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THIS EDITION: puzzle :: riddle

Quoted In The Grove:
The capacity to be puzzled is the premise of all creation, be it in art or in science.
~Erich Fromm

The riddle of the age has for each a private solution.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The solution often turns out more beautiful than the puzzle.
~Richard Dawkins

He passed a puzzled hand over his brow and began weeping — but not over spilt wine. He had forgotten such things. He was weeping over the astonishing beauty of the world.
~Jack Lindsay

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Exercise Prompt for 05/24: season

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Editor’s note: Two days of research files for this edition’s given prompt [struggle] disappeared. This unfortunate incident gave the Post & Review the questionable opportunity of changing horses midstream; the new prompt being: puzzle. This editor considers the intended message delivered. The offending material, and this note, will be swapped out when the current misadventure has ended. History will not need this reminder from the Post & Review.

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Well, listen, anger doesn’t get anything done, so you have to find out: How do you make it work? That’s why I was always maniacal about transforming every problem into a puzzle which I can solve. I can solve a puzzle — a problem just stresses me out.
~Quincy Jones


Each one of us fulfills a piece of a larger puzzle.
~Eric McCormack

We are all important parts of a much larger system, pieces of the universe’s puzzle that would not be complete without us.
~Russell Eric Dobda

There are no extra pieces in the universe. Everyone is here because he or she has a place to fill, and every piece must fit itself into the big jigsaw puzzle.
~Deepak Chopra

Each person is an enigma. You’re a puzzle not only to yourself but also to everyone else, and the great mystery of our time is how we penetrate this puzzle.
~Theodore Zeldin

When you’re staring at your phone to navigate and being led places, you do become less aware of your environment, and the journey becomes kind of automated. There is an aliveness that comes with having to puzzle out directions for yourself. And you have to ask other people for help, which creates opportunity for social connection.
~Franklin Foer


Strange situation, yet we explain it; we tell all who, like ourselves, are puzzled and perplexed, and content to remain so, that it is the problem of the ages. Are we not wise to use such words? We offer no solution, but give the problem a name… why this abyss between the thought and the deed?
~Bernard G Richard

Who in the world am I? Ah, that’s the great puzzle.
~Lewis Carroll

What a haunting, inescapable riddle life was.
~Walter de la Mare

We are caught in the contradiction of finding life a rather perplexing puzzle which causes us a lot of misery, and at the same time being dimly aware of the boundless, limitless nature of life. So we begin looking for an answer to the puzzle.
~Joko Beck


Everyone now knows how to find the meaning of life within himself. But mankind wasn’t always so lucky. Less than a century ago, men and women did not have easy access to the puzzle boxes within them.
~Kurt Vonnegut

Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood. All is riddle, and the key to a riddle is another riddle.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Like a morning dream, life becomes more and more bright the longer we live, and the reason of everything appears more clear. What has puzzled us before seems less mysterious, and the crooked paths look straighter as we approach the end.
~Jean Paul

And the strongest emotion was that life was as precious as it was puzzling. It was an ecstacy because it was an adventure; it was an adventure because it was an opportunity.
~G K Chesterton


Life’s perhaps the only riddle
That we shrink from giving up.
~W S Gilbert

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Posted From The Grove

The problems of puzzles are very near the problems of life; our whole life is solving puzzles.
~Erno Rubik

The Rubik’s cube is considered as the educational toys which can be used to develop children’s intelligence… Believe it or not, Rubik’s cube is listed as the top 100 inventions of the 20th century.
~Chad Bomberger

Studies of social games, puzzle games, and brain-training games have shown they have little effect on the brain despite often being marketed as improving memory and reaction speeds.
~Daphne Bavelier


He remarks that, while the individual man is an insoluble puzzle, in the aggregate he becomes a mathematical certainty. You can, for example, never foretell what any one man will do, but you can say with precision what an average number will be up to.
~Arthur Conan Doyle

As a rule, said Holmes, the more bizarre a thing is the less mysterious it proves to be. It is your commonplace, featureless crimes which are really puzzling, just as a commonplace face is the most difficult to identify…
~Arthur Conan Doyle

When you are studying from a book, lots of people go straight to the end to look for the answers. But that’s not my style. For me, the most enjoyable part is the puzzle, the process of solving, not the solution itself.
~Erno Rubik

The scientist is not much given to talking of the riddle of the universe. ‘Riddle’ is not a scientific term. The conception of a riddle is ‘something which can he solved…’ We don’t know the why of anything. On that matter we are no further advanced than was the cavedweller.
~Charles Proteus Steinmetz

I don’t think there is a hidden purpose to the universe that you have to puzzle out.
~Robert Fulghum

For an answer which cannot be expressed the question too cannot be expressed. The riddle does not exist.
~Paul Watzlawick

Amazingly when you add life and consciousness to the equation you can actually explain some of the biggest puzzles of science.
~Robert Lanza


Math, it’s a puzzle to me. I love figuring out puzzles.
~Maya Lin

Once I get on a puzzle, I can’t get off.
~Richard P Feynman

Devising a mechanism is a lot like solving a puzzle — and gives you the same kind of kick.
~Eric Maskin

In a chemistry class there was a guy sitting in front of me doing what looked like a jigsaw puzzle or some really weird kind of thing. He told me he was writing a computer program.
~Jon Postel

I can’t live without my smartphone, but I really geek on coding. It’s not so much technology that I like, but puzzle solving.
~Sylvia Day

The brain is the most complex, challenging scientific puzzle we have ever tried to decode.
~Paul Allen

We hope to find more pieces of the puzzle which will shed light on the connection between this upright, walking ape, our early ancestor, and modern man.
~Richard Leakey


I got a fancy reputation. During high school, every puzzle that was known to man must have come to me. Every damn, crazy conundrum that people had invented, I knew.
~Richard P Feynman

The simplest way out of the puzzle of time travel is to say that it can’t be done. That’s very likely the right answer. However, we don’t know for sure.
~Sean M Carroll

Throughout history there have been many other examples, similar to that of Haeckel, Huxley and the cell, where a key piece of a particular scientific puzzle was beyond the understanding of the age.
~Michael Behe

We perceive the world through the rear window of life, observe all the puzzles and little pieces of our existence and assemble them in a comprehensive pattern. This allows us to reassess and evaluate our world view. (‘Waiting for the pieces to fall into place.’)
~Erik Pevernagie

Science isn’t just about solving this or that puzzle. It’s about understanding how the world works: the whole world from the vastness of the cosmos to the particularity of an individual human life. It’s worth thinking about how all the different ways we have to talk about the world manage to fit together.
~Sean M Carroll

Every mystery ever solved had been a puzzle from the dawn of the human species right up until someone solved it.
~Eliezer Yudkowsky

Thinkers aren’t limited by what they know, because they can always increase what they know. Rather they’re limited by what puzzles them, because there’s no way to become curious about something that doesn’t puzzle you.
~Daniel Quinn

Dare to ask questions and seek answers to the puzzles of life.
~Lailah Gifty Akita

The questions we don’t ask become the puzzles we don’t solve.
~A J Darkholme


~Xiangyu Shi: Puzzle (4:14) goldfish, and growing up a girl in China


~KATAKLO: Puzzle (3:10) colorful, athletic dance


~Michele Badinelli: The Puzzle (1:56) putting it together


~Stav Levi \ croovman: PUZZLE (3:18) late comes the reveal


Every two years the American politics industry fills the airwaves with the most virulent, scurrilous, wall-to-wall character assassination of nearly every political practitioner in the country — and then declares itself puzzled that America has lost trust in its politicians.
~Charles Krauthammer

Here, there, and everywhere — an opinionated riddle.
~Mary Downing Hahn

Tell the truth so as to puzzle and confound your adversaries.
~Henry Wotton

That’s another hallmark of truth, is that it snaps things together. People write to me all the time and say it’s as if things were coming together in my mind. It’s like the Platonic idea that all learning was remembering. You have a nature, and when you feel that nature articulated, it’s like the act of snapping the puzzle pieces together.
~Jordan Peterson


To me, the puzzle of Ronald Reagan is how a comparatively ordinary man, someone with not extraordinary talent, accomplished such extraordinary results. At the age of 50, no one expected that this was going to be the guy who would become, at least in my interpretation, one of the two most important presidents of the 20th century.
~H W Brands

When the smoke of countless factories shall darken the air in districts where the primeval forest yet stands, will the United States be able to solve the great problems of government which have puzzled sages and philosophers, kings and statesmen, students and men of business since the world began?
~Charles Mackay


One common puzzle for the security-minded is how to work with confidential data on the road. Sometimes you can’t bring your laptop, or don’t want to. But working on somebody else’s machine exposes you to malware and leaves behind all kinds of electronic trails.
~Barton Gellman

I would still describe China as a vast, invigorating puzzle that will never make sense to my western upbringing.
~Abigail Washburn

We can’t just pop off and drop a bomb on North Korea and think everything’s going to be OK. It just doesn’t work like that. It’s a complicated puzzle.
~Lois Frankel


I like a puzzle, as you know. So does every scholar worth his salt. It’s the reward of the business, to look history in the eye and say, ‘I know who you are. You can’t fool me.’
~Elizabeth Kostova

So this was the big secret historians keep to themselves: historical research is wildly seductive and fun. There’s a thrill in the process of digging, then piecing together details like a puzzle.
~Nancy Horan

There are many potential niche markets for puzzle makers, from high-paying corporate gigs to alumni magazines, from educational crosswords to advertisements.
~Ben Tausig

As late as 2007, Facebook was still trying to figure out what it wanted to be when it grew up. An advertising space seemed to be the obvious answer, but how that would tap into the massive value of the personal data uploaded to the company every day remained a puzzle.
~Kurt Eichenwald

How to teach people to do what hasn’t been done is a great riddle.
~Peter Thiel

I try to figure out the marketing puzzle.
~Nelson Peltz

I have restaurants, bookshops… but it’s not an empire, more… a puzzle. If it were an empire, all my restaurants would be the same.
~Alain Ducasse


When you work with somebody, either the puzzle piece fits, or it doesn’t.
~Gary Goetzman

My favorite puzzle is trying to work out the parts myself, after all it is a solo effort.
~Adrian Belew


I think each person, if you’re a CEO, the most important thing is to have — to me, is to pick people around you that aren’t like you, that complement you. Because you want to build a puzzle; you don’t want to stack Chiclets up and have everyone be the same. And so I believe in diversity with a capital D.
~Tim Cook

There are people like this wherever you go. They are part of the same mystery as you are, but you can’t quite tell how you fit together. The world is a puzzle, and we cannot solve it alone.
~Lemony Snicket

Clarissa: Talbot, it is so delightful to have you back again. I shall now have such charming evenings with you at chess.
Talbot: At what?
Clarissa: Chess — the king of games.
Talbot: Do you call it a game? Ha! ha! No, thankee; life’s too short for chess.
~H J Byron

Whoever called snooker ‘chess with balls’ was rude but right.
~Clive James

The perfect family board game is one that can be played each time with fewer pieces.
~Robert Brault

Men trifle with their business and their politics; but they never trifle with their games.
~Bernard Shaw

Not every puzzle is intended to be solved. Some are in place to test your limits. Others are, in fact, not puzzles at all.
~Vera Nazarian

A good puzzle, it’s a fair thing. Nobody is lying. It’s very clear, and the problem depends just on you.
~Erno Rubik


It’s easy to think of a role-playing game as an amalgamation of two main components, narrative and gameplay, jammed together like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. Sometimes, they fit together nicely; other times, they’re as awkward and frustrating as that one weirdly-shaped ‘Tetris’ block that always falls into the gap where you need an L.
~Jason Schreier

I think different games have a different chemical release in your brain as far as reward goes. I like making puzzle games, just because I know I’m kinda good at it, and they really are superfun to work on.
~Kim Swift

Unraveling the threads of a good game story is like solving a well-crafted puzzle. After a lengthy, sometimes difficult journey, the pieces click into place, and you’re rewarded with the satisfying payoff of a job well done.
~Jason Schreier


From Game A to Game B, your whole focus is on improving your team and what is the next challenge. What does the next team present? What are the solutions to the puzzle?
~Frank Vogel

Coaching is very complex: it’s like a puzzle, and many things need to come together to make it work.
~Stan Wawrinka


Most of the places I’ve been, I’ve been a main piece of the puzzle.
~Eric Davis

I was just one piece of the puzzle, a very small piece at that. I really enjoyed my time with the Knicks, and we had a great run.
~Jason Kidd

We’re pieces of the puzzle. If I fit in a certain algorithm, then it’ll be time for me to go. It’s tough as a baseball player, it really is, not knowing much, but you just have to play.
~Eddy Alvarez

The challenge coaches face is replacing players they were counting on to be major pieces of a puzzle. In a lot of cases, there is just no way to make the necessary adjustments.
~Ron Jaworski


Sometimes the hardest pieces of a puzzle to assemble, are the ones missing from the box.
~Dixie Waters

I like to be surprised by life; it’s a good thing to search for the puzzle pieces.
~Josh McDermitt

I look at this life as a puzzle without all the pieces in the box.
~Jonathan Anthony Burkett


Tennis is a big puzzle. It’s not any more physical or mental; you have to have all the pieces first, and then you have to put all the pieces together. For me, it took me time.
~Stan Wawrinka

A well-adjusted person is one who can play golf and bridge as if they were the same games.
~Evan Esar



You know what your problem is, it’s that you haven’t seen enough movies – all of life’s riddles are answered in the movies.
~Steve Martin

But a lot of shows, they pose questions and they give you a puzzle where there’s no solution.
~Aaron Stanford

Movies don’t look hard, but figuring it out, getting the shape of it, getting everybody’s character right and having it be funny, make sense and be romantic, it’s creating a puzzle. Yes, having been a writer for so long, I have an awareness of when things are going awry, but it doesn’t mean I know how to fix them.
~Nancy Meyers


When you’re making an independent film, it’s like this actor plus this actor equals this funding, this financing. Pull this actor out, this actor is still here but this money’s gone. It’s this frightening puzzle mosaic that is the world of independent film.
~Jill Soloway

