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"Headquarters in the Saddle." - John Pope

"Feeling down? Saddle up." - Anonymous

"Sit loosely in the saddle." - Robert Louis Stevenson

"Back in the Saddle Again." - Gene Autry

"Boot, saddle, to horse, and away!" - Robert Browning

"Saddle your dreams afore you ride 'ern." - Mary Webb

"Saddle your dreams before you ride em." - Mary Webb

"The fault of the horse is put on the saddle." - George Herbert

"Never buy a saddle until you have met the horse." - Mortimer Zuckerman

"Things are in the saddle, And ride mankind." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"It is better to lose the saddle than the horse." - Proverbs

"Who eates his cock alone must saddle his horse alone." - George Herbert

"Things are in the saddle. And ride mankind." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I hope to die in the saddle seat." - Albert Ellis

"A free horse where there is no man on its saddle always looks more beautiful than a slave horse with a man on its saddle!" - Mehmet Murat Ildan

"TRUE Courage is when you are scared to death and STILL saddle up and ride in!" - John Wayne

"Life's a rodeo and all you have to do is stay in the saddle," - George Jung

"I want to die in the saddle. I love writing, producing, acting, directing" - Peter Fonda

"The saddle is a place for dreaming when there's hours of trail ahead...." - Louis L'Amour

"One has to dismount from an idea, and get into the saddle again, at every parenthesis." - Oliver Wendell Holmes

"Saddle the Hippogriffs, ye Muses nine, And straight we'll ride to the land of old Romance." - Christoph Martin Wieland

"Most motorcycle problems are caused by the nut that connects the handlebars to the saddle." - Anonymous

"It takes more love to share the saddle than it does to share the bed." - Anonymous

"Let us put Germany in the saddle, so to speak-it already knows how to ride." - Otto Von Bismarck

"No hour of life is lost that is spent in the saddle." - Winston Churchill

"A fool puts a burr under the saddle before she rides." - Robert Jordan

"If this were a logical world, men would ride side saddle." - Rita Mae Brown

"No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle." - Winston Churchill

"You put a tuxedo on me, it's like putting a saddle on a hog." - Bob Parsons

"I want to die in the saddle. I love writing, producing, acting, directing." - Peter Fonda

"Polo is like playing golf with a saddle, and there are a lot of moving parts." - Joel Edgerton

"If the world were a logical place, men would ride side saddle." - Rita Mae Brown

"My saddle horses are my friends. My dogs are my friends." - Wilford Brimley

"I always carry my classic black-and-white tux and custom-made George Esquivel saddle shoes." - Janelle Monae

"Focus, Amy. Just because he looked great in the saddle did not mean he wasn't an axe murderer." - Rosemary Clement-Moore

"Lived in his saddle, loved the chase, the course, And always, ere he mounted, kiss'd his horse." - William Cowper

"What is outside yourself does not convey much worth; Clothes do not make the man, the saddle not the horse." - Angelus Silesius

"Let us put Germany, so to speak, in the saddle! you will see that she can ride." - Otto Von Bismarck

"If one man says to thee, Thou art a donkey, pay no heed. If two speak thus, purchase a saddle." - The Talmud

"You can always tell a novice rider; they aren't comfortable in the saddle and have to hang on." - Harry Carey Jr

"The one thing I do not want to be called is First Lady. It sounds like a saddle horse." - Jackie Kennedy

"James Cain was saddled with being called the father of hardboiled fiction. Apparently, he didn't like this saddle." - Bill Callahan

"Misty of Chincoteague', 'The Black Stallion', the 'Saddle Club' books, I read 'em all. I was horse-crazy." - Maggie Stiefvater

"Hundreds and hundreds of beautiful horses in the parade and a man without a silver saddle is a vagrant." - Will Rogers

"'Misty of Chincoteague', 'The Black Stallion', the 'Saddle Club' books, I read 'em all. I was horse-crazy." - Maggie Stiefvater

"None comes into this world with a saddle on his back, neither any booted and spurred to ride him." - Richard Rumbold

"A proven theorem of game theory states that every game with complete information possesses a saddle point and therefore a solution." - Richard Arnold Epstein

"If you want to be a good saddler, saddle the worst horse; for if you can tame one, you can tame all." - Socrates

"Every present occasion will catch the senses of the vain man; and with that bridle and saddle you may ride him." - Philip Sidney

