This Edition:  tool

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

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

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

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



Prewritten Prompt circa 09.14:   time



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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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Posted From The Grove

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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



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


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


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


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


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

Thx to: Rusty’s Electric Dreams



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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Your safety gears are between your ears.
~Author unknown

Don’t learn safety by accident.
~Author unknown

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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



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


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


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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

The hand is the tool of tools.

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

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

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


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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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


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


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



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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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






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

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

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

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

The wordsmith cuts saws for a living.
~Terri Guillemets

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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




© David Lorenz Winston



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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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@Writers Platform

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Many wearing rapiers are afraid of goosequills.
~William Shakespeare

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The heart is mightier than the pen.
~Claudia Mill

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

The PENSION is mightier than the sword.

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

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



Prewritten Prompt:   tool



What is a workman without his tooles?

A bad workman blames his tools.
Daphne du Maurier

Good workmen never quarrel with their tools…
~Lord Byron

Excuses are tools of the incompetent
~Mike Tomlin


The best carpenters make the fewest chips.
~English proverb

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


The Exercise:

Opinion: The Tools I Use

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

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

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

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

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

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



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


Walled Street

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

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

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


What Lasts

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

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



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


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


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

Handle your tools without mittens.
~Benjamin Franklin


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

Stone tools are fossilized human behavior.
~Louis Leakey


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


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


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

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


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

Woodworking minus patience equals firewood.
~Author unknown


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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Tools have their own integrity.
~Vita Sackville-West

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


Prewritten Prompt circa 08/29: tool


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

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

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

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

Never insult anyone by accident.
~Robert A Heinlein


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Posted From The Grove

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

Normal is the cruellest of all insults
~Mike Snelle

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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



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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast.
~Oscar Wilde

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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

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

Hir face was hir chaperone.
~Rupert Hughes

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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



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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

You unfailingly omnibothersome bitch.
~Scott Lynch

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I envy everyone you have never met.

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

You have the perfect face for radio.

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

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

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

I hope your day is filled with people like you.

I envy everyone you have never met.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The degree of your stupidity is enough to boil water.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You’re a gray sprinkle on a rainbow cupcake.

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

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

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

You’re the reason God created the middle finger.

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

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

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

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

Who ate your bowl of sunshine this morning, thundercloud?


Beach Burial Ground

© David Lorenz Winston


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

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

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

If you speak insults you will hear them also.


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

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

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

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


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

Only cowards insult dying majesty.

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


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

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

Envy is an insult to oneself.
~Yevgeny Yevtushenko


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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@Writers Platform

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


Prewritten Prompt: insult


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


The Exercise

In Lieu of Law

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



The insult of ignoring you
and making you cry
The insult of not listening
not asking you why
Blue lipstick on my mirror
pic of you and a guy

Only chance of a lifetime
why didn’t I try
Heartless cause of a heartbreak
now he has your eye
Perfect insult of indifference
no word of goodbye


curtailing curtains

bilge water for oceans
junkyards for playgrounds
marketing poisonous potions
rampant infections abound

peddling hot toxic samples
cornering the Edens of Earth
desecrate sylvan green temples
trashed for cash, all its worth

toilet paper the forests
vulnerable flammable lands
species die out in torrents
testing what life will stand

greedily degrading the planet
gratuitously insulting the host
whether to preserve it or end it
verdict pending, what matters most


Here with the latest

From the pinnacle of mediocrity
Insulting the lives of celebrity
In range of scandal’s proximity
Peacocks preen exhibiting vanity
Gasbag news, scent with alacrity
A judge with 10-second authority
Self-proclaimed voice of veracity
Stamped approval of authenticity
Self-massaged ids of superiority


5s & 7s

greying shades gather
crowds of clouds curbing the light
dare insult the sun
billowing pillowy clouds
feathered edges halo bright


arrogant insult
ancient scripts bruted scriptures
claim the will of God
a people chosen of men
push to the front of the line


reproach and disgrace
naked insult of mirrors
won’t lie to my face


summer-fried season
landscape challenge, then insult
green gone brown then black


tongue-lashing insult
savory tang of revenge
bitter aftertaste


paid insults, short ads
like leaf cutting ants clip time
shorn bits of our lives

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You couldn’t get a clue during the clue mating season in a field full of horny clues if you smeared your body with clue musk and did the clue mating dance.
~Edward Flaherty

SLANDER is like a hornet. If you don’t kill it dead the first crack, you’d better not strike at it at all.
~Josh Billings


Insult is powerful. Insult begets both rage and humor and often at the same time.
~Suzanne Fields