The great thing about being a producer on a project is that you get to see the ins and outs of every piece of the puzzle. There are so many elements involved in every aspect of a film’s development that I don’t think the average person is aware of, which is, I guess, why the whole process is referred to as movie magic.
~Roberto Aguire

When you are acting, you are just one piece of the puzzle. You don’t see how everything fits together. It feels like you have less authorship over the entire product. In directing, you take the entire picture into account, so you’re challenged in a different way.
~Misha Collins

I think of each movie as a puzzle. The fun is in solving the puzzle: finding a musical identity for the picture, however that can be summed up.
~Marco Beltrami

I’ve never been a big cinephile, which may be why I could treat ‘The Clock‘ like a puzzle and force the pieces to fit together in odd ways.
~Christian Marclay

Every film is a puzzle really, from an editorial point of view.
~Walter Murch

Hollywood can buy a lot of pieces of the puzzle, but the great thing is they can never buy word of mouth.
~Steve Tisch

To me acting is like a jigsaw puzzle. The jigsaw puzzle is of the sky and all the pieces are blue. Out of this you have to create a human being and put it together.
~Henry Winkler

Being a playwright is like the equivalent of doing a jigsaw puzzle that has 1,500 pieces, and it’s a jigsaw of a blue sky. Not a cloud in sight.
~Lewis Black

Without writers, none of the entertainment would exist. It starts with writers. Writers are the most important piece of the entire puzzle.
~Hill Harper


When I was taught Shakespeare in school, it was such an alien, sanitized puzzle, it made no sense.
~Rhys Ifans

As a kid, I was into music, played guitar in a band. Then I started acting in plays in junior high school and just got lost in the puzzle of acting, the magic of it. I think it was an escape for me.
~Michael J Fox

That’s what I love doing – understanding another person’s perspective that’s really different from mine. To me, it’s like an emotional puzzle, trying to figure out the humanity of a character who is very different from myself and why they think the way they do.
~Miriam Shor


Movies are in a much longer production conversation before an actor is even involved. I always thought of actors as the last piece of the puzzle – so you’re a tool.
~Elizabeth Olsen

It’s very important for actors to feel like a part of the puzzle and not the puzzle itself.
~Vikrant Massey

The wardrobe is always the last piece of the puzzle. When you step into the clothing, that’s the final step to figuring out that character.
~Mia Wasikowska

I wanted to play incredibly challenging, multifaceted characters. Because we are all a puzzle.
~Kate Winslet

I am a puzzle and a conundrum and a thunderstorm.
~Brian Doyle


~Sensa Productions: The Jigsaw (8:26) quality horror, the don’t-turn-around kind


~Omeleto: The Study (9:22) zoned: twilight


~Omeleto: The Ark (14:43) to suffer immortality


Music is a lot more like solving an intricate puzzle with moments of pure, random creative bliss… whereas painting is much more purely random creative bliss with moments of problem solving.
~Brandon Boyd

Colors must fit together as pieces in a puzzle or cogs in a wheel.
~Hans Hofmann

I feel every painting is a challenging piece of a puzzle for me and others to solve. I feel both humble and exhilarated to see it completed.
~Akiane Kramarik

When I studied graphic design, I learned a valuable lesson: There’s no perfect answer to the puzzle, and creativity is a renewable resource.
~Biz Stone



Puzzles are like songs. A good puzzle can give you all the pleasure of being duped that a mystery story can. It has surface innocence, surprise, the revelation of a concealed meaning, and the catharsis of solution.
~Stephen Sondheim

I love words. They’re fun. I don’t think any word can just be filler. There’s no room for it. It’s like a puzzle. Every song can be written a million times. How can you say it differently?
~Kacey Musgraves

Sometimes I’ll have sections that I’m not quite sure how they fit in the puzzle of a tune, they’ll get moved around; what I think was originally a verse ends up becoming the chorus, or what’s an intro gets dropped as a hook, things get shifted around a lot.

We put our music together, piece by piece, like a jigsaw puzzle.
~Ronnie Van Zant

Pop is like a puzzle: to write a perfect pop song, you never know, and there’s so much that can happen in a second with a song.

I love when a song is conceived as a jigsaw puzzle in the studio, and then it’s a natural to play live. That’s my gauge of success for a song.
~Jamie Hince

There’s more things that I’d like to do. You know, each song is a little bit of a puzzle. I see most of them as just failed attempts.


Writing is sort of putting a puzzle together halfway. Then, performing it has always been the completion of it. Once that happens, I’m feeling verbally communal with other people. It’s out there and I feel so much better about it.
~Brandi Carlile

Finding your style is like putting puzzle pieces together.
~Lara Spencer

I worked a lot on our album cover, and I didn’t just want to post it on our website one day and move on. We wound up breaking it into 18 pieces and hiding them on fan sites all over the Internet and then posting clues, so fans could put together the puzzle.
~Zacky Vengeance

Making an album is always a puzzle: you start by seeing a lot of different pieces, and they all need to come together into one picture.
~Floor Jansen


~Alphaville: Middle of The Riddle (4:51) intriguing question of balance becomes a song


~Five For Fighting: The Riddle (3:54) mixed media music


~Puzzle: Comedown (3:35) limited lyrics, stylish video


~En Vogue: Riddle (4:10) payback is a …


When broken people try to complete each other it is like forcing unfit puzzle pieces together because they are somewhat similar.
~Lidia Longorio

Love is like a puzzle. When you’re in love, all the pieces fit but when your heart gets broken, it takes a while to get everything back together.
~author unknown

Illness is a puzzle scattered in pieces. Find a way to make whole all the parts, and you can find wellness.
~Terri Guillemets

If the pieces do not fit into your puzzle. Try a different picture.
~Cass van Krah


To become rich is easy. Much harder is to solve the riddles of the heart.
~Publilius Syrus

The Riddle Master himself lost the key to his own riddles one day,’ he said in his deep, reed-pure voice, ‘and he found it again at the bottom of his heart.’
~Patricia A Mckillip


We do spend time talking about it and we puzzle through it together. We ride the roller coasters together – the high highs and the low lows.
~Kyra Sedgwick


I’m not a puzzle piece to someone else’s puzzle, I’m my own puzzle that is still growing. I’m unsure of what it’ll look like when it’s done, but it will be uniquely me.
~Macy Niichel


I would like a boyfriend. I’m a very happy person and it is the final, final piece of the puzzle. I’m looking for that shout-it-out-from-the-mountaintops, fall-in-love person.
~Andy Cohen

Female clothing seems to be extremely difficult and almost like a puzzle for a man to take off. But I think if you get there, you win. A kilt is the complete opposite. The kilt is so easy to take off.
~Sam Heughan

Every riddle has one perfect answer. For life it is love.
~Syed Arshad

The greatest puzzle in the world, young man, the greatest challenge a man can face, a solving the riddle of a women’s heart.
~Steve Hamilton

Woman will always continue to be a cute riddle or a beautiful puzzle, in the meantime man believes that he solves it.
~Eyden I.

I am a woman of many talents and they’re all just pieces of the puzzle that make me and make my career.
~Michelle Phillips

It’s like the riddle of the Sphinx… why are there so many great unmarried women, and no great unmarried men?
~Sarah Jessica Parker

I think being a woman and writing frankly about violence has gotten me some attention, and as someone who wants people to read my books, I can’t complain about that attention, but it does puzzle me that this is something reviewers focus on.
~Karin Slaughter

Being a parent is the toughest thing I’ve ever done. But I’m not the kind of person to throw my kid in front of a TV. I’m the one to take out a book, puzzle, or flash cards.
~Eric Dane

Sisters have ways of socializing brothers into the mysteries of girls. Brothers have ways of socializing sisters into the puzzle that is boys.
~Jeffrey Kluger


I get up and cook for my kids, who really like my scrambled eggs. Or we make pancakes and the requisite bacon. The kids either play or watch cartoons, and Daddy gets to read the ‘New York Times‘ and do his puzzle.
~Jeffrey Tambor

Reviewing good puzzle books is frustrating, because you get to page one of the introduction, find a curious puzzle, become engrossed for 20 minutes, miss your stop and then fail to get home in time to say goodnight to the kids.
~Simon Singh


Children astound me with their inquisitive minds. The world is wide and mysterious to them, and as they piece together the puzzle of life, they ask ‘Why?’ ceaselessly.
~John C Maxwell

A little girl who finds a puzzle frustrating might ask her busy mother (or teacher) for help. The child gets one message if her mother expresses clear pleasure at the request and quite another if mommy responds with a curt ‘Don’t bother me — I’ve got important work to do.’
~Daniel Goleman

The work of the world are the chores of a family, and interventions are a bloody nose instead of the morgue.
~author unknown



Never neglect an opportunity to play leap-frog; it is the best of all games, and, unlike the terribly serious and conscientious pastimes of modern youth, will never become professionalized.
~Herbert Beerbohm Tree

Old card players never die, they just shuffle away.
~author unknown

Never play Twister naked unless you have a can of non-stick cooking spray.
~Anthony J D’Angelo

Whoever dreamed up Scrabble had an exaggerated idea of how many seven-letter words have five i’s.
~Robert Brault

At my house, when a missing pawn shows up in the Scrabble tiles, it counts as an extra blank.
~Robert Brault


…there he was, leaning back in his chair and finishing the Friday New York Times puzzle with a ballpoint pen… The New York Times puzzles grow progressively harder as the week advances, with Monday being the easiest and Saturday requiring the sort of mind that can bend spoons. It took me several days to complete my first Monday puzzle, and after I’d finished, I carried it around in my wallet, hoping that someone might stop me on the street and ask to see it.
~David Sedaris

Egotism, n.: doing the New York Times crossword puzzle with a pen.
~author unknown

Do I rue a life wasted doing crosswords? Yes, but I do know the three-letter-word for regret.
~Robert Brault


There is a riddle about a man who is locked in a room with nothing but a bed and a calendar, and the question is: How does he survive? The answer is: He eats dates from the calendar and drinks from the springs of the bed.
~Kurt Vonnegut

Any woman who has attempted to slip a credit card into an inch-deep trouser pocket knows about the annoying puzzle of women’s clothing: Pockets rarely work.
~Christina Binkley

I stayed up one night playing poker with tarot cards. I got a full house and four people died.
~Steven Wright

POKER, n. A game said to be played with cards for some purpose to this lexicographer unknown.
~Ambrose Bierce


It puzzled all our kith and kin,
It reach’d an awful pitch;
For one of us was born a twin
And not a soul knew which was which
~Henry S Leigh

Thirty days hath September,
Every person can remember;
But to know when Easter comes
Puzzles even scholars some
~Boston Transcript

Let school-masters puzzle their brain,
With grammar, and nonsense, and learning;
Good liquor, I stoutly maintain,
Gives genius a better discerning.
~Oliver Goldsmith

I wanna make a jigsaw puzzle that’s 40,000 pieces. And when you finish it, it says ‘go outside.’
~Demetri Martin

You know, people call mystery novels or thrillers ‘puzzles.’ I never understood that, because when I buy a puzzle, I already know what it is. It’s on the box. And even if I don’t, if it’s a 5,000-piece puzzle of the ‘Mona Lisa’, it’s not like I put the last piece in and go, ‘I had no idea it’s the ‘Mona Lisa’!’
~Harlan Coben


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The term jigsaw puzzle really came to prominence from 1880 when the previous name dissected puzzle was changed following the invention of the treadle jigsaw.
~David Platt


The experience of life that you and I have is pretty much a jigsaw puzzle in the box: Day-to-day experiences of disconnected pieces that don’t seem to justify the efforts we make each day.
~Robert Adams


Every day is sort of a jigsaw puzzle. You have to make sure that you’re putting the most important things first.
~Julia Hartz


Every horse I get on I can adapt to. It’s like a jigsaw puzzle.
~Charlotte Dujardin


Innovation is like looking for pieces in a jigsaw puzzle. You have to find a lot of pieces that don’t match to find the one or two pieces that match.
~Edward Conard


The problem is that we always look for the missing piece of the puzzle instead of finding a place for the one in our hand.
~Alina Radoi

Many puzzles that do have themes are not titled as such; rather, one discovers the theme by solving the crossword.
~Abbott Wainwright

In the same way he’s fascinated by crosswords, the puzzle of solving the murder is what drives him on.
~John Thaw


People who work crossword puzzles know that if they stop making progress, they should put the puzzle down for a while.
~Marilyn vos Savant

Getting away from a puzzle and doing something else clears the brain so that it is fresh when it returns to a puzzle. A break rids the brain of its prior blind spot accumulated while doing a puzzle.
~Abbott Wainwright

You know that thing where you’re trying to do the crossword puzzle, and you’re trying to fit the word that’s in your head in the puzzle, and then you go ‘Ugh!’ and you walk away, and then it comes to you. I’m interested in that moment. The release of expectation, and the release of pleasing yourself and pleasing anybody. Breaking the mindset.
~Jeffrey Tambor

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I think that, at the end of the day, I’m drawn to a certain level of ambiguous storytelling that requires hard thought and work in the same way that the ‘New York Times‘ crossword puzzle does: Sometimes you just want to put it down or throw it out the window, but there’s a real rewarding sense if you feel like you’ve cracked it.
~Damon Lindelof

Much like life, you don’t complete a puzzle by throwing away the pieces.
~Craig D Lounsbrough


Understanding a metaphor is like deciphering a code or unraveling a riddle.
~Max Black

Miss Barrett: Sometimes there are passages… I’ve marked one or two in your Sordello which rather puzzled me.
‘All petals, no prickles
No prickles like trickles.’
Robert Browning: Well, Miss Barrett, when that passage was written only God and Robert Browning understood it.