"Peter Marshall: A western saddle has a curved horn on the front to hold something for the cowboy. What is it?" - Paul Lynde

"Harrier twisted himself sideways on his saddle to stare at him [Tiercel]. 'You had a vision,' he said flaty. Yes. No. I don't know. I...Yes. No." - Mercedes Lackey

"Don't saddle me with your ideals, and spare me all your guilt. For a poet with all the answers, has never yet been built." - Billy Bragg

"If somebody tells you you have ears like a donkey, pay no attention. But if two people tell you, buy yourself a saddle." - Sholom Aleichem

"In the saddle again, Fire mulled over the commander's trust, prodding it around, like a candy in her mouth, trying to decide whether she believed it." - Kristin Cashore

"Every time I see someone taking care of a baby, I think why in the world would anyone willingly saddle themselves with that responsibility?" - Dov Davidoff

"Human nature is like a drunk peasant. Lift him into the saddle on one side, over he topples on the other side." - Martin Luther

"Politicians are like bad horsemen who are so preoccupied with staying in the saddle that they can't bother about where they're going." - Joseph A Schumpeter

"They're really designed so that our black coat will give you a waist, our trousers will hide your saddle bags, our cashmere makes your tits look great." - Trinny Woodall

"Spending that many hours in the saddle gave a man plenty of time to think. That's why so many cowboys fancied themselves Philosophers." - Charles M. Russell

"I'll never stop working. I want to die in the saddle. A day is wasted for me if I haven't done something even mildly creative." - Bob Monkhouse

"I have been hunted for twenty-one years. I have literally lived in the saddle. I have never known a day of perfect peace." - Frank James

"Simply put, I believe we should not seek the lowest common denominator when it comes to wilderness and saddle a wilderness designation with exceptions, exclusions, and exemptions." - Nick Rahall

"Spending that many hours in the saddle gave a man plenty of time to think. That's why so many cowboys fancied themselves Philosophers." - Charles Marion Russell

"I'm the pate on the Universal cracker. I'm the grout holding your shower tiles on. I'm out of the saddle, sprinting up that hill and eating glazed donut bracelets off the right arm of Jesus." - Charles Manson

"When you are feeling too dull and too domesticated get on a horse, sit tall in the saddle, and for a moment live in a world that feels like risk and adventure." - Julia Cameron

"Sit tall in the saddle and hold your head up high. Keep your eyes fixed where the trail meets the sky, and live like you ain't afraid to die. Don't be scared...just enjoy the ride." - Chris Ledoux

"Poor Jack, - no matter who, - for when I blame I pity, and must therefore sink the name, - Liv'd in his saddle, lov'd the chase, the course, And always ere he mounted, kiss'd his horse." - William Cowper

"Nirvikalpa Samadhi means you are sitting in meditation and you go beyond the planes of light to nirvana. Then you come back and here you are "back in the saddle again"." - Frederick Lenz

"We shall all consider ourselves unauthorized to saddle posterity with our debts, and morally bound to pay them ourselves; and consequently within what may be deemed the period of a generation, or the life of the majority." - Thomas Jefferson

"My horses understand me tolerably well; I converse with them at least four hours every day. They are strangers to bridle or saddle; they live in great amity with me, and friendship of each other." - Jonathan Swift

"I am much perturbed by this business of sickness. Our bodies seem so easily to leap into the saddle where our minds should be. People who are ill become changelings." - Winifred Holtby

"Come fill up my cup, come fill up my can, Come saddle your horses, and call up your men; Come open the West Port, and let me gang free, And it's room for the bonnets of Bonny Dundee!" - Walter Scott

"All in the blue unclouded weather Thick-jewelled shone the saddle-leather, The helmet and the helmet-feather Burned like one burning flame together, As he rode down to Camelot." - Alfred Tennyson

"If a man means to be hard, let him keep in his saddle and speak from that height, above the level of pleading eyes, and with the command of a distant horizon." - George Eliot

"Theoretically there is no absolute proof that one's awakening in the morning (the finding oneself again in the saddle of one's personality) is not really a quite unprecedented event, a perfectly original birth." - Vladimir Nabokov

"Come fill up my cup, come fill up my can, Come saddle your horses, and call up your men; Come open the West Port, and let me gang free, And it's room for the bonnets of Bonny Dundee!" - Walter Scott

