5:00) with a twist


~Key & Peele: Insult Comic (4:44) a comic’s descent into audience hell


Transgendered Quotes: with apologies to Twain, McCarthy, Congreve, Hughes, Parker, Wilde & Shaw

Last week, I stated this wo/man was the ugliest wo/man I had ever seen. I have since been visited by hir broster, and now wish to withdraw that statement.
~Mark Twain

S/he looks like hir face caught fire and they beat it out with a rake.
~Cormac McCarthy,

O, s/he is the antidote to desire.
~William Congreve

Hir face was hir chaperone.
~Rupert Hughes

S/he runs the gamut of emotions from A to B.
~Dorothy Parker

S/he…can talk brillantly upon any subject provided s/he knows nothing about it.
~Oscar Wilde

The trouble with hir is that s/he lacks the power of conversation but not the power of speech.
~George Bernard Shaw

If you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.
~Margaret Thatcher


That woman speaks eighteen languages, and can’t say ‘No’ in any of them.
~Dorothy Parker

If all the girls attending [the Yale prom] were laid end to end, I wouldn’t be at all surprised.
~Dorothy Parker

She’s the kind of girl who climbed the ladder of success wrong by wrong.
~Mae West

Sometimes I think I might insult people by being openly flirtatious, then snatching it back.
~Dominique Swain

Now to me, Edith looks like something that would eat her young.
~Dorothy Parker

It looks like she went into Claire’s Boutique, fell on a sale rack and said, ‘I’ll take it!’
~Bianca Del Rio

Her dress was a shade of green only tree lizards should be sporting, and she wore more accessories than a home-shopping hostess.
~Karen Neches

Some guys like to undermine a girl’s self-esteem with little verbal jabs. Eventually it all adds up. One bee sting doesn’t hurt a horse, but enough bee stings can kill a horse.
~Oliver Gaspirtz


What’s the worst possible thing you can call a woman? Don’t hold back, now.

You’re probably thinking of words like slut, whore, bitch, cunt (I told you not to hold back!), skank.

Okay, now, what are the worst things you can call a guy? Fag, girl, bitch, pussy. I’ve even heard the term “mangina.”

Notice anything? The worst thing you can call a girl is a girl. The worst thing you can call a guy is a girl. Being a woman is the ultimate insult. Now tell me that’s not royally fucked up.
~Jessica Valenti


He’d call me false and faithless and I’ve always had a weakness for those two words; next to cruel, they’re the nicest words for a woman to hear, and not so hard to earn.
~Pierre Choderlos de Laclos

Mutli-tools are like insults, girls — you should always have one on hand.
~Elizabeth Little

Each of us carries within himself a collection of instant insults.
~Haim Ginott

The pedestal is immobilizing and subtly insulting whether or not some women yet realize it. We must move up from the pedestal.
~Wilma Scott Heide



I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend… if you have one.
~George Bernard Shaw

Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second… if there is one.
~Winston Churchill

Thank you for sending me a copy of your book – I’ll waste no time reading it.
~Moses Hadas


Listening to the Fifth Symphony of Ralph Vaughan Williams is like staring at a cow for 45 minutes.
~Aaron Copland

I could eat alphabet soup and $#¡+ better lyrics.
~Johnny Mercer

The scratches in [her] records are moments of relief.
~S A Sachs

We’re constantly being bombarded by insulting and humiliating music, which people are making for you the way they make those Wonder Bread products.
~Bob Dylan

[on a young pop idol] He has Van Gogh’s ear for music.
~Billy Wilder


Never engage in a battle of wits with an unarmed man.
~Winston Churchill

Sir, if you spend word for word with me, I shall
make your wit bankrupt.
~William Shakespeare

You have a ready wit. Tell me when it’s ready.
~Henny Youngman

Perpetual aiming at wit is a very bad part of conversation. It is done to support a character: it generally fails; it is a sort of insult on the company, and a restraint upon the speaker.
~Jonathan Swift


An insult directed at the wicked is not to be censured; on the contrary, the honest man, if he has sense, can only applaud.

