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"Lament for an Aging Politician" - Eugene Mccarthy

"Those who lament for fortune do not often lament for themselves." - Voltaire

"Every lover's lament has an element of boasting." - Mason Cooley

"Cry, Art, cry and lament loudly, nobody nowadays wants you." - Lukas Moser

"My heart sobbed a lament that was hard to ignore." - Katie MacAlister

"We are more prone to murmur at the punishment of our faults than to lament them." - Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington

"You do not lament the loss of hair of one who has been beheaded." - Joseph Stalin

"Everyone performs bad actions... A bad person is someone who does not lament his bad actions." - Jonathan Safran Foer

"It is more fitting for a man to laugh at life than to lament over it." - Seneca the Younger

"Why, courage then! what cannot be avoided 'Twere childish weakness to lament or fear." - William Shakespeare

"Thou wilt lament Hereafter, when the evil shall be done And shall admit no cure." - Homer

"The balmy zephyrs, silent since her death, Lament the ceasing of a sweeter breath." - Alexander Pope

"Past sorrows, let us moderately lament them; For those to come, seek wisely to prevent them." - John Webster

"A common lament of the World War II generation is the absence today of personal responsibility" - Tom Brokaw

"Have I not reason to lament What man has made of man?" - William Wordsworth

"A lament in one ear, maybe, but always a song in the other" - Sean O'Casey

"Thou wilt lament Hereafter, when the evil shall be done And shall admit no cure." - Homer

"My age I will not once lament, / But sing, my time so near is spent." - Anne Bradstreet

"No to laugh, not to lament, not to detest, but to understand." - Baruch Spinoza

"Too much to lament a misery is the next way to draw on a remediless mischief." - Roger Chamberlain

"Have I not reason to lament What man has made of man?" - William Wordsworth

"It better befits a man to laugh than to lament over it." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca

"Why, courage then! What cannot be avoided Twere childish weakness to lament or fear." - William Shakespeare

"It is more fitting for a man to laugh at life than to lament over it." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca

"Jeremiah has to lament that there are as many altars as towns in Judah." - Julius Wellhausen

"Cease to lament for that thou canst not help; and study help for that which thou lamentest." - William Shakespeare

"I lament the want of a liberal education. I feel the mist of ignorance to surround me - Nathanael Greene" - David Mccullough

"All observations of life are harsh, because life is. I lament that fact, but I cannot change it." - Margaret Atwood

"Alas, where is there still a sea in which one could drown: thus our lament resounds - across shallow swamps." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"I sometimes lament the fact that I do not have the benefit of a complete and ailment free body structure." - Amitabh Bachchan

"Hast thou fallen? Do not groan and lament: rather be thankful for the opportunity given thee to rise once more." - Ivan Panin

"and over your unconsecrated head you'll hear the howling wolves lament their fate and yours the livelong year;" - Charles Baudelaire

"We whine about things we have little control over; we lament what we believe ought to be changed." - Philip Yancey

"We lament the speed of our society and the lack of depth and the nature of disposable information." - David Ogden Stiers

"I have tried sedulously not to laugh at the acts of man, nor to lament them, nor to detest them, but to understand them." - Baruch Spinoza

"She took a moment to lament her lack of parasol. Every time she left the house, she felt keenly the absence of her heretofore ubiquitous accessory." - Gail Carriger

"I will roar argon into chlorine, xenon into fluorine, all the noble gases into reactive ones My lament will terrify even the stars." - Jessica Stern

"I certainly have a lot to lament, as do we all, everybody has their griefs. But the griefs we can fix, shouldn't we go around fixing them?" - Elizabeth Edwards

"If you think you control things that are in the control of others, you will lament. You will be disturbed and you will blame both gods and men." - Epictetus

"...secretly I lament the hundreds [of fish] we never caught because we forever persisted in fishing only the likliest holding water." - Tom Sutcliffe