Insults are the business of the court.
~Naguib Mahfouz


In the philosophical dialect, a cynic takes an insult as a compliment since opposition is already his style.
~Criss Jami

Sometimes, very occasionally, you do your best boxing with your mouth.
~Bryce Courtenay


These kind of hair-breadth missings of happiness look like the insults of fortune.
~Henry Fielding

The worst insult I can inflict on life is that I do not reflect on its meaning.
~Kedar Joshi


I have never understood why an intoxicated man feels the climax of insult is to hurl at you your name. Perhaps because he knows it is the one charge you cannot deny. But invariably before you escape, as though assured the words will cover your retreat with shame, he throws at you your full title.
~Richard Harding Davis

There are few persons to whom truth is not a sort of insult.
~Joseph Alexandre Pierre de Segur, Viscount of Segur


To insult a friend implies that you respect his masculinity enough to know he can take it without acting like a crybaby. The swapping of insults, like the fighting between brothers, becomes the seal of the male bonding.
~Frank Pittman

The English love an insult. It’s their only test of a man’s sincerity.
~Benjamin Franklin


Why, if you only knew the secrets to which I’m privy!

My dear Lifeblesser, please trust me when I say the I have no desire to know any secrets which involve you and a privy.
~Brandon Sanderson


Lady Astor: Winston, if I were your wife I’d put poison in your coffee.
Winston Churchill: Nancy, if I were your husband I’d drink it.

A lady came up to me one day and said ‘Sir! You are drunk,’ to which I replied ‘I am drunk today madam, and tomorrow I shall be sober but you will still be ugly.
~Winston Churchill

In some ways, risk-taking is the ultimate act of self-indulgence , an obscene insult to the preciousness of life. And yet, how can one dismiss something that persists despite every reasonable theory that it shouldn’t?
~Sebastian Junger


If you really have integrity, there are very few people who can insult you, or honor you.
~Bill Russell

The pair of opposites do not effect a yogi – neither praise nor insult.
~Harbhajan Singh Yogi


Anyone can spit in my face, and call me a criminal and a prostitute. But no one has the right to judge my remorse.
~Jean-Paul Sartre

You cannot insult a man more atrociously than by refusing to believe he is suffering .
~Cesare Pavese


To insult someone we call him “bestial.” For deliberate cruelty and nature, “human” might be the greater insult.
~Isaac Asimov

Talking with the mouth of a beast won’t ease your pain.
~Andrew Davidson


A dog is not almost-human, and I know of no greater insult to the canine race than to describe it as such.
~John Holmes

Some of my best leading men have been dogs and horses.
~Elizabeth Taylor

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Quoted In The Grove:   shadow

The forms of bodies could not be understood in detail but for shadow.
~Leonardo da Vinci

Were it not for shadows, there would be no beauty.
~Junichiro Tanizaki

All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow.
~Leo Tolstoy

The eye is always caught by light, but shadows have more to say.
~Gregory Maguire


Prewritten Prompt circa 08/15:   insult

A belief: kindness is to be valued more than love, always. The effects of it are more evident and immediate, less ambiguous. Despite its sometimes pitiless humor, a razor-sharp wit is also perched near the top, a quality to be admired. The blade of truth is what redeems it. Next issue: with the hoot and ruthless glee of insults sharpened on the whetstone of wit, the goddess bitch of truth.


Do we stand in our own light, wherever we go,
And fight our own shadows forever?
~Owen Meredith

Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one’s own sunshine.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.
~Maori proverb

Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us.
~Samuel Smiles

This worldly life is like a shadow. If you try to catch it, you will never be able to do so. If you turn your back towards it, it has no choice but to follow you.
~Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyya

Every life has a death, and every light a shadow. Be content to stand in the light, and let the shadow fall where it will.
~Mary Stewart


He who has been stung by a scorpion is afraid of its shadow.
~Spanish proverb

Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.
~Swedish proverb

Fear has a large shadow, but he himself is small.
~J Ruth Gendler

A good horse runs with seeing just the shadow of the whip.
~Gautama Buddha


Where I am today is my starting point. Who I am today is my starting point. My failures and successes of the past, my fears and hopes of the future are all shadows. Today is my reality, and I’ll use it to create my world.
~Taylor Stevens

The present is the ever moving shadow that divides yesterday from tomorrow. In that lies hope.
~Frank Lloyd Wright

What happens tomorrow is but the shadow of thoughts we held today.
~Joan Bennett Kennedy

Without the past to cast its long shadow, might you see the future more clearly?
~Diane Setterfield


