A Quote by Elaine Christensen on body, certainty, children, church, colors, fatherhood, good, husbands, justice, learning, life, mathematics, mind, motherhood, parenthood, passion, people, spirit, struggle, and words

Heredity: the transmission of characteristics from parent to offspring; I sang in church today. My husband said I tucked my chin a certain way and he glimpsed my father. I often look for him. I have his lips, his small, rounded teeth, though when I smile, people say they see my mother. Startled, I've seen her myself in store windows. My father seldom smiled. He told me, as a child he sensed his spirit struggling, wanting to get out, wanting to fly, to be free. "Life," he said, "is learning submission: spirit to body body to mind." "Mathematics," he said, "is good for the mind." He asked what color were my threes, my nines. His were red and green. They stood in lines. I squinted, tried to give mine color, lied, said they stood in circles, counter-clockwise. And when he sang, oh, when he sang he placed each note perfectly, chin tucked, the tone, precise. "Sound should ring''', he said, "right out the top of your head." When I sing I forget where to breathe, how to use my head voice, how to stand, how to project, everything, except the words. For me it has always been words, not numbers, not tone, not mind over anything, just words and the passion they spell. My poems embarrassed him. They were not metered. They did not rhyme. Yet today when I sang, I tucked my chin and some faint seed of him flamed, some spark of him flickered. And those who knew him saw him in me.

Elaine Christensen (1948 -)

Source: I have learned five things, 1995 winner, Nat’l Fed’n StatePoetry Societies’ manuscript comp

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A Quote by Edward O. Sisson on acceptance, attitude, character, colors, failure, good, hope, lies, life, perfection, and soul

The deepest-lying and most pervasive part of character is disposition: it accompanies us everywhere, and shows itself in all we do. It is the attitude of the soul toward life, the way in which we accept our situation and our daily experiences. On the inner side it gives color and tone to our own conscious life: on the outer side it pervades and modifies our conduct toward others and our reactions to events. A good disposition is indispensable to good character, though of course not all of character; without it one cannot hope for perfection; even with it one may fail through lack of higher elements. It is a sort of foundation layer.

Edward O. Sisson

Source: The Essentials of Character, The Macmillan Company, 1915

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A Quote by Edward King on colors, dance, gold, influence, laughter, and students

One of his students wrote afterwards of King's influence as follows: It was light he carried with him-light that shone through him-light that flowed from him. The room was lit into which he entered. It was as if we had fallen under a streak of sunlight, that flickered, and danced, and laughed, and turned all to color and gold. . . .

Edward King (1829 - 1910)

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A Quote by Dr. Albert Schweitzer on blindness, colors, optimism, and pessimism

An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere. The pessimist sees only the red light. But the truly wise person is color blind.

Albert Schweitzer (1875 - 1965)

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A Quote by Dogen Zenji on body, buddhism, colors, mountains, speech, and water

The color of the mountains is Buddha's body; the sound of running water is his great speech.

Dogen Zenji (1200 - 1253)

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A Quote by Democritus on atoms, bitterness, colors, and reality

By convention there is color, by convention sweetness, by convention bitterness, but in reality there are atoms and space.

Democritus (460 - 400 BC)

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A Quote by Dave Barry on certainty, colors, darkness, fashion, and rules

I have always dressed according to certain Basic Guy Fashion Rules, including: * Both of your socks should always be the same color, * Or they should at least both be fairly dark.

Dave Barry (1947 -)

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A Quote by Daniel J. Boorstin on colors, courage, imagination, and life

The courage to imagine the otherwise is our greatest resource, adding color and suspense to all our life.

Daniel J. Boorstin (1914 -)

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A Quote by Cory Evangeline Booth on army, colors, god, history, poverty, salvation, service, and suffering

Hardship, unbelief, suffering and poverty have not stopped our soldiery from rendering their service to God and man. The Salvation Army is a great empire, an empire without a frontier made up of a tangle of races, tongues and colors such as never before in all history gathered together under one flag.

Cory Evangeline Booth (1865 - 1950)

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A Quote by Chuang Chou, a.k.a. Chuang Tzu, Chuang Tse Chuang on colors, desires, enemies, failure, happiness, heart, life, love, men, nature, and originality

Love of colors bewilders the eye and it fails to see right. Love of harmonies bewitches the ear, and it loses its true hearing. Love of perfumes fills the head with dizziness. Love of flavors ruins the taste. Desires unsettle the heart until the original nature runs amok. These five are enemies of true life. Yet these are what men of discernment claim to live for. They are not what I live for. If this is life, then pigeons in a cage have found happiness!

Chuang Tzu (c.360 BC - c. 275 BC)

Source: Quotations from Chuang Tzu, (12:15, p. 118)

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