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Quoted in The Grove:    science

Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.
~Will Durant

Science is about knowing; engineering is about doing.
~Henry Petroski

Religion is concerned with how the world should work; science with how the world does work.
~Dr Idel Dreimer

EndQuote:
Science is Nature’s interpreter.
~James Lendall Basford

 

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Exercise Prompt for 03/07:   sign

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All Science had its Errors in the Past.
‘Tis better Error should come First than Last.
~Arthur Guiterman

Science, my lad, is made up of mistakes, but they are mistakes which it is useful to make, because they lead little by little to the truth.
~Jules Verne

The capacity to blunder slightly is the real marvel of DNA. Without this special attribute, we would still be anaerobic bacteria and there would be no music.
~Lewis Thomas

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool.
~Richard P Feynman

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POSTED from THE GROVE

In science it often happens that scientists say, “You know that’s a really good argument; my position is mistaken,” and then they actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn’t happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion.
~Carl Sagan

The difference between science and the fuzzy subjects is that science requires reasoning while those other subjects merely require scholarship.
~Robert A Heinlein

The good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe in it.
~Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Being a scientist is like doing a jigsaw puzzle in a snowstorm at night, with some pieces missing, and with no idea what the finished picture looks like.
~Anonymous

Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing.
~Wernher Von Braun

Research is the process of going up alleys to see if they are blind. ~Marston Bates

If we knew what we were doing, it wouldn’t be called research.
~Albert Einstein

What is research but a blind date with knowledge?
~Will Harvey

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~Erik Wernquist:  Wanderers   (3:50)   written/narrated by Carl Sagan
https://vimeo.com/108650530

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~Noel Botham & the Useless Information Society:  Facts About the Human Brain
https://delanceyplace.com/view-archives.php?4286

Thx: Delanceyplace.com

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~Veritasium:  The Illusion Only Some Can See   (16:55)   how comes early, examples follow
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBap_Lp-0oc

 

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Malevolent criticisms will not disturb my peace of mind, I shall take no notice of them, however carefully they may be dressed up in the garb of science.
~Sebastian Kneipp

The fewer the facts, the stronger the opinion.
~Arnold H Glasow

Science is the father of knowledge, but opinion breeds ignorance.
~Hippocrates

Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge.
~Charles Darwin

Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition.
~Adam Smith

Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts.
~Henry Adams

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VIDEO:

Why are things as they are and not otherwise?
~Johannes Kepler

There is for me powerful evidence that there is something going on behind it all. . . It seems as though somebody has fine tuned nature’s numbers to make the Universe. . . The impression of design is overwhelming.
~Paul Davies

The impossibility of conceiving that this grand and wondrous universe, with our conscious selves, arose through chance, seems to me the chief argument for the existence of God.
~Charles Darwin

I find it quite improbable that such order came out of chaos. There has to be some organizing principle. God to me is a mystery, but is the explanation for the miracle of existence, why there is something instead of nothing.
~Allan Sandage

It was not by accident that the greatest thinkers of all ages were deeply religious souls.
~Max Planck

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~James Kennedy:  CTRL Z   (23:15)   sci-fi rom-com
https://vimeo.com/266473858

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~Shep Films:  In The Pines   (8:56)   a visitation?
https://vimeo.com/53532069

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~Dan Florencio:  Awfully Deep   (12:29)   allegory?
https://vimeo.com/44035481

 

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What I have done is to show that it is possible for the way the universe began to be determined by the laws of science. In that case, it would not be necessary to appeal to God to decide how the universe began. This doesn’t prove that there is no God, only that God is not necessary.
~Stephen Hawking

The radical novelty of modern science lies precisely in the rejection of the belief, which is at the heart of all popular religion, that the forces which move the stars and atoms are contingent upon the preferences of the human heart.
~Walter Lippmann

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The effort to reconcile science and religion is almost always made, not by theologians, but by scientists unable to shake off altogether the piety absorbed with their mother’s milk.
~H L Mencken

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

Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.
~Martin Rees

With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.
~Steven Weinberg

If we wish to make a new world we have the material ready. The first one, too, was made out of chaos.
~Robert Quillen

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I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with senses, reason, and intellect has intended us to forego their use.
~Galileo Galilei

I want to know how God created this world. I am not interested in this or that phenomenon, in the spectrum of this or that element. I want to know God’s thoughts, the rest are details.
~Albert Einstein

Science has made us gods even before we are worthy of being men.
~Jean Rostand

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MUSIC:

If an elderly but distinguished scientist says that something is possible, he is almost certainly right; but if he says that it is impossible, he is very probably wrong.
~Arthur C Clarke

Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn’t know it so it goes on flying anyway.
~Mary Kay Ash

Everything is theoretically impossible, until it is done.
~Robert A Heinlein

The best scientist is open to experience and begins with romance – the idea that anything is possible.
~Ray Bradbury

Science is not only a disciple of reason but, also, one of romance and passion.
~Stephen Hawking

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~David Bowie:  Space Oddity,  feat. Cmdr Chris Hadfield, astronaut   (5:30)   filmed International Space Station

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~Peter Schilling:  Major Tom   (4:06) a different Major Tom in space
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wO0A0XcWy88

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~Elton John:  Rocket Man  feat.  Iron Horse   (3:55)   bluegrass works nicely here
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=forqmom3YuY

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~Sam Cooke:  Wonderful World  feat.  Ivy Stokes   (1:44)   charming delivery
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eA5wkd3ZbSA

 

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Geologists have a saying – rocks remember.
~Neil Armstrong

An experiment is a question which science poses to Nature, and a measurement is the recording of Nature’s answer.
~Max Planck