He’s a man of great common sense and good taste – meaning thereby a man without originality or moral courage.
~George Bernard Shaw


We all know that light travels faster than sound. That’s why certain people appear bright until you hear them speak.
~Albert Einstein

The bottom line is, insults only hurt when they come from someone I respect.
~Kresley Cole


~Fleetwood Mac: Go Your Own Way, w/ Grace Grundy (2:09) released from love


~Nanci Griffith: Love at The Five and Dime (6:31) a gentle classic antithetical to insult … now she’s gone


~Justin Bieber: Love Yourself, w/ Dua Lipa (3:26) no one else does


~Victoria + Jean: Free Insult (2:44) high-energy rock


~Taylor Swift: Mean (4:03) the wages of mean is anonymity


I would agree with you, but then we would both be wrong.
~Paraprosdokian (altered somewhat)

I’ve got a good mind to go out and join a club and beat you over the head with it.
~Groucho Marx

Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?
~Mark Twain

Are you in great physical pain, or is that your thinking expression?
~G A Aiken

You’re awfully small to be so hugely irritating.
~Stephenie Meyer

I have nothing but respect for you — and not much of that.
~Groucho Marx

You unfailingly omnibothersome bitch.
~Scott Lynch

Don’t fool yourself, my dear. You’re much worse than a bitch. You’re a saint. Which shows why saints are dangerous and undesirable.
~Ayn Rand

If you’re gonna be two-faced at least make one of them pretty.
~Marilyn Monroe

Every time I look at you I get a fierce desire to be lonesome.
~Oscar Levant

You know, you’re a classic example of the inverse ratio between the size of the mouth and the size of the brain.
~Tom Baker

Is that a bulletproof vest? See, now that’s so insulting. That’s like saying I’m not smart enough to shoot you in the head.
~Eddie DeChooch/Janet Evanovich

Anybody who told you to be yourself simply couldn’t have given you worse advice.
~Russell Lynes

I don’t know what makes you so dumb but it really works.
~Russell Lynes

I can explain it to you, but I can’t understand it for you.
~Walter Ely

So plunge that fact into your conscience and allow it to rotate for a while. Until it hurts.
~Melina Marchetta

Oh, aren’t you just the rottenest wet blanket whoever spoiled a sport.
~Catherynne M Valente

Roses are red, violets are blue, I have five fingers, the middle one is for you.
~Gena Showalter

Next time I see you, remind me not to talk to you.
~Groucho Marx

I can’t believe that out of 100,000 sperm, you were the quickest. ~Steven Pearl

Use a condom. The world doesn’t need another you.
~Carroll Bryant

Haters are the people who will broadcast your failures and whisper your success.
~Will Smith

Rumors are carried by haters, spread by fools, and accepted by idiots.
~Nishan Panwar




Oh, I’m sorry. Did the middle of my sentence interrupt the beginning of yours?

Some people should use a glue stick instead of ChapStick®.

I love how you state the obvious with such a sense of discovery.

I was today years old when I realized I didn’t like you.

How many times do I have to flush before you go away?

Why don’t you slip into something more comfortable…like a coma.

You are like the sun, not because you light up my world but because it hurts to look at you.

Please move away from the sunlight, I hate the smell of burning plastic.

Behind every fat dude there’s a good-looking guy. No seriously, you’re in the way.

I envy everyone you have never met.

Somewhere out there is a tree tirelessly producing oxygen for you. You owe it an apology.

You have the perfect face for radio.

My psychiatrist told me I was crazy and I said I want a second opinion. He said okay, you’re ugly too.

Beauty may be skin deep, but ugly is to the bone.

Hey, you have something on your chin. No, the 3rd one down.

I hope your day is filled with people like you.

I envy everyone you have never met.

Not saying I hate you, but I would unplug your life support to charge my phone.
~on a T-shirt

I see that you’ve set aside this special time to humiliate yourself in public.

Can you finish up your life story? I got an appointment at four.

You shouldn’t act hard-to-get when you’re hard-to-want.

You are not useless because you can still be used as a bad example.

Do you hear that? It’s the sound of no one caring.

If bull$#¡+ could float, you’d be Admiral of the fleet!

Just because you have one doesn’t mean you have to act like one.

I’m glad to see you’re not letting your education get in the way of your ignorance.