Life is composed of lights and shadows, and we would be untruthful, insincere, and saccharine if we tried to pretend there were no shadows. Most things are good, and they are the strongest things, but there are evil things, too, and you are not doing the child a favor by trying to shield him from reality.
~Walt Disney

If only the sun-drenched celebrities are being noticed and worshiped, then our children are going to have a tough time seeing the value in the shadows, where the thinkers, probers, and scientists are keeping society together.
~Rita Dove

A people always ends by resembling its shadow.
~Rudyard Kipling


How can I be sincere if I am constantly changing my mind to conform with the shadow of what I think others expect of me?
~Thomas Merton

Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together yet not too near together:
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.
~Khalil Gibran

Be your own leader, be your own self, step out of my shadows and be your own person.
~Snoop Dogg

I decided long ago never to walk in anyone’s shadow; if I fail, or if I succeed at least I did as I believe.
~Whitney Houston

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Posted From The Grove

Everything that is, casts a shadow
~Neil Gaiman

Nothing is the shadow of Everything.
~Meher Baba


The shadows: some hide, others reveal.
~Antonio Porchia

Somethings can only be seen in the shadows.
~Carlos Ruiz Zafon


Between the vision and the act lies the shadow.
~T S Eliot

One can live in the shadow of an idea without grasping it.
~Elizabeth Bowen


The shadows of things are greater than themselves; and the more exaggerated the shadow, the more unlike the substance.
~Herman Melville

In arguing of the shadow, we forgo the substance.
~John Lyly

Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.


But I was not made for the great light that devours, a dim lamp was all I had been given, and patience without end, to shine it on the empty shadows.
~Samuel Beckett

If it were not for fighting shadows we should be strong enough for realities
~William Shakespeare


The world is in balance. To light a candle is to cast a shadow.
~Ursula K Le Guin

Thus shadow owes its birth to light.
~John Gay


~WIRED Masterminds:  Amazing Illusions: Using Human Bodies to Create Shadow Dances   (11:41)


~Tony Bennet:  The Making of: The Shadow of Your Smile   (4:33)   from Duets


~Ivan Maria Friedman:  Guardians of Paradise   (11:48)   the serene beauty of Burma, before the shadows


What men call the shadow of the body is not the shadow of the body, but is the body of the soul.
~Oscar Wilde

Because everything we say and do is the length and shadow of our own souls, our influence is determined by the quality of our being.
~Dale E Turner

In order to be somebody you have to hold even your shadow in high regard.
~Friedrich Nietzsche

Above the cloud with its shadow is the star with its light. Above all things reverence thyself.


Our good and bad deeds follow us almost like a shadow.
~Gautama Buddha

When it comes to our integrity: one moment in a dark place can cast a shadow for a lifetime.
~Steven Furtick


I am a champion standing over the shadow of my former self.
~Adam Johnson

There stands the shadow of a glorious name.

I live my life free of compromise, and step into the shadows without complaint or regret.
~Alan Moore

If a man’s shadow is brighter than himself, than that man becomes the shadow itself!
~Mehmet Murat Ildan

The light of lights looks always on the motive, not the deed, the shadow of shadows on the deed alone.
~William Butler Yeats


Manners are like the shadows of virtues, they are the momentary display of those qualities which our fellow creatures love and respect.
~Sydney Smith

When virtue is lost, benevolence appears, when benevolence is lost right conduct appears, when right conduct is lost, expedience appears. Expediency is the mere shadow of right and truth; it is the beginning of disorder.

To sacrifice the moral to the physical, as is done in these days, is to sacrifice reality for a shadow.
~African Spirit

Your identity is like your shadow: not always visible and yet always present.
~Fausto Cercignani

Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
~Abraham Lincoln



False friends are like our shadow, keeping close to us while we walk in the sunshine, but leaving us the instant we cross into the shade.
~Christian Nestell Bovee

Adversity shows whether we have friends, or only the shadows of friends.
~Publilius Syrus

Don’t depend too much on anyone in this world because even your own shadow leaves you when you are in darkness.
~Ibn Taymiyyah

Remember, you have no companions but your shadow
~Genghis Khan

I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better.


