Quotations About / On: AUGUST

  • 1.
    Prayer is an august avowal of ignorance.
    (Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, novelist, playwright, essayist. Trans. by Lorenzo O'Rourke. "Thoughts," Postscriptum de ma vie, in Victor Hugo's Intellectual Autobiography, Funk and Wagnalls (1907).)
  • 2.
    The pleasure of jogging and running is rather like that of wearing a fur coat in Texas in August: the true joy comes in being able to take the damn thing off.
    (Joseph Epstein (b. 1937), U.S. writer. Familiar Territory, "Running and Other Vices," Oxford University Press (1979).)
  • 3.
    'As Beethoven composed his lyrics with his spirit, it became superb. As john Miltion wrote his works, it became masterpiece, As August Rodin sculpted stones, it became living figures, As william shakespeare wrote his poetry, it became marvelous, as Leonardo da vinci made paintings, it became the greatest art. As Goethe wrote philosophy, it became universal so do something in an unique way that will dazzle the whole world like them'
  • 4.
    Sorrento, August. For two weeks now I haven't heard a German word or understood an Italian one. This way one can manage to live with people; everything goes like clockwork and no irksome misunderstanding can arise.
    (Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian writer. Trans. by Harry Zohn, originally published in Beim Wort genommen (1955). Half-Truths and One-and-a-Half Truths, University of Chicago Press (1990).)
  • 5.
    October. This is one of the peculiarly dangerous months to speculate in stocks in. The others are July, January, September, April, November, May, March, June, December, August, and February.
    (Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. "Pudd'nhead Wilson's Calendar," ch. 13, Pudd'nhead Wilson (1894).)
  • 6.
    'Dreams are sometimes the magic carpet of the heart'

    Dorothy Alves Holmes
    9: 49 AM
    August 25,2016
    (This thought came to my mind when commenting on a dream post by another poet...)
  • 7.
    Summoning artists to participate
    In the august occasions of the state
    Seems something artists ought to celebrate.
    Today is for my cause a day of days.
    (Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "For John F. Kennedy His Inauguration.")
  • 8.
    How beautiful you are, oh butterfly,
    But sadly from the display case you stare,
    Stone-dead in a pose on a wing of an August day,
    When you would rather hover in the air.

    Wieslaw Musialowski (1948-) , Polish poet. 'A Butterfly Pinned Down.'
    (butterfly, loneliness)
  • 9.
    'Poetry of the soul' I say

    Dorothy Alves Holmes
    A Poet Who Loves To Sing
    August 21,2016
    9: 24 PM EST
    (I am the oldest in our family now at age 84 and I am constantly posting on Face Book and sending through mail to family and to the many friends I have worked with in our library 123READ PROGRAM, where I have snapped hundreds of photos of children from preschool to teens. This thought came to mind and now submitted as my quote.)
  • 10.
    Standing on a mountaintop alone,
    looking at the mid-August night sky,
    seeing Heaven crying tears."
    Tears carrying memories back to me,
    it's hard to erase the memories,
    we made together from my mind.

    Each bright tear fills my heart with kind thoughts of you,
    from out days past.'
    (Ronald J Chapman February 14,2017)
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