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Yellowhammer, let's not forget what the great Whitman's inclinations were...

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Well Voltaire, I was unaware of any inclination untoward of Whitmans. Society sure has gotten stranger as I get older.

Next thing you know somebody will be saying Boy George

has inclinations :D  I do know that the leaning tower of Pisa

has inclinations.  As the old Quaker use to say to his wife

"I am not sure of anyone in this world but me and thee, but sometime I am not sure about thee". [dunno]

Thanks for the heads up on Whitman I'll be more careful from now on who I quote. Thank goodness I don't have a lithe

sheer waist, more convex than concave I'm afraid.

All in good fun,

Yellow Hammer

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To the best of my knowledge, none quoted here had any inclinations. Most however are horizonal being in their grave and if they have slight inclinations it is due to a pebble under their coffin. :D

Yellow Hammer

 

Curs'd be that wretch (Death's factor sure) who brought

 Dire swords into the peaceful world, and taught

   Smiths (who before could only make

     The spade, the plough-share, and the rake)

       Arts, in most cruel wise

         Man's left to epitomize!

     - Abraham Cowley,

       in commendation of the time we live under, the reign of Charles II

 

Come, see the Dolphin's anchor forged; 'tis at a white heat now:

 The billow ceased, the flames decreased; though on the forge's brow

   The little flames still fitfully play through the sable mound;

     And fitfully you still may see the grim smiths ranking round,

       All clad in leathern panoply, their broad hands only bare;

         Some rest upon their sledges here, some work the windlass there.

     - Sir Samuel Ferguson, The Forging of the Anchor (st. 1)

 

The Smith and his penny both are black.

     - George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum

 

And the smith his iron measures hammered to the anvil's chime;

 Thanking God, whose boundless wisdom makes the flowers of poesy bloom

   In the forge's dust and cinders, in the tissues of the loom.

     - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Nuremberg (l. 34)

 

Under a spreading chestnut tree

 The village smithy stands:

   The smith, a mighty man is he,

     With large and sinewy hands;

       And the muscles of his brawny arms

         Are strong as iron bands.

     - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Village Blacksmith

 

As great Pythagoras of yore,

 Standing beside the blacksmith's door,

   And hearing the hammers, as they smote

     The anvils with a different note,

       Stole from the varying tones, that hung

         Vibrant on every iron tongue,

           The secret of the sounding wire,

             And formed the seven-chorded lyre.

     - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, To a Child (l. 175)

 

And he sand: "Hurra for my handiwork!"

 And the red sparks lit the air;

   Not alone for the blade was the bright steel made;

     And he fashioned the first ploughshare.

     - Charles Mackay, Tubal Cain (st. 4)

 

In other part stood one who, at the forge

 Labouring, two massy clods of iron and brass

   Had melted.

     - John Milton, Paradise Lost (bk. XI, l. 564)

 

I saw a smith stand with his hammer, thus,

 The whilst his iron did on the anvil cool,

   With open mouth swallowing a tailor's news;

     Who, with his shears and measure in his hand,

       Standing on slippers, which his nimble haste

         Had falsely thrust upon contrary feet,

           Told of a many thousand warlike French,

             That were embattailed and ranked in Kent.

     - William Shakespeare, The Life and Death of King John

        (Hubert at IV, ii)

 

The paynefull smith, with force of fervent heat,

 The hardest yron soone doth mollify,

   That with his heavy sledge he can it beat,

     And fashion it to what he it list apply.

     - Edmund Spenser, Sonnet XXXII

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"You can please some of the people most of the time, most of the people some of the time, but you can't please all of the people all of the time."

 

                               -I don't know who.

                               -altered by me.

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"Don't worry, if you can do something about it it will only slow you down. If you can't do anything then there's no point in worrying."

 

                                  -Dalai Lama of Tibet.

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And now, to bring down the high tone this thread has taken.

 

"How terribly sad, to live in a shoe, and to have no sole."

                   Ed, Edd and Eddy

 

"I've had a great day, I've eaten five times, I've slept six times, and I've made a bunch of stuff mine."

 

                       The Cat, Red Dwarf

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If people can be educated to see the lowly side of their own natures, it may be hoped that they will also learn to understand and to love their fellow men better. A little less hypocrisy and a little more tolerance towards oneself can only have good results in respect for our neighbor; for we are all too prone to transfer to our fellows the injustice and violence we inflict upon our own natures. ~ Jung

 

Grim Reaper: You are all dead. I am Death.

Host: Well, that's cast rather a gloom over the evening, hasn't it?

The Meaning of Life

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"The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at best, knows the triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat." -Teddy Roosevelt

 

Adapt and overcome -the words Viggo Mortenson posted above his mirror when working on the Lord of the Rings

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"Everyman is the architect of his own future"

 

"When you're younger you as questions as to who you are in the world and where your place is. These questions fade with time and when you're as old as I am, you just don't care anymore"

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"Everyman is the architect of his own future"

 

"When you're younger you as questions as to who you are in the world and where your place is. These questions fade with time and when you're as old as I am, you just don't care anymore"

zeze.knives@libero.it

 

"change  the player but the music remain the same" [ylsuper]

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In a related vein:

 

The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits. -- ?

 

-- Dwight

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"Anything in life that's hard is not worth doing. If you're not immedeatly successful at it, then what's the point?"

