A Quote by Olga Broumas on garden, perception, power, senses, songs, and soul

Sweep the garden, any size, said the roshi. Sweeping, sweeping alone as the garden grows large or small. Any song sung working the garden brings up from sand gravel soil through straw bamboo wood and less tangible elements Power song for the hands Healing song for the senses what can and cannot be perceived of the soul.

Olga Broumas

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A Quote by Moses Thatcher on correction, deception, failure, fear, life, senses, and spirit

The sight of the eye, the hearing of the ear, the touch of the hand may each and all be deceived, but the instructions of the spirit are in all things correct. The combined senses may misguide or fail, but he who happily secures the companionship of the Holy Spirit, walks in the ways of life and neither fears, becomes weary nor faints by the wayside.

Moses Thatcher (1842 - 1909)

Source: Journal of Discourses 23:196

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A Quote by Mary McCarthy on argument, character, cities, food, life, and senses

The strongest argument for the unmaterialistic character of American life is . . . that we tolerate conditions that are, from a materialistic point of view, intolerable . . . the food we eat, the cramped apartments . . . the crowded subways. . . . American life, in large cities, at any rate, is a perpetual assault of the senses and the nerves; it is out of asceticism, out of unworldliness, precisely, that we bear it.

Mary McCarthy (1912 - 1989)

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A Quote by Marsilio Ficino on body, emotion, meaning, mind, music, nature, perception, pleasure, purity, quality, reality, senses, singers, soul, spirit, spirituality, and time

Musical consonance occurs in the element which is the mean of all (i.e. air), and reaches the ears through motion, spherical motion: so that it is not surprising that it should be fitting to the soul, which is both the mean of things, and the origin of circular motion. In addition, musical sound, more than anything else perceived by the senses, conveys, as if animated, the emotions and thoughts of the singer's or player's soul to the listeners' souls; thus it preeminently corresponds with the soul. Moreover, as regards sight, although visual impressions are in a way pure, yet they lack the effectiveness of motion, and are usually perceived only as an image, without reality; normally therefore, they move the soul only slightly. Smell, taste, and touch are entirely material, and rather titillate the sense-organs than penetrate the depths of the soul. But musical sound by the movement of the air moves the body: by purified air it excites the aerial spirit which is the bond of body and soul: by emotion it affects the senses, and at the same time the soul: by meaning it works on the mind: finally, by the very movement of the subtle air it penetrates strongly: by its contemperation it flows smoothly: by the convormity of its quality it floods us with a wonderful pleasure: by its nature, both spiritual and material, it at once seizes, and claims as its own, man in his entirety.

Marsilio Ficino (1433 - 1499)

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A Quote by Maria Callas on agreement, failure, heart, music, and senses

When music fails to agree to the ear, to soothe the ear and the heart and the senses, then it had missed the point.

Maria Callas (1923 -)

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A Quote by Leonardo da Vinci on imagination and senses

The faculty of imagination is both the rudder and the bridle of the senses.

Leonardo da Vinci (1452 - 1519)

Source: The Notebooks, 1508–1518

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A Quote by Karl Marx on kindness, life, and senses

All that is solid melts into air, all that is holy is profaned, and man is at last compelled to face with sober senses his real conditions of life, and his relations with his kind.

Karl Marx (1818 - 1883)

Source: Communist Manifesto

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A Quote by Kahlil Gibran on belief, cities, life, sacred, senses, spirituality, thought, understanding, and path

When you know a thing, you believe it, and the true believer sees with his spiritual discernment that which the surface investigator cannot see with the eyes of his head, and he understands through his inner thought that which the outside examiner cannot understand with his demanding, acquired process of thought. The believer acquaints himself with the sacred realities through deep senses different from those used by others. A believer looks upon his senses as a great wall surrounding him, and when he walks upon the path he says, "This city has no exit, but it is perfect within." The believer lives for all the days and the nights and the unfaithful live but a few hours.

Kahlil Gibran (1883 - 1931)

Source: Wisdom of Gibran

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A Quote by Jules Henri Poincaré on beauty, intelligence, life, nature, order, purity, science, scientists, senses, study, and worth

The scientist does not study nature because it is useful; he studies it because he delights in it, and he delights in it because it is beautiful. If nature were not beautiful, it would not be worth knowing, and if nature were not worth knowing, life would not be worth living. Of course I do not here speak of that beauty that strikes the senses, the beauty of qualities and appearances; not that I undervalue such beauty, far from it, but it has nothing to do with science; I mean that profounder beauty which comes from the harmonious order of the parts, and which a pure intelligence can grasp.

Jules Henri Poincare (1854 - 1912)

Source: quoted by Gary William Flake in The Computational Beauty of Nature, 1998

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on action, conversation, ideas, mind, senses, and variety

Our sight is the most perfect and most delightful of all our senses. It fills the mind with the largest variety of ideas, converses with its objects at the greatest distance, and continues the longest in action without being tired or satiated.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

Source: The Spectator, no. 411.

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