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THIS EDITION: curiosity

Quoted In The Grove:
If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my life, it’s that curiosity might kill cats, but it doesn’t kill people.
~Tracy Morgan

Curiosity killed the cat, but where human beings are concerned, the only thing a healthy curiosity can kill is ignorance.
~Harry Lorayne

If you’re curious, you’ll probably be a good journalist because we follow our curiosity like cats.
~Diane Sawyer

Dozens of journalists die from curiosity every year. Lives sacrificed for truth and a byline, they are the future’s guardian angels and their names shine. You can see their halos glow through the smoke.
~author unknown


Exercise Prompt for October sometime: road :: path


As children we all possess a natural uninhabited curiosity, a hunger for explanations, which seems to die slowly as we age ‒ suppressed, I suppose by the need not to appear ignorant.
~Mahlon Hoagland


Children are remarkable for their intelligence and ardor, for their curiosity, their intolerance of shams, the clarity and ruthlessness of their vision.
~Aldous Huxley

Kids are born curious about the world. What adults primarily do in the presence of kids is unwittingly thwart the curiosity of children.
~Neil deGrasse Tyson

Kids are naturally curious about what they don’t know, or don’t understand, or what is foreign to them. They only learn to be frightened of those differences when an adult influences them to behave that way and censors that natural curiosity.
~Aimee Mullins

We’re born with a curiosity about the universe. Those people who don’t have a curiosity don’t have it because it’s gotten beaten out of them in some way.
~Kip Thorne

Children do not give up their innate imagination, curiosity, dreaminess easily. You have to love them to get them to do that.
~R D Laing


We read our children stories starring elephants and monkeys and bears to teach them about nobility, curiosity and courage, to warn them against selfishness and stubbornness.
~Lydia Millet

As a child, I was consumed with a near-obsessive curiosity about what the world felt like for other creatures.
~John Burnside

I call horses ‘divine mirrors’ – they reflect back the emotions you put in. If you put in love and respect and kindness and curiosity, the horse will return that.
~Allan Hamilton

It is important to sensitise children about animal behaviour as it will help develop a healthy curiosity towards nature.
~Amala Akkineni


The fabled musk deer searches the world over for the source of the scent which comes from itself.


Curiosity in children, is but an appetite for knowledge. The great reason why children abandon themselves wholly to silly pursuits and trifle away their time insipidly is, because they find their curiosity balked, and their inquiries neglected.
~John Locke

Kids and adults alike are having their curiosity drained away by boredom in class or the workplace, and by the unremitting background noise of a dumbed-down pop culture.
~Sal Khan

The age in which we live, this non-stop distraction, is making it more impossible for the young generation to ever have the curiosity or discipline… because you need to be alone to find out anything.
~Vivienne Westwood

Leisure and curiosity might soon make great advances in useful knowledge, were they not diverted by minute emulation and laborious trifles.
~Samuel Johnson (1709 – 1784)

The young generation has a different curiosity that is more visual.
~Jurgen Klinsmann


The four characteristics of humanism are curiosity, a free mind, belief in good taste, and belief in the human race.
~E M Forster


The best scientists and explorers have the attributes of kids! They ask question and have a sense of wonder. They have curiosity. ‘Who, what, where, why, when, and how!’ They never stop asking questions, and I never stop asking questions, just like a five year old.
~Sylvia Earle

For me, when I think of curiosity on television, a lot of times my childhood was shaped by shows on PBS that encouraged and embraced curiosity.
~Wyatt Cenac

I don’t remember being a child, and that’s why I think I’m so child-like now in my unending curiosity and approach to life.
~Marianne Wiggins


As children, our imaginations are vibrant, and our hearts are open. We believe that the bad guy always loses and that the tooth fairy sneaks into our rooms at night to put money under our pillow. Everything amazes us, and we think anything is possible. We continuously experience life with a sense of newness and unbridled curiosity.
~Yehuda Berg

All children are born with stars in their eyes, and they are curious. It is important for teachers to be careful not to kill this curiosity. A lot can go wrong. Children can be teased, even by teachers.
~May-Britt Moser

In an era of parental paranoia, lawsuit mania and testing frenzy, we are failing to inspire our children’s curiosity, creativity, and imagination. We are denying them opportunities to tinker, discover, and explore ‒ in short, to play.
~Darell Hammond

Childhood, after all, is not an ending, but rather a state full of potent curiosity.
~Rachel Cusk

Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.
~Eleanor Roosevelt

Curiosity is little more than another name for Hope.
~Augustus William Hare & Julius Charles Hare

I was lucky enough at a young age to find out what I had a passion for, but whatever you’ve got a curiosity for, just give it a shot.
~Seth Rollins

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Posted From The Grove

Be very wary of any attempt, by anybody or anything, to limit the ultimate human right and duty to question and verify the truth.
~author unknown

It takes a perverse determination to drain that instinctive curiosity away and make history seem just remote, dead and disconnected from our contemporary reality. Conversely, it just takes skilful storytelling to recharge that connection to make the past come alive in our present.
~Simon Schama


It’s necessary to understand what real intelligence work is. It will never cease. It’s absolutely essential that we have it. At its best, it is simply the left arm of healthy governmental curiosity. It brings to a strong government what it needs to know. It’s the collection of information, a journalistic job, if you will, but done in secret.
~John le Carre

Here’s the teaching point, if you’re teaching kids about intelligence and policy: Intelligence does not absolve policymakers of responsibility to ask tough questions, and it doesn’t absolve them of having curiosity about the consequences of their actions.
~George Tenet


Disruptors are the ones with a keen sense of how the world is changing and how to get in front of change, driven by curiosity. The disrupted ‒ not so much.
~Cathy Engelbert

In politics there is plenty of division, hostility, tribalism, posturing; but there’s almost no curiosity. Instead of wondering why someone holds a certain set of beliefs and asking how they came to them, it is easier to gather a mob and silence opposing viewpoints by force.
~Lisa Kennedy Montgomery

I listen to my political rivals sometimes with fear and trembling, sometimes with awe, sometimes with near panic, but always with a curiosity of nuances, curiosity for the language, curiosity for the story behind the ‘impossible’ position.
~Amos Oz


The real hallmarks of humanity are: curiosity and an amazing ability to cooperate.
~Alice Roberts

I have survivor’s curiosity, I guess.
~George H W Bush

I think the virtue I prize above all others is curiosity. If you look really hard at almost anybody, and try to see why they’re doing what they’re doing, taking a dig at them ceases to be what you want to do even if you hate them.
~A S Byatt

You will get the most attention from those who hate you. No friend, no admirer and no partner will flatter you with as much curiosity.
~Nassim Nicholas Taleb

The curiosity of the human mind is essential if you want citizens who think rather than accept the first nonsense they come to.
~Francois Englert


I’m vociferously against any ban in the society. You have to educate people instead. When you ban something, you invoke in them the curiosity to find more about that.
~Alok Nath

The curiosity to see the prisoners appears to be unabated.
~Lewis Tappan

Each story we approach in the same way, with curiosity and interest and determination to get behind the image.
~Martin Bashir

I love when stories have something a little magical in them, and there’s wonder and curiosity. Somewhere there are people living these improbable stories, and our job is to go out and find them and bring them to the page.
~Michael Paterniti

Newspapers always excite curiosity. No one ever puts one down without the feeling of disappointment.
~ Charles Lamb

As a print journalist, you can be frustrated by people who don’t call you back, parts of the story you can’t get. TV gets you access to everyone because people call you back. It also allows you to satisfy your curiosity. I am a very curious person.
~Tucker Carlson


My job is to have empathy and curiosity for things that I’ve never done. Also, I’m a person whom people talk to.
~Richard Ford

I had this unusual mix of curiosity, the ability to write in ways people understood, and when I appeared, viewers seemed to trust me to get them through some cataclysmic changes.
~Tom Brokaw

Oprah has this intense curiosity that I haven’t found with any interviewer.
~Genevieve Gorder


I have a natural curiosity about the world, and I just love to talk.
~Danielle Campbell

The first interviews I gave were entirely unpleasant. You have people trying to trip you up with impolite questions that have nothing to do with the books. It’s simply vulgar curiosity, and I won’t have it.
~Patrick O’Brian


For me, the real pleasure in writing is in having an excuse to pursue my curiosity about people who have meant something to me.
~Robert Gottlieb

Doing a documentary is about discovering, being open, learning, and following curiosity.
~Spike Jonze

As a documentarian, you think, ‘Follow your curiosity.’
~Ron Howard


The first and simplest emotion which we discover in the human mind, is curiosity.
~Edmund Burke

Entertainment that is fact-based is, I think, where people really learn the most, because they’re leaning in, their curiosity is stimulated and they’re being entertained.
~Ron Howard

The ‘information novel’ shouldn’t be a curiosity. It should be absolutely mainstream.
~Richard Powers

The philosophic spirit of inquiry may be traced to brute curiosity, and that to the habit of examining all things in search of food.
~William Winwood Reade

The basic drive behind real philosophy is curiosity about the world, not interest in the writings of philosophers.
~Bryan Magee

The impulse of the journalist is to be novel, yet to relate his curiosities to the urgencies of the moment; the philosopher seeks what he conceives to be true, regardless of the moment.
~Daniel Bell

As a black man, I actually had naturally sort of comedic curiosity about the Klan.
~W Kamau Bell

In America, mixed-race identity tends to invite both curiosity and suspicion, largely because few have found a way to interrogate it without centering whiteness as the scale by which to evaluate blackness.
~Jenna Wortham

Obama’s presence opened a new field for writers, and what began as curiosity about the man himself eventually expanded into curiosity about the community he had so consciously made his home and all the old, fitfully slumbering questions he’d awakened about American identity.
~Ta-Nehisi Coates

The human brain had a vast memory storage. It made us curious and very creative. Those were the characteristics that gave us an advantage ‒ curiosity, creativity and memory. And that brain did something very special. It invented an idea called ‘the future.’
~David Suzuki

I think people are curious at some level, and they want to alter their current state of being. I mean, that could be from curiosity, that could be from stress, that can be from some other sort of ailments or problem that they are experiencing or could just be from boredom, but humans have always attempted to alter their consciousness.
~Carl Hart


Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible.
~Richard Feynmann

They know enough who know how to learn.
~Henry Adams


The open mode is a mood in which curiosity for its own sake can operate, because we’re not under pressure to get a specific thing done properly. We can play.
~John Cleese (Monty Python)

It’s sort of a mental attitude about critical thinking and curiosity. It’s about mindset of looking at the world in a playful and curious and creative way.
~Adam Savage


I would have thought he would be there out of just plain curiosity. It was incredible that he was missing.
~James Kirkwood

Curiosity endows the people who have it with a generosity in argument and a serenity in their own mode of life which springs from their cheerful willingness to let life take the form it will.
~Alistair Cooke


Curiosity is the one blank check one gets to write in life. For good or ill, it enriches with the cache of experience. One gets charged in the consequence.
~author unknown

I think that everybody should go out there and test their curiosity, find a haunted place.
~Zak Bagans


~Archiv Mediathek: The Queen’s Bodyguard Story (1:28) you’ve seen it, but it’s warm and wonderful


~ATTIC Film: Curiosity (3:51) dangerous dance, or interpretive acrobatics


~LEVEL Visuals: Curiosity (1:29) Faulkner speaks to the artist


~melodysheep: Richard Feynman • Curiosity (2:98) Feynman speaks for the scientist

~Reid Gower: The Feynman Series (4:23) another perspective


~Point of Uncertainty: The Beauty of Mathematics (2:21) clips from the movies: math satisfying curiosity


I move around a lot. I’ve lived in a ton of different places ‒ and only for a month or two at a time. I have a deep, rabid curiosity, so I like having a gypsy life.
~Hilarie Burton

Despite having seen a fair amount of the world, I still love travelling ‒ I just have an insatiable curiosity and like looking out of a window.
~Michael Palin

The travel impulse is mental and physical curiosity. It’s a passion. And I can’t understand people who don’t want to travel.
~Paul Theroux


I started traveling out of curiosity, but I have come to believe in travel’s political importance, that encouraging a nation’s citizenry to travel may be as important as encouraging school attendance, environmental conservation, or national thrift. You cannot understand the otherness of places you have not encountered.
~Andrew Solomon

Because of my capacity for listening to strangers’ tales, or the details of their lives, my patience with their food and their crotchets, my curiosity that borders on nosiness, I am told that anyone traveling with me experiences an unbelievable tedium, and this is why I choose to travel alone.
~Paul Theroux

Be curious always! For knowledge will not acquire you; you must acquire it.
~Sudie Back

Can watching video lessons or using interactive software make people smart? No. But I would argue that it can do something even better: create a context in which people can give free rein to their curiosity and natural love of learning so that they realize they’re already smart.
~Sal Khan

Curiosity is the very basis of education and if you tell me that curiosity killed the cat, I say only the cat died nobly.
~Arnold Edinborough


The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.
~Anatole France

I think the best learning takes place when you create an atmosphere of curiosity and excitement.
~Michael Rosen

Being in front of a class full of kids, you are giving a performance. You have to get their attention. You’ve got to awaken their curiosity. You become a bit of an entertainer.
~Jeremy Wade


My Alma mater was books, a good library… I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.
~Malcolm X

Education was the most important value in our home when I was growing up. People don’t always realize that my parents shared a sense of intellectual curiosity and a love of reading and of history.
~Caroline Kennedy


If a subject excites us, if it stirs our deepest curiosity, or if we have to learn because the stakes are high, we pay much more attention. What we absorb sinks in.
~Robert Greene

Standardized testing is at cross purposes with many of the most important purposes of public education. It doesn’t measure big-picture learning, critical thinking, perseverance, problem solving, creativity or curiosity, yet those are the qualities great teaching brings out in a student.
~Randi Weingarten

It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.
~Albert Einstein


There is always a place I can take someone’s curiosity and land where they end up enlightened when we’re done. That’s my challenge as an educator. No one is dumb who is curious. The people who don’t ask questions remain clueless throughout their lives.
~Neil deGrasse Tyson

Curiosity is the process of asking questions, genuine questions, that are not leading to an ask for something in return.
~Brian Grazer

There are no foolish questions, and no man becomes a fool until he has stopped asking questions.
~Charles Proteus Steinmetz

It is one thing to mortify curiosity, another to conquer it.
~Robert Louis Stevenson


The era we live in we see child are more advanced then us. And that is why they need knowledge even on sex before they involve themselves in crime because of curiosity to know about sex.
~Rakhi Sawant

My mother has a lot of sisters. They had very, very interesting conversations. Because I was a quiet child, I would sit in the room and listen to these stories. I think I developed a curiosity about the life of other people from that, and an interest in looking at what was lying beneath the layer of what people present in public.
~Ayobami Adebayo

Curiosity is as much the parent of attention, as attention is of memory.
~Richard Whately


I had a full college experience. I kind of learned how to be a good student at Bard. I had never really cared about academics, but in college I learned the power of ‒ I don’t want to say the power of knowledge, but the power of curiosity.
~Pauline Chalamet

Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning.
~William Arthur Ward

Human spirit is the ability to face the uncertainty of the future with curiosity and optimism. It is the belief that problems can be solved, differences resolved. It is a type of confidence. And it is fragile. It can be blackened by fear and superstition.
~Bernard Beckett

As I get older, the more I stay focused on the acceptance of myself and others, and choose compassion over judgment and curiosity over fear.
~Tracee Ellis Ross

Replace judgment with curiosity.
~Lynn Nottage

Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will; indeed, it has led many people into dangers which mere physical courage would shudder away from, for hunger and love and curiosity are the great impelling forces of life.
~James Stephens

Do not let the weight of fear weigh down curiosity.
~Peter Guber



Everybody in Spain is sick of me. But in America, there’s curiosity about the new kid on the block who doesn’t speak English very well. The attention makes me feel vulnerable, which is something I hadn’t felt in a while. But I like it.
~Javier Bardem

Our human face happens to be one of the most powerful channels that we all use to communicate social and emotional states: everything from enjoyment, surprise, empathy, and curiosity.
~Rana el Kaliouby

Since most heroes are doing villainous roles these days, that thrill is lost. Earlier, there used to be a hero, a heroine, a villain and such. The villain’s entry would generate a lot of curiosity among the audience back then.

