- Power Thoughts_086 | John Keats | Poetry

There is a sort of economy in Providence that one shall excel where another is de fective, in order to make men more

useful to each other, and mix them in society . -Addison To know how to wait is the great secret of success. -De Maistre We forfeit three-fourths of ourselves in order to be like other people. -Arthur Schopenhauer Never eat more than you can lift. -Miss Piggy A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other. -Charles Dickens, A Tale of T wo Cities. I shut my eyes in order to see. -Paul Gauguin Belief in Jesus is a miracle produced only by the efficacy of Redemption, not by impressiveness of speech, not by wooing and winning, but by the sheer unaided p ower of God. The creative power of the Redemption comes through the preaching of the Gospel, but never because of the personality of the preacher. The real fast ing of the preacher is not from food, but rather from eloquence, from impressive ness and exquisite diction, from everything that might hinder the gospel of God being presented. -Oswald Chambers If our common-sense decisions are not His (God’s) order, He will press through the m and check; then we must be quiet and wait for the direction of His presence. -Oswald Chambers A minute s success pays the failure of years. -Robert Browning, Apollo and the Fates. Good photography has often been confused with what is pretty. But good photograp hy isn t so much about the pretty and the beautiful as it is about what is true. Good photography arrests the eye and helps us to look more attentively at every day life. It isolates moments in time so we can descend into a subject without d istraction, developing new perspectives and insights as we relate that subject t o our world. -Sally Morgenthaller Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit. -Elbert Hubbard Outside of a dog, a book is man s best friend. Inside of a dog it s too dark to read. -Groucho Marx I love mankind, it s people I can t stand. -Charles M. Schulz I like work: it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours. -Jerome K. J erome Our greatest pretenses are built up not to hide the evil and the ugly in us, but our emptiness. -Eric Hoffer It is your work in life that is the ultimate seduction. -Pablo Picasso It is a mistake to try to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny can only be g rasped one link at a time. -Sir Winston Churchill I would stand and look out over the roofs of Paris and think, Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know. -Ernest Hemingway Learn the luxury of doing good. -Oliver Goldsmith, The Traveller. Where wealth and freedom reign, contentment fails, And honour sinks where commerce long prevails. -Oliver Goldsmith, The Traveller . If we dreamt the same thing every night, it would affect us as much as the objec ts we see every day. And if an artisan were sure to dream every night for twelve hours duration that he was a king, I believe he would be almost as happy as a king. -Blaise Paschal, Thought #386. She lacks confidence, she craves admiration insatiably. She lives on the reflect ions of herself in the eyes of others. She does not dare to be herself. -Anais Nin The humblest individual exerts some influence, either for good or evil, upon oth ers. -Henry Ward Beecher All human wisdom is summed up in two words-wait and hope. -Alexandre Dumas The greatest blessing of our democracy is freedom. But in the last analysis, our only freedom is the freedom to discipline ourselves. -Bernard Baruch








There are some things which cannot be learned quickly, and time, which is all we have, must be paid heavily for their acquiring. They are the very simplest thin gs and because it takes a man s life to know them the little new that each man g ets from life is very costly in the only heritage he has to leave. -Ernest Hemi ngway Part of the experience of being entertained is sitting back and plugging into so meone else s vision. -Penn Jillette It is the dull man who is always sure, and the sure man who is always dull. -H . L. Mencken The prince of darkness is a gentleman. -William Shakespeare Error will slip through a crack, while truth will stick in a doorway. -H. W. Sh aw Departure should be sudden. -Benjamin Disraeli Education is when you read the fine print. Experience is what you get if you don t. -Pete Seeger At once it struck me what quality went to form a man of achievement, especially in literature, and which Shakespeare possessed so enormously — I mean negative cap ability, that is, when a man is capable of being in uncertainties, mysteries, do ubts, without any irritable reaching after fact and reason. -John Keats, Lette r to George and Thomas Keats, December 22, 1817. In Poetry I have a few axioms, and you will see how far I am from their centre. I think Poetry should surprise by a fine excess and not by singularity — it should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost a remembrance — Its touches of Beauty should never be halfway thereby making the re ader breathless instead of content: the rise, the progress, the setting of image ry should like the Sun come natural to him — shine over him and set soberly althou gh in magnificence leaving him in the luxury of twilight — but it is easier to thi nk what Poetry should be than to write it — and this leads me on to another axiom. That if Poetry comes not as naturally as the leaves to a tree it had better not come at all. -John Keats, Letter to John Taylor, February 27, 1818. Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced — Even a proverb is no proverb to you till your Life has illustrated it. -John Keats, Letter to George and Geor giana Keats ,1819. For whether you wish to comfort the sad, to terrify the happy, to encourage the despairing, to humble the proud, to calm the passionate, or to appease those ful l of hate and who could number all these masters of the human heart, namely, the emotions, inclinations, and affections that impel men to evil or good? What mor e effective means than music could you find? -Martin Luther




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