THIS EDITION:  perfect

Quoted In The Grove:

Everything one invents is true, you may be perfectly sure of that. Poetry is as precise as geometry.
~Gustave Flaubert

If it is an imperfect word, no external circumstance can heighten its value as poetry.
~John Drinkwater

If anything at all, perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away.
~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

It is in this power of saying everything, and yet saying nothing too plainly, that the perfection of art consists.
~John Ruskin


Exercise Prompt for 12/28:  pleasure

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Editor’s Note:
To the friend who questioned the value of this labor of love that gives nothing back…these answers:

If a man loves the labour of his trade, apart from any question of success or fame, the gods have called him.
~Robert Louis Stevenson

Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.

And how can poetry stand up against its new conditions? Its position is perfectly precarious.
~John C Ransom


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Change means that what was before wasn’t perfect. People want things to be better.
~Esther Dyson

Perfection is immutable. But for things imperfect, change is the way to perfect them.
~Owen Feltham

Without accepting the fact that everything changes, we cannot find perfect composure. But unfortunately, although it is true, it is difficult for us to accept it. Because we cannot accept the truth of transience, we suffer.
~Shunryu Suzuki


To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often.
~John Henry Newman

Without accepting the fact that everything changes, we cannot find perfect composure. But unfortunately, although it is true, it is difficult for us to accept it. Because we cannot accept the truth of transience, we suffer.
~Sholom Aleichem

Nothing is so perfectly amusing as a total change of ideas.
~Laurence Sterne


I am little concerned with beauty or perfection. I don’t care for the great centuries. All I care about is life, struggle, intensity.
~Emile Zola

If I had my way, if I was lucky enough, if I could be on the brink my entire life – that great sense of expectation and excitement without the disappointment – that would be the perfect state.
~Cate Blanchett


I beat myself up every day, without so much as a scratch.
~Terri Guillemets (from: Perfectionism)

In order to go on living one must try to escape the death involved in perfectionism.
~Hannah Arendt

There is no way to genuinely, powerfully, truly love yourself while crafting a mask of perfection.
~Vironika Tugaleva

The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.
~Anna Quindlen

It’s better to be perfectly useful than uselessly perfect.
~Dr Idel Dreimer


Nothing is perfect. Life is messy. Relationships are complex. Outcomes are uncertain. People are irrational.
~Hugh Mackay

Life is not always perfect. Like a road, it has many bends, ups and down, but that’s its beauty.
~Amit Ray

Life’s not perfect. Some loose ends may never get trimmed up and tidied.
~Hoda Kotb

Life can be perfectly satisfying without major achievements.
~Alice Munro


But I am not perfect in my way of putting things
Because I lack the divine simplicity
Of being only what I appear to be.
~Fernando Pessoa

Life is too short to spend hoping that the perfectly arched eyebrow or hottest new lip shade will mask an ugly heart.
~Kevyn Aucoin

I’d rather live my life knowing that I’m not perfect than spend my whole life pretending to be.
~Will Smith

We have the freedom to live the good life if we choose to embrace grace, not perfection.
~Emily Ley


I haven’t lived a perfect life. I have regrets. But that’s from a lifetime of taking chances, making decisions, and trying not to be frozen. The only thing that I can do with my regrets is understand them.
~Kevin Costner

Imperfection is in some sort essential to all that we know of life. Nothing that lives is or can be rigidly perfect.
~John Ruskin

I’ve always looked for the perfect life to step into. I’ve taken all the paths to get where I wanted. But no matter where I go, I still come home me.
~Layne Staley


All that is not perfect down to the smallest detail is doomed to perish.
~Gustav Mahler

To banish imperfection is to destroy expression, to check exertion, to paralyze vitality.
~John Ruskin


No person is completely wicked, just as no person is perfect. We are all grey.
~Sweety Shinde

We’re not perfect; we all have things that people might not like to see, and I like to show my faults.
~Grace Jones

There are a lot of things that are personally uncomfortable to show, especially me without makeup and completely bloated or crying. But I’ve realized that it’s time for me to show my audience that you don’t have to be perfect to achieve your dreams.
~Katy Perry

Every single one of us is loveable just the way we are; even with our flaws and blemishes. When we truly know that, we can stop disliking aspects of ourselves and embrace our imperfections. In fact, it is often because of these flaws that we are special and unique.
~Allen Klein

Try as hard as we may for perfection, the net result of our labors is an amazing variety of imperfectnesses. We are surprised at our own versatility in being able to fail in so many different ways.
~Samuel McChord Crothers


Striving to better, oft we mar what’s well.
~William Shakespeare

If you’d like to be good at something, the first thing to go out the window is the notion of perfection.
~Scott Berkun

The pursuit of perfection often impedes improvement.
~George Will

A good garden may have some weeds.


I couldn’t ask for a perfect world, then I wouldn’t be allowed to exist.
~Jason Edward Shiffman

I love a Fool — as naturally, as if I were of kith and kin to him… And take my word for this, reader, and say a fool told it you, if you please, that he who hath not a dram of folly in his mixture, hath pounds of much worse matter in his composition.
~Charles Lamb

To be perfect, one lacks only a defect.
~Karl Kraus

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in…
~Leonard Cohen

I love this world because it is imperfect. It is imperfect, and that’s why it is growing; if it was perfect it would have been dead.
~Shree Rajneesh

If everything was perfect, you would never learn and you would never grow.
~Beyonce Knowles

I don’t have to be perfect. All I have to do is show up and enjoy the messy, imperfect and beautiful journey of my life.
~Kerry Washington

We are all wonderful, beautiful wrecks. That’s what connects us — that we’re all broken, all beautifully imperfect.
~Emilio Estevez

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Posted From The Grove

One of the basic laws of the universe is that nothing is perfect. Perfection simply doesn’t exist… Without imperfection, neither you or I would exist.
~Stephen Hawking