The task of asking nonliving matter to speak and the responsibility for interpreting its reply is that of physics.
~J T Fraser

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Statistics is the grammar of science.
~Karl Pearson

If your experiment needs statistics, you ought to have done a better experiment.
~Ernest Rutherford

No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong.
~Albert Einstein

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Your theory is crazy, but it’s not crazy enough to be true.
~Niels Bohr

That theory is worthless. It isn’t even wrong!
~Wolfgang Pauli

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The element of surprise wasn’t allowed near the Periodic Table
~Joseph-Gordon Levitt

 

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When gravity calls, something falls.
~JLW Brooks

The law of gravity is absurd and indefensible when you fall downstairs; but you obey it.
~Arnold Bennett

Ah, gravity: thou art a heartless bitch.
~The Big Bang Theory

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Science fiction and comedy are generally a pretty bumpy mix.
~Matt Groening

I have been a soreheaded occupant of a file drawer labeled “Science Fiction” … and I would like out, particularly since so many serious critics regularly mistake the drawer for a urinal.
~Kurt Vonnegut

I read recipes the same way I read science fiction. I get to the end and say to myself “well, that’s not going to happen”
~Rita Rudner

A biophysicist talks physics to the biologists and biology to the physicists, but then he meets another biophysicist, they just discuss women.
~Author unknown

Inanimate objects can be classified scientifically into three major categories; those that don’t work, those that break down and those that get lost.
~Russell Baker

If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the precipitate.
~Henry J Tillman

Electricity is actually made up of extremely tiny particles called electrons, that you cannot see with the naked eye unless you have been drinking.
~Dave Barry

Electricity is really just organized lightning.
~George Carlin

When science finally locates the center of the universe, some people will be surprised to learn they’re not it.
~Bernard Bailey

Science has now determined there is a direct relationship between the way the ball bounces and the cookie crumbles.
~Anonymous

I see they found out the universe is 80 million years older than we thought. It’s also been lying about its weight.
~Bill Maher

Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us.
~Bill Watterson

The goal of science and engineering is to build better mousetraps. The goal of nature is to build better mice.
~Anonymous

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A fact is a simple statement that everyone believes. It is innocent, unless found guilty. A hypothesis is a novel suggestion that no one wants to believe. It is guilty, until found effective.
~Edward Teller

The great tragedy of Science – the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact.
~Thomas H Huxley

Some dreamers demand that scientists only discover things that can be used for good.
~John Polanyi

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To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.
~Thomas A Edison

Physics is imagination in a straitjacket.
~John Moffat

Science is vastly more stimulating to the imagination than the classics.
~J B S Haldane

Science does not know its debt to imagination.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Science may set limits to knowledge, but should not set limits to imagination.
~Bertrand Russell

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Science fiction writers foresee the inevitable, and although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable, solutions are not.
~Isaac Asimov

The quantum is that embarrassing little piece of thread that always hangs from the sweater of space-time. Pull it and the whole thing unravels.
~Fred Alan Wolfe

Quantum physics makes me so happy — it’s like looking at the universe naked.
~from The Big Bang Theory

All science is either physics or stamp collecting.
~Ernest Rutherford

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@WRITERS PLATFORM

Science fiction, outside of poetry, is the only literary field which has no limits, no parameters whatsoever.
~Theodore Sturgeon

In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it’s the exact opposite.
~Paul Dirac

Every science begins as philosophy and ends as art.
~Will Durant

The effort to understand the universe is one of the very few things that lifts human life a little above the level of farce, and gives it some of the grace of tragedy.
~Steven Weinberg

When I die, I’m leaving my body to science fiction.
~Steven Wright

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The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.
~Albert Einstein

I have deep faith that the principle of the universe will be beautiful and simple.
~Albert Einstein

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Glass Table:

@Wordgrove Library: Christone’s new cornucopia of video links (far east end of Wordgrove) includes this link:   Michael Wilson of There.com on the CBS Early Show
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2tJ1lmuTDA&index=47&list=PL487BEA0E63C711DB

 

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Not only is the Universe stranger than we think, it is stranger than we can think.
~Werner Heisenberg

From now on we live in a world where man has walked on the Moon. It’s not a miracle; we just decided to go.
~Jim Lovell

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

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not “Eureka!” (I found it!) but “That’s funny…”
~Isaac Asimov

 

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Exercise Prompt:   science

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Not only is the Universe stranger than we think, it is stranger than we can think.
~Werner Heisenberg

From now on we live in a world where man has walked on the Moon. It’s not a miracle; we just decided to go.
~Jim Lovell

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

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not “Eureka!” (I found it!) but “That’s funny…”
~Isaac Asimov

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The Exercise:

~BarTalk:

disqualified

science says
skies aren’t really blue
nor the eyes
while allowing
written tests for love
disallowing you and i

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faux definition #28

science.
the appliance of numbers
to questions in a language
verified reliant
but alien, often
in open defiance
of the heart

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science-be-damned definitions

Oort cloud: old Sol’s crowning halo composed solely of his most distant debris

Ort shelf: a protuberance just shy a paunch for catching fallen crumbs and spots of sauce

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5-7-5-7-7

strictures of science
speedbumps on the road of life
silent compliance
flesh, love, randy fantasies
chased life, chaste eternity

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5-7-5

curiosity
need to know the goad to go
alias: science

 

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All Science had its Errors in the Past.
‘Tis better Error should come First than Last.
~Arthur Guiterman

Science, my lad, is made up of mistakes, but they are mistakes which it is useful to make, because they lead little by little to the truth.
~Jules Verne