"Don't cry pretty girl. Who you are is why you're so good at everything. You won't let yourself be otherwise. And thats what fascinates me." Duke- Lament" - Maggie Stiefvater

"Good people all, with one accord, Lament for Madame Blaize, Who never wanted a good word - From those who spoke her praise." - Oliver Goldsmith

"Lightly from fair to fair he flew, And loved to plead, lament, and sue, - Suit lightly won, and short-lived pain, For monarchs seldom sigh in vain." - Walter Scott

"No Caesar he whom we lament A Man without a precedent, Sent, it would seem to do His work, and perish, too." - Richard Henry Stoddard

"Lightly from fair to fair he flew, And loved to plead, lament, and sue; Suit lightly won, and short-lived pain, For monarchs seldom sigh in vain." - Walter Scott

"My grief lies all within, And these external manners of lament Are merely shadows to the unseen grief That swells with silence in the tortured soul." - William Shakespeare

"Good people all, with one accord, Lament for Madam Blaize, Who never wanted a good word From those who spoke her praise." - Oliver Goldsmith

"To make wail and lament for one's ill fortune, when one will win a tear from the audience, is well worthwhile." - Aeschylus

"Babylon, Learned and wise, hath perished utterly, Nor leaves her speech one word to aid the sigh That would lament her." - William Wordsworth

"When thou hast truly thanked the Lord for every blessing sent, But little time will then remain for murmur or lament." - Hannah More

"Surely common sense as well as anthropological evidence documents the universal need to pray, to hope, and to lament or carouse through song." - Russell Sherman

"When we are stirred to lament the loss of the gods, it is more than likely the gods who are doing the stirring." - J M Coetzee

"Babylon, Learned and wise, hath perished utterly, Nor leaves her speech one word to aid the sigh That would lament her." - William Wordsworth

"We marvel at them; we read them aloud to our friends and spouses, even, occasionally, to passersby; we analyze them; we lament our inability to match them." - Stanley Fish

"Good people all, with one acord, Lament for Madame Blaize, Who never wanted a good word - From those who spoke her praise." - Oliver Goldsmith

"While many lament, We don't have what it takes to make a difference, innovative leaders say, God is our provider; we have more than enough." - Craig Groeschel

"We lament the mistakes of a good man, and do not begin to detest him until he affects to renounce his principles." - Junius

"The often heard lament, 'I have so little time,' gives the lie to the delusion that the daily is of little significance." - Kathleen Norris

"If this belief from heaven be sent, If such be Nature's holy plan, Have I not reason to lament What man has made of man?" - William Wordsworth

"Neither rejoice nor lament prematurely; for whatever may happen, all will be well if we only have health; for happiness exists-merely in the imagination." - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

"The Jaguar's Children is a beautifully rendered lament for an imperiled culture and the brave lives that would preserve it. You should read it." - John Burnham Schwartz

"A little time, and thou shalt close thy eyes; and him who has attended thee to thy grave, another soon will lament." - Marcus Aurelius

"Most women lament not the death of their lovers so much out of real affection for them, as because they would appear worthy of love." - Francois de La Rochefoucauld

"A superb and dreadfully moving account of the glory and subsequent murder by the Romanians of the Jewish city in Odessa. . . . Odessa is both celebration and lament and equally impressive as both." - Harold Bloom

"Although I could lament in the language and feelings of David for Absalom, I am constrained to say, peace to his manes. Let us weep for the living, and not for the dead." - Andrew Jackson

"Whiffle [whine and wheeze and snuff and sniffle]: The annoying scratchy sound made by weepy feminists as they lament the sufferings of women and, houndlike, sniff out evidence of male oppression." - Camille Paglia

"The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth. In many parts of the planet, the elderly lament that once beautiful landscapes are now covered with rubbish." - Pope Francis