Removing the faults in a stage-coach may produce a perfect stage-coach, but it is unlikely to produce the first motor car.
~Edward de Bono

If God has made the world a perfect mechanism, He has at least conceded so much to our imperfect intellect that in order to predict little parts of it, we need not solve innumerable differential equations, but can use dice with fair success.
~Max Born

The goodness of a thing created is the perfection of its fitness for the use which it serves. Now that use is either particular or universal.
~William Ames


The federal government has sponsored research that has produced a tomato that is perfect in every respect, except that you can’t eat it. We should make every effort to make sure this disease, often referred to as ‘progress’, doesn’t spread.
~Andy Rooney

Perfection of means and confusion of ends seem to characterize our age.
~Albert Einstein

If, on occasion, the knowledge brought by science leads to an unhappy end, this is not to the discredit of science but is rather an indication of an imperfect ability to use wisely the gifts placed within our hands.
~Polykarp Kusch

Part of the problem is when we bring in a new technology we expect it to be perfect in a way that we don’t expect the world that we’re familiar with to be perfect.
~Esther Dyson


It is relatively easy to design for the perfect cases, when everything goes right, or when all the information required is available in proper format.
~Donald Norman

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

Speculation is perfectly all right, but if you stay there you’ve only founded a superstition. If you test it, you’ve started a science.
~Hal Clement


Nothing that is complete breathes.
~Antonio Porchia

May I never be complete. May I never be content. May I never be perfect. Deliver me, Tyler, from being perfect and complete.
~Chuck Palahniuk   (Fight Club)

What I am is how I came out. No one’s perfect and you just have to accept your flaws and learn to love yourself.
~Kelly Brook

Perfectionism is adaptive if you are mindful of your humanhood.
~Asa Don Brown

No one ever approaches perfection except by stealth, and unknown to themselves.
~William Hazlitt


Perfection is not attainable. But if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.
~Vince Lombardi

Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing.
~Harriet Braiker

I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence I can reach for; perfection is God’s business.
~Michael J Fox

To do better is better than to be perfect.
~Toba Beta

Perfection is the enemy of good.
~Gustave Flaubert

You’re not perfect! It’s ridiculous to want to be perfect anyway… Perfect is boring! So you’re not perfect! Wonderful! Have fun! Eat things that give you bad breath! Trip over your own shoelaces! Laugh!
~Stephen Mane


One is always considered mad when one perfects something that others cannot grasp.
~Ed Wood

Though nature be ever so generous, yet can she not make a hero alone. Fortune must contribute her part too; and till both concur, the work cannot be perfected.
~Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Society bristles with enigmas which look hard to solve. It is a perfect maze of intrigue.
~Honore de Balzac


Be intent upon the perfection of the present day.
~William Law

Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions.
~Mark Victor Hansen

…for nothing would be done at all, if a man waited till he could do it so well, that no one could find fault with it.
~John Henry Newman

If you wait for the perfect moment when all is safe and assured, it may never arrive. Mountains will not be climbed, races won, or lasting happiness achieved.
~Maurice Chevalier

The perfect time to start something never arrives — START NOW!
~T Harv Eker


~Don’t Kick Me Out:  Past Perfect   (1:52)   starring statues


~Monty Python:  I want to be a woman   (1:43)   Past? Tense. Future? Perfect.


~Amy Chang:  Princess Perfect   (2:03)   animated, with a Disney twist


~Giorgio Di Salvo:  PERFECT WEIGHTS   (12:00)   precision machining, in grey tones, evolves, becomes strangely soothing


Tennis is a perfect combination of violent action taking place in an atmosphere of total tranquillity.
~Billie Jean King

Reverse every natural instinct and do the opposite of what you are inclined to do, and you will probably come very close to having a perfect golf swing.
~Ben Hogan

Baseball is a game of life. It’s not perfect, but it feels like it is.
~Joe Torre

You can’t hit a home run every time.
~C C Williams


Every time, all the time, I’m a perfectionist. I feel I should never lose.
~Chris Evert

When you aim for perfection, you discover it’s a moving target.
~Geoffrey Fisher

Even if you play perfectly, a fault of your opponent’s can destroy the entire beauty of the game.
~Vladimir Kramnik

Unlike any other business in the United States, sports must preserve an illusion of perfect innocence.
~Lewis H Lapham


I’m in the perfect position. It’s a sports position and a political position where I can help better the lives of athletes around the world.
~Angela Ruggiero

That perfect bliss and sole felicity, the sweet fruition of an earthly crown.
~Christopher Marlowe


Practice means to perform, over and over again in the face of all obstacles, some act of vision, of faith, of desire. Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired.
~Martha Graham

Practice makes perfect, so practice to be perfect.
~Joseph Julius Bonkowski


But that the happiness of man may still remain imperfect, as wants in this place are easily supplied, new wants likewise are easily created.
~Samuel Johnson

Living in an age of advertisement, we are perpetually disillusioned. The perfect life is spread before us every day, but it changes and withers at a touch.
~J B Priestley

Perfect freedom is as necessary to the health and vigor of commerce as it is to the health and vigor of citizenship.
~Patrick Henry

A perfect storm is in the making: financial uncertainty, economic downturn, government cuts, rising unemployment and a future that looks less clear the more we try to fathom it.
~Jonathan Sacks



The finest works of art are precious, among other reasons, because they make it possible for us to know, if only imperfectly and for a little while, what it actually feels like to think subtly and feel nobly.
~Aldous Huxley

A day spent without the sight or sound of beauty, the contemplation of mystery, or the search of truth or perfection is a poverty-stricken day; and a succession of such days is fatal to human life.
~Lewis Mumford

Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society, even when perfect, is but a jungle. This is why any authentic creation is a gift to the future.
~Albert Camus

It is through art, and through art only, that we can realise our perfection.
~Oscar Wilde


To an engineer, good enough is perfect. With an artist, there’s no such thing as perfect.
~Alexander Calder

The artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing.
~Eugene Delacroix


I wanted nothing else than to make the object as perfect as possible.
~Erno Rubik

I’ve been called many names like perfectionist, difficult and obsessive. I think it takes obsession, takes searching for the details for any artist to be good.
~Barbra Streisand

The perfection of art is to conceal art.