Befriend your shadow and life will be easier.
~Robert Jabert

I like my shadow; it reminds me that I exist.
~Mehmet Murat ildan

My shadow serves as the friend I crave
~Anna Akhmatova

I wish my shadow would get up and walk beside me.
~Jandy Nelson

Friendship is the shadow of the evening, which increases with the setting sun of life.
~Jean de La Fontaine

It was in their friendship they just wanted to run forever, shadow and shadow.
~Ray Bradbury

I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.
~Helen Keller

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.
~Helen Keller

ah, the paradox, what irony
~the editor


Foolish Ever, don’t you realize there’s no longer any difference between you and your-monster? You are the monster. It’s your dark side, your shadow self, and you’ve now joined as one.
~Alyson Noel

The abyss you stare into and that stares back at you is your reflection in the mirror — we all have it — that shadow self — that dark heart.
~John J Geddes

Unless you learn to face your own shadows, you will continue to see them in others, because the world outside you is only a reflection of the world inside you.
~Carl Jung

We are linked by our shadows, not by our light.
~Jun Mochizuki

You mustn’t be afraid of the dark.’ ‘I’m not,’ said Shadow. ‘I’m afraid of the people in the dark.’
~Neil Gaiman

To confront a person with their own shadow is to show them their own light.
~Carl Jung

I have prayed for years for one good humiliation a day, and then, I must watch my reaction to it. I have no other way of spotting both my denied shadow self and my idealized persona.
~Richard Rohr


~Omeleto:  Feeling Through   (18:25)   lives in shadow, redemptive

~Omeleto:  The Shadow of Cairo   (15:06)   another culture, young superhero, mismanaged grief


~David Wayne Smith:  Oasis   (8:05)   the shadows of survival


Life is short, and time is swift;
Roses fade, and shadows shift.
~Ebenezer Elliott

What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the winter time. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the Sunset.

The shadows of the mind are like those of the body. In the morning of life they all lie behind us; at noon we trample them under foot; and in the evening they stretch long, broad, and deepening before us.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In this, the late afternoon of my life, I wonder: am I casting a longer shadow or is my shadow casting a shorter me?
~Robert Brault

Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more; it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
~William Shakespeare

This life is a shadowy thing, lad. We live in a crowded space of lights and shadows.
~Ted Kooser


When the shadow of death blots out my joy
And erases the face of the sun
Give me strength to endure, hope to believe
That living and dying are one.
~William Wallace

In this world we find that all happiness is followed by misery as its shadow. Life has its shadow, death. They must go together, because they are not contradictory, not two separate existences, but different manifestations of the same unit, life and death, sorrow and happiness, good and evil.
~Swami Vivekananda

Everything in the world has its two faces, however. Weeds sometimes blossom into artful flowers. Beauty walks hand in hand with ugliness, sickness with health, and life tiptoes around in the horned shadow of death. The trick is to recognize which is which and to recognize what you’re dealing with at the time.
~Tiffany Baker

We have this wild life experience that is full of fantastic minutiae and banal, huge events at the same time. Yet, all of it shrinks in the shadow of death. It’s hard to argue with death as a game-changer.
~Bryan Fuller


Every man carries with him through life a mirror, as unique and impossible to get rid of as his shadow.
~W H Auden

What happened to that man I was seven autumns ago? What happened to that country? Time heals, yes – and thank God the pain and terror of that time has abated, at least for most of us. In that sense time is a mercy. But time also obscures the life-giving truths we perceive in the light of the shadow of death. In that way, time is a curse.
~Rod Dreher


If we hope for what we are not likely to possess, we act and think in vain, and make life a greater dream and shadow than it really is.
~Joseph Addison

Without knowledge, life is no more than the shadow of death

Even in the valley of the shadow of death, two and two do not make six.
~Leo Tolstoy

…ignorance is like a shadow — it has no real substance of its own, it is simply a lack of light. You cannot cause a shadow to disappear by trying to fight it, stamp on it, by railing against it, or any other form of emotional or physical resistance. In order to cause a shadow to disappear, you must shine light on it.
~Shakti Gawain

People have nothing to say, but they are afraid of saying nothing, so what they do say comes out flat and vapid and meaningless. The shadow of death is on every face.
~William S Burroughs

That’s the kind of death that frightens me. The shadow of death slowly, slowly eats away at the region of life, and before you know it everything’s dark and you can’t see, and the people around you think of you as more dead than alive.
~Haruki Murakami


Do we not all spend the greater part of our lives under the shadow of an event that has not yet come to pass?.
~Maurice Maeterlinck

I wonder how it takes you, that moment when everything turns to shadows.
~Juliet Marillier

The evening of the year has come; and as the shadows draw closer with each successive month, the poetry of the season passes by slow degrees from the major key of early September to the sad minor of late November.
~Oscar Fay Adams

Like our shadows, our wishes lengthen as our sun declines.
~Edward Young


Music begins where words are powerless to express. Music is made for the inexpressible. I want music to seem to rise from the shadows and indeed sometimes to return to them.
~Claude Debussy

Our imagination flies — we are its shadow on the earth.
~Vladimir Nabokov

Some illusions…are the shadows of great truths.
~Nathaniel Hawthorne

The comic and the tragic lie inseparably close, like light and shadow.