To approach a poem as if it is a puzzle to be understood is to miss the point.
~John Cooper Clarke

A writer is someone who can make a riddle out of an answer.
~Karl Kaus


I like to edit my sentences as I write them. I rearrange a sentence many times before moving on to the next one. For me, that editing process feels like a form of play, like a puzzle that needs solving, and it’s one of the most satisfying parts of writing.
~Karen Thompson Walker

There are books that are made for you to sit and puzzle over and spend time with.
~Uzodinma Iweala

For me, writing a novel is like solving a puzzle. But I don’t intend my novels as puzzles. I intend them as invitations to dance.
~Mohsin Hamid


Writing a mystery is like drawing a picture and then cutting it into little pieces that you offer to your readers one piece at a time, thus allowing them the chance to put the jigsaw puzzle together by the end of the book.
~Ashwin Sanghi

I think that we’re pattern-seeking animals, and what we like best is a story where everything fits together, where there’s no puzzle pieces left over.
~Noah Hawley

I have never been able to read Agatha Christie — the pleasure is purely in the puzzle, and the reader is toyed with by someone who didn’t decide herself who the killer was until the end of the writing.
~A S Byatt

Why do we take pleasure in gruesome death, neatly packaged as a puzzle to which we may find a satisfactory solution through clues — or if we are not clever enough, have it revealed by the all-powerful tale-teller at the end of the book? It is something to do with being reduced to, and comforted by, playing by the rules.
~A S Byatt


There’s something about Vonnegut’s deadpan irony that I really like. And I like Borges’ puzzle structure.
~Ruth Ozeki


But to this day — I’m very literate now, I love to read, I read constantly — words don’t resonate the way they do to a person with a formal education. They’re like a maze, a puzzle that has to be opened up.
~Lance Henriksen

I started with things that I was troubled by or confused by or interested in, and then I wrote stories to try to puzzle my way through it. But the question is not how to represent war, because it’s an abstract thing that’s felt differently for all the characters.
~Phil Klay


He may find it hard to achieve just the arrangement he wants, but he will find it hardest of all to meet squarely that inevitable inquiry of the puzzled carpenter, as he looks about him, Have you really read all these books?
~Thomas Wentworth Higginson

Written by the ancient Chinese philosopher of the same name, the ‘Zhuangzi‘ is one long perplexing puzzle of a rambling collection of enigmatic short stories. It’s a strange feeling to laugh at a joke written by someone in the 4th century B.C.
~Patrick Stump


§ The Glass Table:

I Like the Rain

I like the rain to fall soft upon my face
as alone in the night, I gaze into space
marveling as the moon sends silvery beams
and sweet rain drops run, sparkling streams

Deep velvet sky, cloaking shadows that fall
as alone in the night, a haunting whippoorwill’s call
shimmering stars pierce the night sky
the unburdening clouds mask tears that I cry

Enthralled by the darkness, dancing lights fill the sky
as alone in the night, I am shaken… with a deep sigh
caress of a breeze, chilling as it warms me slow
spilling out upon a page, now to you… I show…
~Greenie of There.com


I am very puzzled by the fact that young people are getting infected again. They don’t take precautions despite an enormous amount of information. It’s like riding a race car at 200 kilometers an hour. Some people like the risk.
~Luc Montagnier

I probably wouldn’t do anything differently if I had to do it again. Every little thing that happens to you, good and bad, becomes a little piece of the puzzle of who you become. Every successful person you read about — Warren Buffett, Bill Gates — they all say pretty much the same thing. ‘Do what you love.’ I know I did.
~David Foster

And it is in games that many men discover their paradise.
~Robert Lynd


A puzzle doesn’t have to be impossibly difficult to be great… Producing a refreshing and original easy puzzle is one of the biggest challenges a constructor can face
~Ben Tausig

The art of simplicity is a puzzle of complexity.
~Douglas Horton


Gravity Falls‘ is a riddle wrapped in an enigma tucked in a mystery deep-fried in a conundrum slathered in hickory-smoked puzzle sauce.
~Alex Hirsch

There were so many puzzling things after one knew all the organs and innards. You thought with your brain. Why couldn’t you see yourself thinking that you were seeing yourself thinking and so on forever like looking in a mirror seeing yourself looking in the mirror?
~Cid Ricketts Sumner

Unraveling the solution to a mystery story of a puzzle seems to produce a kind of ‘mental catharsis,’ since people typically feel a sense of relief from suspense when they find the answer to the mystery or puzzle… For some truly mysterious reason, human beings seem to need this kind of catharsis on a regular bases — as the popularity of mysteries and puzzles across the world and across time attests.
~Ronald A Knox

Watching Houdini, some were willing for the magic while others were driven to unravel his puzzle. His show was the thing.
~author unknown


David Beckham is always seen as the thickest man on the planet, too daft to complete a jigsaw puzzle. But then you watch old footage of him playing and every time he plays a ball across the field, he’s intuitively working out the trajectory of the ball.
~Romesh Ranganathan

I can’t solve a puzzle for the life of me – my brain doesn’t work that way. But I can take a very simple idea and extrapolate from it and spend time with it and pull things out of it.
~David Lowery


In every problem, there’s a concealed solution, locking itself underneath, unlock, peruse, find and solve.
~Michael Bassey Johnson

Some people have an unconquerable love of riddles. They may have the chance of listening to plain sense, or to such wisdom that explains life; but no, they must go and work their brains over a riddle, just because they do not understand what it means.
~Isak Dinesen

Man is a puzzle-solving animal.
~Ronald A Knox

The nice thing about doing a crossword puzzle is, you know there is a solution.
~Stephen Sondheim


Prewritten Prompt: puzzle


In such cases the imagination is undoubtedly its own doppelgänger, and sees nothing more than the projection of its own deceit. But I am puzzled, I confess, to explain the appearance of the first ghost, especially among men who thought death to be the end-all here below.
~James Russell Lowell

Man’s moral nature is a riddle which only eternity can solve.
~Henry David Thoreau

The riddles of God are more satisfying than the solutions of man.
~G K Chesterton

I looked at some of the statues of Jesus; they were just stones with no life. When they said that God is three, I was puzzled even more but could not argue. I believed it, simply because I had to have respect for the faith of my parents.
~Cat Stevens



Same Difference

Color me baffled
Color me puzzled
Nigh on the same
letter palette
But too much blue
in baffled


on the plus

riddle me with bullets
wound me with your arms
riddle me with wily words
burn me with your charms

dicey puzzle titled Love
triggered new kinds of storm
illusive brands of identity
new winter ways to stay warm



companion partners
platonics not meant for love
walls have exits needing resupply
doors disguised as ways to enter
to merge as if intended
fated gratis from above
slip into a common groove

cubbyhole definitions
have more to prove
than late-blooming seeds do
sunset shadows lengthen, loom
near penultimate’s pending moon
sync up, match up, date to mate
fear some, find one ere too late



cross words the reality
cross words for the clue
aisle for the I’ll always love you
crossword: the relationship puzzle
cross out the words I will and I do


5s ‘n 7s

riddle me what puzzles me
what hereafter death can be
your only proof, you believe
preach me how eternity
sanctified just you and me


if love was a lake
white sandy shore, hidden depths
how far the shallows?
wade in or dive, the puzzle
otter in water or stone


play shrewd the puzzle
sideline player watching game
both sides wearing out
one rewarded for folly
t’other suggests let ’em vote

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The Olio and Salmagundi of Quotes

I am a very zone-specific person. For example, if I put all the pieces of a puzzle together, it’s done, so there is nothing to look forward to.
~Nushrat Bharucha

It’s hard to appreciate success in modeling, because it’s not something you feel like you’ve earned, so there is a little bit of bread of shame that comes with that. It’s like somebody giving you a puzzle that’s already put together.
~Ashton Kutcher


I try to keep current in what’s going on in the world. I do mental exercises. I don’t have any trouble memorizing lines because of the crossword puzzles I do every day to keep my mind a little limber. I don’t sit and vegetate.
~Betty White

I love words. Sudoku I don’t get into, I’m not into numbers that much, and there are people who are hooked on that. But crossword puzzles, I just can’t — if I get a puppy and I paper train him and I put the — if all of a sudden I’d open the paper and there’s a crossword puzzle — ‘No, no, you can’t go on that, honey. I’ll take it.’
~Betty White


Paris is an unsolved puzzle. She inspires me in a way that other places don’t. And she demands more of me. Just try to write about her without bumping into cliche after cliche.
~M J Rose

I love Memphis, I guess you could say, in the way that you love a brother even if he does sometimes puzzle and sadden and frustrate you. Say what you want about it, it’s an authentic place. I was born and raised in Memphis, and no matter where I go, Memphis belongs to me, and I to it.
~Hampton Sides


Once I began doing stand-up, I didn’t get a kick out of the applause or being the centre of attention — but I did get a kick out of the jigsaw puzzle aspect of it, searching for the right bit, adding another few pieces each night until the bigger picture appears. That’s the appeal: the challenge of it.
~Stephen Merchant

This idea of, there’s a locked door; how do you open it? You don’t necessarily care what’s behind it; you’re just more excited about opening the lock … It’s not about finding the treasure; it’s more about defeating the puzzle.
~Harper Reed


Life is essentially a series of events to be lived through rather than intellectual riddles to be played with and solved.
~George Arthur Buttrick

The world’s a puzzle; no need to make sense out of it.


Truth has to be given in riddles. People can’t take truth if it comes charging at them like a bull. The bull is always killed. You have to give people the truth in a riddle, hide it so they go looking for it and find it piece by piece; that way they learn to live with it.
~Chaim Potok

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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Riddles Answered

Having been asked, why the tilde
It reminds of a musical instrument
the curves of a woman
waves on the water
The look of it is gentle
a good introduction to words

…and the why of double ::
From personal use, and for purposes here: means not equal, but almost the same, or almost the opposite (this edition’s puzzle :: riddle); used rarely, primarily to open up options

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THIS EDITION:   fate :: destiny

Quoted In The Grove:
If you take risks and face your fate with dignity, there is nothing you can do that makes you small; if you don’t take risks, there is nothing you can do that makes you grand
~Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Failure and success seem to have been allotted to men by their stars. But they retain the power of wriggling, of fighting with their star or against it, and in the whole universe the only really interesting movement is this wriggle.
~E M Forester

Human reason needs only to will more strongly than fate, and she is fate.
~Thomas Mann

My fate cannot be mastered; it can only be collaborated with and thereby, to some extent, directed. Nor am I the captain of my soul; I am only its noisiest passenger.
~Aldous Huxley


Exercise Prompt for 05/10:   struggle


You are what your deep driving desire is;
As your deep driving desire is, so is your will;
As your will is so is your deed;
As your deed is so is your destiny.
~Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

The law of harvest is to reap more than you sow. Sow an act, and you reap a habit. Sow a habit and you reap a character. Sow a character and you reap a destiny.
~James Allen

Your destiny is to fulfill those things upon which you focus most intently.
~Olivia Green

Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.
~Frank Outlaw

People without firmness of character love to make up a fate for themselves; that relieves them of the necessity of having their own will and of taking responsibility for themselves.
~Ivan Turgenev

I often feel, and ever more deeply I realize, that fate and character are the same conception.


Responsibility without power, the fate of the secretary through the ages.
~Ariel Dorfman

It is past time for women to take their rightful place, side by side with men, in the rooms where the fates of peoples, where their children’s and grandchildren’s fates, are decided.
~Hillary Clinton

You can approach ‘The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death’ in a variety or combination of ways: as a startlingly eccentric hobby; as a series of unresolved murder mysteries; as the manifestation of one woman’s peculiar psychic life; as a lesson in forensics; as a metaphor for the fate of women; as a photographic study.
~Robert Gottlieb

Man does not control his own fate. The women in his life do that for him.
~Groucho Marx

On a windswept hill
by a billowing sea,
my destiny sits
and waits for me.
~Robert Brault

Everywhere man blames nature and fate, yet his fate is mostly but the echo of his character and passions, his mistakes and weaknesses.

Don’t be always quarreling with Fate. We too often heap our faults on Fate’s shoulders.
~Minna Thomas Antrim

I generally wade in blind and trust to fate and instinct to see me through.
~Peter Straub

Destiny is a good thing to accept when it’s going your way. When it isn’t, don’t call it destiny; call it injustice, treachery, or simple bad luck.
~Joseph Heller

Fate is the friend of the good, the guide of the wise, the tyrant of the foolish, the enemy of the bad.
~William Rounseville Alger

Destiny has two ways of crushing us ‒ by refusing our wishes and by fulfilling them.
~Henri Frederic Amiel

Destiny is consciousness of oneself, but consciousness of oneself as an enemy.
~Georg Wilhelm Frieidrich Hegel

Destiny is something not be to desired and not to be avoided, a mystery not contrary to reason, for it implies that the world, and the course of human history, have meaning.
~Dag Hammarskjold

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Posted From The Grove

A nation is a totality of men united through community of fate into a community of character.
~Otto Bauer

America is woven of many strands. I would recognise them and let it so remain. Our fate is to become one, and yet many. This is not prophecy, but description.
~Ralph Ellison


The fate of our times is characterized by rationalization and intellectualization and, above all, by the disenchantment of the world.
~Max Weber

Such is the miraculous nature of the future of exiles: what is first uttered in the impotence of an overheated apartment becomes the fate of nations.
~Salman Rushdie


To me, it was a sad fate to have been born into a period and a world where everything was in tip-top order, and the only real excitement was to be found in history books and occasionally also in the paper.
~Hans Jonas

I have no opinion of my own wisdom, and little of any body’s else; but I have an odd system, that what is called chance is the instrument of Providence and the secret agent that counteracts what men call wisdom, and preserves order and regularity, and continuation in the whole, for you must know, madam, that I firmly believe, notwithstanding all our complaints, that almost every person upon earth tastes upon the totality more happiness than misery; and therefore if we correct the world to our fancies, and with the best intentions imaginable, probably we should only produce more misery and confusion.
~Horace Walpole


It takes courage to sit on a jury. How many of us want to decide the fate of another person’s life or freedom? How many of us want to hold that kind of power in our hands?
~Regina Brett

When you go into court you are putting your fate into the hands of twelve people who weren’t smart enough to get out of jury duty.
~Norm Crosby


Having excessive power in the hands of one country meant the fate of the world was too dependent on what happened in that one country.
~Joseph Stiglitz

We, the people. Manifest Destiny. Conceived in liberty. Fear itself. Ask not. Morning in America. United we stand. Yes, we can. In times of great change and tumult, presidents seek to inspire beleaguered Americans by reminding them of their national identity.
~Ron Fournier


The anvil of justice is planted firm, and fate who makes the sword does the forging in advance.