"Selective ignorance, a cornerstone of child rearing. You don't put kids under surveillance: it might frighten you. Parents should sit tall in the saddle and look upon their troops with a noble and benevolent and extremely nearsighted gaze." - Garrison Keillor

"I grew up in the prolonged survival of the great age of the horse, with harness and saddle and sleigh bells and horse pictures, not as antiques but the facts of our lives." - Paul Engle

"A song is like a saddle: you ride it for a while, and if it's the right kind of song you can sing it for the rest of your life." - Glen Hansard

"In fact, it was the women in our house who were in the saddle. If men are the gods, women are not only the presidents but all the ministers of the government." - Pedro Almodovar

"'Back In The Saddle' - I never realised what a good riff that was, or at least how much it satisfied me. And when we play it live, it comes across much better than I ever expected it to." - Joe Perry

"Jackson went from the professor's chair to the officer's saddle. He carried with him the very elements of character which made him odious as a teacher; but I never saw him in an arbitrary mood." - Daniel H Hill

"I remember seeing Extreme play with [Debra] Winger and Cinderella. Gary Cherone was wearing purple velvet overalls with no shirt and saddle oxfords.Afterward, I went home and told my mom, "I need to find saddle oxfords." And she said, "Like little girls wear?" Naturally, I couldn't find them in my size, so I went to a shoemaker and had him make me a pair. I wore them for a while, but they didn't seem as cool on me, because when your foot is size 12, they sort of look like clown shoes." - Patrick Wilson

"Then she fell on her knees, saying: 'I beg thee!' 'Nay, lady,' he said, and taking her by the hand he raised her. The he kissed her hand, and sprang into the saddle, and rode away, and did not look back; and only those who knew him well and were near to him saw the pain that he bore." - J R R Tolkien

"I may say this is a deluded generation, veiled with ignorance, that tho[ugh] popery and slavery be riding in upon them, do not perceive it; tho[ugh] I am sure there was no man born marked of God above another, for none comes into the world with a saddle on his back, neither any booted and spurred to ride him." - Richard Rumbold

"To read Lucia St. Clair Robson is to learn while being thoroughly entertained. Last Train from Cuernavaca puts us through the tragic violence and political treachery of the Mexican Revolution and its consequences so intimately that we feel hunger, lust, thirst, grief, and saddle sores, and admire anew the awesome durability and courage of the people of Mexico- especially the women." - James Alexander Thom

"The way I see it, every time a man gets up in the morning he starts his life over. Sure, the bills are there to pay, and the job is there to do, but you don't have to stay in a pattern. You can always start over, saddle a fresh horse and take another trail." - Louis L'Amour

"...he put his foot on one pedal, scooted a few yards and swung his other leg over the saddle. He soared left into the vertiginously sloping hillside road and sped, without touching his brakes ... The hedgerows and sky blurred; he imagined himself in a velodrome as the wind whipped his hair clean..." - J K Rowling

"Tyrion let the eunuch help him mount. "Lord Varys," he said from the saddle, "sometimes I feel as though you are the best friend I have in King's Landing and sometimes I feel you are my worst enemy." "How odd. I think quite the same of you." - George R R Martin

"If the least thing goes wrong with a saddle, or clothes, or a boot, you cannot find a soul to make repairs, and the other day a cobbler answered us, 'Yes, that's right, I'm a shoemaker, and sometimes I work, but I'm not in the mood right now.'" - Louis Philippe

"You're not built for riding, either," Horace added. "I'd say more saddle sore than homesick." Svenal sighed ruefully, shifting his buttocks for the twentieth time to find a more comfortable spot. "It's true," he said. "I've been discovering parts of my backside I never knew existed." - John Flanagan

"A man who examines the saddle and bridle and not the animal itself when he is out to buy a horse is a fool; similarly, only an absolute fool values a man according to his clothes, or according to his position, which after all is only something we wear like clothing." - Seneca the Younger

"I'm the company philosopher and the burr in the saddle. I'm the one who says we need to try harder, improve the quality of our products, become a part of the political process, help elect people who are good for the environment." - Yvon Chouinard

"The one thing I do not want to be called is First Lady. It sounds like a saddle horse. Would you notify the telephone operators and everyone else that I'm to be known simply as Mrs. Kennedy and not as First Lady." - Jackie Kennedy

"He had no money and no home; he lived entirely on the road of the racing circuit, sleeping in empty stalls, carrying with him only a saddle, his rosary, and his books....The books were the closest thing he had to furniture, and he lived in them the way other men live in easy chairs." - Laura Hillenbrand