"When Jimmie Johnson goes out early and finishes 35th, as he did Sunday, he can look at the cameras, lament about it being a tough day, and then say, 'We'll just try to get them next week at Darlington." - Kurt Busch

"In these sad and ominous days of mad fortune chasing, every patriotic, thoughtful citizen, whether he fishes or not, should lament that we have not among our countrymen more fishermen." - Grover Cleveland

"This civilization is rapidly passing away, however. Let us rejoice or else lament the fact as much as everyone of us likes; but do not let us shut our eyes to it." - Joseph A Schumpeter

"While we lament the apparent injustice of pain and suffering, how often do we forget that every good thing in a fallen world is wholly a gift of God's mercy and grace." - Matt Chandler

"We lament, too, the destruction of purity among women and young girls as is evidenced by the increasing immodesty of their dress and conversation and by their participation in shameful dances." - Pope Pius XI

"Men wrongly lament the flight of time, blaming it for being too swift; they do not perceive that its passage is sufficiently long, but a good memory, which nature has given to us, causes things long past to seem present." - Leonardo Da Vinci

"It is hard to say which of the two we ought most to lament, - the unhappy man who sinks under the sense of his dishonor, or him who survives it." - Junius

"Sharp penury afflicts these wretched isles! There hope ne'er dawns, and pleasure never smiles. The vassal wretch contented drags his chain. And hears his famish'd babes lament in vain." - William Falconer

"I lament that women are systematically degraded by receiving the trivial attentions, which men think it manly to pay to the sex, when, in fact, they are insultingly supporting their own superiority." - Mary Wollstonecraft

"Misery is so little appertaining to our nature, and happiness so much so, that we in the same degree of illusion only lament over that which has pained us, but leave unnoticed that which has rejoiced us." - Jean Paul

"I must die. Must I then die lamenting? I must be put in chains. Must I then also lament? I must go into exile. Does any man then hinder me from going with smiles and cheerfulness and contentment?" - Epictetus

"I mean to be too rich to lament or to feel anything of the sort. A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of. It certainly may secure all the myrtle and turkey part of it." - Jane Austen

"One can always lament, you know - but to laugh in the face of life, that's very hard. And for me the great tragedian should also be a great comedian." - Martha Graham

"We feel something like respect for consistency even in error. We lament the virtue that is debauched into a vice; but the vice that affects a virtue becomes the more detestable." - Thomas Paine

"Do not vainly lament, but do wonder at the rule of transiency and learn from it the emptiness of human life. Do not cherish to unworthy desire that the changeable might become unchanging." - Gautama Buddha

"Human nature is divided; it contains both darkness and light. You can choose to accept the darkness and lament it, or you can choose to expand the light until the darkness no longer dominates." - Deepak Chopra

"If your everyday life appears to be unworthy subject matter, do not complain to life. Complain to yourself, Lament that you are not poet enough to call up its wealth." - Rainer Maria Rilke

"When Jimmie Johnson goes out early and finishes 35th, as he did Sunday, he can look at the cameras, lament about it being a tough day, and then say, 'We'll just try to get them next week at Darlington'." - Kurt Busch

"This civilization is rapidly passing away, however. Let us rejoice or else lament the fact as much as everyone of us likes; but do not let us shut our eyes to it." - Joseph Schumpeter

"The liberal reward of labour, therefore, as it is the affect of increasing wealth, so it is the cause of increasing population. To complain of it, is to lament over the necessary effect and cause of the greatest public prosperity." - Adam Smith

"Fair Elphin, cease your lament! Swearing profits no-one. It is not evil to hope Nor does any man see what supports him, Not an empty treasure is the prayer of Cynllo, Nor does God break his promise." - Taliesin

"The greater the happiness that nature sets before me, the more I lament that he is not here to taste it: the greater the bliss we might enjoy together, the more I feel our present wretchedness apart." - Anne Bronte

"We are going to a new world... and no doubt it is there that everything is for the best; for it must be admitted that one might lament a little over the physical and moral happenings of our own world." - Voltaire