The Hebrews have done more to civilize men than any other nation. If I were an atheist, and believed blind eternal fate, I should still believe that fate had ordained the Jews to be the most essential instrument for civilizing the nations.
~John Adams

To our Palestinian neighbours, I assure you that we have a genuine intention to respect your right to live independently and in dignity. I have already said that Israel has no desire to continue to govern over you and control your fate.
~Ariel Sharon

It goes without saying that the Jewish people can have no other goal than Palestine and that, whatever the fate of the proposition may be, our attitude toward the land of our fathers is and shall remain unchangeable.
~Theodor Herzl

Political liberty, the peace of a nation, and science itself are gifts for which Fate demands a heavy tax in blood!
~Honore de Balzac

I know that I shall meet my fate
somewhere among the clouds above;
those that I fight I do not hate,
those that I guard I do not love.
~W B Yeats


This principle is old, but true as fate,
Kings may love treason, but the traitor hate.
~Thomas Dekker


In both world wars, Britain understood that our national sovereignty could only endure if we cooperated with other nations. That our fate is inexorably bound with that of our neighbours.
~Ed Davey

Scotland and England may sometimes be rivals, but by geography, we are also neighbours. By history, allies. By economics, partners. And by fate and fortune, comrades, friends and family.
~Douglas Alexander

Whatever else may divide us, Europe is our common home; a common fate has linked us through the centuries, and it continues to link us today.
~Leonid I Brezhnev

Germany’s fate is decided first and foremost in Europe. Reconciliation and cooperation in Europe have brought us freedom, peace and prosperity. Who would have dared to believe so much 50 years ago?
~Horst Koehler

As a nation we have the right to decide our own affairs, to mould our own future. This does not pose any danger to anybody. Our nation is fully aware of the responsibility for its own fate in the complicated situation of the contemporary world.
~Lech Walesa

Today the fate of humankind is even more crucially linked than ever before. The boundaries between the problems of ‘others’ and ‘our’ problems are being increasingly erased.
~Janez Drnovsek

Today, as never before, the fates of men are so intimately linked to one another that a disaster for one is a disaster for everybody. ~Natalia Ginzburg

Not what we experience, but how we perceive what we experience, determines our fate.
~Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach


To die for one’s country is such a worthy fate that all compete for so beautiful a death.
~Pierre Corneille

Yes, young men, Italy owes to you an undertaking which has merited the applause of the universe. You have conquered and you will conquer still, because you are prepared for the tactics that decide the fate of battles.
~Giuseppe Garibaldi

When the will defies fear, when duty throws the gauntlet down to fate, when honor scorns to compromise with death ‒ that is heroism.
~Robert Green Ingersoll

Have any of our friends got off the Island with their families, or what must they submit to? Despotism or destruction, I fear, is their fate.
~William Floyd


The havoc wrought by war, which one compares with the havoc wrought by nature, is not an unavoidable fate before which man stands helpless. The natural forces that are the cause of war are human passions, which it lies in our power to change. What are culture and civilization if not the taming of blind forces within us as well as in nature?
~Ellen Key


The fate of nations is intimately bound up with their powers of reproduction. All nations and all empires first felt decadence gnawing at them when their birth rate fell off.
~Benito Mussolini

History shows us that other highly developed forms of civilization have collapsed. Who knows whether the same fate does not await our own?
~Christian Lous Lange

When a decision is made to go to war based on intelligence, it is a fateful decision. It has ramifications and impacts way beyond the current months and years.
~Carl Levin

…is always protesting that he has the fate of the world in mind and bangs on about the ‘freedom-loving peoples’ he’s seeking to protect. I’d love to meet a freedom-hating people.
~Harold Pinter

American policy seems to be wed to a perpetual state of war. Why? History shows that the world will always be in flux or turmoil, with different peoples competing for visibility and power. The U.S. cannot fix the fate of every nation.
~Camille Paglia


After Watergate, America was a ship without a rudder. Vietnam was left to its own devices, drifting along towards its fate.
~Nguyen Cao Ky

What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate.
~Donald Trump

What separates the winners from the whiners is how a person reacts to
each new twist of fate.
~author unknown

My fate is in the hands of almighty Allah. I will deliver to the Gambian people and if I have to rule this country for one billion years, I will, if Allah says so.
~Yahya Jammeh

Oh, how sweet it is to pity the fate of an enemy who can no longer threaten us!
~Pierre Corneille

It seems to be the fate of idealists to obtain what they have struggled for in a form which destroys their ideals.
~Bertrand Russell


The rude awakening I got was that this country can determine the fate of anyone by using propaganda on a public that is hungry for lies.
~Bushwick Bill

You wait for fate to bring about the changes in life which you should be bringing about by yourself.
~Douglas Coupland

The fate of every democracy, of every government based on the sovereignty of the people, depends on the choices it makes between these opposite principles, absolute power on the one hand, and on the other the restraints of legality and the authority of tradition.
~John Dalberg-Acton


It is to be remarked that a good many people are born curiously unfitted for the fate waiting them on this earth.
~Joseph Conrad

Upon the education of the people of this country the fate of this country depends.
~Benjamin Disraeli

The fate of our democracy rests on our ability to protect voting rights for all citizens.
~Alex Padilla

It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become a prey to the active.
~John Philpot Curran

If you do not create your destiny, you will have your fate inflicted upon you.
~William Irwin Thompson


Do not be afraid; our fate Cannot be taken from us; it is a gift.
~Dante Alighieri

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
~William Ernest Henley

Fate loves the fearless.
~James Russell Lowell


~Alex Pearl: Destiny (2:14) a bit of weirdness, make of it what you will


~NY Times: We Have A Creativity Problem


~The Atlantic: The Nocturnals ● extreme introverts?


Commerce changes the fate and genius of nations.
~Thomas Gray

Let us, then, be up and doing,
with a heart for any fate;
still achieving, still pursuing,
learn to labor and to wait.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I believe in fate, but I also believe that hard work and diligence plays a very important role in our lives.
~Chanda Kochhar

The good news about entrepreneurship is that your fate is in your hands. The bad news is that your fate is in your hands!
~Guy Kawasaki

Lots of folks confuse bad management with destiny.
~Kin Hubbard

Sometimes it seems that the fate of the world is decided entirely in the ether of electronic communications and corporate backroom deals.
~Rebecca Solnit

The disaster in the Gulf was no accident. It was the result of years of oil money buying off politicians to lead to an unregulated and ill focused addiction to oil and drilling. The doomed fate of the local fisherman and the environment were foretold in the infamous chants of ‘Drill, Baby, Drill.’
~Robert Greenwald

But I have learned a thing or two;
I know as sure as fate,
when we lock up our lives for wealth,
the gold key comes too late.
~Will Carleton


Maybe I was born to be a merchant, maybe it was fate. I don’t know about that. But I know this for sure: I loved retail from the very beginning.
~Sam Walton

You will never fulfill your destiny doing work you despise.
~John C Maxwell

You cannot predict your future. You can however, create your future.
~James A Murphy

Ambition drives you on, ability certainly helps, but the fickle finger of fate and luck are great things.
~Fergus Henderson


Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can circumvent or hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul.
~Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Destiny is better planned than stumbled upon.
~Joseph Julius Bonkowski

Destiny is often by design.
~Joseph Julius Bonkowski

At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done, then they begin to hope it can be done, then they see it can be done ‒ then it is done and all the world wonders why it was not done centuries ago.
~Frances Hodgson Burnett

Fate is the endless chain of causation, whereby things are; the reason or formula by which the world goes on.
~Citium Zeno

Fate is a sempiternal and unchangeable series and chain of things, rolling and unraveling itself through eternal sequences of cause and effect, of which it is composed and compounded.

A close friend of mine described me as a radical pragmatist. I embrace this no-nonsense distinction wholeheartedly. It is a character trait that matches the sense of myself I’ve had from as far back as I can remember. I am not one who goes in much for magical thinking. I don’t believe in destiny, fate, or things like divine guidance, either.
~Kerry James Marshall


Concern for man and his fate must always form the chief interest of all technical endeavors. Never forget this in the midst of your diagrams and equations.
~Albert Einstein

If all of us acted in unison as I act individually there would be no wars and no poverty. I have made myself personally responsible for the fate of every human being who has come my way.
~Anais Nin


But for a few twists of fate, the gasoline engine we know today might have just been a small footnote in history.
~Kimbal Musk

We continue our learning, by applying the answers and knowledge we have gained to a future challenge which reinforces that knowledge and secures it for our lifetime.
~G Donald Craig Jr

But blind to former as to future fate,
what mortal knows his pre-existent state?
~Alexander Pope

The slave is doomed to worship time and fate and death, because they are greater than anything he finds in himself, and because all his thoughts are of things which they devour.
~Bertrand Russell

The perception of linked fate and that feeling of being always on the spot as a representative of the race, at least in mixed company, are features of African American life that predate affirmative action and arise outside of its presence.
~Randall Kennedy

White Americans live under this accusation that they’re racist, they need to prove that they’re not racist. In order to prove that you’re not racist, you need to take over the fate of black people and say, go with us, we’ll engineer you into the future, we’ll engineer you into equality.
~Shelby Steele

That was a sin: to consider yourself victimized or not able to control your destiny or your fate ‒ that was the one cardinal sin in our community.
~Condoleezza Rice


The people made worse off by slavery were those who were enslaved. Their descendants would have been worse off today if born in Africa instead of America. Put differently, the terrible fate of their ancestors benefitted them.
~Thomas Sowell

Racist societies enforce the idea of race as home by making race an inescapable fate.
~Shelby Steele

In my view, the humanity of our world can be measured against the fate of Africa.
~Horst Koehler



Casting sometimes is fate and destiny more than skill and talent, from a director’s point of view.
~Steven Spielberg

It makes me believe in fate. In most cases, the readings where I’ve been really bad have usually been the ones where I got the part.
~Robin Wright

Actors work and slave and it is the color of your hair that can determine your fate in the end.
~Helen Hayes

The god of theater laughs in your face at planning. You can’t plan as an actor; there’s no way, because so much of it is dependent on other people’s choices and decisions that you’re at the whim of fate, really.
~Ruth Negga

Talent and intelligence never yet inoculated anyone against the caprice of the fates.
~J K Rowling

I always put in my 100 percent. Once the film is over, I look at my next, because then it’s up to the audience to decide my fate.
~Ravi Teja

Homelessness is the actor’s fate; physical incapacity to attain what is most required and desired by such a spirit as I am a slave to.
~Edwin Booth

Something like trying to protect yourself all the time, things like trying to outwit fate. Those things can be the worst thing you can do for yourself.
~John Frusciante

No worse fate can befall a young man or woman than becoming prematurely entrenched in prudence and negation.
~Knut Hamsun

Bad things are not the worst things that can happen to us. Nothing is the worst thing that can happen to us!
~Richard Bach

Learn about life and when fate takes you by the hand, go. Do it. Dare to do.
~Lorne Greene


~David Tames: Destiny (1999) (4:20) fate that wasn’t destiny


~Michael Conroy: Drexler’s Destiny (8:03) leaving for good


~Ringling College of Art and Design: Mothboy (2:11) pubescent fate, animated


~Amir Mehran: Silent City (6:57) haunting for its timing, animated


Fate, or some mysterious force, can put the finger on you or me, for no good reason at all.
~Martin Goldsmith

Fate is being kind to me. Fate doesn’t want me to be too famous too young.
~Duke Ellington

People don’t want to praise their contemporaries whose lives they actually share, but hold great expectations for the praise of future generations.
~Ryan Holiday

Evil is done without effort, naturally, it is the working of fate; good is always the product of an art.
~Charles Baudelaire

Art is a revolt against fate. All art is a revolt against man’s fate.
~Andre Malraux

It has been my fate in a long life of production to be credited chiefly with the equivocal virtue of industry, a quality so excellent in morals, so little satisfactory in art.
~Margaret Oliphant

All things are subject to decay
and when fate summons,
monarchs must obey.
~John Dryden

Let men and fate do their worst, we must learn to suffer in silence, everything will find its proper place in the end and sooner or later my turn will come.

Our fate is determined by how far we are prepared to push ourselves to stay alive – the decisions we make to survive. We must do whatever it takes to endure and make it through alive.
~Bear Grylls

God gives you the option to choose. Based on your choice the path is laid out. The ultimate destination remains fixed.
~Sandeep Ravidutt Sharma

Death and life have their determined appointments; riches and honors depend upon heaven.

The best of men cannot suspend their fate:
The good die early, and the bad die late.
~Daniel Defoe

Cancer victims who don’t accept their fate, who don’t learn to live with it, will only destroy what little time they have left.
~Ingrid Bergman

What interests me is the surprising enormous extent to which most people accept the fate that’s been given to them, and find some dignity.
~Kazuo Ishiguro


I think quite often a fate worse than death is life, for lots of people.
~Tom Baker

I joyfully hasten to meet death. If it come before I have had opportunity to develop all my artistic faculties, it will come, my hard fate notwithstanding, too soon, and I should probably wish it later – yet even then I shall be happy, for will it not deliver me from a state of endless suffering?
~Ludwig van Beethoven

Many men would take the death sentence without a whimper to escape the life sentence which Fate carries in her hand.
~T E Lawrence

Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.
~William James

One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying.
~Joan of Arc



I was 9 when I wrote ‘Fate Stay with Me.’ It was this fictional song about romance gone wrong.
~Alanis Morissette

Musical compositions can be very sad – Chopin – but you have the pleasure of this sadness. The cheap consolation is: you will be happy. The higher consolation is the pleasure and recognition of your unhappiness, the pleasure of having recognised that fate, destiny and life are such as they are and so you reach a higher form of consciousness.
~Umberto Eco


King Diamond was always more satanic than Mercyful Fate. And I’m not saying anything bad about Mercyful Fate ‒ I love that band but sometimes people forget that King Diamond is the satanic philosophy through and through.
~King Diamond

I believe samurai in the Edo period and modern hip-hop artists have something in common. Rappers open the way to their future with one microphone; samurai decided their fate with one sword.
~Shinichiro Watanabe


~Bob Dylan: Simple Twist of Fate // Paris, Texas • ft. Jeff Tweedy (3:51) a classic gets lived in


~Destiny’s Child: Survivor (3:28) a promise to self


~Destiny: Promise Issues (3:31) second chance?