"Looks like he's lost a guinea and found a farthing," Horace said, then added, unnecessarily, "Will, I mean." Halt turned in his saddle to regard the younger man and raised an eyebrow. "I may be almost senile in your eyes, Horace, but there's no need to explain the blindly obvious to me. I'd hardly have thought you were referring to Tug." - John Flanagan

"There's a lathered sorrel stallion running through the Joshua trees and a young man in the saddle with his coat tails in the breeze. He's got a six gun on his right hip and a rifle at his knees and he's dealing in a game that he can't win." - Charlie Daniels

"I like a big neck - thick, flat and wide. I lacquered the fingerboard with Rustin's Plastic Coating. The tremolo is interesting in that the arm's made from an old bicycle saddle bag carrier, the knob at the end's off a knitting needle and the springs are valve springs from an old motorbike." - Brian May

"Before I went on stage at Kyle Hutton's Real Life Real Music Festival, I heard one of his songwriting students, Abbey Hirvela, sing; she was in the poet's saddle and riding that horse like she owned it. She was good! I probably ruined her by showing her how to make an E chord without the 3rd though." - Ray Wylie Hubbard

"The real story of our times is seldom told in the horse-puckey-filled memoirs of dopey, self-serving presidents or generals, but in the outrageous, demented lives of guys like Lenny Bruce, Giordano Bruno, Scott Fitzgerald - and Paul Krassner. The burrs under society's saddle. The pains in the ass." - Harlan Ellison

"No one ever came to grief-except honorable grief-through riding horses. No hour of life is lost that is spent in the saddle. Young men have often been ruined through owning horses, or through backing horses, but never through riding them; unless of course they break their necks, which, taken at a gallop, is a very good death to die." - Winston Churchill

"It was the first time that I had ever been in a town where the working class was in the saddle... There was much in it that I did not understand, in some ways I did not even like it, but I recognized it immediately as a state of affairs worth fighting for." - George Orwell

"I may say this is a deluded generation, veiled with ignorance, that tho popery and slavery be riding in upon them, do not perceive it; tho I am sure there was no man born marked of God above another, for none comes into the world with a saddle on his back, neither any booted and spurred to ride him." - Richard Rumbold

"The horseman serves the horse, The neatherd serves the neat, The merchant serves the purse, The eater serves his meat; 'T is the day of the chattel, Web to weave, and corn to grind; Things are in the saddle, And ride mankind." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I destroyed a lot of guitars trying to get them to do what I wanted, but I learned something from every guitar I tore apart, and discovered even more things. Things like if the string is not straight from the bridge saddle to the nut, you're going to have friction." - Eddie Van Halen

"I grew up on the South Island of New Zealand, in a city chosen and beloved by my parents for its proximity to the mountains - Christchurch is two hours distant from the worn saddle of Arthur's Pass, the mountain village that was and is my father's spiritual touchstone, his chapel and cathedral in the wild." - Eleanor Catton

"In these days when science is clearly in the saddle and when our knowledge of disease is advancing at a breathless pace, we are apt to forget that not all can ride and that he also serves who waits and who applies what the horseman discovers." - Harvey Cushing

"The corncob was the central object of my life. My father was a horse handler, first trotting and pacing horses, then coach horses, then work horses, finally saddle horses. I grew up around, on, and under horses, fed them, shoveled their manure, emptied the mangers of corncobs." - Paul Engle

"I love Westerns and I remember as a kid climbing up on the couch and make it into a saddle and shoot guns and fall off. I would lay there after my death and my mom would tell me to eat lunch and I'd say, 'I'm still dead, Mom!' I was Method, even then." - Creed Bratton

"The horseman serves the horse, The neat-herd serves the neat, The merchant serves the purse, The eater serves his meat; 'Tis the day of the chattel, Web to weave, and corn to grind, Things are in the saddle, And ride mankind." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"This time of year, I live and breathe the beach. My cheeks feel raw with the wind throwing sand against them. My thighs sting from the friction of the saddle. My arms ache from holding up two thousand pounds of horse. I have forgotten what it is like to be warm and what a full night's sleep feels like and what my name sounds like spoken instead of shouted across yards of sand. I am so, so alive." - Maggie Stiefvater