The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.

I hold that the perfection of form and beauty is contained in the sum of all men.
~Albrecht Durer


Know that there is so much more to you than your body. It’s not just about perfecting the steps; you must trust your instincts to tell deep, emotional stories through the steps that you are performing.
~Karen Kain

Photography suits the temper of this age – of active bodies and minds. It is a perfect medium for one whose mind is teeming with ideas, imagery, for a prolific worker who would be slowed down by painting or sculpting, for one who sees quickly and acts decisively, accurately.
~Edward Weston


It seems a fantastic paradox, but it is nevertheless a most important truth, that no architecture can be truly noble which is not imperfect.
~John Ruskin

I loved logic, math, computer programming. I loved systems and logic approaches. And so I just figured architecture is this perfect combination.
~Maya Lin

What’s happened with computer technology is perfectly timed for someone with my set of skills. I tell stories with pictures. What I love about CGI is that if I can think it, it can be put on the screen.
~Frank Miller

Leon Theremin’s original designs are elegant, ingenious and effective. As electronics goes, the theremin is very simple. But there are so many subtleties hidden in the details of the design. It’s like a great sonnet, or a painting, or a speech, that is perfectly done on more than one level.
~Robert Moog


Venice is the perfect place for a phase of art to die. No other city on earth embraces entropy quite like this magical floating mall.
~Jerry Saltz

The work of art assumes the existence of the perfect spectator, and is indifferent to the fact that no such person exists.
~E M Forster


~Omeleto:  The Perfect Gooseys   (16:46)   there is performance, then there is achievement


Omeleto:  The Other Morgan   (14:04)   her perfect life


~Dust: Deus Otiosus (The Idle God)   (17:01)   future perfect myth-born


Television’s perfect. You turn a few knobs, a few of those mechanical adjustments at which the higher apes are so proficient, and lean back and drain your mind of all thought. And there you are watching the bubbles in the primeval ooze. You don’t have to concentrate. You don’t have to react. You don’t have to remember. You don’t miss your brain because you don’t need it. Your heart and liver and lungs continue to function normally. Apart from that, all is peace and quiet. You are in the man’s nirvana. And if some poor nasty minded person comes along and says you look like a fly on a can of garbage, pay him no mind. He probably hasn’t got the price of a television set.
~Raymond Thornton Chandler

The stories that I want to tell, especially as a director, don’t necessarily have a perfect ending because, the older you get, the more you appreciate a good day versus a happy ending. You understand that life continues on the next day; the reality of things is what happens tomorrow.
~Drew Barrymore

As a real person, he wouldn’t last a minute, would he? But drama is about imperfection. And we’ve moved away from the aspirational hero. We got tired of it, it was dull. If I was House’s friend, I would hate it. How he so resolutely refuses to be happy or take the kind-hearted road. But we don’t always like morally good people, do we?
~Hugh Laurie

Part of the beauty of the show in a way is that he’s not perfect, but you can always count on him to do the right thing in a pinch. That’s why he inspires people and inspires me.
~Stephen Collins


Actors who are lovers in real life are often incapable if playing the part of lovers to an audience. It is equally true that sympathy between actors who are not lovers may create a temporary emotion that is perfectly sincere.
~Ivor Novello

I’m always trying to perfect the romantic comedy, though.
~David Duchovny


I thought ‘The Artist’ was a perfect way to find a good balance. The artistic challenge is obvious because the film is black-and-white and its silent, but I did my best to make the movie accessible and easy to watch. I really don’t want to make elitist movies. I really try hard to work for the audience. Audiences are smart. They get everything.
~Michel Hazanavicius

If it’s a good movie, the sound could go off and the audience would still have a perfectly clear idea of what was going on.
~Alfred Hitchcock


I never expect to see a perfect work from imperfect man.
~Alexander Hamilton

I’m like, bursting. I should be working. I don’t want to take a break. It’s funny, on set, I don’t have to go to the bathroom, I don’t have anything wrong, I’m perfectly fine, so through-and-through. I’m not hungry. I’m literally not even in my own body.
~Kristen Stewart

I’m not perfect, but I know when I start to do something, I don’t like to not finish.

A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week.
~George S Patton

Better a little which is well done, than a great deal imperfectly.

I’m not perfect, but I think that I’ve done good to stay focused on what I’m called to do.
~Joel Osteen


It was perfect, but perfection is terrifying.
~Dominic Riccitello

Congratulations! You’re not perfect! It’s ridiculous to want to be perfect anyway. But then, everybody’s ridiculous sometimes, except perfect people.
~Stephen Manes

Perfect people are the scariest people to me.
~Leslie Mann

The only perfect people are those we do not know.
~Evan Esar


My perfect guy wears converse, is totally laid back, and doesn’t worry about being cool.
~Selena Gomez

I’m the most chill person I know…I’m happy with myself…I’m not perfect, but I’m cool with that.
~Freddie Prinze Jr    (suicide)

Most of our ancestors were not perfect ladies and gentlemen. The majority of them weren’t even mammals.
~Robert Anton Wilson


…confidence placed in another is dangerous if it is not perfect, for on almost all occasions we ought to tell everything or to conceal everything. We have already told too much of our secret, if one single circumstance is to be kept back.
~Jean de la Bruyère

I am not a perfect friend, and it is impossible not to rebuff or be rebuffed if you move about the world.
~Anne Roiphe

Love and esteem are the first principles of friendship; it is always imperfect if either of these two are wanting.
~Eustace Budgell

Perfection is a mixed blessing: an imperfect friend is preferable to a perfect stranger.
~Evan Esar

