Most days I’ll be sharing some of the quotes that have inspired me, made me smile or just made me think.
Classic Quotes #70
I stalk certain words… I catch them in mid-flight, as they buzz past, I trap them, clean them, peel them, I set myself in front of the dish, they have a crystalline texture to me, vibrant, ivory, vegetable, oily, like fruit, like algae, like agates, like olives… I stir them, I shake them, I drink them, I gulp them down, I mash them, I garnish them… I leave them in my poem like stalactites, like slivers of polished wood, like coals, like pickings from a shipwreck, gifts from the waves… Everything exists in the word.
~ Pablo Neruda, Memoirs
Love said, “Wake still and think of me,”
Sleep, “Close your eyes till break of day,”
But Dreams came by and smilingly
Gave both to Love and Sleep their way.
~ Sara Teasdale, Helen of Troy and Other Poems
Poetry is a rich, full-bodied whistle, cracked ice crunching in pails, the night that numbs the leaf, the duel of two nightingales, the sweet pea that has run wild, Creation’s tears in shoulder blades.
~ Boris Pasternak
A precious, mouldering pleasure ’t is
To meet an antique book,
In just the dress his century wore;
A privilege, I think.
~ Emily Dickinson, The Complete Poems
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Art is long, and Time is fleeting.
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Voices of the Night
What’s inspired you this week?