"I have found life an enjoyable, enchanting, active, and sometime terrifying experience, and I've enjoyed it completely. A lament in one ear, maybe, but always a song in the other." - Sean Ocasey

"With childhood comes a brief grace period of ignorant bliss - when you're not aware of the pain around you. That is the most special, truly unique time. It is the core of adult lament." - Barry Privett

"I think as someone who collects beautiful things from the past, the thing that I miss the most about modernism and the things I lament about the past are everyday things that you would use were made more beautifully." - Dita Von Teese

"In some ways, I lament the introduction of civilisation on such a huge scale, because it has given us a lot of room to abuse each other, which we continue to do." - Roy Harper

"People lament that there's no roles being written for South Asian or Muslim characters. But their parents don't want their children to go into the entertainment field. You don't get it both ways." - Aasif Mandvi

"I have found life an enjoyable, enchanting, active, and sometime terrifying experience, and I've enjoyed it completely. A lament in one ear, maybe, but always a song in the other." - Sean O'Casey

"When Jimmie Johnson goes out early and finishes 35th, as he did Sunday, he can look at the cameras, lament about it being a tough day, and then say, 'We'll just try to get them next week at Darlington.'" - Kurt Busch

"This is the point being missed by readers who lament Liquor's lack of hot sex scenes, probably because they aren't old enough to understand that a passionate relationship could be about anything other than sex." - Poppy Z Brite

"To complain of the age we live in, to murmur at the present possessors of power, to lament the past, to conceive extravagant hopes of the future, are the common dispositions of the greatest part of mankind." - Edmund Burke

"Nothing heals us like letting people know our scariest parts: When people listen to you cry and lament, and look at you with love, it's like they are holding the baby of you." - Anne Lamott

"I don't like the fact that we're not creating jobs the way we used to create jobs in Pennsylvania. I lament the fact that we're not setting the table for really robust economic development, here in Pennsylvania, where we can do that. I lament the fact that our schools are being hollowed out. We need a fresh start. I think we need to go in a different direction. I think we need a new governor." - Tom Wolf

"Adam Smith's 'invisible hand' is not above sudden, disturbing, movements. Since its inception, capitalism has known slumps and recessions, bubble and froth; no one has yet dis-invented the business cycle, and probably no one will; and what Schumpeter famously called the 'gales of creative destruction' still roar mightily from time to time. To lament these things is ultimately to lament the bracing blast of freedom itself." - Margaret Thatcher

"most People are wretched more by the Fears of what may come, than what they endure at present. ... a manifest Contradiction to good Sense; for who, with the right use of that, wou'd lose the Enjoyment of a present Comfort, to lament a Misfortune only in Supposition; which ten to one never comes to pass ..." - Eliza Haywood

"For me, it's always a little sad getting out of bed. Every morning after I get up, I always gaze longingly at my bed and lament, 'You were wonderful last night. I didn't want it to end. I can't wait to see you again." - Jim Gaffigan

"Lords, I protest my soul is full of woe That blood should sprinkle me to make me grow. Come, mourn with me for what I do lament, And put sullen black incontinent. I'll make a voyage to the Holy Land To wash this blood off from my guilty hand. March sadly after. Grace my mournings here In weeping after this untimely bier." - William Shakespeare

"I intend 'Dammerung' to be an ironic meditation on the financial rewards of poetry and a tragicomic lament on the passing of time and the changes in literary taste. The other poets mentioned are my poetic cohort from the U.K. I wrote the piece in situ, as it were, while making a television documentary about World War I in Germany." - Simon Armitage

"It is an evil world. The fires of hatred and violence burn fiercely. Evil is powerful, the devil covers a darkened earth with hisblack wings. And soon the end of the world is expected. But mankind does not repent, the church struggles, and the preachers and poets warn and lament in vain." - Johan Huizinga