~Boy Harsher: Fate (4:17) not only war is bloodthirsty


~The Byrds: I Wasn’t Born To Follow (2:04) easy for the road


Que Sera Sera: different approaches to What Will Be

~Doris Day (7:15) the classic, with accompanying storyline


~Pink Martini (4:51) a song from the background


~Marcus Miller, ft. Selah Sue (6:01) lots of smiling faces


~thailifechannel (2:02) heart tugging/expanding, watch expressions change


It is sad when two people turn from the paths they’re traveling, and their paths go on to cross without them.
~Robert Brault

Can you make a mistake and miss your fate?
~Sarah Jessica Parker

The light goes out on purpose sometimes so we can get lost and then realize we weren’t even on the right path to begin with.
~Michelle Christine

Sometimes, perhaps, we are allowed to get lost that we may find the right person to ask directions of.
~Robert Brault

Sometimes fate brings two people together by causing one to misinterpret a smile.
~Robert Brault


And yet ‒ and yet ‒ ah, who understands?
We men and women are complex things!
A hundred tunes Fate’s inexorable hands
May play on the sensitive soul-strings.
~Amy Levy

Love is such a powerful subject matter because it comes in so many different shapes and sizes. It’s about timing, fate, failure, redemption.
~Jim Sturgess


Stardust sails endless distances through silent ages until, white-hot, it strikes a ready heart.
~Terri Guillemets

Now is the dramatic moment of fate, Watson, when you hear a step upon the stair which is walking into your life, and you know not whether for good or ill.
~Arthur Conan Doyle


It lies not in our power to love, or hate,
For will in us is over-rul’d by fate.
~Christopher Marlowe

The fate of love is that it always seems too little or too much.
~Amelia Barr


Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone ‒ we find it with another.
~Thomas Merton

Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart.
~Marcus Aurelius


Wedding is destiny, and hanging likewise.
~John Heywood

Love cannot save you from your own fate.
~Jim Morrison

When I started dating I had this kind of Romeo and Juliet, fateful romantic idea about love which was almost that you were a victim and there was a lot of pain involved and that was how it should be.
~Emma Watson

Well, marriage doesn’t function in the way it used to in terms of deciding our fate, but it’s in our heads, and it determines a lot of our actions. Like, right now, if you think about gay marriage ‒ and they just started having the first gay marriages in New York ‒ it shows what a potent idea marriage remains for people.
~Jeffrey Eugenides

Your destiny is my destiny. Your happiness is my happiness.
~Islom Karimov

Either marriage is a destiny, I believe, or there is no sense in it at all, it’s a piece of humbug.
~Max Frisch

The fate of a child is in the hands of his parents.
~Shinichi Suzuki

They say geniuses mostly have great mothers. They mostly have sad fates.
~David Herbert Lawrence

There are people who recall my father as a saint and a monster. I’m quite sure I will share the same fate.
~Franz Wright

Fate chooses our relatives, we choose our friends.
~Jacques Delille

I think we are bound to, and by, nature. We may want to deny this connection and try to believe we control the external world, but every time there’s a snowstorm or drought, we know our fate is tied to the world around us.
~Alice Hoffman

The fate of animals is of greater importance to me than the fear of appearing ridiculous; it is indissolubly connected with the fate of men.
~Emile Zola

To bare our souls is all we ask, to give all we have to life and the beings surrounding us. Here the nature spirits are intense and we appreciate them, make offerings to them ‒ these nature spirits who call us here ‒ sealing our fate with each other, celebrating our love.
~Alex Grey

Nature, I have constantly argued in my work, is the real superpower of this godless universe. It is the ultimate disposer of human fate, randomly recarving geography over 10,000-year epochs.
~Camille Paglia


We are not going to be able to operate our Spaceship Earth successfully nor for much longer unless we see it as a whole spaceship and our fate as common. It has to be everybody or nobody.
~R Buckminster Fuller

I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.



Fate often puts all the material for happiness and prosperity into a man’s hands just to see how miserable he can make himself with them.
~Don Marquis

Sometimes life has a cruel sense of humor, giving you the thing you always wanted at the worst time possible.
~Lisa Kleypas

That’s life ‒ whichever way you turn, fate sticks out its foot to trip you.
~Martin Goldsmith & Martin Mooney

Last I heard from my destiny, it wanted me to go one-quarter mile and make a legal U-Turn.
~Robert Brault

Fate is like a strange, unpopular restaurant, filled with odd waiters who bring you things you never asked for and don’t always like.
~Lemony Snicket

I’m not absolutely certain of the facts, but I rather fancy it’s Shakespeare ‒ or, if not, some equally brainy bird ‒ who says that it’s always just when a fellow is feeling particularly braced with things in general that Fate sneaks up behind him with the bit of lead piping.
~P G Wodehouse

Unseen, in the background, Fate was quietly slipping lead into the boxing glove.
~P G Wodehouse

Most gods throw dice, but Fate plays chess, and you don’t find out til too late that he’s been playing with two queens all along.
~Terry Pratchett

I believe in fate. I didn’t set out to be a comedian at first. I’m still not sure if I am or not.
~Noel Fielding

Life is like a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism; the way you play it is free will.
~Jawaharlal Nehru

Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her. But once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game.

Fate was dealing from the bottom of the deck.
~S J Perelman

Fate gives you the finger and you accept.
~William Shatner

Just because Fate doesn’t deal you the right cards, it doesn’t mean you should give up. It just means you have to play the cards you get to their maximum potential.
~Les Brown

It’s the niceties that make the difference. Fate gives us the hand, and we play the cards.
~Arthur Schopenhauer

Seek not to know what must not be revealed,
for joy only flows where fate is most concealed.
A busy person would find their sorrows much more;
if future fortunes were known before!
~John Dryden


History warns us that it is the customary fate of new truths to begin as heresies and to end as superstitions.
~Thomas Huxley


Be extremely subtle, even to the point of formlessness. Be extremely mysterious, even to the point of soundlessness. Thereby you can be the director of the opponent’s fate.
~Sun Tzu


Those who are infatuated with their own beauty are infatuated with something that has no future, and will reap a bitter reward.
~Jason Edward Shiffman


I had a strange feeling that Fate had in store for me exquisite joys and exquisite sorrows.
~Oscar Wilde


There are two futures, the future of desire and the future of fate, and man’s reason has never learned to separate them.
~John Desmond Bernal


It is the strange fate of man, that even in the greatest of evils the fear of the worst continues to haunt him.
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


It is my fate and perhaps my temperament to sign agreements with fools.
~E M Forster


If you do not do what you are supposed to do in life, the universe will do it for you.
~Kim Russo


Politics, the pursuit of unity that succeeds when it divides.
~author unknown

Given that regional security is the legitimate concern of a world power, and considering the success with our Monroe Doctrine for the Americas, it is understandable that a threatened leader (however misguided) would move to protect his country’s interest. There are limits, however…


Random Thoughts By Length

Fate will find a way.

I do believe in fate.
~Alex Ferguson

Fate keeps on happening.
~Anita Loos

I don’t believe in fate.
~John Wooden

Fate is written in the face.
~Federico Fellini

Fate laughs at probabilities.
~Edward Bulwer-Lytton

There is no armor against fate.
~James Shirley

To bear is to conquer our fate.
~Thomas Campbell

Whatever limits us we call fate.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The compulsion of fate is bitter.
~Christoph Martin Wieland

Fate’s a fiddler, Life’s a dance.
~William Ernest Henley

Man blindly works the will of fate.
~Christoph Martin Wieland

Kisses are a better fate than wisdom.
~e e cummings

Fate pulls you in different directions.
~Clint Eastwood

Necessity is harsh. Fate has no reprieve.

If you are going through hell, keep going.
~Winston Churchill

Love is not in our choice but in our fate.
~John Dryden

What’s meant to be will always find a way.
~Trisha Yearwood

No gifts from Chance, have conquered Fate.
~Matthew Arnold

Fate is not an eagle, it creeps like a rat.
~Elizabeth Bowen

Fortune comes to a man; he cannot go to it.
~James Lendall Basford

Control your own destiny or someone else will.
~Jack Welch

You have all the influence you choose to have.
~Philip Seymour Hoffman

Whose madness was a challenge hurled at fate…
~Edgar Fawcett

Heart is what drives us and determines our fate.
~Isabel Allende

Every man gotta right to decide his own destiny.
~Bob Marley

Don’t let your history interfere with your destiny.
~Steve Maraboli

If you can’t change your fate, change your attitude.
~Charles Revson

There is no fate that cannot be surmounted by scorn.
~Albert Camus

Be like spider, he is the weaver of his own destiny.
~Shubham Srivastava

Fate leads the willing and drags along the unwilling.
~Seneca The Younger

It’s choice, not chance, that determines your destiny.
~Jean Nidetch

We determine our destiny by the actions we take today.
~Catherine Pulsifer

Fate determines many things, no matter how we struggle.
~Otto Weininger

There is no such thing as accident; it is fate misnamed.
~Napoleon Bonaparte

Remember upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all.
~Alexander the Great

If there is such a thing as freedom, then there is no fate.
~Imre Kertesz

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.
~William Shakespeare

Fate’s sentence written on the brow no hand can e’er efface.

What happened happened. What’s gonna happen, is gonna happen.
~Michael Pena

I’m a big believer in fate, and it’s working out well so far.
~Jodie Comer

Learn from the past. Live in the present. Plan for the future.
~James A Murphy

Go with your fate, but not beyond. Beyond leads to dark places.
~Mary Renault

All things are in fate, yet all things are not decreed by fate.

We are spinning our own fates, good or evil, never to be undone.
~William James

Wisdom opens the door to avoiding similar problems in the future.
~G Donald Craig Jr

It is what a man thinks of himself that really determines his fate.
~Henry David Thoreau

I just took it one step at a time and let fate determine my destiny.
~Henry Samueli

Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.
~C S Lewis

It is usually more important how a man meets his fate than what it is.
~Wilhelm von Humboldt

You have to accept your fate; do it without bitterness and stay humble.
~Anthony Scaramucci

Thy fate is the common fate of all; Into each life some rain must fall.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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@Writers Platform

Anyone who cannot come to terms with his life while he is alive needs one hand to ward off a little his despair over his fate… but with his other hand he can note down what he sees among the ruins.
~Franz Kafka

A writer has a difficult fate, but a Jewish writer has an especially difficult fate. His soul is torn; he lives on two streets with three languages. It is a misfortune to live on this sort of ‘border,’ and that is what I have experienced.
~S Ansky

In days of doubt, in days of dreary musings on my country’s fate, you alone are my comfort and support, oh great, powerful, righteous, and free Russian language!
~Ivan Turgenev

A language will survive the stains placed on it by liars and those who war under its banner, because the need for our discourse moving forward will outlive them.
~author unknown

What could be more lonely than to be enveloped in silence, to be the last of your people to speak your native tongue, to have no way to pass on the wisdom of the elders, to anticipate the promise of the children. This tragic fate is indeed the plight of someone somewhere roughly every two weeks.
~Wade Davis

But I also think all of the great stories in literature deal with loneliness. Sometimes it’s by way of heartbreak, sometimes it’s by way of injustice, sometimes it’s by way of fate. There’s an infinite number of ways to examine it.
~Tom Hanks


When you put on the suits, when you pretend you’re honest and you’re robbing at a far higher level, these guys deserve to… well, to be in my novels, and I have special fates reserved for them.
~Carl Hiaasen

A great novel is concerned primarily with the interior lives of its characters as they respond to the inconvenient narratives that fate imposes on them. Movie adaptations of these monumental fictions often fail because they become mere exercises in interior decoration.
~Richard Schickel

There are things I am more interested in than the clone thing. How are they trying to find their place in the world and make sense of their lives? To what extent can they transcend their fate? As time starts to run out, what are the things that really matter?
~Kazuo Ishiguro


The true adventurer goes forth aimless and uncalculating to meet and greet unknown fate.
~O Henry

Anybody that wants to walk out that door and leave home for a few months and rely on themselves instead of fate might have some interesting stories to tell.
~Garrett Hedlund

As a writer, you live in such isolation. It’s hard to imagine your book has a life beyond you.
~Ann Brashares

The aim, if reached or not, makes great the life: Try to be Shakespeare, leave the rest to fate!
~Robert Browning


Heart is what drives us and determines our fate. That is what I need for my characters in my books: a passionate heart. I need mavericks, dissidents, adventurers, outsiders and rebels, who ask questions, bend the rules and take risks.
~Isabel Allende

Audiences want to see people break rules for love, to challenge the fates for love.
~Brad Hall

The fate of poetry is to fall in love with the world.
~Derek Walcott


Prewritten Prompt: fate


It seems to be the fate of man to seek all his consolations in futurity.
~William Samuel Johnson

I don’t believe in fate, because I’m not spiritual, but things do seem to work out.
~Rob Zombie

Someone said that Providence was the baptismal name of Chance, some devout soul may say that Chance is a nickname for Providence.
~Sébastien-Roch Nicolas Chamfort

…Chance (which is a literary synonym of Providence)…
~Thomas Clark Henley


A God without dominion, providence, and final causes, is nothing else but fate and nature.
~Alexander Pope

Call it Nature, Fate, Fortune; all these are names of the one and selfsame God.
~Lucius Annaeus Seneca

I believe in fate. Sometimes that means an old bearded guy sitting on a cloud and pulling the strings; sometimes it means random atoms swirling through a cheerless universe; sometimes it means everything being preordained thanks to your karma credit from your previous lives.
~Kyle MacLachlan

Fate is nothing but the deeds committed in a prior state of existence.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

I believe in luck and fate and I believe in karma, that the energy you put out in the world comes back to meet you.
~Chris Pine

Here an attempt is made to explain suffering: the outcaste of traditional Hinduism is held to deserve his fetched fate; it is a punishment for the wrongs he did in a previous life.
~Walter Kaufmann

Fate is never too generous even to its favorites. Rarely do the gods grant a mortal more than one immortal deed.
~Stefan Zweig

We’re on some path that’s set since we’re born, but I still believe we can change some things. So I believe in my faith, but I still don’t believe in my fate.