The capacity to blunder slightly is the real marvel of DNA. Without this special attribute, we would still be anaerobic bacteria and there would be no music.
~Lewis Thomas

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Until about a hundred years ago rational men lived like spies in an enemy country. They never walked abroad unless disguised in irony or allegory.
~Bergen Evans

Life is full of pus-wounds, headaches, bellyaches, and the sordidness of the world. The artist sees them differently, that’s all! The great men of science are supreme artists.
~Martin H Fischer

Scientists are peeping toms at the keyhole of eternity.
~Arthur Koestler

The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.
~Muriel Rukeyser

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The folly of mistaking a paradox for a discovery, a metaphor for a proof, a torrent of verbiage for a spring of capital truths, and oneself for an oracle, is inborn in us.
~Paul Valery

The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.
~Bruce Feirstein

The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them.
~William Lawrence Bragg

Some things need to be believed to be seen.
~Guy Kawasaki

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It is strange that only extraordinary men make the discoveries, which later appear so easy and simple.
~Georg C Lichtenberg

When I find myself in the company of scientists, I feel like a shabby curate who has strayed by mistake into a room full of dukes.
~W H Auden

We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.
~Albert Einstein

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Art is I; science is we.
~Claude Bernard

That’s the whole problem with science. You’ve got a bunch of empiricists trying to describe things of unimaginable wonder.
~Bill Watterson

All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree.
~Albert Einstein

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We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.
~Carl Sagan

Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science.
~Edwin Powell Hubble

 

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Quoted in The Grove:     surprise

One mind can think only of its own questions; it rarely surprises itself.
~Orson Scott Card

The thing that surprises me most is, you cannot change who you are.
~Jeff Probst

If you are ready for the bad surprises, then you are ready to reach the unreachable places!
~Mehmet

EndQuote:
Life is made up of marble and mud.
~Nathaniel Hawthorne

 

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Exercise Prompt for 02/28:   science

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All this was new to me. Life takes us by surprise and orders us to move towards the unknown – even when we don’t want to and we think we don’t need to.
~Paulo Coelho

Be unprepared, that’s my motto. Let life surprise you.
~Marty Rubin

Do not know yourself. I want to continue to surprise me.
~Arielle Dombasle

The exciting part of acting, I don’t know how else to explain it, are those moments when you surprise yourself.
~Tom Cruise

Most people want to be circled by safety, not by the unexpected. The unexpected can take you out. But the unexpected can also take you over and change your life. Put a heart in your body where a stone used to be.
~Ron Hall

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I think there’s a part in each one of us that wants the impossible to happen, and that’s what surprises are.
~Gina Carano

Life is full of surprises, but never when you need one.
~Bill Watterson

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Posted from the Grove

There is no greater evidence of superior intelligence than to be surprised at nothing.
~Josh Billings

The wiser you become, the lesser you will be surprised!
~Mehmet Murat ildan

How ridiculous and how strange to be surprised at anything which happens in life.
~Marcus Aurelius

I try not to be surprised. Surprise is the public face of a mind that has been closed.
~Bernard Beckett

Surprises are foolish things. The pleasure is not enhanced, and the inconvenience is often considerable.
~Jane Austen

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A lot interests me – but nothing surprises me particularly.
~Edward Albee

Nothing surprises me. One thing I don’t ever have in my world is surprise.
~Nancy Pelosi

A leader has the right to be beaten, but never the right to be surprised.
~Napoleon Bonaparte

Hoping for the best, prepared for the worst, and unsurprised by anything in between.
~Maya Angelou

The only thing that should surprise us is that there are still some things that can surprise us.
~Francois de la Rochefoucauld

I’m just not built for fairytale surprises.
~Karen Tayleur

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~Etisalat:  Moonwalk   (1:09)   surprise in the guise of accidents with commercial value
https://vimeo.com/channels/staffpicks/421439852

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~Every Noise At Once: Every music style imaginable, available
Is it a toy or research tool?
https://everynoise.com

Thx Rusty

 

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Planning is an unnatural process; it is much more fun to do something. The nicest thing about not planning is that failure comes as a complete surprise, rather than being preceded by a period of worry and depression.
~John Harvey-Jones

Unless you are prepared to expect the unexpected, be prepared to expect the unexpected defeat.
~Anirudh Sethi

To be prepared against surprise is to be trained. To be prepared for surprise is to be educated.
~James P Carse

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There can never be surprises in logic.
~Ludwig Wittgenstein

High IQ individuals don’t like surprises and are pessimistic, because it’s logical.
~Walter O’Brien

I’m not making any plans. I’m just going to let the universe surprise me.
~John Cusack

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VIDEO:

Always mystify, mislead and surprise the enemy if possible.
~Stonewall Jackson

Surprise is the mother of panic.
~Nick Murray

Whoever can surprise well must conquer.
~John Paul Jones

The backbone of surprise is fusing speed with secrecy.
~Carl von Clausewitz

Only way to eliminate the element of surprise is to know yourself and know your adversary.
~Georges St-Pierre

To the issues of friendship, love, business and war, “surprise” is the optimistic solution.
~Amit Kalantri

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Though times have changed, it’s a nice surprise to see that youthful feeling of anti-war sentiment returning once more to the cobbled main streets of Europe.
~Cat Stevens

Revolution is as unpredictable as an earthquake and as beautiful as spring. Its coming is always a surprise, but its nature should not be.
~Rebecca Solnit

That soldiers do terrible things during wartime should not surprise us.
~Nick Flynn

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When people make the mistake of underestimating me, that’s when they are really in for their biggest surprise.
~Donald Trump

Disaster can take a nation by surprise, slowly, and then all at once.
~David Remnick