"Lament is a cry of belief in a good God, a God who has His ear to our hearts, a God who transfigures the ugly into beauty. Complaint is the bitter howl of unbelief in any benevolent God in this moment, a distrust in the love-beat of the Father's heart." - Ann Voskamp

"As I grew older, I understood that instructions came with this voice. What were these instructions? The instructions were never to lament casually. And if one is to express the great inevitable defeat that awaits us all, it must be done within the strict confines of dignity and beauty." - Leonard Cohen

"Far in the pillared dark Thrush music went- Almost like a call to come in To the dark and lament. But no, I was out for stars: I would not come in. I meant not even if asked, And I hadn't been." - Robert Frost

"We see a world of abundance, not limits. In the midst of a great deal of talk about reducing the human ecological footprint, we offer a different vision. What if humans designed products and systems that celebrate an abundance of human creativity, culture, and productivity? That are so intelligent and safe, our species leaves an ecological footprint to delight in, not lament?" - William Mcdonough

"She passed these years in a distant corner of her mind. A dry, barren field, out beyond wish and lament, beyond dream and disillusionment. There, the future did not matter. And the past held only this wisdom: that love was a damaging mistake, and it accomplice, hope, a treacherous illusion." - Khaled Hosseini

"Preserve your peace of mind. There is not much time; all things end in death. Do not lament the past too much, or fear the future too acutely, ot waste too much energy on other peoples' woes, in case the present dissolves altogether." - Fay Weldon

"Don't lament so much about how your career is going to turn out. You don't have a career. You have a life. Do the work. Keep the faith. Be true blue. You are a writer because you write. Keep writing and quit your bitching. Your book has a birthday. You don't know what it is yet." - Cheryl Strayed

"To complain that life has no joys while there is a single creature whom we can relieve by our bounty, assist by our counsels or enliven by our presence, is to lament the loss of that which we possess, and is just as irrational as to die of thirst with the cup in our hands." - Sir Thomas Fitzosborne (William Melmoth)

"Each successive generation plunges into the abyss of passion, without the slightest regard to the fatal effects which such contract has produced upon their predecessors; and lament, when too late, the rashness with which they slighted the advice of experience, and stifled the voice of reason." - Richard Steele

"Grieving, like being blind, is a strange business; you have to learn how to do it. We seek company in mourning, but after the early bursts of tears, after the praises have been spoken, and the good days remembered, and the lament cried, and the grave closed, there is no company in grief. It is a burden borne alone." - Ursula K Le Guin

"We should cultivate the optimistic temperament, and endeavour to see the good that dwells in everything. If we sit down and lament over the imperfection of our bodies and our minds, we profit nothing; it is the heroic endeavour to subdue adverse circumstances that carries our spirit upward." - Swami Vivekananda

"I get an audience personally involved in a song - because I'm involved myself. It's not something I do deliberately: I can't help myself. If the song is a lament at the loss of love, I get an ache in my gut. I feel the loss myself and I cry out the loneliness, the hurt and the pain that I feel." - Frank Sinatra

"Did you measure to attain your height? Did you use geometry to radiate your limb? Did you lament storm-torn branches? Did you inventory your leaves for the sun? You did none of these things, yet man in his cleverness Cannot match your perfection." - Ming-Dao Deng

"If religious belief be indeed so necessary to mankind, as we are continually assured that it is, there is great reason to lament, that the intellectual grounds of it should require to be backed by moral bribery or subornation of the understanding." - John Stuart Mill

"It's interesting to see the lament of each generation overwhelmed by the next new tool. I can show you passages from scholars of Germany in the 1480s lamenting the fact that they are overloaded with all this stuff to read because of the printing press." - Paul Saffo

"In European and American society, many pundits started to lament the death of literature; looking at youth who were getting more and more attracted to sitcoms - hard, adventure films and said, our children are no longer reading, or else they're reading cartoons." - Wole Soyinka