Men always talk about the most important things to perfect strangers. In the perfect stranger we perceive man himself; the image of a God is not disguised by resemblances to an uncle or doubts of wisdom of a mustache.
~Gilbert K Chesterton

Where would you be without friends? The people to pick you up when you need lifting? We come from homes far from perfect, so you end up almost parent and sibling to your friends – your own chosen family. There’s nothing like a really loyal, dependable, good friend. Nothing.
~Jennifer Aniston

I’m not perfect, and I like everyone equally who is not perfect.
~Joseph Julius Bonkowski

Nobody’s perfect, and our fondest memories of anyone are of the amusing ways they proved it.
~Robert Brault

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Music is harmony, harmony is perfection, perfection is our dream, and our dream is heaven.
~Henri Frederic Amiel

I see conflict. But the conflict is what makes it relatable. I’m conflicted; you’re conflicted. I’m not perfect — nobody is. I’m just blessed to be able to express my conflict through song.
~Kendrick Lamar

I came back to performing with a different attitude about performing and myself. I wasn’t expecting perfection any more, just hoping for an occasional inspiration.
~Neil Diamond

As any artist can tell you, it is easier to reach perfection than to stop there.
~Robert Brault

The most difficult part of attaining perfection is finding something to do for an encore.
~author unknown

Who is more to be pitied, a writer bound and gagged by policemen or one living in perfect freedom who has nothing more to say?
~Kurt Vonnegut

The most beautiful things are not perfect, they are special.
~Bob Marley


Music when healthy, is the teacher of perfect order, and when depraved, the teacher of perfect disorder.
~John Ruskin

Judge not, before you judge yourself.
Judge not, if you’re not ready for judgment.
The road of life is rocky and you may stumble too,
So while you talk about me, someone else is judging you.
~Bob Marley

In a weird kind of way, music has afforded me an idealism and perfectionism that I could never attain as me.
~Billy Corgan


As regards the individual nature, woman is defective and misbegotten, for the active power of the male seed tends to the production of a perfect likeness in the masculine sex; while the production of a woman comes from defect in the active power.
~Thomas Aquinas

It would be difficult for me not to conclude that the most perfect type of masculine beauty is Satan, as portrayed by Milton.
~Charles Baudelaire

Just because you’re beautiful and perfect, it’s made you conceited.
~William Goldman


I know who I am. I am not perfect. I’m not the most beautiful woman in the world. But I’m one of them.
~Mary J Blige

I may not be perfect but I am perfect enough to be a very good rendition of me.
~Jan Hellriegel

I don’t have perfect teeth, I’m not stick thin. I want to be the person who feels great in her body and can say that she loves it and doesn’t want to change anything.
~Emma Watson

It used to be that you had to make female TV characters perfect so no one would be offended by your ‘portrayal’ of women. Even when I started out on ‘The Office’ eight years ago, we could write our male characters funny and flawed, but not the women. And now, thankfully, it’s completely different.
~Mindy Kaling

Because I’m not perfect looking, I get to play better roles.
~Juliette Lewis


San Francisco is a mad city – inhabited for the most part by perfectly insane people whose women are of a remarkable beauty.
~Rudyard Kipling

In LA, where I live, it’s all about perfectionism. Beauty is now defined by your bones sticking out of your decolletage. For that to be the standard is really perilous for women.
~Alanis Morissette

When I joined Custer I donned the uniform of a soldier. It was a bit awkward at first but I soon got to be perfectly at home in men’s clothes.
~Calamity Jane

How can a woman be expected to be happy with a man who insists on treating her as if she were a perfectly normal human being.
~Oscar Wilde


~Andres Gonzalez:  Perfect   (4:24)   part dance, a poem, animated story, Sheerhan’s song softly in the background


~Ally Brooke:  Perfect   (3:30)   being allowed to be


~One Direction:  Perfect   (3:48)   the boys and a girlfriend


~Simple Plan:  Perfect   (4:34)   parents, disapproval, and perfection


Simple Plan:  Perfectly Perfect   (4:54)   love in all its variety


~P!NK:  Perfect   (4:07)   mature themes, because it’s good


~Auburn:  Perfect Two   (3:55)   like peanut butter and jelly


~Anne-Marie:  Perfect To Me   (5:37)   anthem for being different, perfectly


~Jonas Blue:  Perfect Strangers   (3:27)   travelogue meet-cute


~Palarios:  Perfect Time   (3:40)   her hero


~Moby:   The Perfect Life • ft. Wayne Coyne   (3:45)   kaleidoscopic, a gathering


~The Voice • Pitch Perfect 3:  Freedom   (2:48)   glitzy


A woman’s life is not perfect or whole till she has added herself to a husband. Nor is a man’s life perfect or whole till he has added to himself a wife.
~Anthony Trollope

My whole working philosophy is that the only stable happiness for mankind is that it shall live married in blessed union to woman-kind – intimacy, physical and psychical between a man and his wife. I wish to add that my state of bliss is by no means perfect.
~David Herbert Lawrence

Marriage is wild. I thought it was this perfect land of happiness and joy. Wrong! After you say you do, you don’t for a long time.
~John Leguizamo

It’s all kind of a big illusion: the white picket fence and the perfect marriage and the kids. Check that box off, check that box off, and move forward.
~Sarah McLachlan


I will make mistakes, after all I am not perfect, but I will do my best to make them up to you. I would never hurt you intentionally. I would not give up on you, so I hope you don’t give up on me.
The Person that Loves You.
~Carlos Salinas

My marriage? Up to now everything’s okay. But it’s a real marriage – imperfect and very difficult. It’s all about people evolving somewhat simultaneously through their lives. I think we’ve emotionally evolved.
~Jamie Lee Curtis

People are not perfect… very often the relationships that are strongest are those where people have worked through big crises, but they’ve had to work through them.
~Patricia Hewitt

My parents did not have a perfect marriage. It was pretty good, but it was not perfect. My marriage is not perfect. My wife is, but I happen to be imperfect. However, that does not discount the fact that the definition of marriage must be defended and protected.
~Stockwell Day