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


The beginnings and ends of shadow lie between the light and darkness and may be infinitely diminished and infinitely increased.
~Leonardo da Vinci

In photography there are no shadows that cannot be illuminated.
~August Sander


Shadow is a colour as light is, but less brilliant; light and shadow are only the relation of two tones.
~Paul Cezanne

Without black, no color has any depth. But if you mix black with everything, suddenly there’s shadow — no, not just shadow, but fullness. You’ve got to be willing to mix black into your palette if you want to create something that’s real.
~Amy Grant

Find beauty not only in the thing itself but in the pattern of the shadows, the light and dark which that thing provides.
~Junichiro Tanizaki

There are infinite shadings of light and shadows and colors… it’s an extraordinarily subtle language. Figuring out how to speak that language is a lifetime job.
~Conrad Hall

Art is an act of the soul, not the intellect. When we are dealing with people’s dreams — their visions, really — we are in the realm of the sacred. We are involved with forces and energies larger than our own. We are engaged in a sacred transaction of which we know only a little: the shadow, not the shape.
~Julia Cameron

Shadow conceals — light reveals. To know what to reveal and what to conceal, and in what degrees to do this, is all there is to art.
~Josef von Sternberg

Much of life becomes background, but it is the province of art to throw buckets of light into the shadows and make life new again.
~Diane Ackerman

Art is nothing more than the shadow of humanity.
~Henry James


Artists love other artists. Shadow artists are gravitating to their rightful tribe but cannot yet claim their birthright. Very often audacity, not talent, makes one person an artist and another a shadow artist — hiding in the shadows, afraid to step out and expose the dream to the light, fearful that it will disintegrate to the touch.
~Julia Cameron

I’ve been sleeping through my life
Now I’m waking up
And I want to stand in the sunshine
I have never been ecstatic
Had a flower but it never bloomed
In the darkness of my wasted youth
It was hiding in the shadows
Learning to become invisible
Uncover me
~Juliana Hatfield


~Cat Stevens:  Moonshadow, w/ Mandy Moore   (2:55)   a classic, different take


~Mike Oldfield:  Moonlight Shadow, ft. Maggie Reilly   (3:42)   Scottish ballad


~Andy Gibb:  Shadow Dancing   (5:00)   Live in Chile


~Lindsey Stirling:  Shadows   (3:54)   violin and dance


~Pat Benetar:  Shadows of the Night, w/ Helen Schneider   (3:17)   a classic reinterpreted


~Mike Oldfield:  Shadow On The Wall   (3:11)   intense shadow, and the blues


~Linkin Park:  Shadow Of The Day   (4:17)   apocalyptic


~The Rumjacks:  Light in My Shadow   (3:16)   Aussie lads in a drinking song


~The Rasmus:  In The Shadows   (3:39)   ghostly


~Vic Damone:  The Shadow of Your Smile   (4:07)   from The Sandpiper


~Dean Martin, Zero Mostel & Tommy Tune:  Me & My Shadow   (3:50)   in honor of the Olympics, comedy gold  (OK, maybe bronze)


jealousy is indeed the shadow of love
~Ayala Malakh-Pines

Shame is the shadow of love.
~P J Harvey

I’m afraid of love, because it involves things that are beyond our understanding; it sheds such a brilliant light, but the shadow it casts frightens me.
~Paulo Coelho

The cemetery has … an inscription: ‘Though I walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death I will Fear No Evil, For Thou Art With Me.’ Yes, it does feel deceptively safer with two; but Thou is a slippery character. Every Thou I’ve known has had a way of going missing.
~Margaret Atwood

Now you know how much my love for you burns deep in me when I forget about our emptiness, and deal with shadows as with solid things.
~Dante Alighieri

Shadow turned. Her eyes were wet; she smiled at him wanly. “I’ll be she loved you.”
~Catherine Fisher

My soul’s the present shadow of a presence gone.
~Fernando Pessoa

in this room the hours of love still make shadows.
~Charles Bukowski

Those you love leave behind their shadows to walk, always, with you in the form of memories.
~Helen Hollick

Love is a naked shadow,
On a gnarled and naked tree.
~Langston Hughes


shadows of love, inebriations of love,
foretastes of love, trickles of love,
but never yet the one true love.
~Edna O’Brien

Some there be that shadows kiss;
Such have but a shadow’s bliss.
~William Shakespeare

“There is a fine line between love and hate, or haven’t you heard? Sometimes it’s hard to decipher exactly which emotion is strongest.” I raised my chin. “I don’t love you either.” He lowered his head and watched me from underneath his dark lashes. “Are you certain? Because the emotion pouring out of you every time I’m near you is certainly not disinterest.” “That doesn’t mean it’s love.” “It could be, I promise you. Take off that sweater and give me ten minutes, and you’ll believe beyond a shadow of a doubt you’re in love.”
~Darynda Jones

What is the body?
That shadow of a shadow of your love,
that somehow contains the entire universe.