"We are all descended from cavemen who broke the skulls of their enemies with rocks for fun or profit. But that hardly mitigates the crimes of a man who does the same thing today. I see no problem judging the behavior of the Islamic State and its apologists from the vantage point of the West's high horse, because we've earned the right to sit in that saddle." - Jonah Goldberg

"Certain songs have a life, and certain songs don't. A song is like a saddle: you ride it for a while, and if it's the right kind of song you can sing it for the rest of your life. And then other songs are only really important for certain periods of your life, and you move on from them and find yourself not necessarily needing to sing them anymore." - Glen Hansard

"This time of year, I live and breathe the beach. My cheeks feel raw with the wind throwing sand against them. My thighs sting from the friction of the saddle. My arms ache from holding up two thousand pounds of horse. I have forgotten what it is like to be warm and what a full night's sleep feels like and what my name sounds like spoken instead of shouted across yards of sand. I am so, so alive." - Maggie Stiefvater

"It's beautiful," said Mort softly. "What is it?" THE SUN IS UNDER THE DISC, said Death. "Is it like this every night?" EVERY NIGHT, said Death. NATURE'S LIKE THAT. "Doesn't anyone know?" ME. YOU. THE GODS. GOOD, ISN'T IT? "Gosh!" Death leaned over the saddle and looked down at the kingdoms of the world. I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU, he said, BUT I COULD MURDER A CURRY." - Terry Pratchett

"Through an arrow loop in the wall she saw a familiar horse and rider tearing across the camp toward the healing rooms. Brigan pulled up at Nash's feet and dropped from the saddle. The two brothers threw their arms around each other and embraced hard. Shortly thereafter he stepped into the healing rooms and leaned in the doorway, looking across at her quietly. Brocker's son with the gentle gray eyes. She abandoned all pretense of decorum and ran at him." - Kristin Cashore

"I have not tired of the wilderness; rather I enjoy its beauty and the vagrant life I lead, more keenly all the time. I prefer the saddle to the street car and the star sprinkled sky to a roof, the obscure and difficult trail, leading into the unknown, to any paved highway, and the deep peace of the wild to the discontent bred by cities." - Everett Ruess

"I was just at the newly opened Creationist Museum in Kentucky.... And they have this exhibit of a giant dinosaur...with a saddle on its back. Because the world is only 5000 years old, so man and the dinosaurs had to coexist, and, of course, we rode them. A theory I thought laughable at the age of eight when I saw it on the Flintstones!" - Bill Maher

"As an actor, you hope to obtain this mind meld and sometimes I feel like I'm chasing a horse holding on to its tail and getting dragged, and other times I feel much more velcroed into the saddle. And I'm not the knower of which is better or best as a process, it's just as random as the weather in terms of what my subjective experience is." - Diane Lane

"In the back of my mind, I want it to do well, but at the end of the day I literally just got down on my knees and prayed - "However you want this thing to go lord, let it go that way." Low and behold, it did what it did and it's doing what it's doing. I'm just trying to sit in the saddle on this deal, just trying to stay on board!" - Cody Johnson

"If any pale student, glued to his desk, here seek an apology for a way of life whose natural fruits is that pallid and emasculate scholarship of which New England has had too many examples, it will be far better that this sketch had not been written. For the student there is, in its season, no better place than the saddle, and no better companion than the rifle or the oar." - Francis Parkman

"The Regime has become so smug it can't tell the difference among the revolutionary, the innovative, or the merely various. The high command knows so little about the outside that if I came back with a fully equipped chemical laboratory and told them I'd found it in a cave, they'd probably believe that, so long as I brought it back peicmeal in my saddle bags, thus proving I hadn't known it was there beforehand." - Sheri S Tepper

"I'll think of something," he temporized, and Horace nodded wisely, satisfied that Halt would indeed think of something. In Horace's world, that was what Rangers did best, and the best thing a warrior apprentice could do was let the Ranger get on with thinking while a warrior took care of walloping anyone who needed to be walloped along the way. He settled back in the saddle, contented with his lot in life." - John Flanagan

"Poor humanity, to saddle the gods with such a responsibility and throw in a vindictive temper. What griefs they hatch for themselves, what festering sores for us, what tears for our prosperity! This is not piety, this oft-repeated show of bowing a veiled head before a graven image; this bustling to every altar; this kow-towing and prostration on the ground with palms outspread before the shrines of the gods; this deluging of vow on vow. True piety lies rather in the power to contemplate the universe with a quiet mind." - Lucretius

