Quotations About / On:
It is our less conscious thoughts and our less conscious actions which mainly mould our lives and the lives of those who spring from us.
(Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. The Way of All Flesh, ch. 5 (1903).)
The young pines springing up in the corn-fields from year to year are to me a refreshing fact.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 55, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
I have never had a feeling politically that did not spring from the sentiments embodied in the Declaration of Independence.
(Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. speech in Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Feb. 22, 1861. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 4, p. 240, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).)
As every season seems best to us in its turn, so the coming in of spring is like the creation of Cosmos out of Chaos and the realization of the Golden Age.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Walden (1854), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 2, p. 346, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
Fresh curls spring from the baldest brow. There is nothing inorganic.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Walden (1854), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 2, p. 340, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
To be a born American citizen seems a guarantee against pauperism; and this, perhaps, springs from the virtue of a vote.
(Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Redburn (1849), ch. 41, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 4, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1969).)
Unfortunately there is nothing more inane than an Easter carol. It is a religious perversion of the activity of Spring in our blood.
(Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), U.S. poet. Letter, April 23, 1916. Letters of Wallace Stevens, no. 202, ed. Holly Stevens (1967).
To his future wife, Elsie Moll Kachel.)
Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed,a, to me, equally mysterious origin for it.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "The Succession of Forest Trees" (1860), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 5, p. 203, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling. To be natural is to be obvious, and to be obvious is to be inartistic.
(Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Gilbert, in The Critic as Artist, pt. 2, published in Intentions (1891).)
It is the essence of poetry to spring, like the rainbow daughter of Wonder, from the invisible, to abolish the past, and refuse all history.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Shakspeare; or, the Poet," Representative Men (1850).)