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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2006 11:34 pm
by Saturn
For many years I have kept what they used to call a 'commonplace book' in order to keep quotes that I like, lines of poetry that inspired me and pieces of prose that made me think or feel something new.

I don't know if this will work but I hope you will enter into the spirit of the thing.

It doesn't have to be Keats, in fact it can be anything you like - a poem, song lyrics, a piece of wisdom...anything you like.

Preferrably it would be nice if you could provide a source, for those wishing to explore the work in question, but if not, don't worry too much, the author would be fine.

Here's one to start off with - an old favourite of mine:

“…writing a poem you can read to no-one
is like dancing in the dark.”
Ovid, Epistulae ex pontus, Bk. IV, ii, 33-4.

PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2006 12:13 am
by Malia
This is a very cool idea, Saturn! Hmm. . .I'm going to have to search my collection for a good one! :)

PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2006 12:19 am
by Saturn
There used to be a great site for this called but it was invaded by bugs and is ruined now :cry:

The forum on the site has gone but check here for great quotes, by author:

Keats has 38 entries :D

PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 2:28 pm
by Saturn
Here's another of my quotes - I'll make this a daily thing - one quote a day I think.

I hope you like them.:D

“…-Love is himself so divine a poet that he can kindle in the souls of others the poetic fire, for no matter what dull clay we seemed to be before, we are every one of us a poet when we are in love.”
Plato, Symposium, 196e.

PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2006 11:50 pm
by Saturn
“The declared meaning of a spoken sentence is only its overcoat, and the real meaning lies underneath its scarves and buttons”
-Peter Carey, Oscar and Lucinda, P 190.

PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2006 11:54 pm
by Malia
Saturn wrote:“The declared meaning of a spoken sentence is only its overcoat, and the real meaning lies underneath its scarves and buttons”
-Peter Carey, Oscar and Lucinda, P 190.

Ooh, I like that one! :D

PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2006 11:55 pm
by Saturn
Yes a wonderful image isn't it?

PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2006 10:57 pm
by Saturn
“You know about Fate
You know about what we call
What must be will be.
Among all the gods that we name,
Among all the powers of the earth,
Nothing is omnipotent
Expect this
Simple Necessity.

Man is quite helpless against it.
Medicine preens and promises
But doctors perform
Only where Necessity lets them.”
-Ted Hughes, Alcestis, P 70.

Sound advice!

PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2006 2:21 am
by Discovery
I like this piece from Herodotus, it's good advice I think!

'People with bows string them when they need to use them and unstring them when they have finished with them. If they kept them strung all the time, the bows would break, and then they wouldn't be able to use them when they needed them. It is no different with people's temperaments. Anyone who is serious all the time and never allows himself a fair measure of relaxation will imperceptibly slide into madness or at least have a stroke. I am well aware of this, and that's why I divide my time betwenn the two' (2.173).

I read in one of your posts, Saturn, that you studied Ancient History at University, so I thought you might like this one :D

PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2006 10:44 pm
by Saturn
I have this same quote [though a differenet translation] in my own file of quotes :shock:

Thanks :D

PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2006 10:45 pm
by Saturn
“Truth is within the reach of the wise man.
Beauty can be discerned by a sensitive heart.
They belong to one another”,
-Schiller, ‘Don Carlos’

PostPosted: Sun Feb 05, 2006 1:59 am
by Malia
I have a quote to add which is not particularly literary, but it always seems to get a laugh--and it has profound meaning, I think ;)

"You can't leave footprints in the sands of time by sitting on your butt. And who wants to leave buttprints in the sands of time?"

PostPosted: Sun Feb 05, 2006 11:33 pm
by Saturn

They don't have to be 'literary' you know - they can be funny too - any phrase or piece of writing that makes you think, laugh, cry - the whole gamut of human emotion is what I'd like to see.

I'm just a show-off :oops:

Here's today's what-a-clever-clogs-I-am famous quote :wink:

“We do not know very much of the future
Except that from generation to generation
The same things happen again and again.
Men learn little from others’ experience.”
-T.S. Eliot, Murder in the Cathedral.

PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2006 11:42 am
by Saturn
Okay I missed Monday and Tuesday so I'll do three for the price of one :wink:

“…foreign places
yield more to one who is himself worth meeting.”
Seamus Heaney, Beowulf, P 59.

“I will sing of Earth, the Mother of All, whose foundations are
The eldest of gods, who feeds all creatures that live on the
All those that roam the bright land, all those that swim in the
All those that take to the wing, your riches feed all these…
…by you
Life’s nurture is granted to mortals, and from them is taken
Homeric Hymn No. XXX, To Earth, the Mother of All.

“Children, while they were yet too young to feel their disgrace, saw the misery of their parents, and took early vows of implacable hatred against their persecutors: these were remembered in after times; the wounds were never seared, but the fresh blood ever streaming kept alive the feelings of passion and anger which had given rise to the first blow.”
Mary Shelley, Valperga, Vol. I, Ch I.

PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2006 11:00 pm
by Saturn
“To mourn avails not: man is born to bear.
Such is, alas! the gods’ severe decree;
They, only they, are blest, and only free.
Two urns by Jove’s high throne have ever stood,
The source of evil one, and one of good;
From thence the cup of mortal man he fills,
Blessings to these, to those distributes ills;
To most he mingles both: the wretch decreed
To taste the bad, unmixed, is cursed indeed:
He wanders, outcast both of earth and heaven.
The happiest taste not happiness sincere,
But find the cordial draught is dashed with care.”
Alexander Pope, The Iliad Of Homer, Bk. XXIV, P 441.