Given what the media have put the country through this past decade, it must come as a surprise to most Americans that the press has a code of ethics.
~Roger Mudd

Posterity makes the judgments. There are going to be a lot of surprises in store for everybody.
~Irwin Shaw

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~Omeleto:   The Beach House   (9:58)   mixed signals
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuF29_Sv81Y

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~Melnitsa Animation:  The God & The Fly   (4:17)   distractions
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-hYq3Y9IoU

 

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It’s most presumptuous to believe we already know all the answers and will never get any more big surprises.
~Stanley Schmidt

Oh, that is the surprise. It’s so lovely, I pity you because you don’t know it…
~Louisa May Alcott

Surprises are everywhere in life. And they usually come from misjudging people for being less than they appear.
~Brownell Landrum

I certainly agree that putting everything into little genres is counterproductive. You’re not going to get too many surprises if you only focus on the stuff that fits inside the box that you know.
~David Byrne

Continue to surprise those who would put you in a neat demographic. Be insistently curious.
~Gordon Gee

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MUSIC:

I think music naturally wants to be played with more than one person. There’s a surprise element, and you don’t know what it will be, and it’s up to that other person’s energy to help create this third thing. ~Bat for Lashes

People tend to play in their comfort zone, so the best things are achieved in a state of surprise, actually.
~Brian Eno

Every moment of my life has a soundtrack, so I never know when some song is going to jump me by surprise and bring the memory alive.
~Rob Sheffield

Unrequited affection is very painful for the lover, but it can have unexpected, creative consequences.
~Damon Galgut

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The thing about love was that it caught you unawares, turned up in the most unexpected places, even when you weren’t looking for it.
~Sarra Manning

You never fall in love by yourself, love captures you. Love comes to you when you don’t need it really, and it comes to an end when you need it the most.
~Farah Mustafa

Love was destined and would strike as true as unexpected lightning on a clear day or never come at all.
~Dean Francis Alfar

The process of love sometimes means unexpected detours.
~Elizabeth Alraune

Love can be found in unexpected places. Sometimes we go out searching for what we think we want and we end up with what we’re supposed to have.
~Kate McGahan

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~Radiohead with PMJ:  No Surprises, feat. Chloe Feoranzo   (4:02)   angsty, gently
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upb2m2JTGGA&feature

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~Lulu & The Luvvers:  Surprise   (2:17)   testing tolerance for nostalgia
https://vimeo.com/12032295

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~Bruce Springsteen:  Surprise Surprise   (3:24)   playful
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5e7gG6yGhp4

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~Dinah Washington:  Surprise Party   (2:39)   double cross
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QwbzUFQrDk

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~Celine Dion:  Surprise, Surprise   (1:47)   confessional
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tm0DWGqk8So

 

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The fear of burglars in not only the fear of being robbed, but also the fear of a sudden and unexpected clutch out of the darkness.
~Crowds and Power

There are two kinds of people in crisis situations – those who fight and those who freeze. I’m a freezer, and that’s just going by the couple of surprise birthday parties I’ve had thrown for me.
~Cobie Smulders

You might ask yourself why you want to surprise your readers in the first place. A surprise ending is sort of like a surprise party. Probably some people, somewhere, enjoy having friends and trusted colleagues lunge at them in the sudden blinding light of their own living room, but I don’t think most of us do.
~Jincy Willett

Searching is half the fun: life is much more manageable when thought of as a scavenger hunt as opposed to a surprise party.
~Jimmy Buffett

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I love the silver of your gold
I love the gentle of your day
I love the unexpected tender of your way
I even love the sudden winters of your May
~Cilla Black

The calendar was a mathematical progression with arbitrary surprises.
~Paul Scott

Poor, dear, silly Spring, preparing her annual surprise!
~Wallace Stevens

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God put us here, on this carnival ride. We close our eyes never knowing where it’ll take us next.
~Carrie Underwood

Surprise is the greatest gift which life can grant us.
~Boris Pasternak

Even in the familiar there can be surprise and wonder.
~Tierney Gearon

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All things remarkable are surprisingly simple; albeit difficult to find.
~Criss Jami

Sometimes people surprise us. People we believe we know.
~Joyce Carol Oates

There is no sweeter pleasure than to surprise a man by giving him more than he hopes for.
~Charles Baudelaire

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estate by moonlight
garden warden
surprise by night
dayscare nightmare
sudden fright
forbidden fruit
in shadows hidden
rape in progress
scream of rage
then the light’s on
and I’ve attacked
a marble nude

 

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Occasionally, people will pleasantly surprise me and I’ll fall in love with them, so go figure.
~Mark Oliver Everett

There is no surprise more magical than the surprise of being loved: It is God’s finger on man’s shoulder.
~Charles Morgan

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Sometimes, lovely surprises come out of things going wrong.
~Deborah Meaden

Sometimes when you lose your way in the fog, you end up in a beautiful place! Don’t be afraid of getting lost!
~Mehmet Murat Ildan

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Life is like the dice that, falling, still show a different face. So life, though it remains the same, is always presenting different aspects.
~Alexis Sanchez

No matter who you think you are; there is always another version waiting to show up.
~Bindu Madhav Tata

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Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.
~George S Patton

I guess that’s just the life of an inventor: what people do with your ideas takes you totally by surprise.
~Stephanie Kwolek

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Nature is full for us of seeming inconsistencies and glad surprises.
~Margaret E Barber

I love surprises and coincidences. I love them even more when I don’t pass them off as luck, but rather recognize them as a sign that my life’s course is right on track.
~Jason Mraz

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My love can’t be purchased… Best gifts have been well-thought-out surprises.
~Nina Dobrev