My curiosity sustains me for the period of the shoot.
~Daniel Day-Lewis


It’s my approach as a filmmaker always to go in, not with a thesis or preconceived notion, but with curiosity and questions and inquiry. …whether my subjects are James Carville or Anna Wintour or Dick Cheney, I am always surprised. I’m always finding paths of engagement.
~R J Cutler

I really moved through my career based on curiosity about something. I never looked at a title and said, ‘I want that.’
~Anne Sweeney

It is only from the people I’ve had the good fortune to meet that I am learning the lessons to guide me. Baz Luhrmann, director of ‘Moulin Rouge,’ for example, has a childlike curiosity about the world. He doesn’t pretend to know all the answers ‒ quite the opposite, in fact. He asks loads of questions of everyone.
~Simon Sinek


We have to accept that making movies is a never-ending process of occasional progress, frequent setbacks, and unexpected curveballs being thrown our way. Navigating that process requires stamina, curiosity, openness, and creative fire.
~Karyn Kusama

Few people in contemporary art demonstrate much curiosity. The majority spend their days blathering on, rather than trying to work out why one artist is more interesting than another, or why one picture works and another doesn’t.
~Charles Saatchi

Art fairs are a lot like professional proms ‒ you make contacts, have a lot to look at, and in some cases, you make friends forever. I think that for artists, they can be a bit controversial: they stimulate curiosity, but at the same time, you’re always trying to not have your work hung on a wall.
~Maurizio Cattelan

I love art so much because of curiosity. At the start of a painting, I know 10 percent of what the painting will be, and then I have to improvise the whole thing.
~Fernando Botero

Whether it’s a poem I’m working on or a picture I’ve snapped, it all has to do with the curiosity I feel without thinking about it.
~Gerard Malanga

You can’t do sketches enough. Sketch everything and keep your curiosity fresh.
~John Singer Sargent

There’s certainly something very uncomfortable about the voyeurism involved in being in the press, being an actor, where people have a seemingly insatiable curiosity about, you.
~Claire Danes

What stars do in their off-hours is a never-ending source of diddling curiosity to the tabloid sensibility.
~James Wolcott

I have to grit my teeth sometimes, knowing I am going to be written about. But I think it is my life, and I don’t want to get people interested in debating it. But I do feel that if you are going to put yourself about as a public person on a television screen, there’s a curiosity.
~Jonathan Dimbleby

What I can’t completely understand is most other people’s fascination with what the famous among us do with their lips and the rest of their bodies. Why do ordinary people become the target of this curiosity simply by virtue of the fact that other people recognise their names and faces but know almost nothing else about them?
~Alan Alda

It’s that invasive and puerile curiosity to feed a tabloid culture. I don’t subscribe to it.
~John Byrne


When I began modelling I was completely unprepared for the onslaught of curiosity it carried with it.
~Sophie Dahl

I am not normally a fan of organised tours: few public figures are, feeling themselves objects of constant curiosity.
~Ann Widdecombe

I think a lot of people are curious about what makes people do what they do, and I guess my curiosity isn’t hidden in any way.
~Karin Slaughter


I don’t want to be just the latest curiosity.
~Terence Trent D’Arby

When people don’t have any curiosity about themselves, that is always a bad sign.
~Irvin D Yalom

People get jaded in every profession, but for some reason, I feel as passionate as when I was 13 years old and just released my first album. I feel the same amount of adrenaline in my blood, and the same amount of curiosity as well. Curiosity about why I’m different.

Great personal style is an extreme curiosity about yourself.
~Iris Apfel


The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing.
~Oscar Wilde

Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.
~Marie Curie

What is the meaning of ‘gossip?’ Doesn’t it originate with sympathy, an interest in one’s neighbor, degenerating into idle curiosity and love of tattling? Which is worse, this habit, or keeping one’s self so absorbed intellectually as to forget the sufferings and cares of others, to lose sympathy through having too much to think about?
~Lucy Larcom

I have an inate curiosity about people.
~Martin Bashir

A person who is too nice an observer of the business of the crowd, like one who is too curious in observing the labor of bees, will often be stung for his curiosity.
~Alexander Pope


~Markus Markou: Two Strangers Who Meet Five Times (12:11) karma as a curiosity set piece


~Mike Ozman: Resignation (13:11) in sci-fi, what does, “I’ll see you later” mean


~Omeleto: Lonely Planet (24:32) traveling, a life alone


~Omeleto: La Boulangerie (13:11) foreign intruders, the same everywhere; saccharine and sweet, but syrupy


Standing still is the fastest way of moving backwards in a rapidly changing world. Imagination is the highest kite one can fly.
~Lauren Bacall

None of us can afford to stop learning or to check our curiosity about new things, or to lose our humility in the face of new situations.
~Eleanor Roosevelt


One of the fundamental discoveries I made about myself ‒ early enough to make use of it ‒ was that I am driven to seize life and to understand it. The motor that pushes me is propelled by more than scientific curiosity.
~Craig Venter

God spare me sclerosis of the curiosity, for the curiosity which craves to keep us informed about the small things no less than the large is the mainspring, the dynamo, the jet propulsion of all complete living.
~John Mason Brown

Curiosity is the engine of achievement.
~Ken Robinson


You can’t just give someone a creativity injection. You have to create an environment for curiosity and a way to encourage people and get the best out of them.
~Ken Robinson

I don’t like to boss people around. I don’t get motivated by telling people what to do, I don’t take any pleasure in it. So I manage with curiosity, by asking questions.
~Brian Grazer

I want people to believe in themselves. I want intellectual curiosity. I want someone who realizes that they don’t know it all and that they’re dying to learn.
~Kevin Plank

Curiosity at work isn’t a matter of style. It’s much more powerful than that. If you’re the boss, and you manage by asking questions, you’re laying the foundation for the culture of your company or your group. You’re letting people know that the boss is willing to listen.
~Brian Grazer

As a leader, I believe it’s important to have an open door with your staff. Those who want to learn and to grow in their careers will walk through that door and into your life.
~Raney Aronson-Rath

Pay attention to those employees who respectfully ask why. They are demonstrating an interest in their jobs and exhibiting a curiosity that could eventually translate into leadership ability.
~Harvey Mackay

The best in business have boundless curiosity and open minds.
~Robin S Sharma


The new normal is continuous learning, and we look for people who demonstrate lots of different interests and really demonstrate curiosity.
~Julie Sweet

What happened was I saw this ad for a yogurt plant for sale. It was in my junk mail pile, and I threw it into the garbage can. And then about half an hour later, with the dirt on it, I picked it up from the garbage can, and I called out of curiosity.
~Hamdi Ulukaya


It’s a business driven by curiosity. If you don’t want to go out and learn about the world and see the place, it’s the wrong business. But if you do… I’ve had an unbelievable front row seat.
~David Muir

Entrepreneurship requires an unvanquished spirit of curiosity, an openness to learning, a letting go of OldCo so you’re free to create NewCo.
~Michael Gerber

Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.
~Walt Disney (Example, on Twitter: 0:56 )

thx to Rusty’s Electric Dreams

Maybe I’m just like a child. I’m full of curiosity about things, and it’s fine as long as it’s fun at that time, yet at the same time, I hate things that are tough.
~Akira Toriyama

I have always had a curious nature; I enjoy learning, but I dislike being taught.
~Winston Churchill


A burning itch to know is higher than a solemn vow to pursue truth. To feel the burning itch of curiosity requires both that you be ignorant, and that you desire to relinquish your ignorance.
~Eliezer Yudkowsky

Curiosity is a willing, a proud, and eager confession of ignorance.
~S Leonard Rubinstein

Mere curiosity adds wings to every step.
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


The gratification of curiosity rather frees us from uneasiness, than confers pleasure. We are more pained by ignorance, than delighted by instruction. Curiosity is the thirst of the soul.
~Samuel Johnson

Seize the moment of excited curiosity on any subject to solve your doubts; for if you let it pass, the desire may never return, and you may remain in ignorance.
~William Wirt


There are two sorts of curiosity – the momentary and the permanent. The momentary is concerned with the odd appearance on the surface of things. The permanent is attracted by the amazing and consecutive life that flows on beneath the surface of things.
~Robert Wilson Lynd

There are two possible outcomes: If the result confirms the hypothesis, then you’ve made a measurement. If the result is contrary to the hypothesis, then you’ve made a discovery.
~Enrico Fermi

There are different kinds of curiosity; one of interest, which causes us to learn that which would be useful to us; and the other of pride, which springs from a desire to know that of which others are ignorant.
~François de la Rochefoucauld

Curiosity is what keeps me open to a sense of hope. It staves off negativity.
~Carrie Brownstein



Popularity gets up people’s noses. But I understand the importance and the function of popular music. There is an artistic purpose. Popular music helps people to develop a curiosity and leads them towards classical music.
~Andrea Bocelli

I think when it comes to pop I’m past the point of curiosity. I admit to a full-on obsession with it, and I think it’s getting worse, actually.
~Carly Rae Jepsen

I’m into old-time music; I’m not very interested in modern, popular music at all. And if I’m really into some particular old-time musician, some fiddler or banjo player, I’m always dying of curiosity to see what they look like. So there’s some connection between visual images and music.
~Robert Crumb

The music played most around St. Louis was country-western and swing. Curiosity provoked me to lay a lot of the country stuff on our predominantly black audience. After they laughed at me a few times, they began requesting the hillbilly stuff.
~Chuck Berry

I believe that music is connected by human passions and curiosities rather than by marketing strategies.
~Elvis Costello


You’re changing every day, right? Your curiosities and ambitions change, your ear changes, the music you like changes ‒ and the music you want to make, too.
~Ryuichi Sakamoto

I don’t analyze songs because I think it will make me a better songwriter, I just do it out of sheer curiosity.

I feel blessed that I found not just a profession, but a 24/7 way of life that I purely love. That curiosity to be current, to listen to the Hozier album, to be early in recognition of a Lorde and spending time with her and Miguel, the pleasure of seeing new talent erupt… I love it.
~Clive Davis

Many dancers are content with the repertoire they’re given. Others are dissatisfied but don’t know why. Then there are a few like me that are curious and grab at everything. Can that curiosity thrive in the ballet world, or should it exist elsewhere? That’s the eternal question.
~David Hallberg

The whole point here, and the seed that JJ Abrams laid in my mind is, is the power of curiosity enough? What happens next? That dramatic construct is what has driven soap operas and serialised novels over the course of history.
~Peter Molyneux

The one thing that ‘Via Dolorosa‘ has is no opinions. To me, curiosity is 50 times as valuable as opinion.
~David Hare


People ask me, ‘Don’t you ever run out of ideas?’ Well, on the first place, I don’t use ideas. Every time I have an idea, it’s too limiting and usually turns out to be a disappointment. But I haven’t run out of curiosity.
~Robert Rauschenberg

Curiosity is a great weapon for the artist.
~Genesis P-Orridge

The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.
~Ellen Parr

Never lose a holy curiosity.
~Albert Einstein


Curiosity is the lust of the mind.
~Thomas Hobbes

Curiosity is free-wheeling intelligence.
~Alistair Cooke

Curiosity is gluttony. To see is to devour.
~Victor Hugo

Curiosity is the direct incontinency of the spirit.
~Jeremy Taylor

Curiosity is one of the great secrets of happiness.
~Bryant H McGill

Without curiosity, my dear, there would be no wise men.
~Fernand Lacaud

Curiosity is lying in wait for every secret.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

In such a case secrecy must be absolute to be effective, and although mere vague curiosity induced many persons of my intimate acquaintance to ask to be allowed to just go in and have a peep, I never admitted anyone.
~Henry Bessemer (refined steel manufacture)

Many a secret that cannot be pried out by curiosity can be drawn out by indifference.
~Sydney J Harris


~Jason Mraz: Mr Curiosity (6:06) full concert in the course of a single song


~Tom Rosenthal: Don’t Die Curious (2:41) a light and clever admonition


~Carly Rae Jepson: Curiosity (3:46) curiosity is key


~John Brawley: Curiosity (3:13) love at the cost of a friend


~Emmanuel Grignon: Curiosity (1:27) the making of a vamp


~Franz Ferdinand: Curious (2:58) with a NYC vibe


~darrelljbrand: The Jets • Curiosity (4:26) nostalgia for high school dances


~Amber Liu: Curiosity (4:21) K-POP fun


~Romy Wave: Curious (3:56) she’s pretty, the song sweet


~Francisco Rojos: Kid Creole and The Coconuts: Curiosity (4:43) they’re colorful, the song energetic


~Havington: Curiosity (2:49) eyes to match their music


Katica Illényi: Puccini • O Mio Babbino Caro (2:43) emulating platonic love, sweet music without touching ‒ on the theremin


~Kris Kristofferson • Emmylou Harris: The Pilgrim, Chapter 33 (3:51) starts Kris talking about his heroes, then Emmylou sings his song


~U2: I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For … pick one, just because

~Playing For Change (5:35) planet Earth has a choir


U2 + Cospel Choir (4:27) an Edge introduction, Bono kicks off the song, disappears … it’s about the choir


~soyLEOagain: Sing 2 • Ash & Clay (3:11) animated inspiration


~PostModern Jukebox: Rogelio Douglas, Jr (3:36) pure celebration


Curiosity is often mistaken as love, since they both have the common elements of interest and passion.
~Drishti Bablani

First love is only a little foolishness and a lot of curiosity.
~George Bernard Shaw

Love is three quarters curiosity.
~Giacomo Casanova

Curiosity is one of those insatiable passions that grow by gratification.
~Sarah Scott


Curiosity is one of the many masks of love.
~Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Where the apple reddens never pry — lest we lose our Edens, Eve and I.
~Robert Browning

One of the things I’ve always loved about queer culture is the openness and passionate curiosity about love, desire and the myriad forms of affectionate ties.
~Stacey D’Erasmo


I don’t need someone with a hot body. He can be fat or overweight and have a belly. It’s very much about style and substance and humor, interest, curiosity and really being smart.
~Kate Walsh

Does anything show the complexity of the miraculous brain more than that weird curiosity, the sleep-protection dream?
~Dick Cavett

The Big Sleep‘ would have been a more effective study of nightmarish existence had the detective been more complicated and had more curiosity been shown about his sweetheart’s relation to the crime.
~Manny Farber

Children rarely want to know who their parents were before they were parents, and when age finally stirs their curiosity, there is no parent left to tell them.
~Russell Baker

As I grow older, I have a growing curiosity about my other half. My dad did a wonderful job raising me, and I wouldn’t change it for the world, but at the same time there is a growing curiosity about my other half.
~Apolo Ohno

I’m a strange mixture of my mother’s curiosity; my father, who grew up the son of the manse in a Presbyterian family, who had a tremendous sense of duty and responsibility; and my mother’s father, who was always in trouble with gambling debts.
~Rupert Murdoch


After my mom died, there was so much written about her fashion and her style and all that, and I felt that one of the most important parts of her was missing, her real intellectual curiosity.
~Caroline Kennedy

Intellectual and emotional curiosity is what I hope I’ve taught my children.
~Tony Robinson

My parents were always very supportive and accepting. They even shared my curiosity for life, or perhaps I theirs.
~Jason Mraz

I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity.
~Eleanor Roosevelt

Curiosity, n. An objectionable quality of the female mind. The desire to know whether or not a woman is cursed with curiosity is one of the most active and insatiable passions of the masculine soul.
~Ambrose Bierce

From the ages of 12 to 35 my body, not my mind, was my primary currency. My ideas, my humor, my curiosity – none of those were valued as much as my body, which preceded me into almost every room.
~Amanda de Cadenet

Without vanity, without coquetry, without curiosity, in a word, without the fall, woman would not be woman. Much of her grace is in her frailty.
~Victor Hugo

This delicate little plant [curiosity], aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom.
~Albert Einstein


When I sat down to make a list of characters in history who exhibited curiosity, most were women. I thought it was sheer accident, and then I began to wonder.
~Margaret MacMillan

Curiosity is one of the forms of feminine bravery.
~Victor Hugo


To the young girl who fails to see opportunities around her: Awaken the intellectual curiosity within you. Go on, search for those opportunities and chase after them! Because when you are curious and in ‘search mode,’ you will meet a lot of people and learn, and when you find opportunities, you will be exhilarated rather than overwhelmed.
~Clemantine Wamariya

Lean into your curiosity about any issue, and there will likely be people to share a little bit more of their knowledge and insight and give you ideas on how to make change.
~Opal Tometi

You can find a mentor; you have to ask questions, you have to show interest in what the other person is doing. You have to have curiosity ‒ I think that people appreciate that and will want to help you.
~Nina Garcia


Most Muslim women know it is fear and curiosity that cause people to stare. They know it is ignorance and stereotypes that cause people to suppose that a piece of material covering the hair strips a woman of the ability to speak English, pursue a career, work a remote control.
~Randa Abdel-Fattah

I think the very idea of character, of developing not just grit, but empathy and curiosity, emotional intelligence ‒ you know, the things that I want my own daughters to develop ‒ the idea that we’re going to get there through rewards and punishments seems completely at odds with the idea of character itself.
~Angela Duckworth

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Curiosity had twins — one was Invention and the other was Stick Yer Nose Into Things.
~Josh Billings

Curiosity killed the cat, but for a while I was a suspect.
~Steven Wright

Oh, I learn things everywhere I go… why is it that when one man builds a wall, the next man immediately needs to know what’s on the other side?
~George R R Martin

I like some of my stuff not to be particularly funny. It’s supposed to be amusing, entertaining or thought-provoking, like a curiosity. If you put it on in front of 500 people in the Odeon they wouldn’t laugh. They shouldn’t laugh.

Curiosity is looking over other people’s affairs, and overlooking our own.
~H L Wayland

While I find that I can keep my nose out of other people’s business, I do have a curiosity as to their non-business activities.
~Robert Brault

If you read someone else’s diary, you get what you deserve.
~David Sedaris

Often have I wondered with much curiosity as to our coming into this world and what will follow our departure.

