A Quote by Lois Duncan on birds, eternity, mountains, past, and time

If there were a mile high mountain of granite, and once every ten-thousand years a bird flew past and brushed it with a feather, by the time that mountain was worn away, a fraction of a second would have passed in the context of eternity

Lois Duncan

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A Quote by Lammot du Pont on belief, birds, change, experience, facts, honesty, nature, people, rules, wealth, and worth

"Honesty is the best policy," "A dollar saved is a dollar earned," "Look before you leap," "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush," "The laborer is worthy of his hire," may be scoffed at by some intellectuals as trite copybook rules, but nonetheless they sum up the elementary experience of the race in creating and consuming wealth.... People may change their minds as often as their coats, and new sets of rules of conduct may be written every week, but the fact remains that human nature has not changed and does not change, that inherent human beliefs stay the same; the fundamental rules of human conduct continue to hold.

Lammot du Pont

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A Quote by Kathleen Raine on birds, children, fate, future, gold, life, love, memory, and simplicity

Of all created things the source is one, Simple, single as love; remember The cell and seed of life, the sphere That is, of child, white bird, and small blue dragon-fly Green fern, and the gold four-petalled tormentilla The ultimate memory. Each latent cell puts out a future, Unfolds its differing complexity As a tree puts forth leaves, and spins a fate Fern-traced, bird feathered, or fish-scaled.

Kathleen Raine

Source: Message From Home

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A Quote by Decimus Junius Juvenal on birds and earth

A rare bird upon the earth and very much like a black swan. -Rara avis in terris nigroque simillima cycno

Juvenal (c.60 - c.140)

Source: Satires, VI.165

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A Quote by John Ronald Reuel "J. R. R." Tolkien on birds, mountains, and time

This thing all things devours: Birds, beasts, trees, flowers: Gnaws iron, bites steel: Grinds hard stones to meal: Slays king, ruins town, And beats high mountains down! Time.

J.R.R. Tolkien (1892 - 1973)

Source: A riddle from The Hobbit

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A Quote by Josiah Gilbert Holland on birds, eternity, music, songs, and soul

Music is a thing of the soul-a roselipped shell that murmured of the eternal sea-a strange bird singing the songs of another shore.

Josiah Gilbert Holland (1819 - 1881)

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A Quote by Joseph Wood Krutch on birds, facts, and men

The flowers never waste their sweetness on the desert air or, for that matter, on the jungle air. In fact, they waste it only when nobody except a human being is there to smell it. It is for the bugs and a few birds, not for men, that they dye their petals or waft their scents.

Joseph Wood Krutch (1893 - 1970)

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A Quote by Joseph Wood Krutch on birds


Both the cockroach and the bird would get along very well without us, although the cockroach would miss us most.

Joseph Wood Krutch (1893 - 1970)

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A Quote by John Webster on age, birds, despair, fear, garden, justice, and love

I myself have loved a lady and pursued her with a great deal of under-age protestation, whom some three or four gallants that have enjoyed would with all their hearts have been glad to have been rid of. 'Tis just like a summer birdcage in a garden: the birds that are without despair to get in, and the birds that are within despair and are in a consumption for fear they shall never get out.

John Webster (c.1580 - c.1625)

Source: The White Devil, 1612, act I, sc.2

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A Quote by John Updike on birds and departure

The stripped and shapely Maple grieves The ghosts of her Departed leaves. The ground is hard, As hard as stone. The year is old, The birds are flown.

John Updike (1932 -)

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