If what you don’t know can’t hurt you, you’re invulnerable.

It’s so cute when you try to talk about things you don’t understand.

The degree of your stupidity is enough to boil water.

Your stupidity is so high I would like to kill myself, and to do that I would have to jump from your ego to your IQ.

I don’t think you are stupid. You’ve just bad luck when thinking.

If I had a dollar for every time you said something smart, I’d be broke.

Somewhere, somehow, you are robbing a village of their idiot.

I don’t have the patience or the crayons to explain this to you.
~T-shirt meme

I don’t know what your problem is, but I’m guessing it’s hard to pronounce.

I would love to insult you but I’m afraid I won’t do it as well as nature did.

You’re a gray sprinkle on a rainbow cupcake.

You are so old, when you were a kid rainbows were black and white.

I can feel my personality turning a dull shade of grey when I talk to you.

I would never date you. I’m lonely, not desperate.

You’re the reason God created the middle finger.

I’m busy right now, can I ignore you another time?

Please don’t interupt me when I’m ignoring you.

I will ignore you so hard you will start doubting your existence.

Respect your haters, they’re the only ones who think you’re better than them.

Who ate your bowl of sunshine this morning, thundercloud?


Beach Burial Ground

© David Lorenz Winston


Insults are engendered from vulgar minds, like toadstools from a dunghill.
~Charles Caleb Colton

Wretched are those preoccupied with insulting, belittling and discrediting others.
~Wayne Gerard Trotman

Save your skin from the corrosive acids from the mouths of toxic people. Someone who just helped you to speak evil about another person can later help another person to speak evil about you.”
~Israelmore Ayivor

If you speak insults you will hear them also.


He is one of those people who would be enormously improved by death.
~Hector Hugh Munro

I have never killed any one, but I have read some obituary notices with great satisfaction.
~Clarence Darrow

I didn’t attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.
~Mark Twain

I hope your wife brings a date to your funeral.
~perp unknown


We should have charity for what the dead say. We may disapprove of what they say, but we should not insult them and revile them knowing they cannot not defend themselves.
~John Lithgow

Only cowards insult dying majesty.

Even a hare, the weakest of animals, may insult a dead lion.


Envy honors the dead in order to insult the living.
~Claude Adrien Helvetius

How natural it is to destroy what we cannot possess, to deny what we do not understand, and to insult what we envy!
~Honore de Balzac

Envy is an insult to oneself.
~Yevgeny Yevtushenko


Erik choked back the insult he’d been on the verge of uttering. Judging by his expression, it was viler than a castor-oil purgative.
~Juan Filloy

Avoid the use of abusive words when communication is in session; you might scare away someone who is meant to become your mentor or your customer.
~Israelmore Ayivor

When you trash the opposition, you simultaneously demean yourself.
~Frank Luntz

A graceful taunt is worth a thousand insults.
~Louis Nizer


“You tries tuh be so much-knowin’. You got tuh learn how tuh speak when you spokin to, come when youse called.”
“Ah ain’t got tuh do but two things — stay black and die,” Sister Berry snapped.
~Zora Neale Hurston

Blacks concede that hurrawing, jibing, jiving, signifying, disrespecting, cursing, even outright insults might be acceptable under particular conditions, but aspersions cast against one’s family call for immediate attack.
~Maya Angelou

Insult me all you want. Judge me as much as you want. Say what you think, everything you want. But one thing. Don’t touch my fans.
~Michael Jackson

Yiddish is the voice of exile, the tongue of ghettos, but I’ll shed a tear when it joins ancient Greek and dead Latin. For gossip and insult, you can’t beat Yiddish.
~Linda Barnes

I usually do drive-by insults, and keep moving until I realize the next day how horrible I am.
~Andy Cohen

Racism is stupid. It’s an insult to God, arrogantly implying that God goofed-up when he chose to make us all different.
~Rick Warren


Yes, Adam had the incredible ability of making you feel loved while insulting you in the same sentence.
~Teodora Kostova

I would rather a romantic relationship turn into contempt than turn into apathy. The passion in the extremities make it appear as though it once meant something. We grow from hot or cold, but lukewarm is the biggest insult.
~Criss Jami