Life runs to death as its goal, and we should go towards that next stage of experience either carelessly as to what must be, or with a good, honest curiosity as to what may be.
~James Stephens


Ever since childhood, when I found out that the ultimate fate for all humans was death, sheer terror and morbid curiosity had been fighting for supremacy in my mind.
~Caitlin Doughty

Thinking about death makes you analyse what life is. Anxiety makes you curious, and curiosity leads to understanding. I wouldn’t be a writer without depression.
~Matt Haig

Morality comes with the sad wisdom of age, when the sense of curiosity has withered.
~Graham Greene


I have known plenty of people who, in their later years, had the energy of children and the kind of curiosity and fascination with things like little children. I think we can keep that, and I think it’s important to keep that part of staying young. But I also think it’s great fun growing old.
~Johnny Depp

I have a great curiosity to see new things, but not to own them. It’s very peaceful this way, and one of the nice things about getting older.
~Lee Radziwill

I think life is about having the mixture of the curiosity of an older person and the imagination of a child.
~Daphne Guinness


Curiosity is life. Assumption is death.
~Mark Parker

People die when curiosity goes.
~Graham Swift


As we get older, people close down. We get less adaptive, less flexible ‒ literally. Curiosity can diminish, and you want safety. You want what you know.
~Holly Hunter

It’s a tender and complicated dance, watching our parents age. We become protective in ways we never were before, and we study them with a mix of sadness and curiosity: Is this what we will be like when we are their age? We tell ourselves to be patient – just answer the same question again as if it wasn’t answered a moment ago.
~Patti Davis

Often, ageing has more to do with your brain than your body. Some people become old and jaded at 25, and some, like my mother, have the curiosity of a child at the age of 94.
~Suhasini Mulay


Let go of certainty. The opposite isn’t uncertainty. It’s openness, curiosity and a willingness to embrace paradox, rather than choose sides. The ultimate challenge is to accept ourselves exactly as we are
~Tony Schwartz

I see myself as an avatar of curiosity and doubt.
~Adam Conover


I have no curiosity. I’m an island boy.
~Derek Walcott

Under no condition can you teach curiosity.
~Brian Grazer

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

It may be that our cosmic curiosity… is a genetically-encoded force that we illuminate when we look up and wonder.
~Neil deGrasse Tyson


I’m a permanently curious person. I probably waste my time being curious about things that have got nothing to do with the business sometimes. What keeps me alive, certainly, is curiosity.
~Rupert Murdoch

Really, I’m only alive out of curiosity. I’m very curious about where we’re all marching.
~John Hurt

It is a shameful thing to be weary of inquiry when what we search for is excellent.


© David Lorenz Winston


Curiosity begins as an act of tearing to pieces or analysis.
~Samuel Alexander

Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.
~Zora Neale Hurston

The biggest quest to learn anything is curiosity. If you are curious about something, you will go and dig.
~Rakesh Jhunjhunwala

I think of myself as quite a shy person. But when I’m curious about something, I’ll go quite far to satisfy my curiosity.
~Alain de Botton

‘Research,’ for me, is a big word that encompasses a lot of different activities, all of them based around curiosity. Research is traveling to places, or studying snowflakes with a magnifying glass, or excavating one’s memories. Research is walking around Hamburg with a notebook.
~Anthony Doerr

Most visitors to Amsterdam will wander into the red-light district out of sheer curiosity. The narrow streets are mostly safe day and night ‒ just don’t try to take pictures of the women working in the windows.
~David Hewson


Here’s a news flash: scientists can be wrong. That’s no big deal (unless the scientist is you), since research is self-correcting. Consequently, most errors by scientists become historical curiosities, with little long-term importance.
~Seth Shostak


Curiosity is a call from knowledge.
~Toba Beta

Curiosity is idle only to those who fail to realize that it may be a very rare and indispensable thing.
~James Harvey Robinson

Everything that is new or uncommon raises a pleasure in the imagination, because it fills the soul with an agreeable surprise, gratifies its curiosity, and gives it an idea of which it was not before possessed.
~Joseph Addison

Curiosity and creating ideas ironically are both democratized; they cost no money, anyone can do them, and it’s up the individual and the force of their personality to give life to them.
~Brian Grazer


Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton asked why.
~Bernard Baruch


Curiosity might be pictured as being made up of chains of small questions extending outwards, sometimes over huge distances, from a central hub composed of a few blunt, large questions.
~Alain De Botton

It’s sort of a mental attitude about critical thinking and curiosity. It’s about mindset of looking at the world in a playful and curious and creative way.
~Adam Savage

Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn and you will.
~Vernon Howard


I have no particular talent. I am merely inquisitive.
~Albert Einstein

All the world is a laboratory to the inquiring mind.
~Martin H Fischer


I find that a great part of the information I have was acquired by looking up something and finding something else on the way.
~Franklin P Adams

The alchemists in their search for gold discovered many other things of greater value.
~Arthur Schopenhauer


Nothing is so difficult but that it may be found out by seeking.

Satisfaction of one’s curiosity is one of the greatest sources of happiness in life.
~Linus Pauling

I know quite certainly that I myself have no special talent; curiosity, obsession and dogged endurance, combined with self-criticism, have brought me to my ideas.
~Albert Einstein


Scientists appear most often in horror movies. Through childlike curiosity or God-defying hubris, they unleash destructive forces they can’t control – ‘Forbidden Planet’s Monsters of the Id.
~Virginia Postrel

I happen to love science… Scientists are all slightly mad. There is truth in the stereotype of the mad scientist. They are mad with curiosity.
~Richard Preston


I wasn’t driven into medicine by a social conscience but by rampant curiosity.
~Jonathan Miller

Human curiosity, the urge to know, is a powerful force and is perhaps the best secret weapon of all in the struggle to unravel the workings of the natural world.
~Aaron Klug

People go into science out of curiosity, not to win awards. But scientists are human and have ambitions.
~Venkatraman Ramakrishnan

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
~Albert Einstein


Facts do not speak for themselves. They speak for or against competing theories. Facts divorced from theories or visions are mere isolated curiosities.
~Thomas Sowell

There are two possible outcomes: If the result confirms the hypothesis, then you’ve made a measurement. If the result is contrary to the hypothesis, then you’ve made a discovery.
~Enrico Fermi

Each individual fact, taken by itself, can indeed arouse our curiosity or our astonishment, or be useful to us in its practical applications.
~Hermann von Helmholtz

Science means constantly walking a tightrope between blind faith and curiosity; between expertise and creativity; between bias and openness; between experience and epiphany; between ambition and passion; and between arrogance and conviction ‒ in short, between an old today and a new tomorrow.
~Heinrich Rohrer

Now in the 21st century, the boundaries separating chemistry, physics, and medicine have become blurred, and as happened during the Renaissance, scientists are following their curiosities even when they run beyond the formal limits of their training.
~Peter Agre


Please bear in mind that my observations and thoughts are the outcome of my own unaided impulse and curiosity alone; for, besides myself, in our town there be no philosophers who practice this art, so pray, take not amiss my poor pen and the liberty I here take in setting down my random notions.
~Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

When Twitter made its way to my radar I looked at it as a curiosity, then started experimenting. I approached that as a place to be less formal and more off-the-cuff, honest and ‘human.’
~Trent Reznor

What is the intersection between technology, art and science? Curiosity and wonder, because it drives us to explore, because we’re surrounded by things we can’t see.
~Louie Schwartzberg

Social media has created a digital latticework, but it has also, for some, created abusive commenters, silos, and validation rather than curiosity.
~Mary Pilon

Some advice: keep the flame of curiosity and wonderment alive, even when studying for boring exams. That is the well from which we scientists draw our nourishment and energy. And also, learn the math. Math is the language of nature, so we have to learn this language.
~Michio Kaku


I would say that, as I matured, it became more a feeling of trying to avoid the waste that occurs in the world where we have 6.5 billion minds. If you’re a computer scientist, you can think of them as supercomputers.
~George M Church

Disinterested intellectual curiosity is the life blood of real civilization.
~G M Trevelyan

Any educated person recognizes that curiosity and creativity aren’t just important; they are among the essential human activities.
~Glenn Kelman

I do not know what got me interested in technology. What was very clear to me very early on was that I was not interested in religion and that naturally increased my curiosity about science and technology, and I fundamentally believe the two are conflicting.
~Vinod Khosla

Curiosity is the one thing invincible in Nature.
~Freya Stark


Basically, I have been compelled by curiosity.
~Mary Leakey

An understanding of the natural world and what’s in it is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfillment.
~David Attenborough

One might almost say that the history of geographical discovery, properly so called, begins with Captain Cook, the motive of whose voyages was purely scientific curiosity.
~Joseph Jacobs

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@Writers Platform

In a house where there are small children the bathroom soon takes on the appearance of the Old Curiosity Shop.
~Robert Benchley

I read The Old Curiosity Shop before I began Blackwood Farm. I was amazed at the utter madness in that book.
~Anne Rice

I’d worked at a small town newspaper, and I was thinking of all the strange stories that I had seen float through the newsroom in my time there that were dismissed as kind of amusing curiosities. Somehow from that I got to this idea of an eccentric alcoholic who built a lighthouse in the woods.
~Michael Koryta

How these curiosities would be quite forgot, did not such idle fellowes as I put them down.
~John Aubrey


When Shakespeare begins his exposition thus he generally at first makes people talk about the hero, but keeps the hero himself for some time out of sight, so that we await his entrance with curiosity, and sometimes with anxiety.
~Andrew Coyle Bradley

What I have is a malevolent curiosity. That’s what drives my need to write and what probably leads me to look at things a little askew. I do tend to take a different perspective from most people.
~David Bowie

Everything I do is storytelling; storytelling is about curiosity.
~David Baddiel


The art of letters will come to an end before A.D. 2000. I shall survive as a curiosity.
~Ezra Pound

Poets have to be sensitive to their audience, but it does not mean that they censor themselves. I realise my audience is diverse. Some will read with empathy and curiosity while others will take offense.
~John Barton


Literature is always about bygone times. It’s always looking back in time with a certain perspective. I look at bygone life which no longer exists, and as I said, I look at it without nostalgia but without anger, either. I look at it with criticism and with compassion. I look at it with curiosity.
~Amos Oz

In some ways, writing a novel, especially a novel set in the past and about characters who once lived, is about amassing enough details and arranging them properly in order to offer the reader a verisimilitude that satisfies his or her curiosity about the story at hand.
~David Ebershoff

In period pieces or genre pieces, those have to be set in historical truths. But, science fiction has different game pieces. And with those game pieces come other stories we’re not familiar with. So, science fiction teaches us how to relate to outsiders, to foreigners, and to not approach any of that with fear, but a genuine curiosity.
~Tamlyn Tomita


Mostly I’m writing about people, so I feel constrained to take with me my view of people, my curiosity about how people choose the things they do and why they come to certain decisions in a certain fashion and all the things that drive most writers.
~Raymond E Feist

What fascinates me as a writer is the stuff underneath, To me, what drives a novel is the curiosity behind the character and the depths that you want to find in that character.
~David Bergen

Show me a character whose life arouses my curiosity, and my flesh begins crawling with suspense.
~Fawn M Brodie

Curiosity is the best motive for writing: curiosity about the world at large, or about oneself.
~Michael Korda

The most amazing gift about being a novelist is that you get to pursue your curiosity every day.
~Anthony Doerr


§ The Glass Table:

Breathy Voice

Thinking along a random thought
something undefined, became a’wrought

Trying to recall an inner song
words became a writhing throng

Clamorous ringing in my brain
can’t decifer a single refrain

Soul song raging to be let free
innermost urges within the depths of me

Slithering along the corridors so dark
waiting for the hope of a spark

Spilling out from fingertips
breathy voice from my full lips

~Greenie, of There.com


I believe that curiosity, wonder and passion are defining qualities of imaginative minds and great teachers; that restlessness and discontent are vital things; and that intense experience and suffering instruct us in ways that less intense emotions can never do.
~Kay Redfield Jamison

Curiosity is one of the most permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous intellect.
~Samuel Johnson

Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.
~Leo Burnett

Curiosity is, in great and generous minds, the first passion and the last.
~Samuel Johnson


My own curiosity and interest are insatiable.
~Emma Lazarus

Curiosity did kill the cat, but I’m very curious.
~Brittany Murphy

I’m a dilettante. My governing word is ‘curiosity.’
~Ian Hacking


I don’t find myself interesting as a person and the details I find boring, quite frankly. You could sum it up in a few words or sentences really: came from nothing. Self-educated. Luck. Energy. Curiosity. Ambition. That’s it. Nothing at all can illuminate the work as far as I can tell.
~Peter Ackroyd

Writing fiction is very different to writing non-fiction. I love writing novels, but on history books, like my biographies of Stalin or Catherine the Great or Jerusalem, I spend endless hours doing vast amounts of research. But it ends up being based on the same principle as all writing about people: and that is curiosity!
~Simon Sebag Montefiore

I’ve always looked upon research as an opportunity to satisfy my curiosity. But the other side of the coin is one must not be so caught up in it that one never gets the book written.
~Gayle Lynds


The idea that a story has to be ‘exceptional’ in order to be worth telling is curious to me. What if we looked at every single person’s story as a site of possibly infinite meaning? What if we came to believe that there isn’t hubris or narcissism in thinking your story might be worth sharing ‒ only a sense of curiosity and offering?
~Leslie Jamison

To me, having the courage to tell your own story goes hand in hand with having the curiosity and humility to listen to others’ stories.
~Sarah Kay


Interacting with different people who have different stories sparked my curiosity about what makes people not only good at what they do, but also good, period.
~Harrison Barnes

I suddenly realize why David Attenborough is the giant he is. It is not just his geographic curiosity, not just his anthropological understanding, not just his gift for narration that simultaneously calms the soul and inspires the mind. It is that behind it all there is such a deep thinker.
~Emily Maitlis

Yet everybody’s experience is really interesting. Or, if not their experience, then their unlived life. Or their desire. Their id. Their curiosity.
~Tom Burke


More than anything else, I’m a very calm person in the sense that I don’t worry about the future and what my life could be. I just have to face it, and I’ll face it with enthusiasm as well as the desire and curiosity to test myself.
~Gianluigi Buffon

I eat healthily and exercise, and I’m not giving up and saying I’m too old ‒ I’m just determined to keep on marching with enthusiasm and interest and curiosity.
~Ellen Burstyn


Carnival Row‘ is us looking at the stranger; ‘The Curiosity‘ is the stranger looking at us.
~Travis Beacham


Prewritten Prompt: curiosity


Wonder, connected with a principle of rational curiosity, is the source of all knowledge and discover, and it is a principle even of piety; but wonder which ends in wonder, and is satisfied with wonder, is the quality of an idiot.
~Samuel Horsley

A man who leaves home to mend himself and others is a philosopher; but he who goes from country to country, guided by the blind impulse of curiosity, is a vagabond.
~Oliver Goldsmith

I do have a peripatetic and active intellectual curiosity.
~Guy Kawasaki

Basically, life isn’t just about eating and partying ‒ we need to figure out unique ways in which we can add to our curiosity levels, besides satisfying the wanderer in us.
~Varun Sharma


What we want to tell, we wish our friend to have curiosity to hear.
~Samuel Richardson

I loathe that low vice, curiosity.
~Lord Byron

Curiosity is only vanity. Most frequently we wish not to know, but to talk. We would not take a sea voyage for the sole pleasure of seeing without hope of ever telling.
~Blaise Pascal

Curiosity is a kernel of the forbidden fruit which still sticketh in the throat of a natural man, sometimes to the danger of his choking.
~Thomas Fuller


Creatures whose mainspring is curiosity enjoy the accumulating of facts far more than the pausing at times to reflect on those facts.
~Clarence Day

People are more inclined to ask curious questions, than to obtain necessary instruction.
~Pasquier Quesnel

The over-curious are not over-wise.
~Philip Massinger


I’ve always been blessed, or cursed, some might say, with an insatiable curiosity, a desire to find something out about a people and a place. That’s where it all begins.
~Michael Palin

If facts are the seeds that later produce knowledge and wisdom, then the emotions and the impressions of the senses are the fertile soil in which the seeds must grow.
~Rachel Carson

It’s daring to be curious about the unknown, to dream big dreams, to live outside prescribed boxes, to take risks, and above all, daring to investigate the way we live until we discover the deepest treasured purpose of why we are here.
~Luci Swindoll

I suppose I’ve always had a very genuine curiosity about religion. I loved the atmosphere of churches, the ethos; I adored Evensong.
~Richard Coles

Those with less curiosity or ambition just mumble that God works in mysterious ways. I intend to catch him in the act.
~Damien Echols


In Quanzhou, I have a lot of influence from superstition. I would go to the temple with my grandmother and mother. That is why I have a lot of curiosity about the unseen force and invisible things.
~Cai Guo-Qiang

Without transformation, you can assume you’re at a high moral, spiritual level just because you call yourself Lutheran or Methodist or Catholic. I think my great disappointment as a priest has been to see how little actual spiritual curiosity there is in so many people.
~Richard Rohr

