The Literature Page
My focus on quotes...
I love quotes, be they meaningful, funny, silly, thought-provoking, or radical; the words of an ancient scribe, a famous poet, or the ramblings of an unknown. Quotes are almost everywhere now, especially with the popularity of  'sigs' at the end of email messages. In fact, if you email me, you have probably seen some of these at the end of my emails. More to come as I find them. If you have a cool quote to share, email me.
"The spirit of the blackness is in us; it is in the fishes."  Sylvia Plath, Crossing the Water

"Christ Jesus, when I come to die
Grant me a clean, sweet summer sky,
Without the mad wind's panther cry.
Send me a little garden breeze
To gossip in magnolia trees."  Hervey Allen

"Behold the wicked little barb
Which catches fish in human garb
And yanks them back when they feel gay
With 'Will it last?' or 'Does it pay?'"  Persis Greely Anderson

"Spare me the whispering, crowded room,
The friends who come and gape and go,
The ceremonious air of gloom --
All, which makes death a hideous show."  Mathew Arnold

"They sailed away, for a year and a day,
To the land where the bong-tree grows;
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood,
With a ring at the end of his nose,
His nose,
His nose,
With a ring at the end of his nose."  Edward Lear

"I have learned that we are not our bodies. This simple truth is one that took me a long time to learn. My body is sick, not me. I'm just fine, inside my malfunctioning shell."  Eileen Holland

"You are but one tiny chapter in a book that's nowhere near finished, and re-reading is a waste of my time. So get the  #!*$  out of my way. I've got chapters to write."  Unknown

"To remind the man of the good turns you have done him is very much like a reproach." Demosthenes

"Four be the things I´d been better without:
Love, curiosity, freckles and doubt.
Three be the things I shall never attain:
Envy, content and sufficient champagne." Dorothy Parker

"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."  Francis Bellamy

"When I am dead, I hope it may be said:  His sins were scarlet, but his books were read." Hilaire Belloc

"Virtue is like a rich stone, -- best plain set."
"There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion."
"Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man."
"Knowledge is power."   Francis Bacon

"Confront a child, a puppy, and a kitten with sudden danger; the child will turn instinctively for assistance, the puppy will grovel in abject submission, the kitten will brace its tiny body for a frantic resistance." Hector Hugh Munro  ("Saki")

"I want to go home
To the dull old town,
With the shaded street
And the open square;
And the hill
And the flats
And the house I love,
And the paths I know --
I want to go home." Paul Kester

"How to be Happy Though Married."  Book title written by The Rev. E.J. Hardy

"When you've got a thing to say,
Say it!  Don't take half a day....
Life is short --  a fleeting vapor--
Don't you fill the whole blamed paper
With a tale which, at a pinch,
Could be cornered in an inch!
Boil her down until she simmers,
Polish her until she glimmers."  Joel Chandler Harris

"The dumber people think you are, the more surprised they're going to be when you kill them."  William Clayton

"Out of the ash
I rise with my red hair
And eat men like air."  Sylvia Plath

"Many people hear voices when no-one is there. Some of them are called mad and are shut up in rooms where they stare at the walls all day. Others are called writers and they do pretty much the same thing."  Meg Chittenden

The following quotes were all found in old autograph books... these are so great. The original authors of these quotes will, I suppose, remain forever unknown. If you have some to share, or know the authors, email me.

"Don't worry if your task be small
Or your rewards be few,
Remember that the mighty oak
Was once a nut like you."

"Fall from the cabin onto the deck,
Fall down the stairs and break your neck,
Fall from the highest heaven above --
But never, never fall in love."

"I love you little, I love you big, I love you like a little pig."

"If you get to heaven before I do, knock out a plank to let me through."

"When you get married and your husband gets cross,
pick up the frying pan and show him who's boss."

"Yours 'til catfish have kittens."

The poetry part of the Literature Page is temporarily closed for updates and repairs.
It seems a lot of poets' estates are unhappy that the poet's work is available online.
I think that is a shame.

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