"A seamlessly told and scrupulously detailed history of the Hartsoe clan of Haw County, North Carolina, Love and Lament is that rare novel that brings the gritty, rural past to vivid life. I could very nearly smell the moonshine (the moonshiners too!). Pass a few hours with Mary Bet Hartsoe and family. You won't regret it." - T. R. Pearson

"To object that the facts about human nature set limits on our ability to change the world and ourselves makes about as much sense as the lament that our lack of wings sets limits on our ability to 'fly' as far as eagles under our own power." - Noam Chomsky

"Today the world changes so quickly that in growing up we take leave not just of youth but of the world we were young in. I suppose we all realize the degree to which fear and resentment of what is new is really a lament for the memories of our childhood." - Peter Medawar

"Men are in error when they lament the flight of time, accusing it of being too swift, and not perceiving that it is sufficient as it passes; but good memory, with which nature has endowed us, causes things long past to seem present." - Leonardo Da Vinci

"Far in the pillared dark Thrush music went - Almost like a call to come in To the dark and lament. But no, I was out for stars; I would not come in. I meant not even if asked; And I hadn't been." - Robert Frost

"I think comedy is the most difficult thing in the world, I really do. One can always lament, you know - but to laugh in the face of life, that's very hard. And for me the great tragedian should also be a great comedian." - Martha Graham

"I do think environmental writers need to be forward thinking, not just lamenting our losses. We do need to lament; in some ways it's important to be the vessels for grief for all that's being lost on our planet. But we also need to be forward thinking." - Alison Hawthorne Deming

"Labor, like Israel, has many sorrows. Its women weep for their fallen and they lament for the future of the children of the race. It ill behooves one who has supped at labor's table and who has been sheltered in labor's house to curse with equal fervor and fine impartiality both labor and its adversaries when they become locked in deadly embrace." - John L Lewis

"October's bellowing anger breakes and cleavesThe bronzed battalions of the stricken woodIn whose lament I hear a voice that grievesFor battle's fruitless harvest, and the feudOf outrage men. Their lives are like the leavesScattered in flocks of ruin, tossed and blownAlong the westering furnace flaring red.O martyred youth and manhood overthrown,The burden of your wrongs is on my head." - Siegfried Sassoon

"Somewhere out in the darkness, a phoenix was singing in a way Harry had never heard before: a stricken lament of terrible beauty. And Harry felt, as he had felt about phoenix song before, that the music was inside him, not without: It was his own grief turned magically to song.." - J K Rowling

"I will weep and wail for the mountains and take up a lament concerning the desert pastures. They are desolate and untraveled, and the lowing of cattle is not heard. The birds of the air have fled and the animals are gone." - Jeremiah

"Convinced that the attachment of colonies to the metropolis, depends infinitely more upon moral and religious feeling, than political arrangement, or even commercial advantage, I cannot but lament that more is not done to instill it into the minds of the people." - John Strachan

"I can go into the wilderness and not see anyone for days and experience a kind of space that hasn't changed for tens of thousands of years. Having that experience was necessary to my perception of how photography can look at the changes humanity has brought about in the landscape. My work does become a kind of lament." - Edward Burtynsky

"One of the rules of Greek lament poetry is that it mustn't mention the dead by name in case of invoking a ghost. Maybe the 'Iliad,' crowded with names, is more than a poem. Maybe it's a dangerous piece of the brightness of both this world and the next." - Alice Oswald

"When someone is force to realize that the road he'd been working hard to make progress on was no different from the place he'd started, and when he realized that he had in fact gone backward, all that person can do is face the pale sky and lament." - Mizuki Nomura

"Living sites are only as good as today's update. If the words are dull, nobody will read them, and nobody will come back. If the words are wrong, people will be misled, disappointed, infuriated. If the words aren't there, people will shake their heads and lament your untimely demise." - Mark Bernstein

