16 January 2015

Fragment Friday - The Winter Quote Edition

Flashback Friday Photo - Merlin at 12 weeks old.

Winter Quotes

There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you.... In spring, summer and fall people sort of have an open season on each other; only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself. 
                                                                                                 Ruth Stout

Drive my dead thoughts over the universe
Like withered leaves to quicken a new birth!
And, by the incantation of this verse,

Scatter, as from an unextinguished hearth
Ashes and sparks, my words among mankind!
Be through my lips to unawakened earth

The trumpet of a prophecy! O, wind,
If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?

                                         Percy Bysshe Shelley

One kind word can warm three winter months. 
                                        Japanese Proverb

It is said that in a certain faraway land the cold is so intense that words freeze as soon as they are uttered, and after some time thaw and become audible, so that words spoken in winter go unheard until the next summer. 
                                       Unknown Author

Never are voices so beautiful as on a winter’s evening, when dusk almost hides the body, and they seem to issue from nothingness with a note of intimacy seldom heard by day. 

                                       Virginia Woolf

There's a Certain Slant of Light

There's a certain Slant of light,
Winter afternoons—
That oppresses, like the Heft
Of Cathedral Tunes—

Heavenly Hurt, it gives us—
We can find no scar,
But internal difference,
Where the Meanings, are....

When it comes, the Landscape listens—
Shadows—hold their breath—
When it goes, 'tis like the Distance
On the look of Death.

                                 Emily Dickinson

Flashback Friday Photo - Max at 5 months old.


Nonny M said...

Anon just said the baby Imperial Corgis are "cute"! He is softening in his advancing years.

Anonymous said...

Pay no mind to her!
She thinks the infamous "Birdy Kreep" is cute!

Nonny M said...

One kind word can warm three winter months.
Japanese Proverb

Nonny M said...

"Oh heyyyy, you copied that from her blog"

Anonymous said...

One night with you is like three winter months.....

Constance Brewer said...

Baby Corgis ARE cute! All Corgis are cute.

Now kids, don't make me send you to separate blogs...

Split Pea Traveler said...

Cool quotes. I like the one about winter words thawing out in the summer. I've set some goals for this summer, and it will be interesting to see how they all thaw out.

I found this winter quote by John Updike. See what you think-

The days are short,
The sun a spark,
Hung thin between
The dark and dark.

Constance Brewer said...

That's always been a favorite of mine from Updike. I love the last line.
The dark and dark.
So evocative.