One of the most frustrating words in the human language, as far as I could tell, was love. So much meaning attached to this one little word. People bandied it about freely, using it to describe their attachments to possessions, pets, vacation destinations, and favorite foods. In the same breath they then applied this word to the person they considered most important in their lives. Wasn’t that insulting? Shouldn’t there be some other term to describe deeper emotion?
~Alexandra Adornetto

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@Writers Platform

If they had said my writing wasn’t good enough, fair enough, that’s an opinion. But to say it’s too complex is to insult the intelligence of the so-called young.
~Tanith Lee

When people complain of your complexity, they fail to remember that they made fun of your simplicity.
~Michael Bassey Johnson


A sharp tongue does not mean you have a keen mind.
~perp unknown

The fact that no one understands you doesn’t mean you’re an artist.
~perp unknown

Remember it all, every insult, every tear. Tattoo it on the inside of your mind. In life, knowledge of poisons is essential. I’ve told you, nobody becomes an artist unless they have to.
~Janet Fitch


Don’t call my lyrics poetry. It’s an insult to real poets.
~Bernie Taupin

We have been able to have fine poetry in England because the public do not read it, and consequently do not influence it. The public like to insult poets because they are individual, but once they have insulted them, they leave them alone.
~Oscar Wilde

He thought of trying to explain something he had recently noticed about himself: that if anyone insulted him, or one of his friends, he didn’t really mind — or not much, anyway. Whereas if anyone insulted a novel, a story, a poem that he loved, something visceral and volcanic occurred within him. He wasn’t sure what this might mean — except perhaps that he had got life and art mixed up, back to front, upside down.
~Julian Barnes

The unflattering reviews are painful for short periods of time; the badly written ones are deeply, deeply insulting. That reviewer took no time to really read the book.
~Toni Morrison

Sir, I admit your general rule,
That every poet is a fool,
But you yourself may serve to show it,
That every fool is not a poet.
~Samuel Taylor Coleridge


Books are like sapphires; they must be polished – polished! or else you insult your readers.
~Margaret Deland


The Bloodbath:
Nobody can be more clownish, more clumsy and sententiously in bad taste than Herman Melville.
~D H Lawrence

I am reading Henry James…and feel myself as one entombed in a block of smooth amber.
~Virginia Woolf

Henry James was one of the nicest old ladies I ever met.
~William Faulkner

Mr. Kipling stands for everything in this cankered world which I would wish were otherwise.
~Dylan Thomas

No more Keats, I entreat: flay him alive; if some of you don’t I must skin him myself: there is no bearing the drivelling idiotism of the Mankin.
~Lord Byron

He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary. (on Ernest Hemingway)
~William Faulkner

Am reading more of Oscar Wilde. What a tiresome, affected sod.
~Noël Coward

Popularity is the one insult I have never suffered.
~Oscar Wilde

The cruelest thing that has happened to Lincoln since being shot by Booth was to have fallen into the hands of Carl Sandburg.
~Edmund Wilson

A village explainer. Excellent if you were a village, but if you were not, not. (on Ezra Pound)
~Gertrude Stein

Kerouac lacks discipline, intelligence, honesty and a sense of the novel. His rhythms are erratic, his sense of character is nil, and he is as pretentious as a rich whore, sentimental as a lollypop.
~Norman Mailer


Jane Austen’s books, too, are absent from this library. Just that one omission alone would make a fairly good library out of a library that hadn’t a book in it.
~Mark Twain

I haven’t any right to criticise books, and I don’t do it except when I hate them. I often want to criticise Jane Austen, but her books madden me so that I can’t conceal my frenzy from the reader; and therefore I have to stop every time I begin. Everytime I read ‘Pride and Prejudice’ I want to dig her up and beat her over the skull with her own shin-bone.
~Mark Twain

A hack writer who would not have been considered fourth rate in Europe.
(on Mark Twain)
~William Faulkner


It was a book to kill time for those who like it better dead.
~Rose Macaulay

This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.
~Dorothy Parker

I am returning this otherwise good typing paper to you because someone has printed gibberish all over it and put your name at the top. ~English professor

It’s like reading a bad newspaper or a bad piece in a magazine. (on Tom Wolfe)
~John Irving