You know that saying, that when God closes a door he opens a window, well, sometimes out of nowhere he’ll do you one better and he’ll kick a whole wall down.

Man may his fate foresee, but not prevent …
‘Tis better to be fortunate than wise.
~John Webster


Whoever yields properly to Fate, is deemed Wise among men, and knows the laws of heaven.

Destiny = our free will + God’s free will
~Terri Guillemets

Coincidences are little hellos from heaven.
~Theresa Caputo

Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.
~Charlotte Clemensen Taylor

Chance is perhaps the pseudonym of God, when he does not want to sign.
~Théophile Gautier


But I was always coming here. I thought about one of my favorite Sufi poems, which says that God long ago drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. I was never not coming here. This was never not going to happen.
~Elizabeth Gilbert

The place you are right now
God circled on a map for you.


Destiny is not the same as fate. The word refers not to anything terrible or even to anything inevitable, in the usual sense of the word, but to the temporal and free unfolding of a person’s essential being. A destiny is a spiritual drama.
~Gregory Wolfe

I can control my destiny, but not my fate. Destiny means there are opportunities to turn right or left, but fate is a one-way street. I believe we all have the choice as to whether we fulfil our destiny, but our fate is sealed.
~Paulo Coehlo


If there’s anything Muslims can do during this global pandemic [during Ramadan], it is to have our compassion shine.
~Rashida Tlaib

We start the fast in the morning strong. By noon we start to get weaker. By the afternoon, we really begin to feel the fast. By sunset, right before we break it, things get difficult. Our lives mirror this. We start our lives strong as youth until we reach noon time, our 30’s and 40’s, we start to get weak. Once we reach old age ‒ our physical abilities are greatly reduced until we leave this life. Fasting shouts to us our own mortality.
~Imam Suhaib Webb

God permeates these things ‒ as the saying goes, Allah is beautiful, and He loves beauty ‒ but they are transient. Forced to concentrate on the eternal, you begin to see, or think you see, the bones and sinews of the world beneath its seasonal flesh.
~G Willow Wilson

The older I get, the more grateful I am for those reminders to stop, be still, reflect, and be grateful. I find those moments can be really restorative like returning to a power station.
~Tahereh Mafi


I have a Woody Allen Jewish attitude to life: that it’s all going to be disastrous. That it hasn’t all been that way is simply down to some random quirk of fate.
~Antony Sher

I don’t believe in fate or destiny. I believe in various degrees of hatred, paranoia, and abandonment. However much of that gets heaped upon you doesn’t matter ‒ it’s only a matter of how much you can take and what it does to you.
~Henry Rollins

We cannot bear to regard ourselves simply as playthings of blind chance, we cannot admit to feeling ourselves abandoned.
~Ugo Betti

I was an agnostic until I realized that I had to choose between God and fate. The idea that humanity and nature are the result of fate was not convincing at all. I find the presence of God everywhere.
~Andrea Bocelli

Our fates are in the hands of An Almighty God, to whom I can with pleasure confide my own; he can save us, or destroy us; his Councils are fixed and cannot be disappointed, and all his designs will be Accomplished.
~Abraham Clark


Religion leaves no room for human complexity.
~Daniel Radcliffe


Giving offers us the opportunity to reshape our destiny. When you give, you are reshaping your destiny.
~T B Joshua

Nothing brings me more happiness than trying to help the most vulnerable people in society. It is a goal and an essential part of my life, a kind of destiny.
~Olivia Green

I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.
~Albert Schweitzer



full moon

thin clouds
veiled night
a ghost looms
round, behind
bare tree branches
holds the shroud
of fate in place


pretty lady

trade hope for fire, absent family
drill in on life, hands get dirty
pretty lady, hidden beauty
new life new fire, grit turned silky
dangerous mystery, memory’s armory

but eyes like embers smoking yet
betray a fate, herself well-met
blistered kiln-hot heart at war
against fire-hardened armor swore
rue the past raw life begets


the roster

nothing but work left, last of the breed
no emotional ties, straps for holding to life
death a friendly neighbor promising to visit
the happiest and saddest fate attending old age
sign me up


dna #26

fate in the form of family
happens indiscriminately
indelibly, permanently
the ones we long to see
and the enemy


bandit king

declining population
needing transfusion
throne-wide table
boosted ego
bolstered image
perks of power
stale road to fate
out of touch
where reality lives

blighted ambitions
native paranoias
botched operations
blotched record
personal shoving
general jostling
personell shelving
pols infighting
willing to be second
to abandon ship

the bandit king
proud target of plots
centered head of table
while icy reason
waits in the wings
to light the fire
war’s potential warning scorch
or co-existential warming torch
somewhere an exit
camouflaged as success



turn from books to war
trade out art for love
or confound fate
switch and graduate

concept studies
mix them match them
re-verb the nouns
before you scratch one

should war survive
outlive love and art
then books remain
remind we once had heart


5s ‘n 7s

not arranged by fate
not love’s forever soulmate
fresh jazz of a date
yet crave a gentle distance
warmth of presence sharing space


hunger of anger
fate like a sky hawk hunting
scoped his foe below
dove and died from far above
smashed smithereens of mirror


weighted with hatred
fated, crated and freighted
next stop, Pearly Gates


Jonah’s big fish fate
Dubbed: Apostate On The Run
Whale’s tale? Fish My Dish


fate the imposter
chance posed the other extreme
choice of sauce or blend

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The Olio and Salmagundi of Quotes

When an inner situation is not made conscious, it appears outside as fate.
~Carl Jung

We may become the makers of our fate when we have ceased to pose as its prophets.
~Karl Popper


My fate has been that what I undertook was fully understood only after the fact.
~Benoit Mandelbrot

Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.
~Steve Jobs


I seldom end up where I wanted to go, but almost always end up where I need to be.
~Douglas Adams

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


A common soldier will make an empire, but he will eventually meet his fate and be condemned to the Great Rock.

By the time Napoleon abandoned his army to its fate in Poland ‒ arriving back in Paris on 5 December ‒ it numbered fewer than 10,000 effectives. It was a disaster from which he would never recover.
~Saul David


I will seize fate by the throat; it shall certainly never wholly overcome me.
~Ludwig van Beethoven

We seal our fate with the choices we make.
~Gloria Estefan


I thank fate for having made me born poor. Poverty taught me the true value of the gifts useful to life.
~Anatole France

I wouldn’t change anything. I think that it’s important to let things happen, and stay ‘happened’. I think that’s all part of the learning curve, part of fate. I’m just glad that it happened.
~Mike Peters


Personally, I would say the ‘master’ of this whole thing is fate… Whoever is on the playing field is fair game, and it’s up to them to avoid being used.
~Cliff Burton

Winners don’t believe in fate like others do. They simply cannot accept defeat.
~David Silva


Fate is never fair. You are caught in a current much stronger than you are; struggle against it and you’ll drown not just yourself but those who try to save you. Swim with it, and you’ll survive
~Cassandra Clare

Yet it would be your duty to bear it, if you could not avoid it: it is weak and silly to say you cannot bear what it is your fate to be required to bear.
~Charlotte Bronte


My whole life has been decided by fate. I’ve never planned anything that’s happened to me.
~Sharon Tate

I’ve always had real trouble knowing what my actual desires and goals are. I’ve just been dragged along by fate.
~Greg Giraldo


You often meet your fate on the road you take to avoid it.
~Goldie Hawn

Maybe our mistakes are what make our fate.
~Sarah Jessica Parker


He is God-like who pulls hard against the swift stream of Fate, though he may go over the terrible Niagara of circumstances.
~James Lendall Basford

If fate means you to lose, give him a good fight anyhow.
~William McFee


If you master your destiny, you will find out there is a destiny tax.
~Joseph Julius Bonkowski

He cannot complain of a hard sentence, who is made master of his own fate.
~Friedrich Schiller

There’s much to be said for challenging fate instead of ducking behind it.
~Diana Trilling


At 16 I was very interested in palmistry. The fate line on my right palm broke into two parts that ran for a quarter of an inch on parallel tracks. I used to look at it and wonder, ‘What will happen?’
~June Brown

Your life moves in patterns toward things, and things that we achieve finally are part of this mosaic. I just think that we create our own fate.
~Arne Glimcher


Living Life Tomorrow’s fate, though thou be wise,
Thou canst not tell nor yet surmise;
Pass, therefore, not today in vain,
For it will never come again.
~Omar Khayyam

It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link of the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.
~Winston Churchill

Let us follow our destiny, ebb and flow. Whatever may happen, we master fortune by accepting it.

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Quoted In The Grove:
My daughter Lila loves the smell of gasoline – she always says, ‘Mummy, keep the door open,’ when I’m filling up the car. I’ve heard it is one of the most preferred scents in the world – maybe that’s something to study for my next fragrance!
~Kate Moss

All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning. Great works are often born on a street corner or in a restaurant’s revolving door.
~Albert Camus

Ultimately, so much Dr. Seuss is about empowerment. He invites us to disappear into our imagination and then blows the doors off what that can mean.
~Gary Ross

Doors are going to open — doors you can’t even imagine exist.
~Julie Powell


Exercise Prompt for 04/26:   fate


The littlest door, the inner door,
I swing it wide. Now in my heart there is no more
To hide. The farthest door — the latch at last
Is lifted; see. I keep the little fortress fast.
~Mary Carolyn Davies

The entrance into this place I made to be, not by a door, but by a short ladder… when I was in, I lifted over after me; and so I was completely fenced in, and fortified… from all the world
~Robert Orben

I shut the door behind me. At once, I felt better. There is something fundamental in the desire to have a door to close, sealing out the rest of the world.
~Abby Geni

All my day is spent dealing with other people. When I come home I like it to be empty. The presence of others in my house kind of annoys me. I love coming home and shutting the doors. I feel brain dead. I’m relatively available, but not to live with.
~Graham Norton

Add a little something special to the library in your home by making sure to incorporate a book that, when pulled, opens the door to a secret hidden room.
~Keith Wynn


And what is it you guard with fastened doors? Have you peace… Have you remembrances… Have you beauty… Or have you only comfort, and the lust for comfort, that stealthy thing that enters the house a guest, and then becomes a host, and then a master?
~Khalil Gibran

Shut the door. Not that it lets in the cold but that it lets out the cozyness.
~Mark Twain

What we really want to do is what we are really meant to do. When we do what we are meant to do, money comes to us, doors open for us, we feel useful, and the work we do feels like play to us.
~Julia Cameron

Hard work opens doors and shows the world that you are serious about being one of those rare and special human beings that uses the fullness of their talents for the highest and the very best.
~Robin S Sharma

The artist’s world is limitless. It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away. It is always on his doorstep.
~Paul Strand

Ideas can be life-changing. Sometimes all you need to open the door is just one more good idea.
~Jim Rohn

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Posted From The Grove

The Nobel Peace Prize opened up a door in my heart.
~Aung San Suu Kyi

You know those movies where the people in the audience are screaming, ‘Don’t go in that door!’ because you know the killer is there? Well, it is the same thing with this debt. We know how this ends.
~Marco Rubio

Charity begins at home, and justice begins next door.
~Charles Dickens

The real 1960s began on the afternoon of November 22, 1963. It came to seem that Kennedy’s murder opened some malign trap door in American culture, and the wild bats flapped out.
~Lance Morrow


We hear the stories every day now: the father who puts on a suit every morning and leaves the house so his daughter doesn’t know he lost his job, the recent college grad facing up to the painful reality that the only door that’s open to her after four years of study and a pile of debt is her parents’.
~Mitch McConnell

Illegal immigration is crisis for our country. It is an open door for drugs, criminals, and potential terrorists to enter our country. It is straining our economy, adding costs to our judicial, healthcare, and education systems.
~Timothy Murphy

Emigration is no longer a solution; it’s a defeat. People are risking death, drowning every day, but they’re knocking on doors that are not open.
~Tahar Ben Jelloun

The people of Canada have worked hard to build a country that opens its doors to include all, regardless of their differences; a country that respects all, regardless of their differences; a country that demands equality for all, regardless of their differences.
~Paul Martin

Religious freedom opens a door for Americans that is closed to too many others around the world. But whether we walk through that door, and what we do with our lives after we do, is up to us.
~Mitt Romney


Thinking you are attacking society when you condemn or ravage the hypothetical Nice Girl Next Door is the exact equivalent of thinking that stealing from the local supermarket makes you a Communist.
~Joanna Russ

My boyfriend and I just got a projector, so we’ve been screening movies on the roof and projecting them against the wall next door. The last one we did, the theme was, ‘The Russians are coming.’ So we screened ‘Red Dawn’ and ‘Top Gun.’
~Olivia Thirlby

The real estate agent had to go door-to-door in the apartment building we wanted to rent, asking if it was OK for this interracial family – my mom is white and I was a 1-year-old half-African kid – to live in the apartment building.
~Tom Morello

I know what it feels like to have the door slammed firmly in my face, so I’m cool with that.
~Mos Def

The doors of churches, hotels, concert halls and reading rooms are alike closed against the Negro as a man, but every place is open to him as a servant.
~Ida B Wells

Sports and entertainment have always been windows of opportunity for African Americans, when other doors were closed.
~Lynn Swann

Black women have always been these vixens, these animalistic erotic women. Why can’t we just be the sexy American girl next door?
~Tyra Banks

All the negro asks is that the door which rewards industry, thrift, intelligence and character be left as wide open for him as for the foreigner who constantly comes to our country. More than this he has no right to request. Less than this a republic has no right to withhold.
~Jesse Jackson


~Quadrum Producciones:  Doorway Shot   (1:56)   classic doorway scenes from the movies


~flydubai:  Your Doorway to Zanzibar   (1:16)   a one minute get-away


Just because a door appears closed it does not mean that it is locked – nor that it will not open with the right heart, call or touch.
~Rasheed Ogunlaru

If Opportunity has shut One Door,
Resolve can open Thrice a Hundred More.
~Poor Richard Junior’s Philosophy


Pull and Push are inscribed on the doors of the Temple of Knowledge.
~James Lendall Basford

If you shut your door to all errors truth will be shut out.
~Rabindranath Tagore


A door opens to me. I go in and am faced with a hundred closed doors.
~Antonio Porchia

When a door closes you have two choices: give up, or keep going.