And it is very sexy as well: somebody says I’m taking you on a surprise date, you don’t know where you are going and you can’t see and then you put your hand out and there is a tiger. Amazing.
~Emily Watson

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What a lovely surprise to finally discover how unlonely being alone can be.
~Ellen Burstyn

Sometimes you surprise yourself with what you can handle, and if you come out the other end with some wisdom, then it’s not such a bad thing.
~Boy George

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Maybe I don’t like people as much as the rest of the world seems to…But occasionally, people will pleasantly surprise me and I’ll fall in love with them, so go figure.
~Mark Oliver Everett

Why is it a surprise to find that people other than ourselves are able to tell lies?
~Alice Munro

If you confront anyone who has lied with the truth, he will usually admit it – often out of sheer surprise. It is only necessary to guess right to produce your effect.
~Agatha Christie

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The books one has written in the past have two surprises in store: one couldn’t write them again, and wouldn’t want to.
~Jean Rostand

I do reread, kind of obsessively, partly for the surprise of how the same book reads at a different point in life, and partly to have the sense of returning to an old friend.
~Elizabeth Strout

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@Writers Platform

No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.
~Robert Frost

Surprise is key in all art.
~Oscar Niemeyer

A nice blend of prediction and surprise seem to be at the heart of the best art.
~Wendy Carlos

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Every time I write something, I think, this is the most offensive thing I will ever write. But no. I always surprise myself.
~Chuck Palahniuk

Real literature, like travel, is always a surprise.
~Alison Lurie

Whatever extra there is in me at any given moment isn’t fully formed. I am hardly aware of it; it awaits the next book. It will – with luck – come to me during the actual writing, and it will take me by surprise.
~V S Naipaul

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The real artist’s work is a surprise to himself.
~Robert Henri

What we write should surprise us, the way life surprises us.
~Marty Rubin

Fiction demands structures and recognizable shapes. Big surprises only draw attention to the writer’s hand.
~Steven Amsterdam

A drama critic is a person who surprises the playwright by informing him what he meant.
~Wilson Mizner

 

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Exercise Prompt:   surprise

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Serendipity. Look for something, find something else, and realize that what you’ve found is more suited to your needs than what you thought you were looking for.
~Lawrence Block

An unexpected gift, at an unexpected time, that keeps the lawyers away. And it’s easy to take forever for granted, with tin cans tied to your car. And I know she tells you that she’ll always be there, but I’m telling you if you’re smart, You’ll love her like she’s leaving, like it’s all gonna end, if you don’t.
~Brad Paisley

I love surprises and coincidences. I love them even more when I don’t pass them off as luck, but rather recognize them as a sign that my life’s course is right on track.
~Jason Mraz

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To my surprise, my 70s are nicer than my 60s and my 60s than my 50s, and I wouldn’t wish my teens and 20s on my enemies.
~Lionel Blue

If we are strong, and have faith in life and its richness of surprises, and hold the rudder steadily in our hands. I am sure we will sail into quiet and pleasant waters for our old age.
~Freya Stark

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The Exercise:

~BarTalk:

dual doggerels dueling #21

rumination

too soon old age
the surprise of one’s life
now maintenance work
at best
slim-waisted youth
wasted on the young

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by the #s

aged wisdom praised
a mere synonym for:
2 old, 2 tired, 2 slow 2 sin
worth the price 4
the weight and press of flesh
what the wait was 4
surprise! with relish
I 8 her

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end of a romance

of a sudden, silence
a surprise
a peace before the violence
the quiet before defiance
paralyzed by threats and lies
the day a dream begins to die
disenfranchise, vote’s demise
love on display at Valentines

another bullet to their ballot
to brotherhood, all men equal
for love of Lady Liberty Bell
admired beauty to market vamp
stripped of shame and shining lamp
stars and stripes gone oddly limp
pushed aside outside her shrine

 

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My own belief is that there is hardly anyone whose sexual life, if it were broadcast, would not fill the world at large with surprise and horror.
~W Somerset Maugham

Machines take me by surprise with great frequency.
~Alan Turing

I always liked to put on a tie. The more you look like an executive, the better treated you are. It catches people by surprise.
~Don Wright

I doubt whether the world holds for any one a more soul-stirring surprise than the first adventure with ice-cream.
~Heywood Broun

Scratch an artist and you surprise a child.
~James Huneker

Statistically, the probability of any one of us being here is so small that you’d think the mere fact of existing would keep us all in a contented dazzlement of surprise.
~Lewis Thomas

The most important American addition to the World Experience was the simple surprising fact of America. We have helped prepare mankind for all its later surprises.
~Daniel J Boorstin

[A] pessimist gets nothing but pleasant surprises, an optimist nothing but unpleasant.
~Rex Stout

I don’t like the clean-shaven boy with the necktie and the good job. I like desperate men, men with broken teeth and broken minds and broken ways. They interest me. They are full of surprises and explosions.
~Charles Bukowski

Behold this midnight glory; worlds on worlds!
Amazing pomp! redouble this amaze
Ten thousand add; and twice ten thousand more
Then weigh the whole: one soul outweighs them all.
~Horatio Hastings Weld

Growing old has been the greatest surprise of my life.
~Billy Graham

What astonishes astonishes once, but what is admirable is more and more admired.
~Joseph Joubert

Those who are easily shocked should be shocked more often.
~Mae West

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We are often too late with our brilliance. We are on time delay. The only instant gratification comes in the form of potato chips. The rest will find us by surprise somewhere down the road maybe as we sleep and dream of other things.
~Richard Schiff

