A Quote by Reginald Horace Blyth on brevity, experience, feeling, literature, nature, quality, rest, seasons, and world

It is not merely the brevity by which the haiku isolates a particular group of phenomena from all the rest; nor its suggestiveness, through which it reveals a whole world of experience. It is not only in its remarkable use of the season word, by which it gives us a feeling of a quarter of the year; nor its faint all-pervading humour. Its peculiar quality is its self-effacing, self-annihilative nature, by which it enables us, more than any other form of literature, to grasp the thing-in-itself.

Reginald Horace Blyth (1898 - 1964)

Source: Zen Quotes — Haiku, Volume 4, p. 980.

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on brevity, faith, and reality

Our faith comes in moments . . . yet there is a depth in those brief moments which constrains us to ascribe more reality to them than to all other experiences.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

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A Quote by Patrick Jake "P.J." O'Rourke on brevity, character, death, elections, failure, and history

In our brief national history we have shot four of our presidents, worried five of them to death, impeached one and hounded another out of office. And when all else fails, we hold an election and assassinate their character.

P.J. O'Rourke (1947 -)

Source: Parliament of Whores

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A Quote by Olaf Stapledon on brevity, community, crisis, darkness, defeat, effort, guidance, love, play, praise, reality, struggle, and world

Two lights for guidance. The first, our little glowing atom of community, with all that it signifies. The second, the cold light of the stars, symbol of the hypercosmical reality, with its crystal ecstasy. Strange that in this light, in which even the dearest love is frostily asserted, and even the possible defeat of our half-waking world is contemplated without remission of praise, the human crisis does not lose but gains significance. Strange, that it seems more, not less, urgent to play some part in this struggle, this brief effort of animacules striving to win for their race some increase of lucidity before the ultimate darkness.

Olaf Stapledon

Source: Star Maker

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A Quote by Neal A. Maxwell on belief, brevity, church, facts, and tourists

Those who believe for a while make only a brief tour in the kingdom, though thereafter they often feel qualified to inform those who know even less about the Church; but the fact is they were really only tourists - not natives who really knew the kingdom's countryside.

Neal Maxwell (1926 -)

Source: “True Believers in Christ” p. 135. © by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Used by permission.

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A Quote by Mirabel Osler on admiration, brevity, garden, and plants

Crouchers move through a garden at a stoop: naming, gasping, horraying, admiring or coveting plants; Gapers saunter, smiling or sighing at what they find, succumbing to an intangible beatitude that takes them for a brief escape into another dimension. Both sorts of gardener are besotted; both get their hands dirty; think and talk gardening; but on the threshold of another's garden, each use a different set of whiskers.

Mirabel Osler

Source: Gapers and Crouchers

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A Quote by Michael Johnson on brevity, life, opportunity, and work

Life is often compared to a marathon, but I think it is more like being a sprinter; long stretches of hard work punctuated by brief moments in which we are given the opportunity to perform at our best.

Michael Johnson

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A Quote by Max Ehrmann on brevity, challenge, day, freedom, lies, life, men, motherhood, music, peace, quiet, silence, sleep, soul, speech, spirit, struggle, uncertainty, universe, world, and path

Ere you lie down to sleep in the night, sit still awhile, and nurse again to life your gentler self. Forget the restless, noisy spirit of the day, and encourage to speech the soft voices within you that timidly whisper of the peace of the quiet night; and occasionally look out at the quiet stars. The night will soothe you like a tender mother, folding you against her soft bosom, and hiding you from the harm of the world. Though denied and rejected by men in the light of day, the night will not reject you and in the still of her soft shadows you are free. After the day's struggle there is no freedom like unfettered thoughts, no sound like the music of silence. And though behind you lies a road of dust and heat and discouragement, and before you the challenge and uncertainty of untried paths, in this brief hour you are master of all highways, and the universe nestles in your soul.

Max Ehrmann (1872 - 1945)

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A Quote by Mark Twain on brevity, emotion, ideas, language, present, and words

What is the real function, the essential function, the supreme function, of language? Isn't it merely to convey ideas and emotions? Certainly. Then if we can do it with words of fonetic brevity and compactness, why keep the present cumbersome forms?

Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

Source: Spelling & Pictures, speech at annual dinner of Associated Press, NY, Sept. 18, 1906.

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A Quote by Marcus Aurelius Antoninus on brevity, change, foolishness, future, life, nature, past, present, time, and universe

Think often of how swiftly all things pass away and are no more - the works of Nature and the works of man. The substance of the Universe, matter, is like unto a river that flows on forever. All things are not only in a constant state of change, but they are the cause of constant and infinite change in other things. Upon a narrow ledge thou standouts! Behind thee, the bottomless abyss of the Past! In front of thee, the Future that will swallow up all things that are now. Over what things, then, in this present life wilt thou, O foolish man, be disquieted or exalted - making thyself wretched; seeing that they can vex thee only for a time - a brief, brief time!

Marcus Aurelius (121 - 180)

Source: Meditations

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