A light without shadow generates an emotion without reserve.
~Roland Barthes

You’re my flame in the dark. We chase away the shadows around each other.
~Richelle Mead

I am no longer alone with myself, and I can only artificially recall the scary and beautiful feeling of solitude. This is the shadow side of the fortune of love.
~Carl Jung

It’s a story of love, of hatred, and of the dreams that live in the shadow of the wind.
~Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Love that ends is the shadow of love; true love is without beginning or end.
~Hazrat Inayat Khan

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Nothing in the universe can travel at the speed of light, they say, forgetful of the shadow’s speed.
~Howard Nemerov

I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me,
And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.
~Robert Louis Stevenson

I spend so much time alone that whenever I see my shadow I feel crowded.
~Dov Davidoff


When we see the shadow on our images, are we seeing the time 11 minutes ago on Mars? Or are we seeing the time on Mars as observed from Earth now? It’s like time travel problems in science fiction. When is now; when was then?
~Bill Nye

Some shadows are so long, they arrive before the light.
~Terry Pratchett

The earth together with its surrounding waters must in fact have such a shape as its shadow reveals, for it eclipses the moon with the arc of a perfect circle.
~Nicolaus Copernicus


I am the shadow on the moon at night
Filling your dreams to the brim with fright.
~Tim Burton

My dreams have a dragon-shaped shadow and breathe fire into the dawn.
~Terri Guillemets


Look, up at the sky. There is a light, a beauty up there, that no shadow can touch
~J R R Tolkien

Moon’s paintbrush has only a palette of shadows: creamy gray, inky black, illusive indigo.
~Dr SunWolf

Night speaks a language of shadows and of the soul. 3 AM is poetry translatable only by the moon and stars.
~Terri Guillemets

I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars.
~Og Mandino



Eugene Golovesov @Pexels


Prestige is the shadow of money and power.
~C Wright Mills

Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.
~Martin Luther King, Jr

As long as politics is the shadow cast on society by big business, the attenuation of the shadow will not change the substance.
~John Dewey

The very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream.
~William Shakespeare

In order to reclaim the joy and passion of leadership, we must walk the valley of the shadow of death and name the cost of leadership.
~Dan B Allender


What does it mean when nightmares dream of peace? When shadows wish for light?
~Melissa Marr

When small men begin to cast big shadows, it means that the sun is about to set.
~Lin Yutang

Evil and good are everywhere, like shadow and substance; inseparable yet not hostile, only opposed.
~Thomas Carlyle

Under the shadow of swords, any plan is good.
~Mehmet Murat Ildan


It was once said that the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.
~Hubert H Humphrey

Every time you do a good deed you shine the light a little farther into the dark. And the thing is, when you’re gone that light is going to keep shining on, pushing the shadows back.
~Charles de Lint

The best political, social, and spiritual work we can do is to withdraw the projection of our shadow onto others.
~Carl Jung


Evil is a source of moral intelligence in the sense that we need to learn from our shadow, from our dark side, in order to be good.
~John Bradshaw

There is no light without shadow, and no psychic wholeness without imperfection.
~Carl Jung

A man is whole only when he takes into account his shadow.
~Djuna Barnes

How can I be substantial if I do not cast a shadow?
I must have a dark side also
If I am to be whole
~Carl Jung

Being desirable means being comfortable with your own ambiguity. The most ambiguous reality is that we are flesh and spirit at the same time. Within everyone there is light and shadow, good and evil, love and hate. In order to be truthful, you must embrace your total being. A person who exhibits both positive and negative qualities, strengths and weaknesses is not flawed, but complete.