The doors will be opened to those who are bold enough to knock.
~Tony Gaskins

Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door.
~Kyle Chandler

If opportunity doesn’t knock… build a door.
~Milton Berle


The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.

You suppose that you are the lock on the door. But you are the key that opens it.


You can’t knock on opportunity’s door and not be ready.
~Bruno Mars

I believe success is preparation, because opportunity is going to knock on your door sooner or later but are you prepared to answer that?
~Omar Epps

All the doors you ignored or refused to enter represents your uncreated fates!
~Mehmet Murat ildan


When Debt stands at the door
Opportunity does not get a chance to knock.
~Poor Richard Junior’s Philosophy

Open the doors of opportunity to talent and virtue and they will do themselves justice, and property will not be in bad hands.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson


Where one door shuts another opens.
~Miguel de Cervantes

When one door is closed, don’t you know, another is open.
~Bob Marley

When one door closes another opens, but all too often there is a long hallway in between.
~Rick Jarow

When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.
~Alexander Graham Bell


Wherever smart people work, doors are unlocked.
~Steve Wozniak

And if small businesspeople say they made it on their own, all they are saying is that nobody else worked seven days a week in their place. Nobody showed up in their place to open the door at five in the morning. Nobody did their thinking, and worrying, and sweating for them.
~Paul Ryan

Even if the chef has a good business head, his focus should be behind kitchen doors. A business partner should take care of everything in front of the kitchen doors.
~Bobby Flay

At Current, television is all we do – that’s our business. We don’t have amusement parks I have to worry about, we don’t have environmental cases against us, we don’t have a series of outdoor-advertising companies.
~Keith Olbermann

Your expectations opens or closes the doors of your supply. If you expect grand things, and work honestly for them, they will come to you, your supply will correspond with your expectation.
~Orison Swett Marden

To decide the lives we live, we have to choose the doors we open and close each day.
~Yoyo Scolari



There are a lot of actresses out there who are the girl next door. I relate more to characters who have an edge.
~Eliza Dushku

I’ve had my share of villains and played some fairly nasty characters. But I’ve been acting for so long. I started out as the girl next door. Now I’m the grandmother next door.
~Jacki Weaver


It’s hard when you look a certain way. I look All-American, sweet, girl-next-door, so naturally those are the parts that are going to land on my doorstep.
~Melissa Joan Hart

I was not beautiful. When I went to Hollywood the beauties were people like Joan Crawford, Hedy Lamarr, Loretta Young. They were incredibly glamorous. I was always the girl next door.
~Ingrid Bergman

I never go outside unless I look like Joan Crawford the movie star. If you want to see the girl next door, go next door.
~Joan Crawford

The girl next door isn’t necessarily blonde and blue-eyed anymore. So I don’t feel like I need to morph into that all-American thing.
~Emmanuelle Chirqui


I married a pretty famous girl, and when we drive through town there’s usually a car following us, when I walk out of my front door in Chelsea there’s six guys waiting for me.
~Kevin Pietersen

There’s such big pressure on people who are incredibly famous, on those who have people sitting outside their front door and taking photos every time they move.
~Miranda Otto


For me, growing up, the downside of it was that as a kid you don’t want to stand out. You don’t want to have a famous father let alone get a job because of your famous father, you know? But I’m a product of nepotism. That’s how I got my foot in the door, through my dad.
~Jeff Bridges

The thing that helped me get into the film business was that I went to school in Athens, Georgia and managed to get on, um, working on music videos for a band called R.E.M. and that kind of opened up a lot of doors for me.
~Alton Brown


I’ve had fans come and knock on my door. I’m usually polite, but I’m usually very direct and say, ‘It’s not cool that you come here uninvited.’
~Gary Allan

Making money is not gonna change anything about what I am, except I won’t answer the door.
~Abel Ferrara

Luxury is the wolf at the door and its fangs are the vanities and conceits germinated by success. When an artist learns this, he knows where the danger is.
~Tennessee Williams

And to me, fame is not a positive thing. The idea of being famous is a lot better than the reality. It’s fantastic when you go to premieres and people cheer you, but it’s not real. And it’s totally not my approach to get my name on a club door just because I can.
~Tom Felton

Do you not know that close to your doors a great multitude of men and women, flesh of your flesh, live lives that are one agony from birth to death?
~Edward Bellamy

The setting sun is reflected from the windows of the alms-house as brightly as from the rich man’s abode; the snow melts before its door as early in the spring. I do not see but a quiet mind may live as contentedly there, and have as cheering thoughts, as in a palace.

He that holds fast the golden mean,
And lives contentedly between
The little and the great,
Feels not the wants that pinch the poor,
Nor plagues that haunt the rich man’s door,
Imbittering all his state.


~Stephen Murphy:  Closing Doors   (11:35)   the sadness of endings


~Nurgül Odabaş Nash:  Love in the Doorway   (8:31)   two loves of a journalist


~Omeleto:  Inbox  (7:56)   two sides of a door and a mail slot


~Future Shorts:  The Open Doors   (11:58)   vivid characters, a sedate setting


The door can never be closed for good to any player.
~Zinedine Zidane

He was a professional athlete and coach, a Ferrari who lived his life in the fast lane. She was a girl-next-door kind of girl, closer to a golf cart than a sports car.
~Emily March

You know, we – we start with a mentality that we’ll take a sports project if its good. And we’re certainly not on the lookout for them, because to be honest we don’t have to. They walk in the door.
~Jim Lampley

Like most people I can be lazy, so it’s nice to have a goal or deadline or reason to work out. I feel better when I get to exercise, or when I’m outdoors. I like to hike, swim and run, and I love to play soccer.
~Viggo Mortensen

My mom was always the supplier of soccer balls, and so people were always knocking on my door, and trying to get me out so we could play.
~Freddy Adu

I think it is that parents just don’t kick their kids out the door as much as they used to. I think the demise of sandlot sports has had a lot to do with it.
~Frank Shorter

My dad told me when I went into high school, ‘It’s not what you do when you walk in the door that matters. It’s what you do when you walk out.’ That’s when you’ve made a lasting impression.
~Jim Thome

I think education is one of the greatest tools for most kids not only to expand their book knowledge, but their ability to experience new things – I think it opens more doors than any other experience I can think of.
~Will Estes

Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.
~George Washington Carver

Education makes children less dependent upon others and opens doors to better jobs and career possibilities.
~Solomon Ortiz

I stopped and gazed on the little dull man who was being paid to be a teacher of teachers. I turned and walked to the door, slammed it closed with a bang, and broken glass crashed to the floor. There was uproar behind me in the class, which did not interest me at all.
~Burl Ives

He who opens a school door, closes a prison.
~Victor Hugo

I never got a formal education. So my intellect is my common sense. I don’t have anything else going for me. And my common sense opens the door to instinct.
~Jerry Lewis

Patriotism, when it wants to make itself felt in the domain of learning, is a dirty fellow who should be thrown out of doors.
~Arthur Schopenhauer



The pastor of a parish will typically have no education in the chant or in music, and he will hire the first music director who walks through the door.
~Richard Morris

Music has always been my back door to life. It is important for people to find something that excites them. I like the concept that if you do what excites you, you will be rewarded generously, whatever form reward takes, which is not necessarily money.
~Brandon Boyd

Music is the doorway that has led me to drawing, photography, and writing.
~Layne Staley

Our songs touch people, and take them back to a time when there was no threat of terrorism, when you didn’t have to lock your doors and when Mom and Dad took care of everything.
~George Grove (Kingston Trio)

When onstage, I always try to take my audience through as many emotions as I possibly can. I want them to go from laughter to tears, be shocked and surprised and walk out the door with a renewed sense of themselves — and maybe a smile.
~Reba McEntire

Give me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music played out of doors by somebody I do not know.
~John Keats

I think my first album opened a lot of doors for me to push the freedom of speech to the limit.

I’ve always loved music, but I never really played anything. After ‘Walk the Line’ and learning to play guitar, and having that sense of performing, I think that certainly opened the door for me, for music.
~Joaquin Phoenix

I really like to look like a history book. I can look 1940s, I can look 1970s hippie-chic, or sometimes I’ll pull that ’80s Brooklyn hip-hop kid with the door-knocker earrings.
~Katy Perry

Movies are open doors, and at every door, I change character and life.
~Juliette Binoche

My first outdoor cooking memories are full of erratic British summers, Dad swearing at a barbecue that he couldn’t put together, and eventually eating charred sausages, feeling brilliant.
~Jamie Oliver

I’m very lucky. I am one of those people who is able to go home, shut the front door and completely focus on the kids.
~Nick Clegg

I do believe at the end of the night when you’re with your family, the character gets hung up on the door like a coat, and is there to be taken on the next morning.
~Liam Neeson

Growing up, I was taught that a man has to defend his family. When the wolf is trying to get in, you gotta stand in the doorway.
~B B King


Then the door slides open before him and that instantaneous eternity is gone; he is in a new era… Before we have time to turn three times in our chairs, we shall be the grandparents and you will be smiling at our old-fashioned sentiments
~Christopher Morely

My grandfather’s family used to own a pasta factory in Naples and they would go door-to-door selling their pasta. So his love of food came from his parents, which was then passed down to my mother and then again to me.
~Giada De Laurentiis

There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.
~Graham Greene

I come from an Italian family. One of the greatest and most profound expressions we would ever use in conversations or arguments was a slamming door. The slamming door was our punctuation mark.
~Mario Batali


We make our friends; we make our enemies; but God makes our next door neighbour.
~Gilbert K Chesterton

God gives us our relatives, thank God we can choose our friends.
~Ethel Watts Mumford

If efforts to do social work are couched in selfish motives, then they will die a premature death. Why would my efforts get politicised? I have values I inherited from my father. He helped many. Anyone, even a postman knocking on our door would get a glass of water and some sweets.
~Sachin Tendulkar

So many people enter and leave your life! Hundreds of thousands of people! You have to keep the door open so they can come in! But it also means you have to let them go!
~Jonathan Safran Foer


~The Doors:
Strange Days   (3:09)   complete with strange people


People Are Strange   (2:13)   point made in a more circumspect way


The End (Full)   (11:45)   from Apocalypse Now, joyride carnage ends at 3:50

~Rolling Stones:  Paint It Black • feat. Daenerys Targaryen   (3:50)   dragons, fire and destruction


~Diana DeMuth:  The Doorway   (4:17)   women telling it


~Dolly Parton:  2 Doors Down   (2:54)   full-on audience participation


Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic:  Leave the Door Open   (4:08)   silk smooth


~Sigerson:  Standing In The Doorway   (3:51)   typical Dylan weirdness, excellent in its way


~Bucket:  In Your Doorway   (2:54)   alone


~Paul McCartney/Wings: Let ‘Em In (5:14)    the classic exemplified


The years that are fled knock at the door and enter…
I am as when my life began. The rainbow is in the sky again…
Oh! if I am deceived, let me be deceived still.
Let me live in the Elysium of those soft looks;
poison me with kisses, kill me with smiles

Love opens the doors into everything, as far as I can see, including and perhaps most of all, the door into one’s own secret, and often terrible and frightening, real self.
~May Sarton

Sex is a doorway to something so powerful and mystical, but movies usually depict it in a completely flat way.
~David Lynch

The door of the human heart, can only be opened from the inside.
~William Holman Hunt

I’m the type of woman you might say is too good. I’ll massage a man’s feet, have dinner cooked when he gets home. But once they leave, the door is closed, and the locks are changed.
~Angie Stone

When the door to love opens, The window to control closes.
~Ellen Hopkins


I think a gentleman is someone who holds the comfort of other people above their own. The instinct to do that is inside every good man, I believe. The rules about opening doors and buying dinner and all of that other ‘gentleman’ stuff is a chess game, especially these days.
~Anna Kendrick

My sisters and mom raised me to respect women and open doors for them.
~Milo Ventimiglia

Sometimes I wonder if men and women really suit each other. Perhaps they should live next door and just visit now and then.
~Katharine Hepburn

Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open.
~John Barrymore

I kicked the door open, and I’m gonna hold my leg in there. I’m keeping the door open for all these amazing female singer-songwriters that are coming out.
~Miranda Lambert

Because society places a value on masculinity, gay men aspire to it. If you go to a gay club and the doorman says, ‘You do realise this is a gay club, don’t you lads?’ you get all excited because you think, ‘Wow, he thought I was straight!’
~Graham Norton


There are only two types of women – goddesses and doormats.
~Pablo Picasso

My mom started smoking when she was 11. She went to the hill next door to try her first cigarette. She set the entire hill on fire, but it didn’t deter her.
~Loni Anderson

I’m not just a doormat. I’m not just being stepped on all over the place. If you look at the bulk of my material, it’s about trying to find some strength through that.
~Lucinda Williams


I’m very down-to-earth and approachable, and I can be one of the guys and watch sports… I like to cook – I’m like the girl next door.
~Marissa Miller

I may look like the girl next door, but you wouldn’t want to live next door to me.
~Elizabeth Shue

Everybody always says that I’m the girl next door, which makes me think that y’all must have a lot of weird next-door neighbours.
~Kelly Clarkson

I make conscious decisions to stay out of the limelight. Without my make-up I’m pretty much the girl next door.
~Eva Mendes


If you’re trying too hard to be the girl next door, you’re not going to be.
~Taylor Swift

I suppose if I wanted to be the girl next door, I could have been. I think America is confused by someone who appears to be sexual and spiritual at the same time.
~Sally Kirkland


She was not the sort of woman guys settle for. She was the one they lust after and strive for. She was the one who ruins other people’s relationships simply by existing, but she will always be surmounted as guys come to realize the virtues of the approachable girl next door. She was, in brief, too pretty to be trusted or had.
~Thomm Quackenbush

Faith goes out through the window when beauty comes in at the door.
~George Edward Moore

Beauty opened all the doors; it got me things I didn’t even know I wanted, and things I certainly didn’t deserve.
~Janice Dickinson

Doors open because you’re beautiful, but I wouldn’t cultivate beauty to the exclusion of brains.
~Tia Carrere

The door that nobody else will go in at, seems always to swing open widely for me.
~Clara Barton (battlefield nurse)



I believe that in India, cold weather is merely a conventional phrase and has come into use through the necessity of having some way to distinguish between weather which will melt a brass door-knob and weather which will only make it mushy.
~Mark Twain

Four-word horror stories:
Team building away day
Rail Replacement Bus Service
Tell us about yourself
We’re out of milk
Someone’s at the door

When the news reporter said Shopkeepers are opening their doors bringing out blankets and cups of tea I just smiled. It’s like yes. That’s Britain for you. Tea solves everything.