Would you like to know your future? If your answer is yes, think again. Not knowing is the greatest life motivator. So enjoy, endure, survive each moment as it comes to you in its proper sequence, a surprise.
~Vera Nazarian

Where will I be five years from now? I delight in not knowing. That’s one of the greatest things about life, its wonderful surprises.
~Marlo Thomas

The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.
~Ashley Montagu

What puts me in a vulnerable state? Beauty, wonder, surprise, mystery. Stuff like that.
~Damian Kulash

Most of their lives, people are just waiting to be ambushed.
~Brandon Hull

 

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Quoted in The Grove:    heart

In every man’s heart there is a secret nerve that answers to the vibrations of beauty.
~Christopher Morley

There are strings in the human heart that had better not be vibrated.
~Charles Dickens

In love, somehow, a man’s heart is always either exceeding the speed limit, or getting parked in the wrong place.
~Helen Rowland

EndQuote:
I followed my heart without breaking any rules.
~Confucius

 

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Exercise Prompt for 02/21:   surprise

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There are things that we don’t want to happen but have to accept, things we don’t want to know but have to learn, and people we can’t live without but have to let go.
~Author Unknown

Yes, I will go. I would rather grieve over your absence than over you.
~Antonio Porchia

I thought when love for you died, I should die.
It’s dead. Alone, most strangely, I live on.
~Rupert Brooke

Hearts can break. Yes, hearts can break. Sometimes I think it would be better if we died when they did, but we don’t.
~Stephen King

It’s so curious: one can resist tears and ‘behave’ very well in the hardest hours of grief. But then someone makes you a friendly sign behind a window, or one notices that a flower that was in bud only yesterday has suddenly blossomed, or a letter slips from a drawer… and everything collapses.
~Colette

Funny how a broken heart keeps right on beating, isn’t it?
~Cid Ricketts Sumner

We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.
~Kenji Miyazawa

A final comfort that is small, but not cold: The heart is the only broken instrument that works.
~T E Kalem

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Posted from the Grove

The corporate world can be harsh and heartless and I’m trying to find my own soulful place within it. I’m learning a lot along the way.
~Connie Wallace, in an email

Luck always favours the brave. And you must remember that brave are the people who follow their heart; brave are the people who take chances in life. Which also means you have to say no sometimes. I believe the power of no is greater than yes.
~Preity Zinta

Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.
~Eleanor Roosevelt

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The best work is done with the heart breaking, or overflowing.
~Mignon McLaughlin

If you’re really listening, if you’re awake to the poignant beauty of the world, your heart breaks regularly. In fact, your heart is made to break; its purpose is to burst open again and again so that it can hold evermore wonders.
~Andrew Harvey

It is better for the heart to break, than not to break.
~Mary Oliver

Great thoughts and a pure heart, that is what we should ask from God.
~Goethe

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Brains are like hearts – they go where they are appreciated.
~Robert McNamara

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~Martin Hogan:  A Heart to Heart With Kids   (5:16)   delightfully unscripted
https://vimeo.com/77462883

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Rom-Coms
The following list is ubiquitous and various, and is always available elsewhere. It is given here simply as a gift to those few who will see this just at the moment they are ready for a cozy movie moment. For you, then, please enjoy.

~MentalFloss.com:  Twenty Best Romantic Comedies – warm to zany and bittersweet; primo for watching alone
https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/642213/best-romantic-comedy-movies?utm_medium

 

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Heartbreak could be lived with if it weren’t accompanied by regret.
~Laura Kasischke

Nothing remains but the bare, gray ashes from the once bright fires of love.
~James Lendall Basford

The flame of love is now just a cold loneliness.
~Terri Guillemets

Rock bottom is good solid ground, and a dead end street is just a place to turn around.
~Buddy Buie & J R Cobb

Giving up doesn’t always mean you are weak; sometimes it means that you are strong enough to let go.
~Author Unknown

Heavy hearts, like heavy clouds in the sky, are best relieved by the letting of a little water.
~Antoine Rivarol

When the heart grieves over what it has lost, the spirit rejoices over what it has left.
~Sufi Epigram

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Sometimes, on our way through the world, we meet someone who touches our heart in a way others don’t.
~Philip Reeve

My debt to you, Belovèd,
Is one I cannot pay
In any coin of any realm
On any reckoning day.
~Jessie B Rittenhouse

Who, being loved, is poor?
~Oscar Wilde

Two lovers in the rain have no need of an umbrella.
~Japanese Proverb

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VIDEO:

I want a soul mate who can sit me down, shut me up, tell me ten things I don’t already know, and make me laugh. I don’t care what you look like, just turn me on. And if you can do that, I will follow you on bloody stumps through the snow. I will nibble your mukluks with my own teeth. I will do your windows. I will care about your feelings. Just have something in there.
~Henry Rollins

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You who have given me everything, you whose soul is so marvelously twin with mine…
~Octave Mirbeau

If I know what love is, it is because of you.
~Hermann Hesse

I do not know how to employ either my body or my soul, away from you. I only come to life again in your presence. I need your kisses upon my lips, your love in my soul.
~Juliette Drouet, letter to Victor Hugo, 1835

My soul is so knit to yours that it is but a divided life I live without you.
~George Eliot

He felt now that he was not simply close to her, but that he did not know where he ended and she began.
~Leo Tolstoy

When I am with you, the only place I want to be is closer.
~Author Unknown

…Let the world know, if there was ever love:
Mine for you…
~Peter Winstanley

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Didst thou but know the inly touch of love,
Thou wouldst as soon go kindle fire with snow
As seek to quench the fire of love with words.
~William Shakespeare

