Thursday, July 2, 2009

Excerpts and Inspirations II

"...The gods thought otherwise...."
Aeneid, Virgil
"...the grim shape
Towered up between me and the stars and still,
For so it seemed, with purpose of its own
And measured motion like a living thing,
Strode before me....
Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abey William Wodsworth
"On the horizon the peaks assembled;
And as I looked, the march of the mountains began.
As they marched, they sang:
Aye! We come! We come!
On the Horizon the Peaks Assembled, Stephen Crane
"...Til day rose; then under an orange sky
The hills had new places, and wind wielded
Blade-like, luminous black and emerald,
Flexing like the lens of a mad eye....
Wind, Ted Hughes
"...where the Statue stood
Of Newton with his prism, and silent face,
The marble index of a Mind for ever
Voyaging throu' strange seas of Thought, alone....
Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abey William Wodsworth
"A man said to the universe:
'Sir, I exist!'
'However,' replied the universe,
'The fact has not created in me
A sense of obligation.'
A Man Said to the Universe, Stephen Crane
"I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: 'Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
"My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away'.
Ozymandias, Percy Bysshe Shelley
"...You have suffered worse things; God will put an end to these also...."
Aeneid, Virgil
"It could be worse."
Minnesotan proverb
"...What, me worry?"
Alfred E. Neuman
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