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“A harvest of peace grows from seeds of contentment.” –Indian proverb

Human Invention 1

In the preface of history
Humans are made with invention
By the grace of their deities
The sublime in their perfection

The contented man can be happy with what appears to be useless.

—Hung Ko

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“To become a philosopher, start by walking very slowly.” —Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Curling a toe
At the pace of the light
Creeping up the face of the night
As owls hoot and cocks crow
Commences the first step
In the art of the flaneur

It is a good idea to be alone in a garden at dawn or dark so that all its shy presence may haunt you and possess you in a reverie of suspended thought.

—James Douglas

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“I never saw a painting that would not be improved by the addition of tropical fish.” —John Cooper Clarke

One need not be golden to be pretty, but if not being pretty, one is being seafood.

Sometimes, when the water is quiet, you can almost hear the fish laughing at you.

—Anon

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“Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.” —C. S. Lewis

Of the first heaven of heavenly fame
Second heaven was a reflection
The creator of both the same
The artist in heaven one

 The intellect of the wise is like glass; it admits the light of heaven and reflects it.

Augustus Hare

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“Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions.” —Pablo Picasso

Three señoritas sit in the sun, phrasing its aesthetic rays.
El Greco!  Goya! 
Velázquez! 

 

I hold the imitation of color to be the greatest difficulty of art.

—El Greco

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“All human things of dearest value hang on slender strings.” —Edmund Waller

Strummed strings of melody
Thrumming in harmony
With the lyre of Hermes
Of these we sing

But the lover’s power is the poet’s power. He can make love from all the common strings with which this world is strung.

Amelia Barr

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“Our world isn’t made of earth, air and water or even molecules and atoms; our world is made of language..” —Tom Robbins

The rising and setting of the sun: a metaphor of a day on a spinning ball of words in a universe of verse.

Perhaps things are not things but words: metaphors, words for other things.

Octavio Paz

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“All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.” —Ernest Hemingway

Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.

Mark Twain

All good books have one thing in common – they are truer than if they had really happened.

Ernest Hemingway

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“They teach you there’s a boundary line to music. But, man, there’s no boundary line to art.” —Charlie Parker

Hear the cosmic gas sighing
Dark chords bleeding together
Primal rhythms replying
Deep-down blues grieve forever

Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.

Lao-Tzu

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“If names are not correct, language will not be in accordance with the truth of things.” —Confucius

In 1920s Charleston, South Carolina,
a scion of its fading aristocracy,
DuBose Heyward, sparks the
Southern Renaissance of novelists,
with the first realistic portrait of
flesh-and-blood Americans of color.
The love’s story’s title is the name
of the principal character, Porgy.

People’s fates are simplified by their names.

Elias Canetti

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