I have read the […] scribblings, which I consigned to the fire where they belong — and where they for once cast a little light, which they certainly would not have done otherwise.
~Margaret Atwood

Every word she writes is a lie, including ‘and’ and ‘the’.”
(on Lillian Hellman)
~Mary McCarthy

To say that Agatha Christie’s characters are cardboard cut-outs is an insult to cardboard cut-outs.
~Ruth Rendell


Capote I truly loathed. The way you might loathe an animal. A filthy animal that has found its way into the house.
~Gore Vidal

That’s not writing, that’s typing
~Truman Capote


An idiot child screaming in a hospital. (on George Bernard Shaw)
~H G Wells

What a man Balzac would have been if he had known how to write.
~Gustave Flaubert


The ignorant Insults of Individuals will not hinder me from doing my duty to my Art
~William Blake

I am not the editor of a newspaper and shall always try to do right and be good so that God will not make me one.
~Mark Twain


I am reading Proust for the first time. Very poor stuff. I think he was mentally defective.
~Evelyn Waugh

Do you suppose that it is within your power to insult me? You evidently are not aware to whom you are speaking? Do you imagine that the envenomed spittle of five hundred little gentlemen of your type, heaped one upon another, would succeed in slobbering so much as the tips of my august toes?
~Marcel Proust

I have neither curiosity, interest, pain nor pleasure, in anything, good or evil, they can say of me. I feel only a slight disgust, and a sort of wonder that they presume to write my name.
~Percy Bysshe Shelley

Never insult a writer. You may find yourself immortalized in ways you may not appreciate.
~Garrison Keillor


Prewritten Prompt: insult


[Francesca] ‘You really are a few biscuits short of breakfast.’
His eyebrows furrowed in confusion.
‘You’re a few colors shy of a rainbow?’ she offered. ‘Not pulling a full wagon? Knitting with only one needle? All foam and no beer? Your cheese slid off the cracker? You couldn’t pour water out of a boot with instructions on the heel?’
[Nicodemus] ‘All right. I get it.’
~Blake Charlton

When a ham actor told George Jessel “I’m a sensation at the Roxy. Last night I had the audience glued to their seats,” Jessel snapped, “Wonderful! How clever of you to think of it.”
~Bennett Cerf

“Nigel Berbrooke?’ He practically choked on the name.
‘Yes, why?’
‘The man has more hair than wit. A great deal more.’
‘But he’s going bald,’ she couldn’t resist pointing out.
He grimaced, ‘And if that doesn’t prove my point, I don’t know what will.”
~Julia Quinn

A member of Parliament to Disraeli: ‘Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of some unspeakable disease.’ That depends, Sir,’ said Disraeli, ‘whether I embrace your policies or your mistress.’
~Benjamin Disraeli

After a few minutes there was a click on the line and a voice said in Farsi,”Goh Benares roo gahbret.”
This roughly translated as: “May shit rain down upon your grave.”
“Goozidam too chesmet,” Tom replied.
“I fart in your eye.”
~Mark Mills

He didn’t think it possible to sign sewage-sucking-excuse-of-a-baseborn-bilge-rat but somehow Gurn managed.
~Grace Draven

“Firstly, stop talking as if you did anything but what I wanted. Secondly — well, you’re a slippery bastard, granted. You’ve made plenty of mistakes and done a lot of bad things and told an incredible number of lies. You’re an utter shit. Sorry, what was I saying? I got carried away.
~K J Charles

He gave me a severe look over his spectacles and said, as if he thought the words were deadly venom and might kill me, “You are an untidy person.”
~Jim Butcher


The Exercise

In Lieu of Law

There are no laws with moral claims
Enforced by courts with metal chains
Keep mortals clean from immortal stains
There’s no police like mental pain
Regrets repent where insults reign



The insult of ignoring you
and making you cry
The insult of not listening
not asking you why
Blue lipstick on my mirror
pic of you and a guy