"I write in a hurry, because the little one, who has been sleeping a long time, begins to call for me. Poor thing! when I am sad, I lament that all my affections grow on me, till they become too strong for my peace, though they all afford me snatches of exquisite enjoyment." - Mary Wollstonecraft

"There are two responses to really awful things. One is to lament and say, "Oh my God, oh lord." And the other is to laugh at it a little bit, try your best to deal with it and, if you can, forget about it as soon as possible." - James Mcbride

"I certainly do not lament the decadence of knight errantry, nor wish to exchange the protection of the laws for that of the doughtiest champion who ever set lance in rest; but I do, in truth, believe that this knightly sensitiveness of honorable feeling is the best antidote to the petty soul-degrading transactions of every-day life, and that the total want of it is one reason why this free-born race care so very little for the vulgar virtue called probity." - Frances Trollope

"Is yours an honest lament? ... Most are not, you know. Most self-imposed burdens are founded on misperceptions. We - at least we of sincere character - always judge ourselves by stricter standards than we expect others to abide by. It is a curse, I suppose, or a blessing, depending on how one views it... Take it as a blessing, my friend, an inner calling that forces you to strive to unattainable heights." - R A Salvatore

"Gradually, the night stumbled as if stunned and wandering aimlessly into an overcast day - limped through the wilderland of transition as though there were no knowing where the waste of darkness ended and the ashes of light began. The low clouds seemed full of grief - tense and uneasy with accumulated woe - and yet affectless, unable to rain, as if the air clenched itself too hard for tears. And through the dawn, Atiaran and Covenant moved heavily, unevenly, like pieces of a broken lament." - Stephen R Donaldson

"There's a wonderful old Italian joke about a poor man who goes to church every day and prays before the statue of a great saint,'Dear saint-please, please, please...give me the grace to win the lottery.' This lament goes on for months. Finally the exasperated statue come to life, looks down at the begging man and says in weary disgust,'My son-please, please, please...buy a ticket." - Elizabeth Gilbert

"We Are All the Same Listen to the reeds as they sway apart; Hear them speak of lost friends. At birth, you were cut from your bed, Crying and grasping in separation. Everyone listens, knowing your song. You yearn for others who know your name, And the words to your lament. We are all the same, all the same, Longing to find our way back; Back to the one, back to the only one." - Rumi

"To regret the exchange of earthly pleasures for the joys of Heaven, is as if the grovelling caterpillar should lament that it must one day quit the nibbled leaf to soar aloft and flutter through the air, roving at will from flower to flower, sipping sweet honey from their cups, or basking in their sunny petals. If these little creatures knew how great a change awaited them, no doubt they would regret it; but would not all such sorrow be misplaced?" - Anne Bronte

"The television screen, so unlike the movie screen, sharply reduced human beings, revealed them as small, trivial, flat, in two banal dimensions, drained of color. Wasn't there something reassuring about it! - that human beings were in fact merely images of a kind registered in one another's eyes and brains, phenomena composed of microscopic flickering dots like atoms. They were atoms - nothing more. A quick switch of the dial and they disappeared and who could lament the loss?" - Joyce Carol Oates

"Why do so many ingenious theorists give fresh reasons every year for the decline of letter writing, and why do they assume, in derision of suffering humanity, that it has declined? They lament the lack of leisure, the lack of sentiment ... They talk of telegrams, and telephones, and postal cards, as if any discovery of science, any device of civilization, could eradicate from the human heart that passion for self-expression which is the impelling force of letters." - Agnes Repplier

"I have long admired the visceral storytelling and moral complexity of John Vaillant's brilliant non-fiction about humankind's tragically ambivalent relationship with the natural world. Now he brings his abundant literary gifts to a debut novel set in a very real borderland in which human beings are themselves treated like animals. The Jaguar's Children is a beautifully rendered lament for an imperiled culture and the brave lives that would preserve it. You should read it." - John Burnham Schwartz



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