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~Omeleto:  One Day Home   (12:32)   almost too late
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BMUDAaxCrY

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~Omeleto:  Heart Issues   (8:32)   rascally rascals,  subtitled
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bk6dJi6IYdU

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~Omeleto:  Follow Your Heart   (7:20)   animated, cute dawg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rU8H5T8zZZM

 

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Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn’t it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up. You build up all these defenses, you build up a whole suit of armor, so that nothing can hurt you, then one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life…. You give them a piece of you. They didn’t ask for it. They did something dumb one day, like kiss you or smile at you, and then your life isn’t your own anymore. Love takes hostages. It gets inside you. It eats you out and leaves you crying in the darkness, so simple a phrase like ‘maybe we should be just friends’ turns into a glass splinter working its way into your heart. It hurts. Not just in the imagination. Not just in the mind. It’s a soul-hurt, a real gets-inside-you-and-rips-you-apart pain. I hate love.
~Neil Gaiman

To live is to hurt others, and through others, to hurt oneself. Cruel earth! How can we manage not to touch anything? To find what ultimate exile?
~Carol A Dingle

I prithee send me back my heart,
Since I cannot have thine;
For if from yours you will not part,
Why, then, shouldst thou have mine?
~John Suckling

I never knew until that moment how bad it could hurt to lose something you never really had.
~from The Wonder Years

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MUSIC:

Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart.
~Pablo Casals

The heart of the melody can never be put down on paper.
~Pablo Casals

Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the eyes of woman.
~Ludwig van Beethoven

I’m so sorry for you; your lives have been so easy. You can’t play great music unless your heart’s been broken.
~Benjamin Zander

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All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own.
~Johann von Goethe

I am more afraid of my own heart than of the pope and all his cardinals. I have within me the great pope, Self.
~Martin Luther

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To love is to admire with the heart; to admire is to love with the mind.
~Theophile Gautier

A man leads with his mind while a woman leads with her heart.
~Myles Munroe

A woman’s heart is a deep ocean of secrets.
~Gloria Stuart

I have the one right every woman in the world possesses — to give herself, body and soul, to the man she loves!
~E Phillips Oppenheim,

Who would give a law to lovers? Love is unto itself a higher law.
~Boethius

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~Bonnie Tyler:  It’s A Heartache, with Pishcoth   (3:17)  curious delivery
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgiAc17CxRw

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~Jon Pardi:  Heartache on The Dance Floor   (3:54)   country passing thru town
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cg4Eui4sGlk

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~C C Catch:  Nothing But a Heartache   (2:56)   bubblegum heartache
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2L_lNkoZd6w

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~Engelbert Humperdinck & Janet Devlin:  Can’t Help Falling in Love   (3:06)   beauty and the beastly talented
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lS1o5Kp6-IU

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~Heart:  Alone   (4:03)   song and stars beautifully seasoned
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rO6n4fzF-U

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~Mynxii White:  Psycho Heart   (3:29)   overdressed soft core
https://vimeo.com/315992559

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~James Blunt:  Heart to Heart   (3:33)   lyrics in a leading role
https://vimeo.com/77462883

 

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When you are unsure about the future, keep doing what is in front of you with all your heart and with love, and what is meant for you will find you.
~Gurumayi Chidvilasananda

Don’t worry about losing. If it is right, it happens – The Main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.
~John Steinbeck

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Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime, and falling in at night. I miss you like hell.
~Edna St Vincent Millay

Love lingers…
Sweet scent in an empty bottle.
~Barbara F Craigie

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Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.
~M Kathleen Casey

I believe there are more urgent and honorable occupations than the incomparable waste of time we call suffering.
~Colette

Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with Eternity.
~Paulo Coelho

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There is a wisdom of the head, and… a wisdom of the heart.
~Charles Dickens

A loving heart is the truest wisdom.
~Charles Dickens,

Turn your wounds into wisdom.
~Oprah Winfrey

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But, oh, how much a heart can hold.
~Coventry Patmore

Nobody has ever measured, even the poets, how much a heart can hold.
~Zelda Fitzgerald

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I but know that I love thee, whatever thou art.
~Thomas Moore

Come live in my heart and pay no rent.
~Samuel Lover

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Every breath, every heartbeat, was one less until maybe things stopped hurting this much.
~Jenny Downham

Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken.
~Albert Camus

Don’t be reckless with other peoples hearts. And don’t put up with people that are reckless with yours.
~Kurt Vonnegut

He already ruined your mascara, don’t let him ruin your life.
~Author Unknown

If someone you love hurts you, cry a river, build a bridge and get over it.
~Author Unknown

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The heart has eyes which the brain knows nothing of.
~Charles Henry Parkhurst

The heart has its reasons, which reason does not know. We feel it in a thousand things.
~Blaise Pascal

There is a road from the eye to the heart that does not go through the intellect.
~Gilbert K Chesterton

You can’t reason with your heart; it has its own laws, and thumps about things which the intellect scorns.
~Mark Twain

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Let your heart guide you. It whispers, so listen carefully.
~Littlefoot’s mother

When your heart speaks, take good notes.
~Judith Campbell

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Nothing is less in our power than the heart, and far from commanding we are forced to obey it.
~Jean-Jacques Rousseau

The heart is forever making the head its fool.
~Francois de La Rochefoucauld

My brain has no heart, and my heart has no brain. That’s why when I speak my mind I appear heartless, and when I do what’s in my heart I seem thoughtless.
~Anthony Bautista

Love is like an hourglass, with the heart filling up as the brain empties.
~Jules Renard

The head never rules the heart, but just becomes its partner in crime.
~Mignon McLaughlin

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It’s easy to fool the eye but it’s hard to fool the heart.
~Al Pacino