And my marriage was perfect when I wasn’t famous.
~Damon Wayans

There is no perfect marriage, for there are no perfect men.
~French saying

We’ll love you just the way you are if you’re perfect.
~Alanis Morissette


A marriage doesn’t have to be perfect, but you can be perfect for each other.
~Jessica Simpson

At the end of the day, you know, love does not happen between two perfect people as much as we would wish.
~Hillary Clinton

There is no perfect. There will always be struggle. You just need to choose who you wanna struggle with.
~Ronald Bass


Our notion of the perfect society embraces the family as its center and ornament, and this paradise is not secure until children appear to animate and complete the picture.
~Amos Bronson Alcott

Even as we enumerate their shortcomings, the rigor of raising children ourselves makes clear to us our mothers’ incredible strength. We fear both. If they are not strong, who will protect us? If they are not imperfect, how can we equal them?
~Anna Quindlen

The fastest way to break the cycle of perfectionism and become a fearless mother is to give up the idea of doing it perfectly – indeed to embrace uncertainty and imperfection.
~Arianna Huffington

My father was always telling himself no one was perfect, not even my mother.
~Broderick Crawford

To each other, we were as normal and nice as the smell of bread. We were just a family. In a family even exaggerations make perfect sense.
~John Irving

Very often when you see families it’s all perfect and neat, and parenting isn’t like that. You do have constant negotiations. Things are ever developing and ever changing, and you constantly have to evaluate how you deal with your kids.
~Clive Owen


The perfect joys of heaven do not satisfy the cravings of nature.
~William Hazlitt

Sex is… perfectly natural. It’s something that’s pleasurable. It’s enjoyable and it enhances a relationship. So why don’t we learn as much as we can about it and become comfortable with ourselves as sexual human beings because we are all sexual?
~Sue Johanson


I am imperfect and vulnerable but I am also brave and worthy of love and belonging.
~Brené Brown

It is not the perfect, but the imperfect, who have need of love.
~Oscar Wilde


We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating the perfect love.
~Tom Robbins

Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses.
~Ann Landers

The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.
~Thomas Merton

You come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by seeing an imperfect person perfectly.
~Sam Keen


She’s kind of a walking poem, she’s this perfect beauty…but at the same time very deep, very smart.
~Johnny Depp

I’m lucky in having found the perfect partner to spend my life with.
~Sara Paretsky

Perfect love is the most beautiful of all frustrations because it is more than one can express.
~Charlie Chaplin

Perfection is the greatest flirt of them all.
~Henry Stanley Haskins


Tired of trying to be perfect for you
I’m done jumping through hoops
There’s too much time I’ve wasted on chasing
And face it, I cannot be perfect for you
~Michael Jade

You don’t love someone because they’re perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they’re not.
~Jodi Picoult

My kids will grow up in a house knowing that it’s perfectly normal for two men to be in love, it’s perfectly normal for two women to be in love. My kids will grow up knowing it’s all about love. It doesn’t matter who you’re with and everyone should have that experience.
~Tori Spelling

We love but once, for once only are we perfectly equipped for loving.
~Cyril Connolly

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The ultimate, the perfect martini, a drink that’s dying of thirst.

I’ve pretty much given up on the orange. I really have. I just don’t even bother. It’s just either sour, or woody, or the skin’s too thick. It’s very nice when you come across the perfect orange, because it’s really a beautiful experience. But the stakes are too high.
~Scott Thompson

Nostalgia is like a grammar lesson: you find the present tense, but the past perfect!
~Owens Lee Pomeroy

Only in grammar can you be more than perfect.
~William Safire

Harvard takes perfectly good plums as students, and turns them into prunes.
~Frank Lloyd Wright

The closest to perfection a person ever comes is when he fills out a job application form.
~Evan Esar

I am Nobody, nobody is perfect, therefore I am perfect.
~Dandi Daley

School is practice for future life, practice makes perfect and nobody’s perfect, so why practice?
~Billie Joe Armstrong

American women expect to find in their husbands a perfection that English women only hope to find in their butlers.
~Somerset Maugham

In all this foolish world no creature is so perfect a fool as a woman ‒excepting always a man.
~Evan Esar

My idea of perfect happiness is a healthy family, peace between nations, and all the critics die.
~David Mamet

The perfect date for me would be staying at home, making a big picnic in bed, eating Wotsits and cookies while watching cable TV.
~Kim Kardashian

And perfect happiness? Man, that’s a… the pool is about 92 degrees, the Jacuzzi is about 102 and an avocado farm.
~Jamie Foxx

My perfect day is constantly changing. Right now, it would be to lie around in a hammock reading with a portable phone and a table of food next to it. I would spend all day there. And that’s all that I can possibly come up with on the spur of the moment.
~Eric Stoltz

Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it.
~Gilbert K Chesterton

Never trust any complicated cocktail that remainds perfectly clear until the last ingredient goes in, and then immediately clouds.
~Terry Prachett

Only government can take perfectly good paper, cover it with perfectly good ink and make the combination worthless.
~Milton Friedman

Humor has justly been regarded as the finest perfection of poetic genius.
~Thomas Carlyle



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It is perfectly true that that government is best which governs least. It is equally true that that government is best which provides most.
~Walter Lippmann

Like many people, most Libertarians feel empathy and sympathy for less fortunate people. But they know you can’t have perfection in a world of limited resources.
~Harry Browne

The wisdom of man never yet contrived a system of taxation that would operate with perfect equality.
~Andrew Jackson


A monarchy conducted with infinite wisdom and infinite benevolence is the most perfect of all possible governments.
~Ezra Stiles

What is the essence of America? Finding and maintaining that perfect, delicate balance between freedom “to” and freedom “from.”
~Marilyn vos Savant


Because politics rests on an irreducible measure of coercion, it can never become a perfect realm of perfect love and justice.
~Christopher Lasch

