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I breathed a song into the air,
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I breathed a song into the air,
It fell to earth, I knew not where;
For who has sight so keen and strong,
That it can follow the flight of song -
The song from beginning to end,
I found again in the heart of a friend.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Related topics: Friendship Relationship Poem

We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing,
while others judge us by what we have already done.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Talk not of wasted affection;
affection never was wasted.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Not chance of birth or place has made us friends,
Being oftentimes of different tongues and nations,
But the endeavor for the selfsame ends,
With the same hopes, and fears, and aspirations.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

It is difficult to know at what moment love begins;
it is less difficult to know that it has begun.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The counterfeit and counterpart of Nature is reproduced in art.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The love of learning, the sequestered nooks,
And all the sweet serenity of books.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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The best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

To leave the world a bit better ...
to know that one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to leave the world a better place,
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

To know even one life has
breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life is a song - sing it.
Life is a game - play it.
Life is a challenge - meet it.
Life is a dream - realize it.
Life is a sacrifice - offer it.
Life is love - enjoy it.
- Sai Baba

Find your balance and stand with it.
Find your song and sing it out.
Find your cadence and let it appear like a dance.
Find the questions that only you know how to ask and
The answers that you are content to not know.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Gratitude is the prayer,
while Celebration is the song and the dance of praise.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Indifferent to whether your mood is grumpy or cheerful,
Nature always sings her passionate song of joyful celebration.
You can never stop the happy song of life,
so join the celebration -
sing along, dance, make love,
smile your biggest smile, and cheer on God's music.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

One whispered yes becomes the wind song over an ocean of no's.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

I Hope You Dance
- the Lee Ann Womack song

Words make you think a thought.
Music makes you feel a feeling.
A song makes you feel a thought.
- E. Y. Harburg

A bird does not sing because it has an answer.
It sings because it has a song.
- Chinese Proverb

Goes the song, "we change, we change."
But the music is still mine.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

There are choirs singing in your head.
If you listen, you will hear the music.
It is the song of angels.
Pay no attention to the sounds of the world.
They are just noises, and even when
added up all together
they have no value, make no sense.
Strain to hear the song of angels.
Listen to the melody within your soul.
- Neale Donald Walsch

It is easy enough to be pleasant
When life flows by like a song,
But the man worth while is the one who will smile
When everything goes dead wrong.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Every true love song, by its very nature, is a duet.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You don't love someone for their looks,
or their clothes, or for their fancy car,
but because they sing a song only you can hear.
- Anonymous

Soon we'll be out amid the cold world's strife.
Soon we'll be sliding down the razor blade of life.
But as we go our sordid sep'rate ways,
We shall ne'er forget thee, thou golden college days.
Hearts full of youth,
Hearts full of truth,
Six parts gin to one part vermouth.
- Tom Lehrer - song: Bright College Days,
album: An Evening Wasted With Tom Lehrer

A friend knows the song in my heart
and sings it to me when my memory fails.
- Donna Roberts

Three things are needed for a good life,
good friends, good food, and good song.
- Jason Zebehazy

A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer,
it sings because it has a song.
- Lou Holtz

It was my 16th birthday - my mom and dad gave me my
Goya classical guitar that day.
I sat down, wrote this song, and I just knew that that
was the only thing I could ever really do -
write songs and sing them to people.
- Stevie Nicks

Music's staying power is a function of how timeless the lyrics,
song and production are.
- Gary Wright

There's nothing like a good cheating song to make me
want to run home to be with my wife.
- Steven Curtis Chapman

I leave no trace of wings in the air,
but I am glad I have had my flight.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman,
before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.
- John Quincy Adams

If you have built castles in the air,
your work need not be lost;
that is where they should be.
Now put foundations under them.
- Henry David Thoreau

Feel Unity with Spirit and All Creation
All things share the same breath the
beast, the tree, the man... the air
shares its spirit with all the life it supports.
- Chief Seattle [actually written by screenwriter Ted Perry in 1972]

I am one with the Earth,
with the Water, with the Fire,
with the Air that I breathe,
with all Living Things,
and we are all one with Spirit.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

All things share the same breath -
the beast, the tree, the man...
the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.
- Chief Seattle (attributed)

Know that you are one with the earth, with the water,
with the fire, with the air that you breathe, with all living things,
and that all of these are one with Spirit.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet.
We all breathe the same air.
We all cherish our children's future.
And we are all mortal.
- John F. Kennedy

The finest workers in stone are not copper or steel tools,
but the gentle touches of air and water
working at their leisure with a liberal allowance of time.
- Henry David Thoreau

Take a course in good water and air;
and in the eternal youth of Nature you may renew your own.
Go quietly, alone; no harm will befall you.
- John Muir