"Student loans are destroying the imagination of youth. If there's a way of a society committing mass suicide, what better way than to take all the youngest, most energetic, creative, joyous people in your society and saddle them with, like $50,000 of debt so they have to be slaves? There goes your music. There goes your culture. There goes everything new that would pop out. And in a way, this is what's happened to our society. We're a society that has lost any ability to incorporate the interesting, creative and eccentric people." - David Graeber

"I prefer the saddle to the streetcar and star-sprinkled sky to a roof, the obscure and difficult trail, leading into the unknown, to any paved highway, and the deep peace of the wild to the discontent bred by cities. Do you blame me then for staying here, where I feel that I belong and am one with the world around me? It is true that I miss intelligent companionship, but there are so few with whom I can share the things that mean so much to me that I have learned to contain myself. It is enough that I am surrounded with beauty" - Everett Ruess

"If I was to really get at the burr in my saddle, it's not politics - and this is, I think, probably a horrible analogy - but I look at politicians as, they are doing what inherently they need to do to retain power. Their job is to consolidate power. When you go to the zoo and you see a monkey throwing poop, you go, 'That's what monkeys do, what are you gonna do?' But what I wish the media would do more frequently is say, 'Bad monkey." - Jon Stewart

"Student loans are destroying the imagination of youth. If there's a way of a society committing mass suicide, what better way than to take all the youngest, most energetic, creative, joyous people in your society and saddle them with, like $50,000 of debt so they have to be slaves? There goes your music. There goes your culture. There goes everything new that would pop out. And in a way, this is what's happened to our society. We"re a society that has lost any ability to incorporate the interesting, creative and eccentric people." - David Graeber

"I'm in the saddle every day playing a screwball. And then somebody comes along and says, "How would you like to go to Italy and Spain and do an Italian/Spanish/German co-production with an Italian director who's only directed one movie?" It wasn't like I was going there to be with Federico Fellini. But something was there, and I thought, Well, I loved this story when it was told by Akira Kurosawa; maybe this is a good idea. That's an instinctive moment. A Fistful of Dollars was made." - Clint Eastwood

"From the corner of the divan of Persian saddle-bags on which he was lying, smoking, as was his custom, innumerable cigarettes, Lord Henry Wotton could just catch the gleam of the honey-sweet and honey-coloured blossoms of a laburnum, whose tremulous branches seemed hardly able to bear the burden of a beauty so flamelike as theirs; and now and then the fantastic shadows of birds in flight flitted across the long tussore-silk curtains that were stretched in front of the huge window, producing a kind of momentary Japanese effect, and making him think of those pallid, jade-faced painters of Tokyo who, through the medium of an art" - Oscar Wilde

"I was tired of an outlaw's life. I have been hunted for twenty-one years. I have literally lived in the saddle. I have never known a day of perfect peace. It was one long, anxious, inexorable, eternal vigil. When I slept it was literally in the midst of an arsenal. If I heard dogs bark more fiercely than usual, or the feet of horses in a greater volume of sound than usual, I stood to arms. Have you any idea of what a man must endure who leads such a life? No, you cannot. No one can unless he lives it for himself." - Frank James

"America was based on a big promise-a great big one: the Declaration of Independence. When you have to live with that in the house, that's quite a problem-particularly when you've got to make money and get ahead, open world markets, do all the things you have to, raise your children, and so forth. America is stuck with its self-definition put on paper in 1776, and that was just like putting a burr under the metaphysical saddle of America-you see, that saddle's going to jump now and then and it pricks." - Robert Penn Warren

"From the corner of the divan of Persian saddle-bags on which he was lying, smoking, as was his custom, innumerable cigarettes, Lord Henry Wotton could just catch the gleam of the honey-sweet and honey-coloured blossoms of a laburnum, whose tremulous branches seemed hardly able to bear the burden of a beauty so flamelike as theirs; and now and then the fantastic shadows of birds in flight flitted across the long tussore-silk curtains that were stretched in front of the huge window, producing a kind of momentary Japanese effect, and making him think of those pallid, jade-faced painters of Tokyo who, through the medium of an art that is necessarily immobile, seek to convey the sense of swiftness and motion. The sullen murmur of the bees shouldering their way through the long unmown grass, or circling with monotonous insistence round the dusty gilt horns of the straggling woodbine, seemed to make the stillness more oppressive. The dim roar of London was like the bourdon note of a distant organ." - Oscar Wilde



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