There are historic situations in which refusal to defend the inheritance of a civilization, however imperfect, against tyranny and aggression may result in consequences even worse than war.
~Reinhold Niebuhr

Our military and weapons prowess is a fantastic and perfectly weighted hammer, but that doesn’t make every international problem a nail.
~Rachel Maddow

Peace demands the most heroic labor and the most difficult sacrifice. It demands greater heroism than war. It demands greater fidelity to the truth and a much more perfect purity of conscience.
~Thomas Merton


A 527 [computer] doesn’t have a wife. It doesn’t have a brother-in-law who knows a lot about politics, or a union president who calls and doesn’t like the color of the suit, or bimbo eruptions. It’s the perfect candidate, because it has no personal characteristics.
~Roger Stone

As the age of television progresses the Reagans will be the rule, not the exception. To be perfect for television is all a President has to be these days.
~Gore Vidal

Your law may be perfect, your knowledge of human affairs may be such as to enable you to apply it with wisdom and skill, and yet without individual acquaintance with men, their haunts and habits, the pursuit of the profession becomes difficult, slow, and expensive.
~William Dunbar


Perfect solutions of our difficulties are not to be looked for in an imperfect world.
~Winston Churchill

Ultimately we may still ask, why can’t humans design a perfect society?
~Robert Shea


A democracy which makes or even effectively prepares for modern, scientific war must necessarily cease to be democratic. No country can be really well prepared for modern war unless it is governed by a tyrant, at the head of a highly trained and perfectly obedient bureaucracy.
~Aldous Huxley

Although images of perfection in people’s personal lives can cause unhappiness, images of perfect societies – utopian images – can cause monstrous evil. In fact, forcefully changing society to conform to societal images was the greatest cause of evil in the twentieth century.
~Dennis Prager


Fear is not in the habit of speaking truth; when perfect sincerity is expected, perfect freedom must be allowed; nor has anyone who is apt to be angry when he hears the truth any cause to wonder that he does not hear it.

If I don’t tell it all now, the story in the history books will always be imperfect and that would be wrong.
~Christine Keeler

I respect and empathize with reporters and editors who must compete in today’s environment. And I know full well that when I’ve been covering campaigns, which I still do, I’ve made my mistakes and have been far from perfect.
~Dan Rather

Watch the History Channel if you want it literal and historically perfect.
~Emily Blunt


Courage – a perfect sensibility of the measure of danger, and a mental willingness to endure it.
~William Tecumseh Sherman

Perfect courage is to do without witnesses what one would be capable of doing with the world looking on.
~Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Simulated disorder postulates perfect discipline; simulated fear postulates courage; simulated weakness postulates strength.
~Lao Tzu

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@Writers Platform

And when I was young, my family was perfectly nice. I write a lot about it, as you noticed. But it was rather limited… We didn’t see many people. There were many books.
~Christopher Hitchens

I bought a selection of short, romantic fiction novels, studied them, decided that I had found a formula and then wrote a book that I figured was the perfect story. Thank goodness it was rejected.
~Louise Brown

I’m perfectly happy when I look out at an audience and it’s all women. I always think it’s kind of odd, but then, more women than men, I think, read and write poetry.
~Diane Wakoski


In times when religious or political faith or hope predominates, the writer functions totally in unison with society, and expresses society’s feelings, beliefs, and hopes in perfect harmony.
~Juan Goytisolo

Only in books has mankind known perfect truth, love and beauty.
~George Bernard Shaw


Would you destroy something perfect in order to make it beautiful?
~Gerard Way

There is a danger of changing too much in the search for perfection.
~Agnetha Fatlskog


Beauty is also submitted to the taste of time, so a beautiful woman from the Belle Epoch is not exactly the perfect beauty of today, so beauty is something that changes with time.
~Karl Lagerfeld

I couldn’t be an ingenue today, because the business has changed. I remember when you could dress for a premiere just by putting on a cute top. Now you have to be perfect and fabulous in every way, or you’re ridiculed.
~Julia Roberts

What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade.
~Gertrude Jekyll


I am obsessed with beauty. I want everything to be perfect, and of course it isn’t. And that’s a tough place to be because you’re never satisfied.
~Robert Mapplethorpe

We also maintain – again with perfect truth – that mystery is more than half of beauty, the element of strangeness that stirs the senses through the imagination.
~Richard Le Gallienne


It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life.
~P D James

All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was.
~Toni Morrison

Nature is perfect.
~William Shatner

Perfect happiness, even in memory, is not common.
~Jane Austen


To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.
~Jane Austen

In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful.
~Alice Walker

If you look closely at a tree you’ll notice it’s knots and dead branches, just like our bodies. What we learn is that beauty and imperfection go together wonderfully.
~Matthew Fox

I always find beauty in things that are odd and imperfect – they are much more interesting.
~Marc Jacobs

There is a kind of beauty in imperfection.
~Conrad Hall

I’m not perfect, but those flaws make an interesting person.
~Mary Frann

Flaws and imperfections are parts of the total desired look.
~David Wenger


If there’s any definition to being perfect, you’re perfect at being yourself.

Imperfection means perfection hid.
~Robert Browning

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§ Glass Table @Wordgrove

~bckpakr:  excerpt • Trip to Greece

Reality paid a visit and I was internally ‘losing it’! What had I done?!! Bought a one-way ticket to a land I don’t know, with a language I didn’t speak, whose customs I knew absolutely nothing about?

Anything could happen to me there, and my beloved Italy was getting further and further away from me with the chuggings of the ship’s engines, and all I could do was stare up into the blackness, hope that God could see me, and wonder what the next day would bring.

The next morning, I went out onto the deck of the ship to see where we were, and the bright morning sunlight struck my eyes so hard that I could hardly see at first.
But when my eyesight had adjusted, I saw the light glinting off the bluest water I had ever seen! It was surreal!