Why, when all other life revels in the out-of-doors, should man seek out the poison-laden air and darkened confines of the house of drugs, and carry thence with him a package of spring medicine?
~Woods Hutchinson

When little boys have learned a new bad word they are never happy till they have chalked it up on a door.
~Rudyard Kipling

Doors open up for you when you work hard. Doors also open up for you when you walk with a limp and act gimpy.
~Jarod Kintz

Closed doors simply means God is protecting us from having not the best.
~Bo Sanchez

Doorman – a genius who can open the door of your car with one hand, help you in with the other, and still have one left for the tip.
~Dorothy Kilgallen

Nature is by and large to be found out of doors, a location where, it cannot be argued, there are never enough comfortable chairs.
~Fran Lebowitz

I hate the outdoors. To me the outdoors is where the car is.
~Will Durst

Skiing combines outdoor fun with knocking down trees with your face.
~Dave Barry

When a man opens a car door for his wife, it’s either a new car or a new wife.
~Prince Philip

I was the kid next door’s imaginary friend.
~Emo Philips

I have six locks on my door all in a row. When I go out, I lock every other one. I figure no matter how long somebody stands there picking the locks, they are always locking three.
~Elayne Boosler

In my experience, if you have to keep the lavatory door shut by extending your left leg, it’s modern architecture.
~Nancy Banks Smith

I was much distressed by next door people who had twin babies and played the violin; but one of the twins died, and the other has eaten the fiddle, so all is peace.
~Edward Lear

Television is like the invention of indoor plumbing. It didn’t change people’s habits. It just kept them inside the house.
~Alfred Hitchcock

My wife met me at the door the other night in a sexy negligee. Unfortunately, she was just coming home.
~Rodney Dangerfield

I like the desert for short periods of time, from inside a car, with the windows rolled up, and the doors locked. I prefer beach resorts with room service.
~Anne Lamott

Then, I realized that there is an indigenous presence in the Solar System. It’s us. So, then, I got to wondering what would happen if a more technologically advanced society moved next door to us, the way we moved next door to the American Indians.
~Sarah Zettel

Forget about being world famous, it’s hard enough just getting the automatic doors at the supermarket to acknowledge our existence.
~Doug Coupland

Ten men waiting for me at the door? Send one of them home, I’m tired.
~Mae West



All doors open to courtesy.
~Thomas Fuller

Some doors are best left closed.
~George R R Martin

Big doors swing on little hinges.
~W Clement Stone

The doors of wisdom are never shut.
~Benjamin Franklin

The door to happiness opens outward.
~Soren Kierkegaard

Doors are for those who lack enemies.
~Suzanne Collins

If the door is locked, try the window.
~Lynn Caine

If there’s no door, then I’ll make one!
~Hiromu Arakawa

Behind each door we shake is a reality.
~Akiane Kramarik

The back door beckons to a prodigal son.
~Michael Davidow

Doors are for people with no imagination.
~Derek Landy

Weird doors open. People fall into things.
~David Sedaris

The door to the invisible must be visible.
~Rene Daumal

You unlock the door with the key of imagination.
~Rod Serling

A good door needs no lock, still it can’t be opened.

The doors of heaven and hell are adjacent and identical.
~Ogden Nash

It is your business when the wall next door catches fire.

Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot.
~Clarence Thomas

The getting out of doors is the greatest part of the journey.
~Abraham Cowley

Every door is another passage, another boundary we have to go beyond.

Every time I close the door on reality it comes in through the windows.
~Jennifer Yane

Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.
~Coco Chanel

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Playing it, some people have chosen cellar door as the most beautiful combination of sounds, with liquid consonants and soft vowels.
~Hal Borland

Poetry is the opening and closing of a door, leaving those who look through to guess about what is seen during the moment.
~Carl Sandburg

Listen, real poetry doesn’t say anything; it just ticks off the possibilities. Opens all doors. You can walk through anyone that suits you.
~Jim Morrison

To me, Doors fans were always the 16-year-old idiots at parties, getting stoned, and talking about how Morrison’s lyrics were like poetry… like that was a deep thought.
~Bruce McCulloch


When I lived in New York, not only did I have safety locks on the door but I had the music going, keeping the city at a distance, trying to find creative time and peace and so forth.
~Ann Beattie

The one happiness is to shut one’s door upon a little room, with a table before one, and to create; to create life in that isolation from life.
~Eleanora Duse


The two white lions of the library
Who guard by night and day the doors that lead
Into the house where beauty waits our need;
Who guard — and know not to what end, for whom —
All the world’s wisdom in a narrow room
~Mary Carolyn Davies

Those who say we should dismantle the role of Poet Laureate altogether, the trick they miss is that being called this thing, with the weight of tradition behind it, and with the association of the Royal family, does allow you to have conversations and to open doors, and wallets, for the good of poetry in a way that nothing else would allow.
~Andrew Motion

I tell my students, it’s not difficult to identify with somebody like yourself, somebody next door who looks like you. What’s more difficult is to identify with someone you don’t see, who’s very far away, who’s a different color, who eats a different kind of food. When you begin to do that then literature is really performing its wonders.
~Chinua Achebe


On that Sunday morning the first thing that impressed the people who approached the tomb was the unusual position of the one and a half to two ton stone that had been lodged in front of the doorway.
~Josh McDowell

Should doubt knock at your doorway, just say to those skeptical, disturbing, rebellious thoughts, I propose to stay with my faith, with the faith of my people.
~Thomas S Monson


Prewritten Prompt:   door


Leave the door open for the unknown, the door into the dark. That’s where the most important things come from, where you yourself came from, and where you will go.
~Rebecca Solnit

The door on which we have been knocking all our lives will open at last.
~C S Lewis

I thank my God for graciously granting me the opportunity of learning that death is the key which unlocks the door to our true happiness.
~Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Life is an unfoldment, and the further we travel the more truth we can comprehend. To understand the things that are at our door is the best preparation for understanding those that lie beyond.

Look on every exit as being an entrance somewhere else.
~Tom Stoppard

Strange, is it not? That of the myriads who
Before us pass’d the door of Darkness through,
Not one returns to tell us of the Road
Which to discover we must travel too.
~Edward Fitzgerald

It is for us to pray not for tasks equal to our powers, but for powers equal to our tasks, to go forward with a great desire forever beating at the door of our hearts as we travel toward our distant goal.
~Helen Keller

It is possible that mankind is on the threshold of a golden age; but, if so, it will be necessary first to slay the dragon that guards the door, and this dragon is religion.
~Bertrand Russell

Why did men worship in churches, locking themselves away in the dark, when the world lay beyond its doors in all its real glory?
~Charles de Lint


Think about the comfortable feeling you have as you open your front door. That’s but a hint of what we’ll feel some day on arriving at the place our Father has lovingly and personally prepared for us in heaven. We will finally – and permanently – be ‘at home’ in a way that defies description.
~Charles Stanley

O age that half believ’st thou half believ’st,
Half doubt’st the substance of thine own half doubt,
And, half perceiving that thou half perceiv’st,
Stand’st at thy temple door, heart in, head out!
~Edmond Manning

The door is closed to prayer unless it is opened with the key of trust.
~John Calvin

Once the doors close there can be no lie or deception and the lights will tell all!
~Walel Watson

Joy is such stuff as the hinges of Heaven’s doors are made of.
~Joseph Roux


I never close a door on any other religion. Most of the time, some part of it makes sense to me. I don’t believe everyone has to chant just because I chant. I believe all religion is about touching something inside of yourself.
~Tina Turner

My gut feelings and my faith tell me that until God shuts a door, no human can shut it.
~Olusegun Obasanjo

So I say to you, Ask and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.
~Jesus Christ

God enters by a private door into every individual.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson



Query #12

As being rich is an elevated station
and being poor a social suppuration
While hearts in love burst with brief elation
severed hearts endure, suffer separation

As adore is to adoration
and restore is to restoration
Unlabeld doors want investigation
your puzzle-tease, question or invitation



see? a door in the leaves
a passage thru trees
to woodlands,
shunning towers
tall forests of people
bides a deer, a pet, my dear
and a beaver I’m gnawing to know


timely ditty #12

Ambitious plunge power driven
Destination: reorientation
Sins of state come pre-forgiven
Halls of law, doors to decision
Wage wanton war, judged: craven


timeless ditty #12

A finer place a better time
Dressed in nature, ageless, prime
State where man and nature rhyme
Sin of skin, licentious door to crime
Garden Lesson, the long hard climb


anxious heart

please, empty pockets of deception
bin by the door at reception
to the class on thought’s conception
the wandering heart its predilictions
the birth of art its preconditions
preconception, a god’s tradition
titled: love with a broken heart

affected poor reject selection
rotting homeless, no defection
powers be that set direction
pad accounts without detection
write the rules to pass inspection
break the rules to win election
golden rule bridles bank not heart

appetite and desire’s repletion
nature stalled resource depletion
question’s birth early Grecian
there’s concern about deletion
end our time without completion
life unchecked lacked cohesion
He with art made man with he•art


Quandries #12

Ornate comfort indoors versus
nourishing nature and chaos outdoors
Carve out a far out place to groove
or finding a wooded grove is good
Nurtured in a good place well behaved
else expelled fallen out of grace
Give destiny a decided shove,
or just willy-nilly fall in love
Fermenting words into ageless art
or merely marketing perfumed farts


Headline Pg 2

Advances hit a wall
demanding debts in arrears
the door was there
invitingly open
then disappeared

Poverty a mere paucity
needs people who share
not just saying their prayers
but surrendering something
Neighbors Showing They Care



thought love the product of dream suppliers
meant engaging with liars and promise deniers
driving icy backroads on bad bald tires

the single exit a door to the cliff
how did this happen, wondering what-if
i insert ‘need’ for ‘love’, see if it fits

i learned and heard ‘need’ for ‘love’,
and yes indeed it did
need someone’s need who calls it love,
no siree, god forbid
then found knowing i was wanted
worth the price of wanting, underbid


5s ‘n 7s

i walk the hypotenuse
shortest distance between points
no angles, nothing dangling
your door my destination
straight shot, no trianguling


spring’s expectation
quench of the season
drenching a dry land
door to good harvest
storm warning promise
more bluster than rain


open up and talk
reveal your deepest secrets
door to a dog’s heart

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The Olio and Salmagundi of Quotes

To the optimist all doors have handles and hinges; to the pessimist, all doors have locks and latches.
~William Arthur Ward

A door that seems to stand open must be a man’s size, or it is not the door that Providence means for him.
~Henry Ward Beecher


The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.
~Flora Whittemore

If you feel you have to open a particular door, open it, otherwise all your life that door will haunt your mind!
~Mehmet Murat ildan


A creaking door hangs long on its hinges.
~Jon R Stone

The door to safety swings on the hinges of common sense.
~Author unknown


If we do not regard as sacred our own joys and the joys of others, we open the door and let into life the ugliest attribute of the human race, which is cruelty
~Rebecca Wes

Weeds you do not want to grow in your garden, grow at your front door.
~Haitian proverb


If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.
~William Blake


Don’t praise Yourself to People who May know the Folks next door to you.
~Arthur Guiterma


He who is outside his door has the hardest part of his journey behind him.
~Dutch proverb


A door just opened on a street–
I, lost, was passing by–
An instant’s width of warmth disclosed
And wealth, and company.
~Emily Dickinson


Is there some risk every day we walk out our front door? Every time we get in our car? Yeah. Are we materially less safe now than we were 10 years ago? Whatever delta there is, it’s very small.
~John Hickenlooper

I think we’re getting to the point where everyone’s getting fat and everyone’s getting allergic, or claims to be allergic to something and people can’t walk from their front door to their car without a bottle of water in their hand because they have to hydrate every three and half steps.
~Adam Carolla


Preconceived notions are the locks on the door to wisdom.
~Merry Browne

The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance.
~Benjamin Franklin


Myself when young did eagerly frequent doctor and saint, and heard great argument about it and about: but evermore came out by the same door as in I went.
~Omar Khayyam

That door had a lot to say, people entered and people left but never the same!
~Jasleen Kaur Gumber


Out of doors one becomes abstract and impersonal. One’s individuality absolutely leaves one.
~Oscar Wilde

Traveling is not just seeing the new; it is also leaving behind. Not just opening doors; also closing them behind you, never to return. But the place you have left forever is always there for you to see whenever you shut your eyes.
~Jan Myrdal


Depression opens the door to beauty of some kind.
~James Hillman

Pain is the doorway to wisdom and to truth.
~Keith Miller


The door of illumination is open to those for whom other doors are closed.
~Idries Shah

Men who know themselves are no longer fools. They stand on the threshold of the door of Wisdom.
~Havelock Ellis


Men shut their doors against a setting sun.
~William Shakespeare

The courage of the poet is to keep ajar the door that leads into madness.
~Christopher Morley


Anybody that wants to walk out that door and leave home for a few months and rely on themselves instead of fate might have some interesting stories to tell.
~Garrett Hedlund

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

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