Curiosity does, no less than devotion, pilgrims make.
~Abraham Cowley


The enemy of science is not religion. Religion comes in endless shapes and forms… The true enemy is the substitution of thought, reflection, and curiosity with dogma.
~Frans de Waal

There are a lot of scientists or other people who can be very skeptical or rational within their field, but they may well not do that in other aspects of their lives, when it comes to things like religion, or what have you. People have this amazing gift for being selective with their curiosity and skepticism.
~Jamie Hyneman

Teenagers have a natural curiosity and are keen to clock up experiences. What they need to be wary of is that some experiences may erode their sense of self and lead to a fragmentation of morals.
~Alexandra Adornetto


Joy in the universe, and keen curiosity about it all – that has been my religion.
~John Burroughs


§ The Exercise:


it’s neighborly
also gossipy
shared in community
sharing with a penalty

a punch in the nose
versus blackened eye
now both sides cry
signed: The Joker
with impunity


Hedda Led-Us

Invasive, bald curiosity
Prying style raw with audacity
Speed of light, spills at velocity
Scandal the brand, manners a paucity
Rude and impertinent, a karmic atrocity
Stage of the stars minted for you and me



late questions arise
to no one’s surprise
the curious issue
of feline demise
the felicitous answers
that no one buys
the familiar feel
of similar lies
yet life goes on
and hope abides
mewlings manifest
with kittenish eyes


the tooth will out

veracity overrated
stories prevaricated
curiosity vindicated
history predicated
fiction’s lies become outdated
statue’s stature much overstated
truth at last was indicated
carat gold not brassy plated


Curiosity Unmasked

Pin prick to endeavor
Seduction to adventure
Permission to discover
Science’s prime numbers
Primary colors of culture
The hope for an answer
Our clue to forever
Yet certainty gets lost to:


the curiosity of clouds

they move, travel distances
change shape, shade and color
suffer embarrassments
at dawn and sunsets
leave no doubt of their moods
they live


Do It’s Duet #20

Curiosity versus responsibility
One, reserved for the ‘other’
the unknown
Another, with the daily-familiar
the seed sown

One satisfied to read alone
One waiting to be outgrown
Both and neither to be outdone
Euphony not rancor shown
Sing together at the microphone


definition #20

trees reaching for the sky
some call it growth
and the scramble for light
curiosity, i calls it


guild: the lily

regimented instruction or guided-curiosity place
heavy weighted and freighted or good home base
noetic playground or troublesome workspace

task mastered or life mentored
open inquiry to malfeasance censured
or queries dodged, discussion censored

reenter past or map the future
heed the numbers, forget the posture
school not class may be an answer


musings #20

token bow to One’s injunction
tune out warning’s sacred function
love for money’s prime instruction
faction-focus, design reaction

trappings of the rich religious
well-set traps for the superstitious
shared reach for wealth most egregious
but agreed with speed most expeditious

plaintiff railings most litigious
plaintive wailings most propitious
erase their failings most atrocious
courted answers some suspicious

Save the Children! Pave the Bay!
Fork the Future! We want our juice today!
Privilege of the Present, decide who lives in grey
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Curious, the crafting of words
Half-hearted crossing of swords
Teasing, inching toward middle ground
Find a way, dammit, make yourselves proud


5s ‘n 7s

something strange-black on that hill
monolith or cave entrance
climb for it and earn the truth?
follow curiosity?
pass the binoculars, please


a distant anomaly
invites curiosity
details need proximity
try for love botched terribly
caught fire spontaneously


putting out fires
dance the Superpower Stomp
putting out fires
curious practice of sway
choice of lead or abdicate


choice fertilizer for seeds
random happenstance
soiled knowledge, dirt to plant in
plowed up hardpack for garden


just learned something new
a mere step closer, it’s true
warm glow of pleasure
felt thru the dents and hard knocks
curiosity’s reward


old age old cotton
worn, frayed and unraveling
never felt so good
unlike curiosity
fresh, itchy, brand spankin’ new


how green the friendship
turned brown and sere from silence
same course as life, love
same as curiosity
if not for indifference


Surveillance service?
Curiosity unhinged?
Get your spEye glAss now!


wild-bred breed of thought
untamed curiosity
broke free the corral


curiosity’s watchword
synonym: true-told


wisdom: wise thru dumb
curiosity’s journey
two left feet thru hell


The Olio and Salmagundi of Quotes

I try to be led by my curiosity.
~Lynn Nottage

I can just let my curiosity wander unleashed.
~James C. Collins


Questions show the mind’s range, and answers its subtlety.
~Joseph Joubert

Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.


What interests me in life is curiosity, challenges, the good fight with its victories and defeats.
~Paulo Coelho

That feeling of being rewarded for your curiosity is huge. It’s why I play games, this idea of truly existing in a world.
~Cory Barlog


A large volume of adventures may be grasped within this little span of life, by he who interests his heart in everything.
~Laurence Sterne

Turbines are a curiosity, but only once.
~Anne Murray


A studio allows you to indulge your untidiness and your penchant for toys and curiosities that really wouldn’t work in a grown-up house.
~Jamie Cullum

Curiosity is natural to the soul of man and interesting objects have a powerful influence on our affections.
~Daniel Boone


The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.

Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world.
~John Muir

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Quoted In The Grove:
We cannot think without language, we cannot process experience without story.
~Christina Baldwin

Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can’t remember who we are or why we’re here.
~Sue Monk Kidd

For the story — from Rumpelstiltskin to War and Peace — is one of the basic tools invented by the mind of man, for the purpose of gaining understanding. There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories.
~Ursula K Le Guin

If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn’t need to lug around a camera.
~Lewis Hine


Exercise Prompt for Next Time: curiosity


Every human is an artist. And this is the main art that we have: the creation of our story.
~Don Miguel Ruiz

The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another; and his humblest hour is when he compares the volume as it is with what he vowed to make it.
~James M Barrie

Live your life as if you are writing your biography.
~Keshia Chante


An autobiography is the story of how a man thinks he lived.
~Herbert Samuel

Autobiography: the supreme impertinence of offering a shattered mirror for impervious truth.
~author unknown

My life has been such a blur since I was 18, 19 years old. I haven’t even had time to contemplate my own life. By forcing yourself to write your life story you learn a great deal about yourself.
~Grant Achatz


Despite the natural belittling of one’s self, the doubts, the insecurities, we have to wake up to the realisation that we all write our own autobiography, we are the authors of our life story. Realising that, write a good story with your life and make sure to write yourself as the protagonist. Be the hero of your journey.
~Yossi Ghinsberg

We all live in suspense from day to day; in other words, you are the hero of your own story.
~Mary McCarthy

Everyone’s the hero in their own story. You’ve lived your life. You’re the good guy of your life, the protagonist of your own movie. Everyone knows that they have more in them to offer than they sometimes show.
~Sami Zayn

If I’m gonna tell a real story, I’m gonna start with my name.
~Kendrick Lamar


It was deeply important for me to understand where Mandela came from. Because we know where he was going, and that’s a famous story, but who was he? Where did he come from? What was his upbringing?
~Idris Elba

No one knows the three-dimensional story of who I am. Or anyone is.
~Henry Golding

If you don’t know your full-throttle history, the whole story of how you came to where you are, it’s kind of hard to put things together.
~Nipsey Hussle

Hold those things that tell your history and protect them. During slavery, who was able to read or write or keep anything? The ability to have somebody to tell your story to is so important. It says: ‘I was here. I may be sold tomorrow. But you know I was here.’
~Maya Angelou

Stories give color to black and white information.
~Todd Stocker

Storytelling sticks in the mind because it attaches emotions to events, and that’s the way we remember things. If you don’t tell stories, no one will remember what you say.
~Nick Morgan

Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world.
~Robert McKee


I like ambiguity because you may be the villain in someone else’s story and the hero in your own, and I think very often, African-American characters are either one thing or the other. You shouldn’t have to be perfectly good or perfectly bad. You don’t even have to be magical.
~Chadwick Boseman


You don’t just have a story ‒ you’re a story in the making, and you never know what the next chapter’s going to be. That’s what makes it exciting.
~Dan Millman

Nothing splendid was ever created in cold blood. Heat is required to forge anything. Every great accomplishment is the story of a flaming heart.
~Arnold H Glasow

There are 30,000 days in your life. When I was 24, I realized I’m almost 9,000 days down. There are no warm-ups, no practice rounds, no reset buttons. Your biggest risk isn’t failing, it’s getting too comfortable. Every day, we’re writing a few more words of a story. I wanted my story to be an adventure and that’s made all the difference.
~Drew Houston


There’s a finite amount of time on this planet for each of us. Sometimes, the only way we figure out how to deal with that reality ‒ knowing that there will be an end to every story, and you don’t know how many chapters are left in your book ‒ is by living in denial.
~Eddie Vedder

I really haven’t had that exciting of a life. There are a lot of things I wish I would have done, instead of just sitting around and complaining about having a boring life. So I pretty much like to make it up. I’d rather tell a story about somebody else.
~Kurt Cobain (death, self-inflicted by shotgun)

As long as there’s breath in our lungs our story is still being written.
~Bart Millard

Your life story is a gift, and it should be treated as such.
~Emily V Gordon


I’m writing my story so that others might see fragments of themselves.
~Lena Waithe

I had hoped when my life was chronicled, it would be an inspirational story.
~Om Puri

The whole earth is the tomb of heroic men and their story is not given only on stone over their clay, but abides everywhere without visible symbol woven into the stuff of other men’s lives.


The same way that you are the main character of your story, you are only a secondary character in everybody else’s story.
~Don Miguel Ruiz

I’m a minor player in my own life story.
~Tony Wilson

Nobody is a villain in their own story. We’re all the heroes of our own stories.
~George R R Martin

Everybody is a hero in their own story if you just look.
~Maeve Binchy


I’m a very private person. My life story isn’t for everybody.
~Barry Bonds

I just use my life story as a kind of device on which to hang comic observations. It’s not my interest or instinct to tell the world anything pertinent about myself or my family.
~Bill Bryson


Everybody has their own story ‒ it’s who you are. If I wasn’t five-foot, I wouldn’t be who I am!
~Sabrina Carpenter

We are, each of us, our own prisoner. We are locked up in our own story.
~Maxine Kumin

I used to think, ‘How can I write my life story? I’m still living it.’
~Frank Serpico

The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.
~Neil Gaiman

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Posted From The Grove

When one side only of a story is heard and often repeated, the human mind becomes impressed with it insensibly.
~Edmund Pendleton

If you only hear one side of the story, at some point, you have to question who the writer is.
~Clint Smith

In seeking truth you have to get both sides of a story.
~Walter Cronkite

Of course it’s the same old story. Truth usually is the same old story.
~Margaret Thatcher


History is the story of events, with praise or blame.
~Cotton Mather

History isn’t just the story of bad people doing bad things. It’s quite as much a story of people trying to do good things. But somehow, something goes wrong.
~C S Lewis

History’s like a story in a way: it depends on who’s telling it.
~Dorothy Salisbury Davis

News is the first draft of history.
~Ben Bradlee

News is history shot on the wing.
~Gene Fowler

Journalism is literature in a hurry.
~Matthew Arnold

Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice; journalism what will be grasped at once.
~Cyril Connolly


As a journalist, the details always tell the story.
~James McBride

A good newspaper, I suppose, is a nation talking to itself.
~Arthur Miller


In the real world, the right thing never happens in the right place and the right time. It is the job of journalists and historians to make it appear that it has.
~Mark Twain

When there are two conflicting versions of the story, the wise course is to believe the one in which people appear at their worst.
~M P Singh


If I want to knock a story off the front page, I just change my hairstyle.
~Hillary Clinton

LIFE Magazine’ decided to do a story about a young actress in Hollywood in 1954. And I made the cover. And I remember that the fellow who was doing the story on me said, ‘Listen, kid, I just want you to know, if Eisenhower gets a cold, you’re off the cover.’
~Rita Moreno

Newspapers are unable, seemingly, to discriminate between a bicycle accident and the collapse of civilization.
~George Bernard Shaw


Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers is like trying to tell the time by watching the second hand of a clock.
~Ben Hecht

Everything you read in newspapers is absolutely true, except for that rare story of which you happen to have first-hand knowledge.
~Erwin Knoll

The secret of successful journalism is to make your readers so angry they will write half your paper for you.
~C E M Joad

Once a newspaper touches a story, the facts are lost forever, even to the protagonists.
~Norman Mailer

I am unable to understand how a man of honor could take a newspaper in his hands without a shudder of disgust.
~Charles Baudelaire

The evening papers print what they do and get away with it because by afternoon the human mind is ruined anyhow.
~Christopher Morley

They kill good trees to put out bad newspapers.
~James G Watt

No news is good news. No journalists is even better.
~Nicolas Bentley

I fear three newspapers more than a hundred thousand bayonets.
~Napoleon Bonaparte

When you have a problem, if you tell the truth, the problem becomes part of your past. If you lie, it becomes part of your future.
~Rick Pitino

There is no doubt fiction makes a better job of the truth.
~Doris Lessing

A story can sing the truth and not just tell it.
~Robert Barron


~Leo Cookman: The Manufacture of Mystery (6 min. read) awkward at times, worth the investment


~Jordan Halland: Story (3:40) visual essay


~omozoc: STAND – stop motion woodworking (1:18) woodworking as butter carving, tickles the eye’s taste buds


Money is the probably the most successful story ever told. It has no objective value… but then you have these master storytellers: the big bankers, the finance ministers… and they come, and they tell a very convincing story.
~Yuval Noah Harari

Behind every small business, there’s a story worth knowing. All the corner shops in our towns and cities, the restaurants, cleaners, gyms, hair salons, hardware stores ‒ these didn’t come out of nowhere.
~Paul Ryan

The grim reality is that most start-ups fail. Most new products are not successful. Yet the story of perseverance, creative genius, and hard work persists.
~Eric Ries


Patience is the most necessary quality for business, many a man would rather you heard his story than grant his request.
~Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

Storytelling has driven faith and religious practice, keeping them alive for millennia. Just as every hymn, icon, and stained-glass window in a church links to a story, brands have the potential to build holistic identities.
~Martin Lindstrom

Storytelling is by far the most underrated skill in business.
~Gary Vaynerchuk


Starting a new job can be nerve-racking , but it’s also exciting. You’re embarking on a new future, positioning yourself to write a fresh story on a clean slate.
~Adena Friedman

It’s about communication. It’s about honesty. It’s about treating people in the organization as deserving to know the facts. You don’t try to give them half the story. You don’t try to hide the story. You treat them as ‒ as true equals, and you communicate and you communicate and communicate.
~Louis V Gerstner, Jr

I would say a good leader brings results. A great leader writes a new story, it’s different. Obviously a new story has to incorporate a lot of results. But a story is a chapter in the life of a company that people want to write and want to remember.
~Carlos Ghosn


The story of Detroit’s bankruptcy was simple enough: Allow capitalism to grow the city, campaign against income inequality, tax the job creators until they flee, increase government spending in order to boost employment, promise generous pension plans to keep people voting for failure. Rinse, wash and repeat.
~Ben Shapiro

Everyone loves a comeback story, and everyone loves the underdog as well. I kind of feel like I’ve been the underdog. Hopefully that inspires people to not give up on themselves and their lives and not give up on their dreams.
~James Arthur

When you come back on top after you’ve fallen, it’s a better story.
~Freddie Freeman


Ask anyone who’s successful how they got there, you’re going to hear a different story.
~Carol Burnett

Everyone has a different life story. Things happen rapidly for someone, and things move slowly for others.
~Barun Sobti

Sometimes people make it seem like you have to have certain prerequisites or a crazy life story in order to be successful in this world. But the truth is you really don’t.
~Stephen Curry

‘The Sea Wolf’ is the story of a man who believes only in brute force. He is so firm in belief in his own ideas that he despises all who disagree with him. He preaches the doctrine of intolerance. He flaunts the notion that democracy is anything but weakness.
~Ida Lupino

I love the story behind the Vasa Museum: in the 17th century, the Swedish king was trying to make a statement by building a huge ship that would sail around Europe carrying the Swedish flag and proving that we were a force to be reckoned with, and basically, the ship was top-heavy, and so it went 300 or so yards and sank.
~Bill Skarsgard

I will not agree to go to war in the Donbass. I know there are a lot of hotheads, especially those who hold rallies and say, ‘Let’s go fight and win it all back!’ But at what price? What is the cost? It’s another story of lives and land. And I won’t do it.
~Volodymyr Zelensky

When you are interviewing refugees, each person you talk to has a different story that could come from a horror movie. So many people talk about seeing their families get murdered before their eyes. Then I go to Central Park, and people are talking about their third divorce and paying tuition.
~Brandon Stanton

I decided to devote my life to telling the story because I felt that having survived I owe something to the dead. and anyone who does not remember betrays them again.
~Elie Wiesel


The story being told in ‘Star Wars’ is a classic one. Every few hundred years, the story is retold because we have a tendency to do the same things over and over again. Power corrupts…
~George Lucas