I don’t mean ordinary dark blue waters, no matter how magnificent they may look, but I mean these waters were of the kind of hue only associated with Greece where everyone thinks the pictures were made using camera filters.

Only now I realized this to be totally untrue!

The foamy of the waves caused by the ship looked so clean and glowing white, you felt like you could have eaten them, and I couldn’t take my eyes off the surrounding landscapes!

(to be cont.)


To suppose more than one supreme Source of infinite wisdom, power, and all perfections, is to assert that there is no supreme Being in existence.
~Adam Clarke

To the mind, God is a perfect criminal. He has done such a perfect crime by creating this world that mind cannot trace how He did it. That is why the mind always freaks out about God.
~Prem Rawat

Suppose that the creative suicide was forced to salvation by being made a god of his own becoming-universe, and suppose that over the ages our God is being made to evolve his own redemption.
~author unknown


The art of life is to live in the present moment, and to make that moment as perfect as we can by the realization that we are the instruments and expression of God Himself.
~Emmet Fox

I make mistakes every day. I’m not perfect in my behavior, but I want to be and that’s what God is after, a heart that wants to be.
~Joyce Meyer

If God only used perfect people, nothing would get done. God will use anybody if you’re available.
~Rick Warren


To feel much for others and little for ourselves; to restrain our selfishness and exercise our benevolent affections, constitute the perfection of human nature.
~Adam Smith

I am not a perfect servant. I am a public servant doing my best against the odds. As I develop and serve, be patient. God is not finished with me yet.
~Jesse Jackson

To bear with patience wrongs done to oneself is a mark of perfection, but to bear with patience wrongs done to someone else is a mark of imperfection and even of actual sin.
~Thomas Aquinas

To be perfectly just is an attribute of the divine nature; to be so to the utmost of our abilities, is the glory of man.
~Joseph Addison


Now an infinite happiness cannot be purchased by any price less than that which is infinite in value; and infinity of merit can only result from a nature that is infinitely divine or perfect.
~Adam Clarke

A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act.
~Mahatma Gandhi

Most laws condemn the soul and pronounce sentence. The result of the law of my God is perfect. It condemns but forgives.
~Jim Elliot

God will prepare everything for our perfect happiness in heaven, and if it takes my dog being there, I believe he’ll be there.
~Billy Graham

God is the perfect poet.
~Robert Browning


I understand that I’m not perfect. I made mistakes and I had a hand in everything that’s happened to me, good and bad.
~Dwyane Wade

Maybe you’re not perfect, but you’re willing to actually look at yourself and take some kind of accountability. That’s a change. It might not mean that you can turn everything around, but I think there’s something incredibly hopeful about that.
~Brie Larson


Warriors of light are not perfect. Their beauty lies in accepting this fact and still desiring to grow and to learn.
~Paulo Coelho

The pursuit of perfection, then, is the pursuit of sweetness and light.
~Matthew Arnold


To be perfectly happy it does not suffice to possess happiness, it is necessary to have deserved it.
~Victor Hugo

We never taste happiness in perfection, our most fortunate successes are mixed with sadness.
~Pierre Corneille

In theory there is a possibility of perfect happiness: To believe in the indestructible element within one, and not to strive towards it.
~Franz Kafka

When you’re passionate about something, you want it to be all it can be. But in the endgame of life, I fundamentally believe the key to happiness is letting go of that idea of perfection.
~Debra Messing

And it would be perfect if you’d just get out of your own way and just let yourself be happy.
~Doris Hursley


Nothing is permanently perfect. But there are perfect moments and the will to choose what will bring about more perfect moments.
~Kia Carrington-Russel

One minute was enough, Tyler said, a person had to work hard for it, but a minute of perfection was worth the effort. A moment was the most you could ever expect from perfection.
~Chuck Palahniuk

At the core of this desire is the belief that everything can be perfect.
~David Levithan

You can be perfect. Just choose when that is going to be and for how long then do it perfectly and get over it.
~Monica L Wofford


Prewritten Prompt:   perfect


Nothing and no one is perfect. It just takes a good eye to find those hidden imperfections.
~Daphne Delacroix

Cause they will find every flaw
Even the ones you never saw
‘Cause when the spotlight’s where you live
Just know the cameras don’t forgive
You better be perfect
~Joshua Palispis Lazaro

When we see someone or something as imperfect, it is a reflection of our limitations, not theirs.
~Steve Maraboli

People who seek perfection rarely look in mirrors.
~Jason Edward Shiffman

It is only imperfection that complains of what is imperfect. The more perfect we are, the more gentle and quiet we become toward the defects of others.
~Francois Fenelon

We can be aware of an imperfection without making any problem about it. In other words, the mind becomes an embracing mind.
~Josh Bartok

No one is perfect in this world. Forgive people for not knowing better and learn to move on.
~Leon Brown

I’m not perfect, but if there are any points given for caring about people with every fiber of your being and giving life all you’ve got every day, then I suppose I have a shot.
~Jack Welch

You are imperfect; permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful.
~Amy Bloom


Striving to better, oft we mar what’s well.
~William Shakespeare

If you’d like to be good at something, the first thing to go out the window is the notion of perfection.
~Scott Berkun

The pursuit of perfection often impedes improvement.
~George Will

A good garden may have some weeds.