What if happiness were found in the serenity of simple pleasures.
What if we didn't need the newest gizmo... the highest high?
What if happiness is in the air we breathe...
slowly, deeply, and consciously?
What if happiness is one fresh grape, savored with gratitude?
What if happiness is in our oneness with all creation?
What if happiness is about enjoying life exactly as it comes to us -
without chasing after it?
What if happiness is something we CHOOSE...
regardless of our circumstances?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The way to do fieldwork is never to
come up for air until it is all over.
- Margaret Mead

We return thanks to our mother,
the earth, which sustains us.
We return thanks to the rivers and streams
which supply us with water.
We return thanks to all herbs, which furnish medicines
for the cure of our diseases.
We return thanks to the corn, and to her sisters,
the beans and squashes, which give us life.
We return thanks to the bushes and trees,
which provide us with fruit.
We return thanks to the wind,
which, moving the air, has banished diseases.
We return thanks to the moon and the stars,
which have given us their light when the sun was gone.
We return thanks to our grandfather He-no,
that he has protected his grandchildren from witches and reptiles,
and has given us his rain.
We return thanks to the sun,
that he has looked upon the earth with a beneficent eye.
Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit,
in whom is embodied all goodness,
and who directs all things for the good of his children.
- Iroquois traditional

It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes
a claim upon men's hearts,
as for that subtle something, that quality of air that
emanation from old trees,
that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Those little nimble musicians of the air,
that warble forth their curious ditties,
with which nature hath furnished them to the shame of art.
- Izaak Walton

Yesterday, December seventh, 1941, a date which will live in infamy,
the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately
attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Give me golf clubs, fresh air and a beautiful partner,
and you can keep the clubs and the fresh air.
- Jack Benny

Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth,
the air and you.
- Langston Hughes

Sorrows gather around great souls as storms do around mountains;
but,
like them, they break the storm and purify the air
of the plain beneath them.
- Jean Paul

Arguments are healthy.
They clear the air.
- John Deacon

We don't appreciate what we have until it's gone.
Freedom is like that. It's like air.
When you have it, you don't notice it.
- Boris Yeltsin

The mind, in proportion as it is cut off from free
communication with nature,
with revelation, with God, with itself,
loses its life, just as the body droops when debarred
from the air and the cheering light from heaven.
- William Ellery Channing

A reporter is always concerned with tomorrow.
There's nothing tangible of yesterday.
All I can say I've done is
agitate the air ten or fifteen minutes
and then boom - it's gone.
- Edward R. Murrow

Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the
joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air,
is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies.
- Erich Fromm

Music, in performance, is a type of sculpture.
The air in the performance is sculpted into something.
- Frank Zappa

Facts are the air of scientists.
Without them you can never fly.
- Linus Pauling

Do not worry if you have built your castles in the air.
They are where they should be.
Now put the foundations under them.
- Henry David Thoreau

Proportions are what makes the old Greek temples classic in their beauty.
They are like huge blocks, from which the air has been
literally hewn out between the columns.
- Arne Jacobsen

Little strokes,
Fell great oaks.
- Benjamin Franklin

When I saw you I fell in love,
and you smiled because you knew.
- commonly but falsely attributed to William Shakespeare

Jesus said: "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho,
when he fell into the hands of robbers.
They stripped him of his clothes, beat him
and went away, leaving him half dead.
A priest happened to be going down the same road,
and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side.
So too, a Levite [religious leader],
when he came to the place and saw him,
passed by on the other side.
But a Samaritan [Samaritans and Jews generally disliked
and were suspicious of each other] came where the man was;
and when he saw him, he took pity on him.
He went to him and bandaged his wounds ... and ...
took him to an inn and took care of him. ...
Jesus [said] "Go and do likewise."
- Luke 10:25-37 (The Parable of the Good Samaritan)

We didn't actually overspend our budget.
The health Commission allocation simply fell short of our expenditure.
- Frank Howard Clark

Let there be peace on earth.
And let it begin with me.
- Jill Jackson Miller

Sing like no one's listening,
love like you've never been hurt,
dance like nobody's watching,
and live like its heaven on earth.
- Mark Twain

Trees are the earth's endless effort
to speak to the listening heaven.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Take time to laugh.
It is the music of the soul.
Take time to think.
It is the source of power.
Take time to play.
It is the source of perpetual youth.
Take time to read.
It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to pray.
It is the greatest power on Earth.
Take time to love and be loved.
It is a God-given privilege.
Take time to be friendly.
It is the road to happiness.
Take time to give.
It is too short a day to be selfish.
Take time to work.
It is the price of success.
- Anonymous

We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors,
we borrow it from our children.
- Native American Proverb

Dance like no one is watching,
love like you'll never be hurt.
Sing like no one is listening.
Live life like it's heaven on earth.
- Anonymous (various attributions and alternate phrasings)

Treat the earth well.
It was not given to you by your parents,
it was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors,
we borrow it from our Children.
- Native American traditional

That sense of sacredness,
that thinking in generations,
must begin with reverence for this earth.
- Paul Tsongas


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