The person you call an enemy is an exaggerated aspect of your own shadow self.
~Deepak Chopra

You can make yourself feel better about yourself if you project your shadow side, if you project your own potential for evil onto someone else. By annihilating them and, therefore, your shadow, you bring yourself into some state of purity or reformation.
~Jennifer Beals, actor

The purpose of all opprobrious language is, not to describe, but to hurt – even when, like Hamlet, we make only the shadow-passes of a soliloquized combat. We call the enemy not what we think he is but what we think he would least like to be called.
~C S Lewis

Unfortunately, there can be no doubt that man is, on the whole, less good than he imagines himself or wants to be. Everyone carries a shadow, and the less it is embodied in the individual’s conscious life, the blacker and darker it is. If an inferiority is conscious, one always has a chance to correct it.
~Carl Jung

We all have a dark side. Most of us go through life avoiding direct confrontation with that aspect of ourselves, which I call the shadow self. There’s a reason why. It carries a great deal of energy.
~Lorraine Toussaint

Even the purest cast a black shadow.
~Kaitlyn Jones

I think the healthy way to live is to make friends with the beast inside oneself, and that means not the beast but the shadow. The dark side of one’s nature. Have fun with it and you know, is to accept everything about ourselves.
~Anthony Hopkins

If you don’t have any shadows you’re not in the light.
~Lady Gaga

My dark side, my shadow, my lower companion is now in the back room blowing up balloons for kids’ parties.
~Gary Busey

The mind is the shadow of the light it seeks.
~Jim Dodge

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@Writers Platform

Things need not have happened to be true. Tales and adventures are the shadow truths that will endure when mere facts are dust and ashes and forgotten.
~Neil Gaiman

Word is a shadow of a deed.

We think not in words but in shadows of words.
~Vladimir Nabokov

Love and business and family and religion and art and patriotism are nothing but shadows of words when a man’s starving.
~O Henry


There are things that are shadow sides of the creative energy that are negative and all that kind of stuff. The only thing that I say to myself is, in the spirit of that quote from the Gnostic Gospels: Writing is a way to let all that stuff out into the sun.
~George Saunders

The act of writing requires a constant plunging back into the shadow of the past where time hovers ghostlike.
~Ralph Ellison

If there is one word that makes creative people different from others, it is the word complexity. Instead of being an individual, they are a multitude. Like the color white that includes all colors, they tend to bring together the entire range of human possibilities within themselves. Creativity allows for paradox, light, shadow, inconsistency, even chaos — and creative people experience both extremes with equal intensity.
~Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi


There is strong shadow where there is much light.

The brightest flame casts the darkest shadow.
~George R R Martin

There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast.
~Charles Dickens


It is only the quietest one who can hear all the voices of the world; only the shadows can see all the lights!
~Mehmet Murat Ildan

I tend to watch silently from the shadows. You learn a lot more that way.
~Sherrilyn Kenyon

A lot of the shadow self is the home of poetry, story, prayer. My deepest understandings are often released from the part of me of which I am least aware most of the time.
~Madeleine L’Engle

Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.
~Carl Sandburg


Prewritten Prompt:   shadow


We are but dust and shadows.
~Cassandra Clare

A human being is only breath and shadow.

More than a shadow and less than a soul.
~Anne Bishop


Doubt is faith’s shadow.
~Jo Nesbo

In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don’t.
~Blaise Pascal

You choose to shine with the light of your own divinity, or you hide it with the shadows you create in your mind. You must choose where to live — in the light or the shadows. The most powerful tool you have is your power of choice.

What I think is this: You should give up looking for lost cats and start searching for the other half of your shadow.
~Haruki Murakami



Some People

Some people can’t be trusted
with others’ love, or lusted
after, who defile with touch
who love too much or not enough

Some who cling and link with chains
clutch with claws or grasp at straws
tempt with mastery of kitchen flavors
or bribe withholding bedroom favors
who threaten harm as jealous ragers
tame with whips as wild-heart cagers
demand preeminence as vain upstagers

And some who stand just out of reach
slanted shadows with flowered speech
who look-alike but sham imposters
skin-akin to scamming fraudsters
two dimensioned pseudo-lovers
sharing shapes much like twins
similar, yet inauthentic things

And some there are who music solo
only fit to play and sing alone
who pray to share and try to preach
worthy lessons only they can teach
accepting praise and coins unearned
yearning hopes soon turned to scorn
leave believers duped and shorn

Or flayed alive and blister burned
shorting love ere its being born
donning full asbestos vest
to shield protecting target’s chest
arresting Eros’ pointed interest
deflecting Cupid’s arrow best
aimed at a torn and bleeding breast

Shielding self
protecting others
proffers distance
but no one bothers
lovers hover
quickly thwarted
preemptive strike
and love’s aborted

So spare me love
its rigor mortis
whose fortified
internal heart is
tucked safe inside
a walled-up fortress
secured away from
where the sport is