All the people who fought for freedom were my heroes. I mean, that was the sort of story I liked reading… freedom struggles and so on.
~Indira Gandhi


Storytelling is the essential human activity. The harder the situation, the more essential it is.
~Tim O’Brien

I love that idea that if you know someone’s story, it’s impossible not to love them. This is potentially hokey but incredibly true, as far as I’m concerned.
~Andrew Garfield

Empathy is the most mysterious transaction that the human soul can have, and it’s accessible to all of us, but we have to give ourselves the opportunity to identify, to plunge ourselves in a story where we see the world from the bottom up or through another’s eyes or heart.
~Sue Monk Kidd

Good storytelling is humanity’s great connector, and it just might keep the world from eating itself.
~James Genn

Storytelling is a vaccine against war.
~Annette Simmons

The power of storytelling is exactly this: to bridge the gaps where everything else has crumbled.
~Paulo Coelho

Storytelling is fine as long as you can encourage people to act on the stories.
~Karen Armstrong


Storytelling has always been at the heart of being human because it serves some of our most basic needs: passing along our traditions, confessing failings, healing wounds, engendering hope, strengthening our sense of community.
~Parker J Palmer

Storytelling is ultimately the only way that we know besides song, dance, painting, and music to share with our tribesmen what it means to be human, express the indefinable feelings that unite humankind.
~Kilroy J Oldster

Storytelling creates a healing serum. The thematic unguent of our personal story represents a fusion of the ineffable truths that each of us must discover within ourselves.
~Kilroy J Oldster


Storytelling may be what most distinguishes social movements from interest groups.
~Marshall Ganz

Each of us has been designed for one of two immortal functions, as either a storyteller or as a cross-legged listener to tales of wonder, love, and daring. When we cease to tell or listen, then we no longer exist as a people.
~Bryce Courtenay

Those who tell the stories rule the world.
~author unknown



The fact of storytelling hints at a fundamental human unease, hints at human imperfection. Where there is perfection there is no story to tell.
~Ben Okri

Every story needs an element of suspense ‒ or it’s lousy.
~Sydney Pollack

If you have a beautiful story, it has to have conflict. If you don’t have conflict, it can’t be a good story.
~Donald Miller

There’s no story if there isn’t some conflict. The memorable things are usually not how pulled together everybody is. I think everybody feels lonely and trapped sometimes. I would think it’s more or less the norm.
~Wes Anderson


Dialogue should simply be a sound among other sounds, just something that comes out of the mouths of people whose eyes tell the story in visual terms.
~Alfred Hitchcock

Whenever people ask me what the story is for my next film, I won’t tell and people feel it’s because I’m being secretive or something, but it’s actually because I’m ashamed to sum up a film in three sentences.
~Abbas Kiarostami


For me the rehearsal period is the part I most enjoy. It’s the creating of the story.
~Damian Lewis

I’ll tell you what I miss most. What I would love to do, more than anything, is just anthologies. With an anthology you can tell any story and be in every division of television. We don’t have any anthologies anymore, do we?
~Aaron Spelling


A really irritating thing when you’re watching a film is if somebody’s accent isn’t bang-on ‒ it distracts you from getting into the story because you’re thinking: ‘Where are they from?’
~Rachel Hurd-Wood

A single prop that does not look real to an audience can louse you up. The same is true of the smallest flaw in setting up the motivation in a story line.
~Desi Arnaz

The story as told in “The Odyssey” doesn’t hold water. There are too many inconsistencies.
~Margaret Atwood

It is the consistency of the information that matters for a good story, not its completeness. Indeed, you will often find that knowing little makes it easier to fit everything you know into a coherent pattern.
~Daniel Kahneman

The story-making process enables us to simplify complex information into the core essence of understanding.
~Y Gabriel


I love taking prints, embroidery, appliques – precious things that seem to be from another time ‒ and using them to create a contemporary, new story.
~Alessandro Michele

I’ve always believed that clothing is a great way to tell your story.
~Carson Kressley


Throughout my teenage years, I read ‘A Christmas Carol‘ by Charles Dickens every December. It was a story that never failed to excite me, for as well as being a Dickens enthusiast, I have always loved ghost stories.
~John Boyne

Cafe De Flore speaks of love, its joys, its pains and its dramas ‒ to love and to lose. This story upset me, I was upside-down, in the depths of myself.
~Vanessa Paradis

In science, read, by preference, the newest works; in literature, the oldest. The classic literature is always modern.
~Edward Robert B Lytton

When you think about archaeology, archaeology is the only field that allows us to tell the story of 99 percent of our history prior to 3,000 B.C. and writing.
~Sarah Parcak

Oral storytelling goes back so long ago, and those stories that were told orally were always layered and changed with time.
~Ashwin Sanghi


The history of storytelling isn’t one of simply entertaining the masses but of also advising, instructing, challenging the status quo.
~Therese Fowler

If you hear a statistic, you will make up a story to go with it, because our brains are organized on narrative. And you may very well make up a wrong story because you only have one fact, which is a statistic.
~Gloria Steinem

Storytelling is the distinctly human implement designed to synthesize our purposeful interaction with reality.
~Kilroy J Oldster

The computer can’t tell you the emotional story. It can give you the exact mathematical design, but what’s missing is the eyebrows.
~Frank Zappa


The history of the music industry is inevitably also the story of the development of technology. From the player piano to the vinyl disc, from reel-to-reel tape to the cassette, from the CD to the digital download, these formats and devices changed not only the way music was consumed, but the very way artists created it.
~Edgar Bronfman, Jr

Technology can be our best friend, and technology can also be the biggest party pooper of our lives. It interrupts our own story, interrupts our ability to have a thought or a daydream, to imagine something wonderful, because we’re too busy bridging the walk from the cafeteria back to the office on the cell phone.
~Steven Spielberg


~British Short Film: The Darkest Blue (13:44) gone the way of Van Gogh


~Omeleto: Re-Entry (9:15) death’s conversation with God ending with a twisty simple answer


~Saim Sadiq: Nice Talking to You (18:55) in any language


Maria: La Petite Fille De La Mer (6:00) story of charm incarnate, nary a word spoken


A great book should leave you with many experiences. You live lives while reading it.
~William Styron

Master books, but do not let them master you. – Read to live, not live to read.
~Edward Robert B Lytton


I suggest that the only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little farther down our particular path than we have yet got ourselves.
~E M Forster

The story begins only when the book closes.
~Marshall McLuhan


Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind.
~James Russell Lowell

The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it.
~James Bryce

The wise man reads both books and life itself.
~Lin Yutang


All of us learn to write by the second grade, then most of us go on to other things.
~Bobby Knight

The man who does not read good books is at no advantage over the man that can’t read them.
~Mark Twain

In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but how many can get through to you.
~Mortimer Adler

No, it’s not a very good story — its author was too busy listening to other voices to listen as closely as he should have to the one coming from inside.
~Stephen King

I learned, when I look in the mirror and tell my story, that I should be myself and not peep whatever everybody is doing.
~Kendrick Lamar


The writer interweaves a story with his own doubts, questions, and values. That is art.
~Naguib Mahfouz

We want a story that starts out with an earthquake and works its way up to a climax.
~Samuel Goldwyn


The beauty of the horror genre is that you can smuggle in these harder stories, and the genre comes with certain demands, but mostly you need to find the catharsis in whatever story you’re telling. What may be seen as a deterrent for audiences in one genre suddenly becomes a virtue in another genre.
~Ari Aster

I didn’t go to the worlds of story to be reminded that on a dark road your anger and your cruelty pace just behind you, daring you to turn your head, unless you let them travel safely within you…
~Francis Spufford

Humanity’s legacy of stories and storytelling is the most precious we have. All wisdom is in our stories and songs. A story is how we construct our experiences. At the very simplest, it can be: ‘He/she was born, lived, died.’ Probably that is the template of our stories – a beginning, middle, and end. This structure is in our minds.
~Doris Lessing

A story should have a beginning, a middle and an end, but not necessarily in that order.
~Jean-Luc Godard


People have forgotten how to tell a story. Stories don’t have a middle or an end any more. They usually have a beginning that never stops beginning.
~Steven Spielberg

The end of a story must be stronger rather than weaker than the beginning, since it is the end which contains the denouement or culmination and which will leave the strongest impression upon the reader.
~H P Lovecraft



Opera is the ultimate art form. It has singing and music and drama and dance and emotion and story.
~Diane Paulus

I don’t have a favorite song that I’ve written. But I do have a favorite song: ‘Always on My Mind,‘ the Willie Nelson version. If I could sing it like he do, I would sing it every night. I like the story it tells.
~B B King

It is only in his music, which Americans are able to admire because a protective sentimentality limits their understanding of it, that the Negro in America has been able to tell his story.
~James Baldwin

Music helps me tell my story. That’s where I can really be heard. But there’s so much focus on the things that aren’t music.

After the Rodgers and Hammerstein revolution, songs became part of the story, as opposed to just entertainments in between comedy scenes.
~Stephen Sondheim

You might enter this story by the stage door.
~Munson Havens


The goal of storytelling should be to make stories as ubiquitous as music.
~Malcolm Gladwell

When you play a violin piece, you are a storyteller, and you’re telling a story.
~Joshua Bell

A song ain’t nothin’ in the world but a story just wrote with music to it.
~Hank Williams (1923–1953)


~One Direction: Story of My Life (4:08) family matters


~Stranger Things: Dustin & Suzie • Never Ending Story (3:55) for the fans


~Brandi Carlile: The Story (3:57) story with the answer of who


~Taylor Swift: The Story of Us (4:26) bitter sugar


~Phil Collins: Both Sides Of The Story (6:41) …on any question you got


~2Pac: Tradin War Stories (5:40) w/ casualties


~First recorded U2 performance: Stories For Boys (1:51) prophetic intro, performance ranges between historical > hysterical > who could have foreseen


Mark Knopfler & Willy DeVille – Storybook Love (4:00) distinguished set & cast, unorthodox delivery


~Nini Music ‒ LongMa (2:51) pink desert sand, wild horses, blue haired protagonist, Taiwanese folk metal, you script the story


~Katica Illényi on the Theremin: Puccini • O Mio Babbino Caro (2:43) just because


The story of life is quicker then the blink of an eye, the story of love is hello, goodbye.
~Jimi Hendrix

Love is a piano dropped from a fourth story window, and you were in the wrong place at the wrong time.
~Ani DiFranco


The minute I heard my first love story, I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.

I’m always a sucker for a love story.
~Sofia Coppola

Women want love to be a novel, men a short story.
~Daphne du Maurier

A short story is the shortest distance between two points; a novel is the scenic route.
~Robert J Sawyer

Life is one big love story with hundreds of little love stories within it.
~Ram Charan


Every love story needs a catalyst of some sort.
~Ian Somerhalder

A good love story always keeps the pot boiling.
~James Patterson

True love stories never have endings.
~Richard Bach


The more I worked on ‘Half Brother,’ the more it seemed to me the story was really about love in all its possible forms ‒ how and why we decide to bestow it, or withdraw it; how we decide what is more worthy of being loved, and what is less. We are masters of conditional love.
~Kenneth Oppel

No love story ends or begins out of accordance with how it needs to go.
~Rebecca Serle

Write your story as it needs to be written. Write it honestly, and tell it as best you can. I’m not sure that there are any other rules. Not ones that matter.
~Neil Gaiman

The truth is that there is only one terminal dignity ‒ love. And the story of a love is not important ‒ what is important is that one is capable of love. It is perhaps the only glimpse we are permitted of eternity.
~Helen Hayes


The decision to kiss for the first time is the most crucial in any love story. It changes the relationship of two people much more strongly than even the final surrender; because this kiss already has within it that surrender.
~Emil Ludwig

In any story, the villain is the catalyst. The hero’s not a person who will bend the rules or show the cracks in his armor. He’s one-dimensional intentionally, but the villain is the person who owns up to what he is and stands by it.
~Marilyn Manson

The villain of any story is often the most compelling character.
~John Hodgman

I firmly believe that a story is only as good as the villain.
~Clive Barker

Every villain needs her story told.
~Abbi Glines

‘The Museum of Innocence’ is not about politics; it’s a love story, but I think it’s political in the sense that it wants to capture how a man suppresses a woman.
~Orhan Pamuk

Decades of research have shown that most happy families communicate effectively. But talking doesn’t mean simply ‘talking through problems,’ as important as that is. Talking also means telling a positive story about yourselves.
~Bruce Feiler

My mother and father were both much more remarkable than any story of mine can make them. They seem to me just mythically wonderful.
~Orson Welles

I always was a weird child. My mother told me the story that, in kindergarten, I would come home and tell her about this weird kid in my class who drew only with black crayons and didn’t speak to other kids. I talked about it so much that my mother brought it up with the teacher, who said, ‘What? That’s your son.’
~John Waters

Storytelling is the greatest activity of any culture. Storytelling is how you build a family, how you pass along identity.
~Randall Wallace


You have to go to what the essence of what Pennywise is about – the dark power of adulthood. It’s not coincidence all the grown-ups in town are evil. This is not a story about a monster. It’s a story about the end of childhood.
~Andy Muschietti

‘Good Times’ is a story about the loss of innocence, how adults are responsible for their actions but children aren’t.
~Lynda Barry


The child began reading favorite stories of magic to the river, believing the tales would be carried to someone in need.
~Dr SunWolf

Sick children, if not too shy to speak, will always express this wish. They invariably prefer a story to be told to them, rather than read to them.
~Florence Nightingale

I like to compare the holiday season with the way a child listens to a favorite story. The pleasure is in the familiar way the story begins, the anticipation of familiar turns it takes, the familiar moments of suspense, and the familiar climax and ending.
~Fred Rogers

When I was a child, we used to look forward to the end of the day when we would hear another ten minutes of a story.
~Malorie Blackman

“Always remember,” the storyteller told the wide-eyed children, “once-upon-a-time in a tale also means Now.”
~Dr SunWolf




Some men, in telling a fish story, will go to any length.
~Evan Esar

If you’ve heard this story before, don’t stop me, because I’d like to hear it again.
~Groucho Marx


My sister Tiffany told me years ago, ‘You can never write about me.’ Then she called six months ago and said she wanted to be in a story. She was worried people thought I didn’t like her.
~David Sedaris

There are two sides to every story until the gossips get hold of it.
~Evan Esar


Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.
~J D Salinger

My whole life story is kind of a backhanded compliment.
~Tori Spelling

Our top story tonight: Famous TV dolphin flipper was arrested today on prostitution ring charges. He allegedly was seen transporting two 16 year olds across state line for immoral porpoises.
~Colin Mochrie

Jack Benny was, without a doubt, the bravest comedian I have ever seen work. He wasn’t afraid of silence. He would take as long as it took to tell the story.
~Bob Newhart

Life begins at 40 — but so do fallen arches, rheumatism, faulty eyesight, and the tendency to tell a story to the same person, three or four times.
~Helen Rowland

Writing a story allows us to play with our imaginary friends when we are adults.
~Dr SunWolf

I’m aware of ‘Twilight,’ but I’ve never seen the movies or read any of the books. Frankly, the story leaves me cold — why do a vampire story about abstinence?
~Alan Ball

When someone is mean to me, I just make them a victim in my next book.
~Mary Higgins Clark

“A Fable,” said the merry Æsop, with a twinkle in his witty eyes, “is a fictitious story about nothing that ever happened, related by nobody that ever lived. And the moral is, that every one is quite innocent, only they must not do it again!”
~S J Adair Fitz-Gerald

Yes, I believe stories are very important to all performances. The life story of the performer shapes their work, and the life stories of the audience alter how they receive the work, what they read into the performer.
~Marina Abramovic

I think with anything where you delve into the back story of an artist, it kind of explains their work more intimately.
~Aaron Taylor-Johnson

The most important things to remember about back story are that (a) everyone has a history and (b) most of it isn’t very interesting.
~Stephen King

Your life story would not make a good book. Don’t even try.
~Fran Lebowitz


Painted Hills, China


Storytelling is the art of unfolding knowledge in a way that makes each piece contribute to a larger truth.
~Philip Gerard

Storytelling is the calculated release of information.
~Alex Garland

Storytelling is the very soul of humankind made plain for all to experience.
~John Appius Quill

Storytelling is not something we do. Storytelling is who we are.
~Carmine Gallo


The storytelling gift is innate: one has it or one doesn’t. But style is at least partly a learned thing: one refines it by looking and listening and reading and practice by work
~Donna Tartt

Storytelling comes naturally to humans, but since we live in an unnatural world, we sometimes need a little help doing what we’d naturally do.
~Dan Harmon

Because there is a natural storytelling urge and ability in all human beings, even just a little nurturing of this impulse can bring about astonishing and delightful results.
~Nancy Mellon

Because storytelling, and visual storytelling, was put in the hands of everybody, and we have all now become storytellers.
~Levar Burton

Good storytelling is harder than it sounds, but the easy part is that everyone has the ability to do it. Tap into it.
Peter Guber