All Kinds

The only lonely donkey
And the hugely ugly monkey
Met and got a room key
Ending up in pregnancy
Forced to wed, ignominy

Perfect scandal, feature tv
The young we wait for anxiously
Some with love, most curiously
Episodes we can’t wait to see
And pay to watch it, happily



insane maddening jest
coverage rated G thru X
perfect love’s definition
gallows humor in fruition
channel whY comes up next


autumn afternoon

deep fog down valley way
exhuberant blue skies here
high in the meadows
velvet green pastures
a single llama lopes along
briefly, stops to graze
chores done, the river waits
perfect day for a walk


The River Life

Days, like water
Coinage of the realm
Currents versus currencies
Change within banks
Shallows bend into pools
Ripple in slumber
Poverties of depth
Cascade and break
Broke, on the rocks
From trickling tears
To flood of years
From overjoyed
To overflowing
Gushing streams of time
Call it youth
Years of rushing
Gain and broaden
Meander~ sweeping ~ drifting
Reaching Delta, destination
Home, reunion
Common ocean
In spirit vapors
Rise again



perfect as it is
no corner on happiness
love gets in the way

heaven-to-hell range
love’s the reason for rising
just perfect, as is

love is as sunrise
perfect as the moon at night
mate to make up time

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The Olio:

Perfection is the child of time.
~Joseph Hall

Be intent upon the perfection of the present day.
~William Law

Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.
~John Wayne


If a man should happen to reach perfection in this world, he would have to die immediately to enjoy himself.
~Josh Billings

If you don’t know how to die, don’t worry; Nature will tell you what to do on the spot, fully and adequately. She will do this job perfectly for you; don’t bother your head about it.
~Michel de Montaigne

Tears are sometimes an inappropriate response to death. When a life has been lived completely honestly, completely successfully, or just completely, the correct response to death’s perfect punctuation mark is a smile.
~Julie Burchill


Pizza is not just a perfect blend of ingredients but of nostalgia, which can be the richest flavor of all.
~Mike Birbiglia

When I do a 30-minute meal, for instance, on Food Network, that’s my food you see at the end of the show and it’s not perfect. And if sometimes things break or drop or the pasta hits the wall when I’m draining it, they never stop tape. They just kind of let me go with it.
~Rachael Ray

Only the mediocre are always at their best.
~Jean Giraudoux

Most food you drop is still perfectly edible. If it was in your eyesight the whole time, you can pick it up and eat it.
~Mehmet Oz


I think every chef, not just in America, but across the world, has a double-edged sword – two jackets, one that’s driven, a self-confessed perfectionist, thoroughbred, hate incompetence — and switch off the stove, take off the jacket and become a family man.
~Gordon Ramsay (punctuation added for clarity)

I’m a four star general in this thing, and you don’t rise to the ranks of a four star general by hanging about the house being the perfect dad.
~Sam Elliott


I have no faith in human perfectability. I think that human exertion will have no appreciable effect upon humanity. Man is now only more active – not more happy – nor more wise, than he was 6000 years ago.
~Edgar Allan Poe

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


I am not a great cook, I am not a great artist, but I love art, and I love food, so I am the perfect traveller.
~Michael Palin

Every perfect traveler always creates the country where he travels.
~Nikos Kazantzakis


Perfection is a road, not a destination. Every time I live, I get an education.
~Burk Hudson

Everything is perfect and there is always room for improvement.
~Shunryu Suzuki


It is foolish to reserve all our praise for perfection. That gives us an unpleasant impression, such as that which we receive from a person who, when there is a call for small change, produces a bank bill of a large denomination, which he knows no one can break for him.
~Samuel McChord Crothers

I think it’s perfectly just to refuse service to anyone based on behavior, but not based on race or religion.
~Dean Koontz

Silence is the most perfect expression of scorn.
~Geroge Bernard Shaw


Look at our Lord’s disciples. One denied Him; one doubted Him; one betrayed Him. If our Lord couldn’t have perfection, how are you going to have it in city government?
~Richard J Daley

The important work of moving the world forward does not wait to be done by perfect men.
~George Eliot


Happiness is a sunbeam which may pass through a thousand bosoms without losing a particle of its original ray; nay, when it strikes on a kindred heart, like the converged light on a mirror, it reflects itself with redoubled brightness. It is not perfected till it is shared.
~Jane Porter


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

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

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

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

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Exercise Prompt for 12/14:   perfect

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

The question is the answer.
~Thomas Vato

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Posted From The Grove

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Whence come I and whither go I? That is the great unfathomable question, the same for every one of us. Science has no answer to it.
~Max Planck

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


~Dust:  Hashtag   (14:56)   fb extrapolated


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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Knock Turn
© Greg Thweatt


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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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@Writers Platform

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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



~bckpakr:  excerpt • Trip to Greece

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

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

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

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

That’s when the panic set in!

(to be cont.)


~LK7:  Which Animal

Which animal is which animal?

And which animal knows?

My cats don’t know.

One presides over the waters.

Another one barks.

Bu which animal knows?

All protect us thru all.

My oldest is my youngest.

Still the tiniest thing.

Still the Heart of Mine.

Animals don’t know.

That is their gift.

Animals don’t know.

Unless they do?



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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Exercise Prompt:   question


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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gone cycling

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



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

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



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

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

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

chasing serendipty
instantly passed
treating the present
as ongoing past

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

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

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


5s & 7s

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


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

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The Olio and Salmagundi of Quotes

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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


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


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

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

He who is afraid to ask is ashamed of learning


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

The BRIDGE Issue

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

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

Walls turned sideways are bridges.
~Angela Davis

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


Prewritten Prompt for 11/30:  question


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

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

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

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

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

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Posted From The Grove

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

After the lunch

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

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

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


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


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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

Burning Bridges
In order to escape.
~James Pesutich

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

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

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

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


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

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

Once you cross,
Accept the loss.
~James Pesutich

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

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


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


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

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


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


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


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


~Ting:  Bridge   (2:46)   animated parable


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

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

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

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


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

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



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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


                           Rakotzbrücke Devil's Bridge – Gablenz, Germany 


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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@Writers Platform

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

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

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

Words build bridges into unexplored regions.
~Adolf Hitler

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


The Glass Table:

~bckpackr:  excerpt • Trip to Greece

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

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

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

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

(to be cont.)


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

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

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


Prewritten Prompt:  bridge


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

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

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


The Exercise:

After All

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

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



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

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


Toll Bridge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



diplomats and airlines
non-adhesive by design
bridging distances


caught between two sides
spanning sides crossing borders
the listening bridge


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


Last Quotes:

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

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


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

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


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

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


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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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