Friday, January 27, 2006

Owl feathers

"Keep me away from the wisdom
which does not cry,
the philosophy
which does not laugh
and the greatness
which does not bow before children."
— Kahlil Gibran

"Love doesn't just sit there, like a stone; it has to be made, like bread, remade all the time, made new."
— Ursula K LeGuin

“There is no time like the pleasant.”
— George Bergman

19 Comments:

Blogger alan said...

Loved yesterdays poem; somehow I heard "samba" as I read it, though I know that's not the "right" thing to put with it.

Kahlil Gibran has been on my must read list for a long time now, I need to do something about that!

Thank you for each and every word you put here!

alan

1/27/2006 1:28 PM  
Blogger Wenda said...

Such wonderful quotes and your beautiful poetry is still ringing in me and inspiring me to get back to my own poetic practice.

1/27/2006 4:31 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

I did a double take on the Bergman, particularly the word, "pleasant," and I haven't read him. And am curious about the context-

Gibran, I believe under-rated, and I'm not sure why he is. And Ursula LeGuin has been a favourite for a very long time...

(Though I must admit to not being good with quotes on their own because if I don't know the author I feel as if I'm missing most of the meaning.)

1/27/2006 4:51 PM  
Blogger rdl said...

Gibran, one of my favorites and the Love quote so true.

1/27/2006 5:46 PM  
Blogger Frankie said...

Wonderful quotes! Thanks so much for the great reminders...

1/28/2006 5:59 AM  
Blogger zhoen said...

There is no Tao without laughter.

1/28/2006 6:47 AM  
Blogger Rexroth's Daughter said...

The best part about reading is finding gems like these. It's amazing how a few words can inspire and show you the world a little bit differently.

1/28/2006 10:26 AM  
Blogger Sue hardy-Dawson said...

the translation below is beautiful thank-you for sharing it, I'm glad to see you write in your dreams too, I have paper by the bed but if I don't wake I would never remember what I'd written.

A poem should not mean
But be
Archibauld Macleish

1/28/2006 12:12 PM  
Blogger mermaid said...

The second quote would have gone perfectly with my recent post. Thanks.

1/28/2006 12:55 PM  
Blogger snowsparkle said...

your choice of quotes is like a well prepared feast... tasty and satisfying. thanks!

1/28/2006 10:19 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Ilike the second quote and the third made me smile.

Hope you are having a good weekend, MB. :-)

1/29/2006 12:39 AM  
Blogger GEL said...

I enjoy quotes immensely. They're on magnets on my fridge, on t-shirts, on mugs, and in books I own. Interesting collection!

1/29/2006 2:21 AM  
Blogger Patry Francis said...

I like your sequencing.

1/29/2006 9:30 AM  
Blogger Alexandra S said...

Thank you for that Ursula Le Guin quote especially. I met my husband almost ten years ago and I think the last couple months I had forgotten how important it is to view it like bread, something that needs kneading and attention in the most exquisite way. This past weekend I feel so reinspired, and this quote was exactly what I needed today. I'm happy to have discovered your site tonight and look forward to returning!
Alexandra

1/29/2006 6:54 PM  
Blogger MB said...

Thank you all for your comments. (And welcome to Alexandra G!)

I confess I have mixed feelings about quotes. As Brenda mentions, it's disconcerting in some ways to not know the context, to wonder if the full meaning has been conveyed, or even if the meaning has been somehow altered.

On the other hand, there is a runic quality to quotes that I do enjoy. Context aside, there is a kind of wisdom of the incomplete, the gesture, the raw symbol. The joy of picking one pebble from the beach.

In the case of the Bergman quote, I can't give the context; this was a quote I found already quoted. Trying to find its source, I found the quote also attributed to another writer, Oliver Herford. So I'm not even sure of proper authorship. I guess this one must remain a solitary pebble for now. I enjoy it's lightheartedness, even if I haven't found its source.

1/30/2006 4:53 PM  
Blogger garnet david said...

Wise quotes.

I won't mention this again- but I wonder if you got my emails mentioning my other poetry blog Geognosy. It's my "write and don't turn back stuff".

David

1/30/2006 8:17 PM  
Blogger MB said...

No, David, I didn't get those emails! I'm glad you mentioned it. What's the link?

1/31/2006 8:11 AM  
Blogger garnet david said...

Whew! I thought that might have happened, with spam filters and all.

It's Geognosy

1/31/2006 10:38 AM  
Blogger MB said...

I'll check it out. Thanks.

1/31/2006 12:44 PM  

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