Bedtime stories are a doorway to dreams.
~Terri Guillemets

I’m particularly intrigued by the creative intelligence that scripts our dreams. And I love how this dramatic energy finds its way to the page, into the one form that most precisely defines who we are: story.
~A A Attanasio

What is life? A madness. What is life? An illusion, a shadow, a story. And the greatest good is little enough; for all life is a dream, and dreams themselves are only dreams.
~Pedro Calderon de la Barca

A story in your head isn’t a story. It’s just a daydream until you actually write it down. So write it down.
~Andy Weir


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

I don’t mind UFO’s and ghost stories, it’s just that I tend to give value to the storyteller rather than to the story itself.
~Robert Stack


@Writers Platform

The most powerful words in English are ‘Tell me a story,’ words that are intimately related to the complexity of history, the origins of language, the continuity of the species, the taproot of our humanity, our singularity, and art itself.
~Pat Conroy


Storytelling is ultimately a creative act of pattern recognition. Through characters, plot and setting, a writer creates places where previously invisible truths become visible. Or the storyteller posits a series of dots that the reader can connect.
~Douglas Coupland

The purpose of a storyteller is not to tell you how to think, but to give you questions to think upon.
~Brandon Sanderson

The real purpose of books is to trap the mind into doing its own thinking.
~Christopher Morley

Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it.
~Hannah Arendt


I could hardly sit through ‘Frozen.’ There was an attempt to craft a moral message and to build the story around that, instead of building the story and letting the moral message emerge. It was the subjugation of art to propaganda, in my estimation.
~Jordan Peterson

You can use martial arts to tell a different story. Ang Lee used martial arts in “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” to talk about love.
~Jet Li

Fully understanding spoils the story — the best are always translucent.
~Terri Guillemets


It is said that the first storyteller crept at night to listen to the gods talking in their sleep — so each tale collected contained the breath of gods.
~author unknown

Myths are stories about people who become too big for their lives temporarily, so that they crash into other lives or brush against gods. In crisis their souls are visible.
~Anne Carson

All the great legends are Templates for human behavior. I would define a myth as a story that has survived.
~John Boorman

In terms of the mechanics of story, myth is an intriguing one because we didn’t make myth up; myth is an imprinture of the human condition.
~Baz Luhrmann

A myth is far truer than a history, for a history only gives a story of the shadows, whereas a myth gives a story of the substances that cast the shadows.
~Annie Besant


A story to me means a plot where there is some surprise. Because that is how life is – full of surprises.
~Isaac Bashevis Singer

Once, during one of the jubilee tours, I was in the car immediately behind theirs and I watched Prince Philip telling the Queen a story. He kept her laughing for 20 minutes.
~Gyles Brandreth

The king died and then the queen died is a story. The king died, and then queen died of grief is a plot.
~E M Forster

Storytelling is about two things; it’s about character and plot.
~George Lucas

It would not be amiss for the novice to write the last paragraph of his story first, once a synopsis of the plot has been carefully prepared ‒ as it always should be.
~H P Lovecraft

When I sat down and wrote the first paragraph, I was like, ‘Oh, I can go with this.’ I didn’t do an outline. I didn’t do anything. I just wrote sentence by sentence, not knowing where the story was going.
~Colleen Hoover

Storytelling wasn’t about making things up. It was more like inviting the stories to come through her, let themselves be told.
~Jennifer McMahon

Every story I create, creates me. I write to create myself.
~Octavia E Butler

It’s like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.
~Patrick Rothfuss

Any story should be this way. It should feel like pulling something burning out of yourself. There you find what you are devoted to.
~Craig Childs


I hope for quick, fluent copy and memorable pictures. The words would not ‘describe’ the pictures; the pictures would not ‘illustrate’ the words. Together, they would carry a stamp and tell a story.
~Muriel Rukeyser

The picture alone, without the written word, leaves half the story untold.
~James Lafferty

If you can’t read, the only thing you can do is enjoy the pictures, not the whole story. Reading is the key to knowledge. Knowledge is the key to understanding.
~Jane Taylor


Never tell a story because it is true: tell it because it is a good story.
~John Pentland Mahaffy

Be unpredictable, be real, be interesting. Tell a good story.
~James Dashner

Sensationalism sells: Don’t let the facts get in the way of a good story.
~Tiger Woods

All writers are liars. They twist events to suit themselves. They make use of their own tragedies to make a better story… They are terrible people.
~Nina Bawden

A good writer is basically a story teller, not a scholar or a redeemer of mankind.
~Isaac Bashevis Singer


What writer wants to make compromises with story? Story is the only reason you’re in it.
~David Simon

Sometimes you have to go places with characters and emotions within yourself you don’t want to do, but you have a duty to the story and as a storyteller to do it.
~Hugh Jackman

Sometimes I write from the point of view of characters whom I would dislike as people, not as a perverse exercise, but because this cracks the story open and makes me see it in a way I would not see it naturally.
~Mary Gaitskill

If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.
~Virginia Woolf

Emotional honesty transcends reality; it’s what allows disbelief to be suspended and yet what makes a story stay true.
~Greg Rucka

The way a story makes an argument is quite different from the way a persuasive essay does it. Emotional truth and the logic of metaphors dominate.
~Ken Liu


I’m a storyteller; that’s what exploration really is all about. Going to places where others haven’t been and returning to tell a story they haven’t heard before.
~James Cameron (1 of only 3 to descend to bottom of Mariana Trench)

The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.
~Neil Gaiman


I like to compare the holiday season with the way a child listens to a favorite story. The pleasure is in the familiar way the story begins, the anticipation of familiar turns it takes, the familiar moments of suspense, and the familiar climax and ending.
~Fred Rogers

A good story cries out to be told and the art of listening needs to be cultivated as much as the greatly desired gift of telling.
~Angelo Patri

We grow older, but we do not change. We become more sophisticated, but at bottom we continue to resemble our young selves, eager to listen to the next story and the next, and the next.
~Paul Auster

Armenian folklore has it that three apples fell from Heaven: one for the teller of a story, one for the listener, and the third for the one who ‘took it to heart.’ What a pity Heaven awarded no apple to the one who wrote the story down.
~Nancy Willard


There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
~Maya Angelou

There’s a reason poets often say, ‘Poetry saved my life,’ for often the blank page is the only one listening to the soul’s suffering, the only one registering the story completely, the only one receiving all softly and without condemnation.
~Clarissa Pinkola Estes

All sorrows can be borne if you can put them into a story.
~Isak Dinesen


The blues tells a story. Every line of the blues has a meaning.
~John Lee Hooker

I once wrote a short story called ‘The Best Blues Singer in the World,’ and it went like this: ‘The streets that Balboa walked were his own private ocean, and Balboa was drowning.’ End of story. That says it all. Nothing else to say. I’ve been rewriting that same story over and over again. All my plays are rewriting that same story.
~August Wilson

The structure of a play is always the story of how the birds came home to roost.
~Arthur Miller


Duality is not a story. Duality is just a complexity.
~Edward Norton

I wasted a lot of years working on my writing and very grandly saying, ‘And now… My Novel!,’ which would soon be reduced to a short story, then to a paragraph.
~George Saunders


What the detective story is about is not murder but the restoration of order.
~P D James

It is ridiculous to set a detective story in New York City. New York City is itself a detective story.
~Agatha Christie

A story untold could be the one that kills you.
~Pat Conroy


A short story is a shard, a sliver, a vignette. It’s a biopsy on the human condition but it doesn’t have this capacity to think autonomously for itself.
~Will Self

You can write a short story in two hours. Two hours a day, you have a novel in a year.
~Ray Bradbury

I think the novel is not so much a literary genre, but a literary space, like a sea that is filled by many rivers. The novel receives streams of science, philosophy, poetry and contains all of these; it’s not simply telling a story.
~Jose Saramago

A novel ensures that we can look before and after, take action at whatever pace we choose, read again and again, skip and go back. The story in a book is humble and serviceable, available, friendly, is not switched on and off but taken up and put down, lasts a lifetime.
~William Golding

As a novelist, you could say that I am dreaming while I am awake, and every day I can continue with yesterday’s dream. Because it is a dream, there are so many contradictions and I have to adjust them to make the story work. But, in principle, the original dream does not change.
~Haruki Murakami


A special effect is a tool, a means of telling a story. A special effect without a story is a pretty boring thing.
~George Lucas

A dinosaur out of context is like a character without a story. Worse than that, the character suffers from amnesia.
~Jack Horner


Storytelling draws on the magic of language to created Elsewheres. Writers use a linguistic sleight-of-hand to take an attribute, attach them to new objects, and create enchantment.
~Maria Tatar

Wine is a magician, for it loosens the tongue and liberates good stories.
~A Book of Old Songs, Healths, Toasts, Sentiments and Wise Sayings Pertaining to the bond of Good Fellowship


The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story.
~Ursula K Le Guin

I wanted to crawl in between those black lines of print, the way you crawl through a fence, and go to sleep under that beautiful big screen fig-tree.
~Sylvia Plath


I love people. Everybody. I love them, I think, as a stamp collector loves his collection. Every story, every incident, every bit of conversation is raw material for me.
~Sylvia Plath

When you read a short story, you come out a little more aware and a little more in love with the world around you. What I want is to have the reader come out just 6 percent more awake to the world.
~George Saunders


The story I am writing exists, written in absolutely perfect fashion, some place, in the air. All I must do is find it, and copy it.
~Jules Renard

Sometimes I’ll have an idea for a story or have a subject, and that will inspire lyrics, but most of the time, hopefully, they already exist somewhere else.

Every doorway, every intersection has a story.
~Katherine Dunn


Prewritten Prompt: story


Recounting of a life story, a mind thinking aloud leads one inevitably to the consideration of problems which are no longer psychological but spiritual.
~Paul Tournier

Storytelling is our oldest form of remembering the promises we have made to one another and to our various gods, and the promises given in return; it is a way of recording our human emotions and desires and taboos.
~Jane Yolen

In this one book are the two most interesting personalities in the whole world – God and yourself. The Bible is the story of God and man, a love story in which you and I must write our own ending, our unfinished autobiography of the creature and the Creator.
~Fulton Oursler


It is said that the first storyteller crept at night to listen to the gods talking in their sleep — so each tale collected contained the breath of gods.
~author unknown

For a lot of folks who get sober, the process of getting and staying sober becomes their higher power, and it becomes a religion that sort of consumes a whole lot of them. I just don’t think that that’s necessary. I think that that can be a side note rather than the story of your life.
~Jason Isbell

Time, the earth, and death are living things, as stories are — so long as other living things exist to feed them, and for them to nourish in their turn.
~Robert Bringhurst


I like the story about Henry David Thoreau, who, when he was on his death bed, his family sent for a minister. The minister said, ‘Henry, have you made your peace with God?’ Thoreau said, ‘I didn’t know we’d quarreled.’
~Stewart Udall

The timing of death, like the ending of a story, gives a changed meaning to what preceded it.
~Mary Catherine Bateson


I wanted to acknowledge that life goes on but that death goes on, too. A person who is dead is a long, long story.
~Elizabeth McCracken


All stories end in death, and he is no true storyteller who would keep that from you.
~Ernest Hemingway

I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.
~Stephen Hawking

I wanted there to be doors. If, in a story, you found the one panel in the fabric of the workaday world that was hinged, and it opened, and it turned out that behind the walls of the world flashed the gold and peacock blue of something else, and you were able to pass through, that would be a moment in which all the decisions that had been taken in this world, and all the choices that had been made, and all the facts that had been settled, would be up for grabs again: all possibilities would be renewed, for who knew what lay on the other side?
~Francis Spufford


§ The Exercise:


delicious shiver of chilled sheets
curled core of warmth
fetal comfort
calories of life burning hot
warming the tight pod
’til, unfolding
limbs like flower petals open
antennae for the incoming
favorite dream-before-sleep
day-relived reverie
bedtime story



Remember Maggie’s grade school bestie
the brightly sprightly sweet Melody
‘n her griftin’ driftin’ brother
Handsome Harmon, E
queried mother to the father

Saw them run
the daring reach
slow way they hugged
that hungry kiss
only love can teach

‘Tweren’t the brother
but his sister
this the reason
our Maggie missed her
said the missus to her mister

Tho by law I must turn them in
how can love be considered sin
when love itself does most the choosin’
hell to pay, but I ain’t losin’
blood to law jails love’s behoovin’


booked for life

one whole-indivisible-particolored world
just walked by, a stranger
one unknown genius dolt enskinned
one fractured self-contained universe
and pin cushion just passed my way

entity: an etched groove
pingponging, ricocheting questionnaire
one-of-a-kind autobiography
filtered biography
all unrecorded
lost and forgotten
untapped and untaped story
mayhaps the stars are getting this down



red tiled rooftops
protection for families
torrid heat
stormy onslaughts
heaven’s enmity
evaporating secrets
private rooms for loving
and birthing words
for reading and writing


lesson #16

gobsmacked to be
God smacked
brain wracked
trace offending fact
the story track
that held one back

the curious knack
find white in black
rainbow grey
front for back
the moral hack
made mobs attack

yet Fate would speak, address the heart
pass Tower’s babble that tore apart
like garlic bulbs fresh the garden
vicious breath but healthy, hardens
learn from sins their consequence
turn Wisdom White what history darkened


found words

pretend at prayers
to be religious
so many layers
mere superstitions
yes, but weave
the considered words
the power that myths
bring to a curse


midweek wander

as ever
the story of timing
the band breaking down
music is over
shepherds pie
as consolation
heavy on the garlic
‘s okay
I was going home alone


5s ‘n 7s

music or karaoke
Yes, said the storied Voice, both
battleground’s safe common ground
croon, intone said murdered song
worlds that sing can get along


one white egret, one brown cow
raw meat, strict veggie diets
different sets entirely
buddies grazing side by side
stories of the green pasture


earthy place suspicious spice
glamour free at bargain price
seaside sunset island life
travel, love’s escape from strife
provides the story’s conflict


Endure hell, shed a lifetime
Drop curtain, end memories
Stories, star kept diaries
Book of Life biographies
Enter: Library of Man


day’s end performance
stories from the stoop
different language
new rhythm’d cadence
voices rise and fall
change nature midstride
become a music


life ineffable
stories from childhood
still, something survived
compelling fables
unworthy belief
foretold history
the full arc of man


stacked apartments
seven storeys high
seven stories deep
storeys plying weed
stories full of sweep
begged to shed some light
seven storeys tried


first love excitement
wild-bred, trained expectations
story of strangers
when worlds unite words collide
old selves reluctant to yield


brazen bully bear
turn the page to nightingale
the story of home
driven by diff’rent hungers
reach for empire ‒ feed the world


to do is to work
add play to equation
to work is to do
add pleasure to the story
waking at will with a goal


the story of clouds
of wind and waves and the Earth
won’t remember us


creation story
story of recreation
born twin of the Same


wild imaginings
throw to the wall see what sticks
spaghetti stories

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The Olio and Salmagundi of Quotes

The story of the human race is the story of men and women selling themselves short.
~Abraham Maslow

Mellow doesn’t always make for a good story, but it makes for a good life.
~Anne Hathaway


I’m going to tell you the story about the geese which fly 5,000 miles from Canada to France. They fly in V-formation but the second ones don’t fly. They’re the subs for the first ones. And then the second ones take over – so it’s teamwork.
~Alex Ferguson

Finding good players is easy. Getting them to play as a team is another story.
~Casey Stengel


I never feel lonely if I’ve got a book – they’re like old friends. Even if you’re not reading them over and over again, you know they are there. And they’re part of your history. They sort of tell a story about your journey through life.
~Emilia Fox

And once opened, the door would never entirely shut behind you either. A kind of mixture would begin. A tincture of this world’s reality would enter the other world… while this world would be subtly altered too, changed in status by the knowledge that it had an outside.
~Francis Spufford


As to the other tales contained in this work, and, indeed, to my tales generally, I can make but one observation. I am an old traveller. I have read somewhat, heard and seen more, and dreamt more than all. My brain is filled, therefore, with all kinds of odds and ends. In travelling, these heterogeneous matters have become shaken up in my mind, as the articles are apt to be in an ill-packed travelling-trunk; so that when I attempt to draw forth a fact, I cannot determine whether I have read, heard, or dreamt it; and I am always at a loss to know how much to believe of my own stories.
~Geoffrey Crayon (Washington Irving)

Reason #7 for reading folktales: They remind us that sometimes the blessings and the curses get all mixed up.
~Dr SunWolf


Storytelling is among the oldest forms of communication. Storytelling is the commonality of all human beings, in all places, in all times.
~Rives Collins

Storytelling creates a healing serum. The thematic unguent of our personal story represents a fusion of the ineffable truths that each of us must discover within ourselves.
~Kilroy J Oldster


Stories make us more alive, more human, more courageous, more loving.
~Madeleine L’Engle

Stories can conquer fear, you know. They can make the heart bigger.
~Ben Okri


I think we don’t learn early enough in life the true value of things. Even words, it seems to me, should have value. One ought not to squander them. Talk for talk’s sake never meant anything to me. That is probably why I became a good listener, although I must have learned something of it from my Indian friends. Indians never talk. They know how futile argument is. The story-teller is listened to, respectfully and silently, because he is expert testimony.
~George A Dorsey

Tell me the facts and I’ll learn. Tell me the truth and I’ll believe. But tell me a story and it will live in my heart forever.
~Native American Proverb


There is one story left, one road: that it is. And on this road there are very many signs that ” being” is uncreated and imperishable, whole, unique, unwavering, and complete.

