A Quote by H. G. Dwight on birds, impossibility, life, men, sentimentality, and yielding

And there were times when one yielded quite shamelessly to the sentimental. They were more likely to be times of crickets, I think, than of birds - when it was impossible not to feel, like another essence of the sunlight, the bittersweet of life that lingers about old houses, and places where men have died, and things that forgotten hands have touched.

H. G. Dwight

Source: Gardens and Gardening, Atlantic Monthly, 1912

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A Quote by Gilbert Keith Chesterton on belief, birds, conversation, dreams, eternity, freedom, god, liberals, men, mountains, necessity, respect, theology, thought, and truth

We say, not lightly but very literally, that the truth has made us free. They say that it makes us so free that it cannot be the truth. To them it is like believing in fairyland to believe in such freedom as we enjoy. It is like believing in men with wings to entertain the fancy of men with wills. It is like accepting a fable about a squirrel in conversation with a mountain to believe in a man who is free to ask or a God who is free to answer. This is a manly and a rational negation, for which I for one shall always show respect. But I decline to show any respect for those who first of all clip the bird and cage the squirrel, rivet the chains and refuse the freedom, close all the doors of the cosmic prison on us with a clang of eternal iron, tell us that our emancipation is a dream and our dungeon a necessity; and then calmly turn round and tell us they have a freer thought and a more liberal theology.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874 - 1936)

Source: The Everlasting Man

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A Quote by Dr. George Washington Carver on birds, colors, and life

I wanted to know the name of every stone and flower and insect and bird and beast. I wanted to know where it got its color, where it got its life - but there was no one to tell me.

George Washington Carver (1864 - 1943)

Source: Words to Make My Dream Children Live, by Deirdre Mullane, 1995.

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A Quote by George Manwaring on birds, day, despair, fatherhood, god, humility, life, love, music, prayer, sons, soul, and trust

Oh, how lovely was the morning! Radiant beamed the sun above. Bees were humming, Sweet birds Singing, Music ringing through the grove. When within the shady woodland Joseph sought the God of love. Humbly kneeling, sweet appealing 'Twas the boy's first uttered prayer When the powers of sin assailing Filled his soul with deep despair; But undaunted still, he trusted In his heav'nly Father's care. Suddenly a light descended. Brighter far than noon-day sun, And a shining glorious pillar O'er him fell, around him shone. While appeared two heav'nly beings, God the Father and the Son. 'Joseph, this is my beloved; Hear Him!" Oh, how sweet the word! Joseph's humble prayer was answered, And he listened to the Lord. Oh, what rapture filled his bosom, For he saw the living God.

George Manwaring (1854 - 1889)

Source: Music: Sylvanus Billings Pond (1792–1871) adapted by A.C. Smyth (1840–1909)

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A Quote by George Eliot on birds, earth, and soul

Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

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A Quote by Franklin Pierce Adams on birds, brevity, chance, play, poetry, trouble, and words

These are the saddest of possible words, Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance. Trio of Bear Cubs fleeter than birds, Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance. Ruthlessly pricking our gonfalon bubble, Making a Giant hit into a double, Words that are weighty with nothing but trouble, Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance. This brief poem, immortalized the Chicago Cubs' double-play combination: Shortstop Joe Tinker, second baseman Johnny Evers, and first baseman Frank Chance.

Franklin Pierce Adams (1881 - 1960)

Source: "Baseball's Sad Lexicon," appeared in the New York Evening Mail on July 7, 1910

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A Quote by Francis M. Chapman on birds and songs

Spring would not be spring without bird songs.

Francis M. Chapman

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A Quote by Francis Beaumont on birds, earth, eternity, faith, heaven, rest, and soul

Faith without works is like a bird without wings; though she may hop about on earth, she will never fly to heaven. But when both are joined together, then doth the soul mount up to her eternal rest.

Francis Beaumont (1584 - 1616)

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A Quote by Sir Francis Bacon on birds


Suspicions amongst thoughts are like bats amongst birds, they ever fly by twilight.

Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)

Source: Essays. Of Suspicion

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A Quote by Eubie Blake on birds, listening, and mind

Pay the thunder no mind - listen to the birds.

Eubie Blake (1883 - 1983)

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