Only chance of a lifetime
why didn’t I try
Heartless cause of a heartbreak
now he has your eye
Perfect insult of indifference
no word of goodbye


curtailing curtains

bilge water for oceans
junkyards for playgrounds
marketing poisonous potions
rampant infections abound

peddling hot toxic samples
cornering the Edens of Earth
desecrate sylvan green temples
trashed for cash, all its worth

toilet paper the forests
vulnerable flammable lands
species die out in torrents
testing what life will stand

greedily degrading the planet
gratuitously insulting the host
whether to preserve it or end it
verdict pending, what matters most


Here with the latest

From the pinnacle of mediocrity
Insulting the lives of celebrity
In range of scandal’s proximity
Peacocks preen exhibiting vanity
Gasbag news, scent with alacrity
A judge with 10-second authority
Self-proclaimed voice of veracity
Stamped approval of authenticity
Self-massaged ids of superiority


5s & 7s

greying shades gather
crowds of clouds curbing the light
dare insult the sun
billowing pillowy clouds
feathered edges halo bright


arrogant insult
ancient scripts bruted scriptures
claim the will of God
a people chosen of men
push to the front of the line


reproach and disgrace
naked insult of mirrors
won’t lie to my face


summer-fried season
landscape challenge, then insult
green gone brown then black


tongue-lashing insult
savory tang of revenge
bitter aftertaste


paid insults, short ads
like leaf cutting ants clip time
shorn bits of our lives

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You couldn’t get a clue during the clue mating season in a field full of horny clues if you smeared your body with clue musk and did the clue mating dance.
~Edward Flaherty

SLANDER is like a hornet. If you don’t kill it dead the first crack, you’d better not strike at it at all.
~Josh Billings


Insult is powerful. Insult begets both rage and humor and often at the same time.
~Suzanne Fields

Insults are the business of the court.
~Naguib Mahfouz


In the philosophical dialect, a cynic takes an insult as a compliment since opposition is already his style.
~Criss Jami

Sometimes, very occasionally, you do your best boxing with your mouth.
~Bryce Courtenay


These kind of hair-breadth missings of happiness look like the insults of fortune.
~Henry Fielding

The worst insult I can inflict on life is that I do not reflect on its meaning.
~Kedar Joshi


I have never understood why an intoxicated man feels the climax of insult is to hurl at you your name. Perhaps because he knows it is the one charge you cannot deny. But invariably before you escape, as though assured the words will cover your retreat with shame, he throws at you your full title.
~Richard Harding Davis

There are few persons to whom truth is not a sort of insult.
~Joseph Alexandre Pierre de Segur, Viscount of Segur


To insult a friend implies that you respect his masculinity enough to know he can take it without acting like a crybaby. The swapping of insults, like the fighting between brothers, becomes the seal of the male bonding.
~Frank Pittman

The English love an insult. It’s their only test of a man’s sincerity.
~Benjamin Franklin


Why, if you only knew the secrets to which I’m privy!

My dear Lifeblesser, please trust me when I say the I have no desire to know any secrets which involve you and a privy.
~Brandon Sanderson


Lady Astor: Winston, if I were your wife I’d put poison in your coffee.
Winston Churchill: Nancy, if I were your husband I’d drink it.

A lady came up to me one day and said ‘Sir! You are drunk,’ to which I replied ‘I am drunk today madam, and tomorrow I shall be sober but you will still be ugly.
~Winston Churchill

In some ways, risk-taking is the ultimate act of self-indulgence , an obscene insult to the preciousness of life. And yet, how can one dismiss something that persists despite every reasonable theory that it shouldn’t?
~Sebastian Junger


If you really have integrity, there are very few people who can insult you, or honor you.
~Bill Russell

The pair of opposites do not effect a yogi – neither praise nor insult.
~Harbhajan Singh Yogi


Anyone can spit in my face, and call me a criminal and a prostitute. But no one has the right to judge my remorse.
~Jean-Paul Sartre

You cannot insult a man more atrociously than by refusing to believe he is suffering .
~Cesare Pavese


To insult someone we call him “bestial.” For deliberate cruelty and nature, “human” might be the greater insult.
~Isaac Asimov

Talking with the mouth of a beast won’t ease your pain.
~Andrew Davidson


A dog is not almost-human, and I know of no greater insult to the canine race than to describe it as such.
~John Holmes

Some of my best leading men have been dogs and horses.
~Elizabeth Taylor

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