Category Archives: MOMENTS

I assume it was going to Bloomingdales to buy a hat that will turn out to be a mistake – as almost all hats are.

~Nikolaus Laszlo, Nora Ephron, and Delia Ephron, You’ve Got Mail

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Under My Hat

 

Under my hat is a horse

I rode when I was ten

Under my hat is a house

Or five or six or seven.

 

Under my hat is a story

Half-true or true or false

Of nights of booze and poetry

Of songs and a sweet slow waltz.

 

Under my hat are opinions

That have made me friends or foes

When you march to insistent drums

It depends how the current flows.

 

I’m a hoarder, a keeper, a snail

That needs a pile to crawl under

My hat shields a regular haul

Of trivia, jetsam and plunder.

 

And what of the secret places

Where you and you cannot tread

The dark and the dismal traces?

They’re under the hat on my head.

BARRY BREEN

http://www.australianpoetry.org/2013/09/18/18-september-under-my-hat/ 

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In reverie they emulate the noble mood Of giant sphinxes stretched in depths of solitude Who seem to slumber in a never-ending dream. Baudelaire.

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IN WREATHS OF SMOKE

In wreaths of smoke, blown waywardwise,
Faces of olden days uprise,
And in his dreamer’s reverie
They haunt the smoker’s brain, and he
Breathes for the past regretful sighs.

Mem’ries of maids with azure eyes,
In dewy dells ‘neath June’s soft skies,
Faces that more he’ll only see
In wreaths of smoke.

Eheu, eheu! How fast tine flies–
How youth-time passion droops and dies,
And all the countless visions flee!
How worn would all those faces be,
Were they not swaithed in soft disguise
In wreaths of smoke!

Frank Newton Holman

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For the sense of smell, almost more than any other, has the power to recall memories and it is a pity that you use it so little. – Rachel Carson

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Listen to the people who love you. Believe that they are worth living for even when you don’t believe it. Seek out the memories depression takes away and project them into the future. Be brave; be strong. Exercise because it’s good for you even if every step weighs a thousand pounds. Eat when food itself disgusts you. Reason with yourself when you have lost your reason.”

― Andrew Solomon, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression

My cousin loved the violin / and played it gracefully in tune / except when, touching certain chords, / he fell down, shrieked and bit at boards /

Les Murray

 

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“The moment you tell someone else is the moment you become a whiner and the world’s smallest violin starts to play. The truth is, we all have problems.” 

― J.A. Redmerski, The Edge of Never

I would never have amounted to anything were it not for adversity. I was forced to come up the hard way.

~J.C. Penny

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You’ll enjoy the short walk of his company,

as will he: singled out from the others

to push his nose eagerly into the halter, lowering

his head so you can easily fasten the buckle.

Rest your arm on his warm neck

as you wait for a passing ute,

lean into the could-only-be-horse smell of him,

see his ear turn just a few degrees in your direction,

like an old man cupping his hand, to hear

you say go on. Turn him loose and stay awhile,

watch him graze, lifting his head to sounds

of minute-to-minute living.

Because by Carolyn Fisher

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“And what was the song which she sang? Ah, my little man, I am too old to sing that song, and you too young to understand it.”

― Charles Kingsley, The Water Babies

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“In fact, the fairies had turned him into a water-baby.
A water-baby?  You never heard of a water-baby.  Perhaps not.  That is the very reason why this story was written. 

“But there are no such things as water-babies.”
How do you know that?  Have you been there to see?  And if you had been there to see, and had seen none, that would not prove that there were none.  If Mr. Garth does not find a fox in Eversley Wood—as folks sometimes fear he never will—that does not prove that there are no such things as foxes.  And as is Eversley Wood to all the woods in England, so are the waters we know to all the waters in the world.  And no one has a right to say that no water-babies exist, till they have seen no water-babies existing; which is quite a different thing, mind, from not seeing water-babies; and a thing which nobody ever did, or perhaps ever will do.”

― Charles Kingsley, The Water Babies: A Fairy Tale For A Land Baby

In the end, it’s not going to matter how many breaths you took, but how many moments took your breath away

– shing xiong

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A bird may be known by its flight. (A person is know and judged by his actions or behaviour)

http://www.friends-partners.org/oldfriends/literature/russian-proverbs.html

I tell her all the time,’whiskey is risky and it makes girls frisky.”

― Laura Anderson Kurk, Glass Girl

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“As adults we try to relax from the never-ending quest for reason and order by drinking a little whiskey or smoking whatever works for us, but the wisdom isn’t in the whiskey or the smoke. The wisdom is in the moments when the madness slips away and we remember the basics.”

― Willie Nelson, The Tao of Willie: A Guide to the Happiness in Your Heart

The smaller the mind the greater the conceit.

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“In the external scheme of things, shining moments are as brief as the twinkling of an eye, yet such twinklings are what eternity is made of — moments when we human beings can say “I love you,” “I’m proud of you,” “I forgive you,” “I’m grateful for you.” That’s what eternity is made of: invisible imperishable good stuff.”

― Fred Rogers, The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember

It all goes back and back,” Tyrion thought, “to our mothers and fathers and theirs before them. We are puppets dancing on the strings of those who came before us, and one day our own children will take up our strings and dance in our steads.

George R.R. Martin, A Storm of Swords

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“Bottom line is, even if you see ’em coming, you’re not ready for the big moments. No one asks for their life to change, not really. But it does. So what are we, helpless? Puppets? No. The big moments are gonna come. You can’t help that. It’s what you do afterwards that counts. That’s when you find out who you are.”
― Joss Whedon

A moment of silence is actually a very loud moment. ― Nouf Alfadl

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“The fault-finder will find faults even in paradise. Love your life, poor as it is. You may perhaps have some pleasant, thrilling, glorious hours, even in a poor-house. The setting sun is reflected from the windows of the alms-house as brightly as from the rich man’s abode; the snow melts before its door as early in the spring. I do not see but a quiet mind may live as contentedly there, and have as cheering thoughts, as in a palace.”

― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Don’t make me laugh, I’d much rather cry.

― Ellen Hopkins, Identical

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“Even here is something sad and terrible. But the impression is fleeting, and serves only to give a greater acuteness to the enjoyment of the moment. It is like the sadness which you may see in the jester’s eyes when a merry company is laughing at his sallies; his lips smile and his jokes are gayer because in that communion of laughter he find himself more intolerably alone.”

― W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence

Every man with a little leisure and enough money for railway tickets, every man, indeed, who knows how to read, has it in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life full, significant and interesting.

― Aldous Huxley, Jesting Pilate

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“Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything’s possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time." He looks toward the railway car’s open door, where streaks of dark water blanket the world. "You try to walk in the light.”

― Marie Lu, Legend

We are puppets of our subconscious desires.

― Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

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“Bottom line is, even if you see ’em coming, you’re not ready for the big moments. No one asks for their life to change, not really. But it does. So what are we, helpless? Puppets? No. The big moments are gonna come. You can’t help that. It’s what you do afterwards that counts. That’s when you find out who you are.”

― Joss Whedon