What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life?
The world would split open.
- Muriel Rukeyser (1913-1980)

"I can taste the tin of the sky." - Sylvia Plath (1932-1963)

The breaking of a wave cannot explain the whole sea. - Vladimur Nabokov (1899-1977)

On the world island we are all castaways, so that what is seen by one may often be dark or obscure to another. - Loren Eiseley (1907-1977)

- John Ciardi (1916-1986)

The candle flame cannot be cut from the night. - Liu Xiaboba (1937-----)

As facing the sky reveals the sky
and facing the sky reveals the sea
facing my soul reveals your soul
- Liu Xiaboba (1937-----)

Graves have no nationality. - Liu Xiaboba (1937-----)

But touchstones are personal: they're whatever poetry means to you. - Fiona Sampson (1963-----) should write about seventy-five lines a day....(as told to W.S. Merwin) - Ezra Pound (1885-1972)

You carry with you all the places you've ever been. - Jim Harrison (1937-----)

The world is not what we thought it was - Jim Harrison (1937-----)

When you practice walking meditation you go for a walk. - Thich Nhat Hanh (1926-----)

The purpose of walking meditation is walking meditation itself. - Thich Nhat Hanh (1926-----)

Your absence has gone through me
Like thread through a needle
Everything I do is stitched with its color
- W. S. Merwin (1927-----)

Prose is about something, but poetry is about what can't be said. - W. S. Merwin (1927-----)

Poetry is a diary kept by a sea creature who lives on land and wishes he could fly. - Carl Sandburg (1878-1967)

Poetry at its very best uses words to say more than words can say. - Marvin Bell (1937--)

Our fears are a treasure house of self-knowledge if we explore them. - Marilyn French (1929-2009)

When you come to the fork in the road, take it. - Yogi Berra (1925-----)

a fox at the wood's edge - Loren Eiseley (1907-1977)

One could not pluck a flower without troubling a star. - Loren Eiseley (1907-1977)

The human mind, like the universe itself, contains the seeds of many worlds. - Loren Eiseley (1907-1977)

If there is magic on the planet, it is contained in water. - Loren Eiseley (1907-1977)

I'll tell you how the sun rose--
one ribbon at a time
- Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

the Sailor cannot see North
but knows the needle can
- Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

"Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass. - Anton Chekhov (1860-1904)

The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and lightning bug. - Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Attentiveness is the height of prayer. - Simone Weil (1909-1943)

Come forth into the light of things. Let nature be your teacher. - William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

The care of rivers is not a question of rivers, but of the human heart. - Tanaka Shozo (1841-1913)

If you love it enough, anything will talk with you. - George Washington Carver (1864-1943)

May you always walk the earth in love and beauty. - Joseph Cornell (1903-1972)

Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake...a rest. - Wallace Stevens (1879-1955)

You are that which you are seeking. - St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226)

Everything that lives is holy. - William Blake (1757-1827)

We must be willing to let go of the life we planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. - Joseph Campbell (1904-1987)

In a gust of wind
the white dew on the
Autumn grass scatters
like a broken necklace.
- Bunya No Asayasu (1760-1849)

We do love things that bear the marks of grime, soot, and weather, and we love colors and sheen that call to mind the past that made them. - Tanizaki Junichiro (1886-1965)

Being Holy means to be in profound communication with God and Joy. - Pope John Paul II (1920-2005)

If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful at all. - Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (1475-1564)

I dream of a life where you can get arrested for being an accessory to Windows XP. - Robert Joseph Otlowski III

I am the invisible sign between words. - Pushpa Vallabh

Not all those who wander are lost. - John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892-1973)

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