Needs grow crusted
old chains rusted
crime scene dusted
malefactors busted


Dual Doggerels Dueling


shadows of doubt
valley of death
medical miracles
nurturing breath

blind, obdurate converts
true believers going deaf
zealots willfully wayward
dying, grieving and bereft


clouds have a life
overshadow the earth
overseeing the folly
men sully its worth

clouds have a life
overshadow the earth
gone are the good times
men’s reason for mirth

clouds have a life
overshadow the earth
patience has limits
awaits a new birth

clouds have a life
overshadow the earth
awaiting the promise
a new age calls forth


Uneven Bars

There be lovers make each other crazy
Who could not live without the other
And some who hate, despise another
Need their skills to survive together
Mother, father, sister, brother
Shadows different share one color

Genetic mix interweaves the fabric
Daily mesh else fate turns tragic
Complements compliment identities
Races dovetail, sacred serendipity
Intricate patterns’ perfect magic



to sit a chair
face front
to the back of it
is to escape
its capture
is to have a wall
against the world
to prop on
and peer over
a shadow presence
braced at ease
to slip away
out the back door
a quick escape
without notice
or by-your-leave


5s & 7s

sleek as crouching death
low-slung pause, twitchy patience
the grey cat, Shadow
limpid shadows cast by glass
blue shadows of drifting smoke


shadow side of love
bright light trying best to shine
sourcing darker pain


shy-born introvert
calcified or crucified
timid shadows hide

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Shadows are cool and peaceful places for those whose minds are overstocked with treasure.
~Eva Ibbotson

I thought the most beautiful thing in the world must be shadow.
~Sylvia Plath

I have a feeling only for shadows
~Odilon Redon

I felt myself melting into the shadows like the negative of a person I’d never seen before in my life.
~Sylvia Plath

I came alone in this world, I have walked alone in the valley of the shadow of death, and I shall quit alone when the time comes.
~Mahatma Gandhi


I was the shadow of the waxwing slain
By the false azure in the windowpane.
~Vladimir Nabokov

The smell of the sea hugged the fog in the redwood trees,
All cool and dank, dimly lit and rank with green,
And in shadowed limbs the Stellar jays jabbered free,
And me, standing silently, an alien in this enchanted scene
~Madison Grant


A door jumps out from shadows, then jumps away. This is what I’ve come to find: the back door, unlatched. Tooled by insular wind, it slams and slams without meaning to, and without meaning.
~Li-Young Lee

It is hard to follow one great vision in this world of darkness and of many changing shadows. Among those men get lost.
~Black Elk


You can only come to the morning through the shadows.
~J R R Tolkien

One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.
~Carl Jung


Part of every misery is, so to speak, the misery’s shadow or reflection: the fact that you don’t merely suffer but have to keep on thinking about the fact that you suffer. I not only live each endless day in grief, but live each day thinking about living each day in grief.
~C S Lewis

The light is always shining, to see it we must stop focusing on the shadows it casts.
~Kim Clarkin


Some people seemed to get all sunshine, and some all shadow.
~Louisa May Alcott

Alas for the affairs of men! When they are fortunate you might compare them to a shadow; and if they are unfortunate, a wet sponge with one dash wipes the picture away.


We cast a shadow on something wherever we stand.
~E M Forster

There was a man that hated his footprints and his shadow, so one day he thought that if he ran fast enough, his footprints and shadow would not be able to follow him and then he never ever had to look at them again. He ran and he ran as fast as he could, but the shadow and the footprints had no problems keeping up to him. And he ran even faster and all of a sudden he fell dead to the ground. But if he been standing still there hadn’t been any footprints and if he had been resting under a tree his shadow had been swallowed of the trees shadow.
~Benjamin Hoff


In the empire of desert, water is the king and shadow is the queen.
~Mehmet Murat Ildan


All you need to forecast the weather is a stone on a string —
• Stone wet: Rain • Stone dry: Not raining • Shadow on ground: Sunny
• White on stone: Snow • Can’t see stone: Foggy • Swinging stone: Windy
• Jumpy stone: Earthquake • Stone gone: Tornado
~Author unknown

I have opals that burn always, with a flame that is cold as ice, opals that make sad men’s minds, and are afraid of the shadows.
~Oscar Wilde


Time is but the shadow of the world upon the background of Eternity.
~Jerome K Jerome

Time flies over us, but leaves its shadow behind.
~Nathaniel Hawthorne


Life itself is but the shadow of death, and souls departed but the shadows of the living.
~Thomas Browne

No, no, I am but shadow of myself: You are deceived, my substance is not here.
~William Shakespeare


Capture a shadow,
dance with the wind,
stand in a rainbow,
begin at the end.
~Mary Anne Radmacher


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