poetry quotes: eternal truths|
unholy risks to prove
we are what we cannot be.
- Leroi Jones
If you should ask me why I dwell among green mountains,
I should laugh silently; my soul is serene.
The peach blossom follows the moving water;
There is another heaven and earth beyond the world of men.
- Li Po
translated by Robert Payne
So free we seem, so fettered fast we are.
- Robert Browning
More things are wrought by prayer
Than this world dreams of.
Wherefore, let thy voice
Rise like a fountain for me night and day.
- Alfred Lord Tennyson
and if ever i touched a life i hope that life knows
that i know that touching was and still is and will always
be the true
- Nikki Giovanni
The holiest of all holidays are those
Kept by ourselves in silence and apart;
The secret anniversaries of the heart.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The heart's dead
Are never buried.
- Samual Hoffenstein
But all your strength is weakness itself against
The immortal unrecorded laws of God
They are not merely now: they were and shall be
Forever, beyond man utterly.
He who learns must suffer.
And even in our sleep pain that cannot forget
falls drop by drop upon the heart,
and in our own despair, against our will,
comes wisdom to us by the aweful grace of God.
It is what man does not know of God
Composes the visible poem of the world.
- Richard Eberhart
Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace.
The soul that knows it not, knows no release
From little things;
Knows not the livid loneliness of fear,
Nor mountain heights where bitter joy can hear
The sound of wings.
- Amelia Earhart
For of all sad words of tounge or pen,
The saddest are these: "It might have been!"
- John Greenleaf Whittier
All that we do
is touched with ocean, yet we remain
On the shore of what we know.
- Richard Wilbur
The voice of Nature loudly cries
And many a message from the skies,
That something in us never dies.
- Robert Burns
What shakes the eye but the invisible?
Running from God's the longest race of all.
- Theodore Roethke
Copyright © 2001
by J.D. Deutschendorf