So now it is time to disassemble the parts of the jigsaw puzzle or to piece another one together, for I find that, having come to the end of my story, my life is just beginning.
~Conrad Veidt

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THIS EDITION: storm :: wind

Quoted In The Grove:
I wish I had been born a storm. No heart, no tears, just a terrible gale’d been good.
~Kohta Hirano

There are some things you can only learn in a storm.
~Joel Osteen

I like things that make you grit your teeth. I like tucking my chin in and sort of leading into the storm. I like that feeling. I like it a lot.
~Daniel Day-Lewis

When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.
~Haruki Murakami


Exercise Prompt for sometime soon: story


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On windy fall days, the rustling of the leaves seems almost musical… These sounds of wind in the trees and the rustling of leaves have enchanted so many people over time that they invented a word to describe them: psithurism (pronounced sith-err-iz-um). Psithurism comes from the Greek word psithuros, which means whispering.

AUSTROMANCY is a method of divination by the winds. It is, apparently, a branch of the science of Aeromancy, which says Agrippa, divines by ærial impressions, by the blowing of the winds, by rainbows, by circles about the moon and stars, by mists and clouds, and by imaginations in clouds and visions in the air.
~A E Waite & L W de Laurence

Ceraunoscopy, n. Divination by thunder and lightning.
~The Century Dictionary

The night was filled with insects and a hesitant breeze that seemed to change direction with each gust.
~Abby Geni

The wind did not move one direction. It was a madhouse wind.
~Craig Childs

The wind may alter twenty ways…
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Little Winds and the Bigger Winds gave up their game, and scuttled off before the growing fury, as old Father Wind pulled handfuls of real wind out of his bag and threw them about.
~Sarah Noble Ives

If I could see the wind, it would look orchestral: strands and swirls nested into each other, braiding and springing apart.
~Craig Childs

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Posted From The Grove

Born in a tempest…
This world to me is like a lasting storm…
~William Shakespeare

I’ve always said I was born in the storm. I just had to find a way out of it, find the clearing, and believe the clouds would blow away and the darkness would become something else.
~Aaron Pedersen

When everything seems to be going against you, remember the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.
~Henry Ford


Ladies and gentlemen, I wish I had better news for you but we are facing a storm that most of us have feared. This is a threat that we’ve never faced before.
~Ray Nagin

Some men storm imaginary Alps all their lives, and die in the foothills cursing difficulties which do not exist.
~E W Howe

It takes a real storm in the average person’s life to make him realize how much worrying he has done over the squalls.
~Bruce Barton

If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you’ll never enjoy the sunshine.
~Morris West


No storm can last forever. It will never rain 365 days consecutively. Keep in mind that trouble comes to pass, not to stay. Don’t worry! No storm, not even the one in your life, can last forever.
~Iyanla Vanzant

Every storm runs out of rain, just like every dark night turns into day.
~Gary Allan


There is a muscular energy in sunlight corresponding to the spiritual energy of wind.
~Annie Dillard

When the storm has passed, put your energy into rebuilding your life, don’t waste time looking back.
~Leon Brown


~Tim Minchin: Storm (10:38) quantifiable fact vs immearurable faith, addressed as poetry


~Eve Peyser: Journaling Is a Good Way to Figure Out Who You Are ● weathering the storm


The only thing that I can say with any degree of commitment is a reason to be happy is… moderate weather. But then even that gets boring and I find myself wanting a storm.
~Tom Burke

Unprecedented’ is the term I’ve heard most commonly to describe the COVID-19 pandemic. As for me, I would describe it as a storm at sea. Lengthy and ferocious. Uncontrollable. Frightening. All-pervading.
~Mike Parson


Storm Warnings‘ is a poem about powerlessness ‒ about a force so much greater than our human powers that while it can be measured and even predicted, it is beyond human control. All ‘we’ can do is create an interior space against the storm, an enclave of self-protection, though the winds of change still penetrate keyholes and ‘unsealed apertures.’
~Adrienne Rich

Like many animals, wild ponies can sense a drop in barometric pressure. When a storm threatens, they know to seek shelter in hilly areas and huddle together with their rumps facing the oncoming wind.
~Diane Ackerman


I can tell by the way the trees beat,
after so many dull days,
on my worried windowpanes
that a storm is coming…
~Rainer Maria Rilke

I have said my prayer with the forest;
stood to the dark and the rain;
cast my voice on the storm.
~Virginia Garland

I understand the atmosphere better than I ever did before. You feel the thermals while paragliding. You are in the clouds. Chasing a storm puts you in front of the cloud, not a book. I hope to learn as I do these things.
~Ginger Zee


The city is the nerve center of our civilization. It is also the storm center.
~Josiah Strong

These are tough times, and the New Yorkers I have met are facing economic adversity with grace and dignity. They worry about their future, care about their neighbors and hope this storm will pass so they can focus on better days ahead.
~Harold Ford, Jr

When I left school, I never wondered whether my apartment in New York was vulnerable to storm surges, but my three daughters have to consider the realities of extreme weather and how it may destabilize communities around the globe.
~Frances Beinecke

In the wake of the disaster caused by Tropical Storm Sandy, various allies of the Obama campaign have rushed to claim that the event was caused by anthropogenic global warming, thereby justifying the president’s program of crushing the economy with regressive carbon taxes, a supposedly necessary measure to prevent future bad weather.
~Robert Zubrin


When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands, flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.
~John Muir


Meanwhile, the Ice Storm was still in development, And that was something I really wanted to do, and frankly I don’t think I was ready to do a big production like this.
~Ang Lee

When it is perceived that a show has gone awry, the pressure is staggering, and as a writer caught in that storm, it feels like you are being attacked by jackals.
~Steven Bochco

As a director, you need the Saul Zaentz type of producers. Zaentz was a guy who literally capped the storm outside of the director so that they could do their job. That’s a great producer.
~Lexi Alexander


When U.S.-based editors and columnists parachute into a news storm, it is often the stringers who keep us out of trouble, helping us glimpse the complexity behind the headlines.
~Nancy Gibbs

The Depression was an incredibly dramatic episode — an era of stock-market crashes, breadlines, bank runs and wild currency speculation, with the storm clouds of war gathering ominously in the background… For my money, few periods are so replete with human interest.
~Ben Bernanke

In times of crisis, different people react in different ways. Some might try to escape. Others might attempt to batten down the hatches and ride out the storm in a safe haven.
~Cullen Bunn


Here is Mike Wallace, who is visible to the public, and I have been watching him since the early ’50s. Smoking up a storm and insulting his guests and being absolutely wonderfully evil and charming too.
~Christopher Plummer

I always talk about Meredith and Derrick from ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ and I loved them the most when they sort of opened and closed each episode with them in bed, happy with each other, and you didn’t need to insert extra conflict into them, because there was plenty of conflict in the show. So they were this port in the storm of conflict.
~Julie Plec


I can sketch up a storm, and I’m very involved in how clothes are constructed, but I have a short attention span.
~Michael Kors

The elements that create glamour are not specific styles ‒ bias-cut gowns or lacquered furniture ‒ but more general qualities: grace, mystery, transcendence. To the right audience, Halle Berry is more glamorous commanding the elements as Storm in the X-Men movies than she is walking the red carpet in a designer gown.
~Virginia Postrel

The natural end of an era, as designers whose houses bear their names grow old and pass away, combined with the arrival of digital cameras and Internet exposure, has created a perfect storm.
~Suzy Menkes


I’m not trying to take New York by storm. I just want to sneak in there, keep my head down, batten down the hatches and cook.
~Gordon Ramsay

Let me but make a beginning, let me but strike the world in a vulnerable spot, and I can take it by storm.
~Mary MacLane


I’m ready to take the world by storm and have them look at me and say, ‘Deaf people can dance.’
~Nyle DiMarco

We have a lot of raw talent hidden in this country capable of taking on the world dance stage by storm.
~Remo D’Souza


Artists working for other artists is all about knowing, learning, unlearning, initiating long-term artistic dialogues, making connections, creating covens, and getting temporary shelter from the storm.
~Jerry Saltz

You have to find what makes you stable in the storm. Then, no matter what’s happening round you, no matter what the hype or the publicity, you can still manage to make leaps in your work as an artist.
~Jimmy Smits


~Salomon Ligthelm: VICTORIA ‘Cempasuchil‘ (3:00) storms of memory and longing


~Will Kindrick: Storm (11:01) recalibrating romance


I like storms. It’s Earth’s way of venting.
~The Resident


The storm is an artist; the rainbow is its masterpiece.
~Matshona Dhliwayo


For the man sound in body and serene of mind there is no such thing as bad weather; every sky has its beauty, and storms which whip the blood do but make it pulse more vigorously.
~George Gissing


I learnt more about politics during one South Dakota dust storm than in seven years at the university.
~Hubert H Humphrey


The general knowledge of time on the island depends, curiously enough, on the direction of the wind.
~John Millington Synge


No one would have crossed the ocean if he could have gotten off the ship in the storm.
~Charles Kettering


Bad weather always looks worse through a window.
~Tom Lehrer


Lightning dances —
Thunder applauds her!
~Terri Guillemets


The eye, partaking of the quickness of the flashing light, saw in its every gleam a multitude of objects which it could not see at steady noon in fifty times that period… in a trembling, vivid, flickering instant, everything was clear and plain
~Charles Dickens


The wind makes you ache in some place that is deeper than your bones. It may be that it touches something old in the human soul, a chord of race memory that says Migrate or die—migrate or die.
~Stephen King


Open the doors. It is warm;
And where the sky was clear—
Look! The head of a storm
That marches here!
Come under the trembling hedge—
Fast, although you fumble
There! Did you hear the edge
Of winter crumble?
~Mark Van Doren


Reason cannot calm the storm of emotion, and emotion usually wins, until it settles down and allows reason to rise again and apologize on behalf of it.
~Hamza Yusuf


Remember to play after every storm.
~Mattie Stepanek


How suggestive the sounds of the thunder of waves upon rocks and headlands in a storm. They seem to fill the soul with the noblest of all music. I know nothing more exciting than a storm at sea.
~Henry James Slack

The swirling song of the storm calls to some dim, long-forgotten instinct, which is suddenly unleashed.
~Virginia Garland

I’d go to meetings with record companies ‒ CBS, Decca, EMI. They’d tell me to wear a pair of jeans and grow my hair and look normal. And I’d say, ‘Sod that,’ and storm out. And I do think that belligerence is important when you’re young.
~Gilbert O’Sullivan

Live shows are pretty much like the center of the storm… where the power comes from, the most raw experience. That’s the juice. That’s where we hit the hardest.
~Watkin Tudor Jones (rapper)

I wanted to write a book like a rapper would write it ‒ I didn’t want to hold back. Rappers catch a lot of slack; I’m not going to be cursing up a storm, but when I look at Nas… his first album is one of my favorites. I want to tell stories like that.
~Angie Thomas

We see what music can do for people. Hell, we see what music does for us! When you see thousands of people out in front of you, it’s fixing their lives. It’s helping. It’s healing. It’s bigger than the inconvenience of jealousy or emotional storm clouds.
~Nancy Wilson


Tones sound, and roar and storm about me until I have set them down in notes.
~Ludwig van Beethoven

A lot of times when you’re making a record, you put your head down and charge forward until you’re done. You just hope that the ideas hold up, because you’re kind of lost in your own storm.
~Robbie Robertson


Who doesn’t love Enya? Whenever I’m in a trying time, she is the calm in the middle of the storm. If I put her on, I’ll be in this crazy peaceful state. I love her style. And her harmonies are freaking genius.
~Nicki Minaj

A few minutes ago every tree was excited, bowing to the roaring storm, waving, swirling, tossing their branches in glorious enthusiasm like worship. But though to the outer ear these trees are now silent, their songs never cease.
~John Muir


~Pink Martini ● Storm Large: And Then You’re Gone (3:00) the kiss-off


~The Nicholas Brothers and Cab Calloway: Stormy Weather (different song) (5:52) colorized spectacular


~Etta James: Stormy Weather (3:10) the old hard times


~Cream: Stormy Monday (8:06) master class in blues guitar, and yes, vocals


~horintino: Stormy Monday (2:39) barroom blues


~Cesar Jaimes: Stormy Monday (4:32) dark blue


You say you love rain, but you use an umbrella to walk under it. You say you love sun, but you seek shelter when it is shining. You say you love wind, but when it comes you close your windows. So that’s why I’m scared when you say you love me.
~Bob Marley

Lightning flashes her blinding passion,
Thunder booms his primal reply.
~Terri Guillemets

The quarrels of lovers are like summer storms. Everything is more beautiful when they have passed.
~Madame Necker


Rain and wind speak more
than just water and air—
Rain patters hope
Wind whispers let go…
~Terri Guillemets

She left in August after the last rain of the season. Summer storms in the desert are violent things, and clean, they leave you feeling like you have cried.
~Barbara Kingsolver

Storms don’t come to teach us painful lessons, rather they were meant to wash us clean.
~Shannon L Alder

Even paradise sees its share of storms, but in the end, it’s still paradise.
~Trevor Driggers

I don’t just wish you rain, Beloved – I wish you the beauty of storms.
~John Geddes


The man I love may decide tomorrow that he loves me no more – but if my heart remains open, I will endure the storm.
~Marianne Williamson

A chill wind
is the most exhilarating
for it often is the storms
that do the cleansing
and the storms
that have the more dramatic beauty
and the storms
that make us stand alone
inside ourselves
arrested, amazed, in awe.
~Kate Lassman


I often liken my love life to the pathetic fallacy found in a Bronte novel: a long and winding road tented by storm clouds and rain. Kidding.
~Dan Levy

Sometimes the greatest storms bring out the greatest beauty…Life can be a storm, but your hope is a rainbow and your friends and family are the gold.
~Steve Maraboli

When Nirvana became popular, you could very easily slip and get lost during that storm. I fortunately had really heavy anchors – old friends, family.
~Dave Grohl

I have a great support network ‒ my family, my model agency Storm, and people I work with in the fashion industry. And, of course, there are all my followers on Twitter who stop me from feeling lonely; I love them all. They keep me grounded.
~Cara Delevingne

When you’re on top and you lead the parade, everyone’s there throwing lilies and lilac water on your head. But when those parades have gone by and there’s a storm in your heart, there are very few people that are going to sit there and listen to you bemoan life.
~Sylvester Stallone


Like all of us in this storm between birth and death, I can wreak no great changes on the world, only small changes for the better, I hope, in the lives of those I love.
~Dean Koontz

Even when I lost my job at CBS News, I set up shop in my youngest daughter’s bedroom and started Brainstormin’ Productions and the Hannah Storm Foundation. And guess who was there, visiting me and enthusiastically making business charts and graphs that covered my entire kitchen table? My dad, of course.
~Hannah Storm


I am resilient like my mother and have the ability to face any kind of storm.
~Arjun Kapoor

When I was kid, I couldn’t wait to take the world by storm, to be a woman – beautiful, powerful, confident, sexy, thoughtful, and deep. All the things I knew I was inside… even though I was only 4.
~Ari Graynor

I couldn’t have asked for a better kid. She’s our own little Buddha baby so far. I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop to tell you the truth. It’s like the calm before the storm.
~Ana Ortiz

My alter egos have changed a lot over the years. When I was a child, I was a black horse called Storm. Whinnying and jumping over bamboo poles in the garden took up pretty much my entire childhood.
~Romola Garai

I was a middle child. I grew up in Brooklyn with three sisters and a brother. You know what that means: everybody is constantly fighting with everybody and you are in the middle of the storm trying to make peace. That is your life. Making everybody work and play well together.
~Richard Parsons


‘Did our parents really let us do that?’ is a game my friends and I sometimes play. We remember taking off on bikes alone, playing in the woods for hours, crawling through storm drains to follow creek beds.
~Kim Brooks

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I think Ross Noble [comic] is the only person that I’ve seen really storm a stand-up slot at a festival, and that was when he led 3,000 people on a conga out of the tent and across the entire site to a vegetarian food truck.
~Marcus Brigstocke

LIGHTNING One of the current events in heaven.
~Charles Wayland Towne

It always rains on tents. Rainstorms will travel thousands of miles, against prevailing winds for the opportunity to rain on a tent.
~Dave Barry

If you are caught on a golf course during a storm and are afraid of lightning, hold up a 1-iron. Not even God can hit a 1-iron.
~Lee Trevino


I’m gonna take this world by storm. Pun unintended.
~Storm Reid

Sometimes they work, but his puns… not one in ten did.
~author unknown


Remember when Japan was cool? We used to run around with ‘Mr. Roboto‘ on our Walkmans, ‘The Karate Kid‘ in our Betamaxes and wore T-shirts embossed with the characters for ‘storm sewer’ and ‘dishwasher.’
~Jen Lancaster