 

-My guitar teacher

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On Work

(An excerpt from "The Prophet" by Kahlil Gibran)

 

Then a ploughman said, Speak to us of Work.

And he answered, saying:

 

You work that you may keep pace with

the earth and the soul of the earth.

For to be idle is to become a stranger unto the seasons,

and to step out of life's procession, that marches in majesty

and proud submission towards the infinite.

 

When you work you are a flute through

whose heart the whispering of the hours

turns to music.

Which of you would be a reed, dumb and silent,

When all else sings together in unison?

 

Always you have been told that work is

a curse and labour a misfortune.

But I say to you that when you work you fulfil

a part of earth's furthest dream, assigned to you

when the dream was born,

And in keeping yourself with labour you

are in truth loving life,

And to love life's labour is to be intimate

with life's innermost secret.

 

But if in your pain you would call birth an affliction

and the support of the flesh a curse

written upon your brow,

than I answer that naught but the sweat of your brow

shall wash away that which is written,

 

You have been told that life is darkness,

and in your weariness you echo what

was said by the weary.

And I say that life is indeed a darkness

save when there is urge.

And all urge is blind save when there is knowledge,

And all knowledge is vain save when there is work,

And all work is empty save when there is love;

And when you work with love you bind

yourself to yourself, and to one another,

and to God.

 

And what is it to work with love?

It is to weave the cloth with threads drawn

from your own heart,

even as if your beloved

were to wear that cloth.

It is to build a house with affection, even as if your beloved

were to dwell in that house.

It is to sow seeds with tenderness and

reap the harvest with joy, even as if your beloved

were to eat the fruit.

It is to charge all things you fashion

with a breath of your own spirit,

And to know that all the blessed dead

are standing about you and watching.

 

Often have I heard you say, as if speaking in sleep,

"He who works in marble, and finds the shape

of his own soul in the stone,

is nobler that he who ploughs the soil.

And he who seizes the rainbow to lay it on a

cloth in the likeness of man, is more

than he who makes the sandals for our feet."

But I say, not in sleep but in the over- wakefulness of noontide,

that the wind speaks not more sweetly to the giant oaks

than to the least of all the blades of grass.

And he alone is great who turns the voice

of the wind into a song made sweeter by

his own loving.

 

Work is love made visible

And if you cannot work with love but only

with distate, it is better that you should

leave your work and sit at the gate of the

temple and take alms of those who work with joy..

For if you bake bread with indifference

you bake a bitter bread that feeds but half

man's hunger

And if you grudge the crushing of the

grapes, your grudge distills a poison in the wine

And if you sing though as angels,and

love not the singing, you muffle man's ears

to the voices of the day and the voices of

the night.

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"The Weight" by the Band

 

I pulled in to Nazareth, was feeling 'bout half past dead

I just need some place where I can lay my head

``Hey mister, can you tell me where a man might find a bed?''

He just grinned and shook my hand, ``No'' was all he said

 

Take a load off, Fanny

Take a load for free

Take a load off, Fanny

And you put the load right on me

 

I picked up my bag, I went looking for a place to hide

When I saw Carmen and the Devil walking side by side

I said ``Hey Carmen, come on, let's go downtown''

She said ``I gotta go but my friend can stick around''

 

Go down Miss Moses, there's nothing you can say

It's just old Luke, and Luke's waiting on the judgment day

``Well, Luke my friend, what about young Anna-Lee?''

He said ``Do me a favor son, won't you stay and keep Anna-Lee company?''

 

Crazy Chester followed me and he caught me in the fog

He said ``I will fix your rat if you'll take Jack my dog''

I said ``Wait a minute Chester, you know I'm a peaceful man''

He said ``That's okay boy, won't you feed him when you can?''

 

Catch a cannonball now to take me down the line

My bag is sinking low and I do believe it's time

To get back to Miss Fanny, you know she's the only one

Who sent me here with her regards for everyone

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"Sex is the sensation caused by when a boy sticks his insparation into a girls destination, thus increasing the population of the nation"

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"As you can see, the world is flat," said the college graduate.A boy raised his hand and said, "no its not, they proved that thery wrong a very, VERY long time ago. Are you sure you know what your doing?" "Huh?" said the janiter

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"The way in which you were given life has nothing to do with the way you live your life"

 

 

and

 

"Life is but a passing dream"

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"How can you stand up for your beliefs if you believe in sitting down?"-Haden

 

"Mom I'm sick, I need to go to school to help some friends out of school"-Haden

 

"Why have a key to the universe when the weather is so beautiful outside?"-Haden

 

"stick them with a pen and they say "shhh...", push the down and they say "ah", hit them and they say "oh". Hit them, knocking them down onto a partly sharp object and you have a new nick name for them. "Shaoh"-Haden

 

...that last one was just pure bordom...but its funny if you have a very easy sence of humor :)

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"How can you stand up for your beliefs if you believe in sitting down?"-Haden

 

"Mom I'm sick, I need to go to school to help some friends out of school"-Haden

 

"Why have a key to the universe when the weather is so beautiful outside?"-Haden

 

"stick them with a pen and they say "shhh...", push the down and they say "ah", hit them and they say "oh". Hit them, knocking them down onto a partly sharp object and you have a new nick name for them. "Shaoh"-Haden

 

...that last one was just pure bordom...but its funny if you have a very easy sence of humor :)

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"Just when you least expect it, you'll never know a better day."

 

From Drunk on Love by Peter Ross sung by Basia

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