Listen to the compass of your heart. All you need lies within you.
~Mary Anne Radmacher

Go with your heart, buddy. Our brains only screw things up.
~Chris Fedak & Allison Adler

Everybody said, “Follow your heart”. I did, it got broken.
~Agatha Christie

More bad decisions are made from the heart because reasons need words, and words don’t factor in the heart.
~author unknown

If your head tells you one thing, and your heart tells you another, before you do anything, you should first decide whether you have a better head or a better heart.
~Marilyn vos Savant

The prudence of the best heads is often defeated by tenderness of the best hearts.
~Henry Fielding

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@Writers Platform

Other men it is said have seen angels but I have seen thee and thou art enough. A light, a beauty, a grace — how often I have used these words. Divine vision, if not divine to all men divine at least to me…
~George Moore

[Y]ou are my poem; you are all my poems, and far the most beautiful of all.
~Octave Mirbeau

Romance is the literature of hope.
~Damon Suede

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I wish I had the gift of making rhymes, for methinks there is poetry in my head and heart since I have been in love with you.
~Nathaniel Hawthorne

One of the hardest things in life is having words in your heart that you can’t utter.
~James Earl Jones

I am tired, Beloved,
of chafing my heart against
the want of you;
of squeezing it into little inkdrops,
And posting it.
~Amy Lowell

Her lips on his could tell him better than all her stumbling words.
~Margaret Mitchell

Though critics may bow to art, and I am its own true lover,
It is not art, but heart, which wins the wide world over.
~Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.
~John Bunyan

Storytelling is how we survive, when there’s no feed, the story feeds something, it feeds the spirit, the imagination. I can’t imagine life without stories, stories from my parents, my culture. Stories from other people’s parents, their culture. That’s how we learn from each other, it’s the best way. That’s why literature is so important, it connects us heart to heart.
~Alice Walker

These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves. From each of them goes out its own voice… and just as the touch of a button on our set will fill the room with music, so by taking down one of these volumes and opening it, one can call into range the voice of a man far distant in time and space, and hear him speaking to us, mind to mind, heart to heart.
~Gilbert Highet

There are many ways of breaking a heart. Stories were full of hearts broken by love, but what really broke a heart was taking away its dream — whatever that dream might be.
~Pearl S Buck

“The horror of that moment,” the King went on, “I shall never, never forget!” “You will, though,” the Queen said, “if you don’t make a memorandum of it.”
~Lewis Carroll

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A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist.
~Louis Nizer

 

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Exercise Prompt:   heart

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Those who are heartless, once cared too much.
~Frank Ocean

They call you heartless; but you have a heart and I love you for being ashamed to show it.
~Friedrich Nietzsche

I’m not heartless. I’ve just learned how to use my heart less.
~Kanye West

Being cruel to be kind is just ordinary cruelty with an excuse made for it…And it is right that it should be more resented, as it is.
~Ivy-Compton Burnett

You think this cruel? take it for a rule,
No creature smarts so little as a fool.
~Alexander Pope

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There’s been an accident,’ they said
‘Your servant’s cut in half; he’s dead.’
‘Indeed,’ said Mr. Jones, ‘And please,
Send me the half that’s got my keys.’
~Harry Graham

If you have given up your heart … you have already lost. A heartless creature is a loveless creature, and a loveless creature is a beast.
~Stephen King

The experiences of the heartless are so limited. It is hate that is blind. Love may miss a flaw here and there, but hate misses beauty everywhere.
~Helen McCloy

Perhaps this is just punishment for those who have been heartless, to understand only when nothing can be undone.
~Khaled Hosseini

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The Exercise:

~BarTalk:

assembled

words, pieces of poetry
shards of a broken mirror
parts of a broken heart
one choice between them

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changing horses midstream

in matters of the heart
what matters to the heart
battered and shattered
exploded world * in parts
sundered selves apart
(sound of a door slam)

the wonder of alone
but not lonely
to wander the world
bound to curiosity
only

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comfort worn

soft cotton texture
heart felt
not felt fibers
standard T-shirt, not
hair shirt survivors

love’s familiar companion
or self-ish
hypoallergenic
psuedo-champion
contest of wills

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a moment  #14

anonymous music
dogs in the distance
sound of women laughing
nearby

the sun
day’s work done
celebrates with a sunset
heart-stopping goodbye

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5-7-5-7-7

itinerant monk
hair shirt for a sinning heart
alms for words and songs
inhabit poet’s orbit
Solomon, Babel and Psalms

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5-7-5

transplant ill-advised
heart replant, last chance, first choice
please bring it with you

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You can close your eyes to the things you don’t want to see, but you can’t close your heart to the things you don’t want to feel.
~Johnny Depp

Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses.
Laozi

Those who don’t know how to weep with their whole heart, don’t know how to laugh either.
~Golda Meir

Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.
~Charles Dickens

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I think… if it is true that there are as many minds as there are heads, then there are as many kinds of love as there are hearts.
~Leo Tolstoy

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All my life, my heart has yearned for a thing I cannot name.
~Andre Breton

All paths are the same, leading nowhere. Therefore, pick a path with heart!
~Carlos Castaneda

Wherever you go, go with all your heart.
~Confucius

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Things could change so entirely, in a heartbeat; the world could be made entirely anew, because someone was kind.
~Jo Baker

This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
~Dalai Lama

The windows of my soul
Always stare at you.
Knowing,
That you have the perfect heart,
To make a home.
~clairel estevez

Hearts are not had as a gift but hearts are earned…
~William Butler Yeats

Only one book is worth reading: the heart.
~Ajahn Chah

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