We should develop anti-satellite weapons because we could not have prevailed without them in ‘Red Storm Rising‘.
~Dan Quayle

I once dated a weather girl, we talked up a storm.
~Jay London

Marriage may often be a stormy lake, but celibacy is almost always a muddy horse pond.
~Thomas Love Peacock

Anyone who has spent a few nights in a tent during a storm can tell you: The world doesn’t care all that much if you live or die.
~Anthony Doerr

No one but Night, with tears on her dark face,
Watches beside me in this windy place.
~Edna St Vincent Millay

It was one of those somber evenings when the sighing of the wind resembles the moans of a dying man; a storm was brewing, and between the splashes of rain on the windows there was the silence of death. All nature suffers in such moments; the trees writhe in pain and twist their heads; the birds of the fields cower under the bushes; the streets of cities are deserted.
~Alfred de Musset

Unfortunately, if you’ve ever been in southern Georgia on the beaches in a lightning storm, if you’re out there, you’re in great, great danger, and you can be killed very, very quickly.
~Norman Schwarzkopf

I love the thunder rumbling, crashing,
Peal after peal along the skies;
While from the clouds the lightning flashing
In deathful splendour, strikes, destroys.
~Jane Welsh


Old age is like a plane flying through a storm. Once you’re aboard, there’s nothing you can do.
~Golda Meir

The lightning streaked across the sky like the heated hands of a skeleton…
~Cynthia Ellingsen

The weathercocks on spires and housetops were mysterious with hints of stormy wind, and pointed, like so many ghostly fingers, out to dangerous seas, where fragments of great wrecks were drifting, perhaps, and helpless men were rocked upon them into a sleep as deep as the unfathomable waters.
~Charles Dickens


Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.
~Rabindranath Tagore

Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn’t people feel as free to delight in whatever sunlight remains to them?
~Rose Kennedy



War seems to come out of nowhere, like rust that suddenly pops up on iron after a storm.
~Victor Davis Hanson

I wanted to serve. It was Desert Storm. I thought, ‘I was a rich kid, and America’s been good to me.’
~Max Brooks

As a 22-year Army Veteran who served in Operations Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom, and as a Civilian Advisor to the Afghan Army in Operation Enduring Freedom, I understand both the gravity of giving the order, and the challenge of carrying it out.
~Allen West

I would storm the gates of Hell if Third Marine Air Wing was overhead.
~Jim Mattis

Issue the orders Sir, and I will storm Hell.
~Anthony Wayne


The magnificent army that fought in Desert Storm is a great army, and it still is a magnificent army today. But it was one we designed for the Cold War, and the Cold War has been over for ten years now.
~Eric Shinseki (Sec of State, 1999 – 2003)

We have the new greatest generation. We don’t need as large a military due to the technology we have, the equipment we have outfitting our personnel. They really are storm troopers.
~Joe Wilson (US House – Rep, SC)


A storm swept the world in 1968. It started in Vietnam, then blew across Asia, crossing the sea and the mountains to Europe and beyond. A brutal war waged by the U.S. against a poor southeast Asian country was seen every night on television.
~Tariq Ali

Desert Storm created the pattern for the American way of war that eventually prevailed in Kosovo. America learned from Vietnam that unilateral use of force eventually forfeits international legitimacy and domestic support. Desert Storm demonstrated the political necessity of coalition warfare.
~Michael Ignatieff


As foreign attacks increase, it’s easy to treat them like bad weather happening somewhere else. It’s what we read over breakfast. But when that storm hits your shores, remember this: Wishful thinking never saved a single life. The truth, however, has.
~Greg Gutfeld

We are the rebels asking for the storm, and believing that truth is only to be found in an endless search. If the ‘World Spirit’ touches you, do not expect that it will be painless.
~Nadezhda Tolokonnikova

You can’t expect justice from the storm, because it only knows to destroy!
~Mehmet Murat ildan

Justice is not to be taken by storm. She is to be wooed by slow advances.
~Benjamin N Cardozo


It is not light that we need, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.
~Frederick Douglass

There are times when, the elements being in unusual commotion, those who are bent on daring enterprises, or agitated by great thoughts, whether of good or evil, feel a mysterious sympathy with the tumult of nature, and are roused into corresponding violence. In the midst of thunder, lightning, and storm, many tremendous deeds have been committed; men, self-possessed before, have given a sudden loose to passions they could no longer control. The demons of wrath and despair have striven to emulate those who ride the whirlwind and direct the storm; and man, lashed into madness with the roaring winds and boiling waters, has become for the time as wild and merciless as the elements themselves.
~Charles Dickens


He in his madness prays for storms, and dreams that storms will bring him peace.
~Mikhail Lermontov

Our suspicions are being confirmed that Nashi will serve as a cover for storm brigades that will use violence against democratic organisations.
~Ilya Yashin

When you repeat, in that wooden and perfunctory way, that our situation is better than others, that we’re ‘well-placed to weather the storm’, I have to tell you that you sound like a Brezhnev-era apparatchik giving the party line.
~Daniel Hannan

To understand why dictators fall, it helps to recognise factors that produce a perfect anti-dictatorial storm. Barring missteps such as those that led to Gaddafi’s undoing, a dictator’s survival can be at risk because of newness in office, poor health, or old age combined with economic trouble.
~Bruce Bueno de Mesquita

Your commanders have ordered you to storm the White House and to arrest me. But I as the elected President of Russia give you the order to turn your tanks and not to fight against your own people.
~Boris Yeltsin

The storm came. Lives were washed away. Ancient pains resurfaced. Now it is time for a sea of change.
~Tavis Smiley


In retrospect, the political and cultural climate in the early ’60s seems both a time of innocence and also like a sultry, still summer day in the Midwest: an unsettling calm before a ferocious storm over Vietnam
~Tom Brokaw

The seemingly omnipresent storm clouds hanging over the Constitution often make it hard to find a silver lining. Every day, the front page of The Drudge Report is littered with stories of government assaults on our civil liberties ‒ from local government officials all the way up to the Oval Office.
~Bob Barr

I don’t see America as a mainland, but as a sea, a big ocean. Sometimes a storm arises, a formidable current develops, and it seems it will engulf everything. Wait a moment, another current will appear and bring the first one to naught.
~Jacques Maritain


Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempest.

Big storms create big captains and they destroy the little ones!
~Mehmet Murat ildan


The doom of a nation can be averted only by a storm of flowing passion, but only those who are passionate themselves can arouse passion in others.
~Adolf Hitler

[Politician] is a dust storm of lies and diversions with the bellows of a bully and the greasy ethics of a street-corner hustler.
~Richard Cohen


There is always a storm. There is always rain. Some experience it. Some live through it. And others are made from it.
~Shannon L Alder

The only safe ship in a storm is leadership.
~Faye Wattleton

I know that there is a God and I see a storm coming. If he has a place for me, I am ready.
~Abraham Lincoln


About 3 million IVF babies have been born since Louise Brown’s birth in 1978. Bizarrely, when this life-giving treatment was first considered, it was massively controversial. A storm of vitriolic protest came from many religious leaders, journalists, politicians, regrettably even other scientists and doctors.
~Robert Winston

The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew.
~Abraham Lincoln

It’s not a panacea: there are problems in the world that technology can’t fix. You can’t fix water shortages. You can’t storm a Ministry of the Interior with a cell phone. You can’t magically create leaders and institutions overnight. You can’t eat it. You can’t shield a bullet.
~Jared Cohen

And we’re in the middle of a ‘perfect storm.’ These days, government social services are being bad-mouthed and defunded. The non-profit world is looking more and more like the for-profit world. The growing gap between rich and poor makes most of us very anxious about where we stand.
~Arlie Russell Hochschild


Hurricane Katrina was the storm of the 21st century. It devastated an area the size of Great Britain. More than 1,800 Americans died. Three hundred thousand homes were destroyed. There was $96 billion in property damage. I served on the Louisiana Recovery Authority. I saw Congress write one big check and then skip town.
~Donna Brazile

I really did have this powerful sense, when I was in New Orleans after the storm, of watching all these profiteers descend on Baton Rouge to lobby to get rid of the housing projects and privatise the school system — I thought I was in some science-fiction experiment.
~Naomi Klein


If Inigo Montoya [Princess Bride] were around now, he wouldn’t need to storm the castle to bring his father’s murderer to justice; the police would do it for him, and fewer people would have to die.
~Paul Bloom

Without a musket to raise, a barricade to storm, a flag to wave, the question hit me in the face like the cold air: ‘Who am I?’
~Gary Ackerman

Why should a poet pray thus? poets scorn
The boundaried love of country, being free
Of winds, and alien lands, and distances,
Vagabonds of the compass, wayfarers,
Pilgrims of thought.
~Vita Sackville-West


On the coming of that tremendous storm which for eight years desolated our country, Mr. Jefferson hesitated not, halted not.
~John Tyler

I know that there is a God and I see a storm coming. If he has a place for me, I am ready.
~Abraham Lincoln

I pass my life in preventing the storm from blowing down the tent, and I drive in the pegs as fast as they are pulled up.
~Abraham Lincoln

I once told Nixon that the Presidency is like being a jackass caught in a hail storm. You’ve got to just stand there and take it.
~Lyndon B Johnson


@Writers Platform

My mind has thunderstorms,
That brood for heavy hours:
Until they rain me words;
My thoughts are drooping flowers
And sulking, silent birds.
Yet come, dark thunderstorms,
And brood your heavy hours;
For when you rain me words,
My thoughts are dancing flowers
And joyful singing birds.
~William H Davies

I never waited for my Irish Cream coffee to be the right temperature, with a storm happening outside and my fireplace crackling… I wrote every day, at home, in the office, whether I felt like it or not. I just did it.
~Stephen J Cannell

After tea it’s back to painting – a large poplar at dusk with a gathering storm. From time to time instead of this evening painting session I go bowling in one of the neighbouring villages, but not very often.
~Gustav Klimt

Writing an opera and premiering in England, you could say I was going right into the eye of the storm and I came out successfully. A little tattered and bruised, but so what, I made it.
~Rufus Wainwright


In Japan, there are storm channels on either side of the main roads. There were so many times when I’d fall into these ditches because I was lost in stories as I was walking along. It’s still dangerous for me to drive. I’ve driven into the gate outside my house numerous times.
~Hideo Kojima

When I was younger, my mother and I, we’d have these crazy, crazy fights. Everyone would storm out mad, and the only way that I’d be able to express myself was to write her. We would write letters back and forth for days. When I’m writing, I feel uninterrupted. I write what I’m going through and how I see it.
~Alicia Keys

Books like Munro’s are so deeply personal and idiosyncratic that it feels like a violation to subject them to the crude business of committee meetings and PR releases; you might as well storm a butterfly den with a klieg light.
~Ben Dolnick

I’ve been alienating my public since I was 20 years old. When ‘American Buffalo’ came out on Broadway, people would storm out and say, ‘How dare he use that kind of language!’ Of course I’m alienating the public! That’s what they pay me for.
~David Mamet


I know well that the greater and more beautiful the work is, the more terrible will be the storms that rage against it.
~Mary Faustina Kowalska

You can look at my palm and see the storm coming. Read the book of my life and see I’ve overcome it.
~Mary J Blige


Lightning sprang from one cloud to another, nimbler than a squirrel, faster than a splinter cat, quicker than any human thing, excepting maybe a thought in a man’s mind.
~Cid Ricketts Sumner

The substance of the winds is too thin for human eyes, their written language is too difficult for human minds, and their spoken language mostly too faint for the ears.
~John Muir


It was a dark and stormy night, the rain fell in torrents — except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets…
(classic, worst opening line of a book)
~Edward George Earle Bulwer-Lytton (not a bad writer)

From the moment I wrote ‘Leaf Storm‘ I realized I wanted to be a writer and that nobody could stop me and that the only thing left for me to do was to try to be the best writer in the world.
~Gabriel Garcia Marquez

When I was on that boat, I realized the only way I would feel creatively challenged was if I totally changed everything about my environment and put myself in a storm, in a sense.
~Josh Lucas


Prewritten Prompt: storm


The storm is like the cry of some god in pain whose love the earth refuses.
~Rabindranath Tagore

For most of the history of our species we were helpless to understand how nature works. We took every storm, drought, illness and comet personally. We created myths and spirits in an attempt to explain the patterns of nature.
~Ann Druyan

So many gods, so many creeds, So many paths that wind and wind, 1
While just the art of being kind is all the sad world needs.
~Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Every time I found an egg to eat, or when I survived a storm in which trees were collapsing all around me, I felt that it was Providence. I don’t need to believe ‒ I know.
~Yossi Ghinsberg

If only a horrible storm can demolish the castle of the devil, then let the storm be victorious! It is not uncommon that heaven comes after hell!
~Mehmet Murat ildan


A great storm is like a sunny day to a person of great faith. A gentle wind is like a great storm to a person of great fear.
~Matshona Dhliwayo

The wise man in the storm prays to God, not for safety from danger, but deliverance from fear
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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


In a storm, I think, ‘What if the gospel be not true? Then thou art, of all men, most foolish. For what has thou given up thy goods, thy ease, thy friends, thy reputation, thy country, thy life?’
~John Wesley

If patience is worth anything, it must endure to the end of time. And a living faith will last in the midst of the blackest storm.
~Mahatma Gandhi


§ The Exercise:

Waywardly Home

Shy Leigh, love’s failed rebounder
One broken heart her sole encounter
Silent soul, storm alone, corner renter
Withincast cousin to the Outcast:

Shy A Wei, bitter, cold and bloodied founder
Love’s Wounded Warriors Club: rift propounder
A to Z, by height, first to last
Clouds of suitors gathered fast

Tho her cousin tried to warn her
Sly Lotharios would only harm her
Yet Shy adored the buzz around her
Was left to fade, to cry and founder

Yet love will oft times find a way
And near a lea by the tossing sea
Close by caves of lapping waves
‘Twas ‘neath a tree love finally found her

There’s no wonder we could ponder
Naught but God that weighs profounder
Nothing heals the heart’s break-asunder
But the seal of love feels meant-together


5s ‘n 7s

high pressure system
totem pole pecking order
sulking in the ranks
time’s up, groveling’s over
storm alarm: it’s thank$ or tank$


white sheets of lightning
storm like a passion unleashed
that first time we did
fought like caged cougars in heat
twice exhausted, slept like lambs


trials of the trail
full on thunder Ϟ lightning storm
rain’s taste of the sea
briny cloudburst inside tent
brave the downpour reigning out


microplastic sludge
merlads mating with mermaids
children of the storm


stormin’ their ram parts
snipped off like toenails they were
horned, but not horny


sketchy power grab
redraw-the-map border war
when death stormed on-stage


storm named after you
your ‘Here I am’ hurricane
mayhem come and gone


storm cloud horizon
hot tempest in a teacup
elections up next


braced against the storm
war hawk versus the love dove
embracing the breeze


no bathroom in sight
tears of frustration want out
not storm but crisis


fraught storm’s afterglow
from crisis, magnificence
but make-up sex is best


The Olio and Salmagundi of Quotes

Dignity of human nature requires that we must face the storms of life.
~Mahatma Gandhi

You are not controlling the storm, and you are not lost in it. You are the storm.
~Sam Harris


It is better to meet danger than to wait for it. He that is on a lee shore, and foresees a hurricane, stands out to sea and encounters a storm to avoid a shipwreck.
~Charles Caleb Colton

You can learn to prevent a storm, or you can learn to ride the storm. If you learn to ride the storm, the storm is not a problem anymore.
~Jaggi Vasudev


The oak fought the wind and was broken, the willow bent when it must and survived.
~Robert Jordan

The little reed, bending to the force of the wind, soon stood upright again when the storm had passed over.


Though the man quarrels with the storm, it still passes over his house.
~Yoruban Proverb

The more violent the storm, the sooner it is over.
~Roman Proverb


Ride the storm. Cheer wildly. Gather strength from life’s storms.
~Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you are strong enough, you can enjoy even in the middle of a storm!
~Mehmet Murat ildan


The storm, the shifter of shapes, drives on
across the woods and across time,
and the world looks as if it had no age…
~Rainer Maria Rilke

Every abstract picture of the world is as impossible as a blueprint of a storm. Don’t be ashamed because you’re human: be proud! Inside you, vaults behind vaults open endlessly. You will never be finished, and that’s as it should be.
~Tomas Transtromer


It is only in sorrow bad weather masters us; in joy we face the storm and defy it.
~Amelia Barr

Sorrows gather around great souls as storms do around mountains; but, like them, they break the storm and purify the air of the plain beneath them.
~Jean Paul


There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.
~Willa Sibert Cather

Storms draw something out of us that calm seas don’t.
~Bill Hybels


Wind tries to show Tree how to run wild.
Tree: I cannot leave this place.
Wind: Then let’s dance.
~Terri Guillemets

Life isn’t finding shelter in the storm. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.
~Sherrilyn Kenyon


The heart of man is very much like the sea, it has its storms, it has its tides and in its depths it has its pearls too.
~Vincent Van Gogh

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