A Quote by Saul Bellow on age, death, design, endurance, envy, future, genius, kindness, labor, love, motives, and secrets

On Broadway it was still bright afternoon and the gassy air was almost motionless under the leaden spokes of sunlight, and sawdust footprints lay about the doorways of butcher shops and fruit stores. And the great, great crowd, the inexhaustible current of millions of every race and kind pouring out, pressing round, of every age, of every genius, possessors of every human secret, antique and future, in every face the refinement of one particular motive or essence - I labor, I spend, I strive, I design, I love, I cling, I uphold, I give way, I envy, I long, I scorn, I die, I hide, I want. Faster, much faster than any man could make the tally. The sidewalks were wider than any causeway; the street itself was immense, and it quaked and gleamed and it seemed . . . to throb at the last limit of endurance.

Saul Bellow

Source: "Seize the Day"

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A Quote by Samuel Madden on earth, justice, lies, mind, secrets, serenity, and sports

Some write their wrongs in marble: he more just, Stoop'd down serene and wrote them in the dust,- Trod under foot, the sport of every wind, Swept from the earth and blotted from his mind. There, secret in the grave, he bade them lie, And grieved they could not 'scape the Almighty eye.

Samuel Madden (1686 - 1765)

Source: Boulter's Monument, 1745

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on joy, laws, and secrets

How small of all that human hearts endure, That part which laws or kings can cause or cure! Still to ourselves in every place consigned, Our own felicity we make or find. With secret course, which no loud storms annoy, Glides the smooth current of domestic joy.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Lines added to Goldsmith's Traveller.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on secrets and wisdom

To keep your secret is wisdom; but to expect others to keep it is folly.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Ruth Sentor on caring, feeling, justice, laughter, listening, secrets, time, and words

If I Really Cared . . . • Who you are would be more important to me than who I am. • Where you hurt would be more important than that I'm well. • What you feel would be more important than what I know. • I'd look you in the eyes when you talk to me; • I'd think about what you're saying rather than what I'm going to say next- • I'd hear your feelings as well as your words. • I'd listen without defending. • I'd hear without deciding whether you are right or wrong. • I'd ask you why and how, not just when and where. • I'd laugh with you but not at you. • I'd talk with you and not to you, and I'd know when it's time to do neither. • I wouldn't climb over your walls. • I'd wait until you let me in the gate. • I wouldn't unlock your secrets; • The performances would end. If I really cared about you, • I'd be myself with you • And give you the right to be the same.

Ruth Sentor

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A Quote by Rudolf Steiner on beginning, language, meaning, nature, secrets, and soul

All of nature begins to whisper its secrets to us through its sounds. Sounds that were previously incomprehensible to our soul now become the meaningful language of nature.

Rudolf Steiner

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A Quote by Romare Howard Bearden on secrets


There are roads out of the secret place within us on which we must all move as we go to touch others.

Romare Howard Bearden (1914 - 1988)

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A Quote by Robertson Davies on books, church, desires, elderly, people, possessions, and secrets

Real bibliophiles do not put their books on shelves for people to look at or handle. They have no desire to show off their darlings, or to amaze people with their possessions. They keep their prized books hidden away in a secret spot to which they resort stealthily, like a Caliph visiting his harem, or a church elder sneaking into a bar. To be a book collector is to combine the worst characteristics of a dope-fiend with those of a miser.

Robertson Davies (1913 - 1995)

Source: The Table Talk of Samuel Marchbanks

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A Quote by Robert Fulghum on beauty, crisis, earth, funny, gold, happiness, imagination, people, rest, secrets, time, weapons, and world

Maybe we should develop a Crayola bomb as our next secret weapon. A happiness weapon. A Beauty Bomb. And every time a crisis developed, we would launch one. It would explode high in the air - explode softly - and send thousands, millions, of little parachutes into the air. Floating down to earth - boxes of Crayolas. And we wouldn't go cheap, either - not little boxes of eight. Boxes of sixty-four, with the sharpener built right in. With silver and gold and copper, magenta and peach and lime, amber and umber and all the rest. And people would smile and get a little funny look on their faces and cover the world with imagination.

Robert Fulghum (1937 -)

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A Quote by Robert Fulghum on automobiles, driving, fatherhood, motherhood, perception, privacy, secrets, talent, and teaching

When my father finally got around to teaching me to drive, he was impressed at my "natural" talent for driving, not knowing that I had already been secretly driving my mother's car around the neighborhood. When I took the test and got my license and my father gave me my own set of keys to the car one night at dinner, it was a major rite of passage for him and my mother. Their perception of me had changed and was formally acknowledged. For me the occasion meant a private sanction to do in public what I had already been doing in secret.

Robert Fulghum (1937 -)

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