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"O dark dark dark. They all go into the dark, The vacant interstellar spaces, the vacant into the vacant" - T S Eliot

"O dark dark dark. They all go into the dark, The vacant interstellar spaces, the vacant into the vacant." - T S Eliot

"Everybody works but the vacant lot" - Henry George

"Full of men, vacant of friends." - Seneca the Younger

"There are no vacant lots in nature." - Edward Abbey

"A Loud Laugh Bespeaks a Vacant Mind!" - William Shakespeare

"Happy the people whose annals are vacant." - Thomas Carlyle

"The brains of a pedant however full, are vacant." - Sir Fulke Greville

"We don't forget, but something vacant settles in us." - Roland Barthes

"The appetites will rule if the mind is vacant." - Mary Wollstonecraft

"The loud laugh that spoke the vacant mind." - Oliver Goldsmith

"In the vacant places We will build with new bricks" - T S Eliot

"I like black because it is a vacant space." - Lady Gaga

"The professional arsonist builds vacant lots for money." - Jimmy Breslin

"The past, the future, majesty, love - if they are vacant of you, you are vacant of them." - Walt Whitman

"And common is the commonplace, And vacant chaff well meant for grain." - Alfred Lord Tennyson

"Absence of occupation is not rest, A mind quite vacant is a mind distressed." - William Cowper

"For tho' the faults were thick as dust In vacant chambers, I could trust Your kindness." - Alfred Tennyson

"Every time I fill a vacant office I make ten malcontents and one ingrate." - Moliere

"Rodents can come across as being quite vacant in the personality stakes" - Julian Clary

"I see the children with their boredom and their vacant stares." - Billy Joel

"Vacant heart, and hand, and eye, Easy live and quiet die." - Walter Scott

"Every time I fill a vacant office, I make ten malcontents and one ingrate." - Louis Xiv

"Our attempt at focusing must give way to the vacant all-embracing stare" - Anton Ehrenzweig

"Vacant heart, and hand, and eye, Easy live and quiet die." - Walter Scott

"The worlds revolve like ancient women Gathering fuel in vacant lots." - T S Eliot

"Gossip bespeaks either a vacant mind or one that entertains jealousy or envy." - David O Mckay

"Sometimes skulls are thick. Sometimes hearts are vacant. Sometimes words don't work." - James Frey

"Power-lust is a weed that grows only in the vacant lots of an abandoned mind." - Ayn Rand

"Rodents can come across as being quite vacant in the personality stakes." - Julian Clary

"Absence of occupation is not rest; A mind quite vacant is a mind distressed." - William Cowper

"Every time I bestow a vacant office I make a hundred discontented persons and one ingrate." - Louis Xiv

"Downtown Detroit has more vacant buildings over 10 storeys than any city in the world." - Meg White

"Nakata's empty inside... Do you know what it means to be completely empty? Being empty is like a vacant house. An unlocked, vacant house. Anybody can come in, anytime they want. That's what scares me the most" - Haruki Murakami

"If you want a vision of the future, imagine Washington-back ed Google Glasses strapped onto vacant human faces - forever." - Julian Assange

"Vacant minds must have their uses, yet it seems a pity to waste first-class bodies on them." - Anonymous

"What is the world to him now? a vast and vacant space, for fortune's wheel to roll about at will." - Christoph Martin Wieland

"I don't know what's worse by number in America, the vacant houses standing, or the homeless people falling into them." - Anthony Liccione

"Look at you lot, you're all so vacant, is it nice not being me it must be so relaxing." - Benedict Cumberbatch

"The watch-dog's voice that bay'd the whispering wind, And the loud laugh that spoke the vacant mind." - Oliver Goldsmith

"When using a public campground, a tuba placed on your picnic table will keep the campsites on either side vacant." - Anonymous

"It is sometimes said, that the abundance of vacant land operates as the safety valve of our system." - George Bancroft

"The watchdog's voice that bayed the whispering wind, And the loud laugh that spoke the vacant mind." - Oliver Goldsmith

"Vacant minds have their uses, yet it seems a pity to waste first-class bodies on them." - Henry S Haskins

"As a kid, I played my share of football in the street or in a vacant lot." - Barry Sanders

"Every time I appoint someone to a vacant position, I make a hundred unhappy and one ungrateful." - Louis Xiv

"It is the ignorant and childish part of mankind that is the fighting part. Idle and vacant minds want excitement" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The sun to me is dark And silent as the moon, When she deserts the night Hid in her vacant interlunar cave." - John Milton

"Everything outside was elegant and savage and fleshy. Everything inside was slow and cool and vacant. It seemed a shame to stay inside." - John Cheever

"As a fan, I'm distraught, but as a cartoonist looking at new vacant spaces in 2400 newspapers, well, behind me, my cats are dancing a conga line." - Scott Adams

"In the hours without sleep, each moment is so full and so vacant that it suggests itself as a rival of Time." - Emile M Cioran

"The hermit doesn't sleep at night, in love with the blue of the vacant moon. The cool of the breeze that rustles the trees rustles him too." - Ching-An

"A vacant mind invites dangerous inmates, as a deserted mansion tempts wandering outcasts to enter and take up their abode in its desolate apartments." - Nicholas Hilliard

"There is no flock, however watched and tended, But one dead lamb is there! There is no fireside howso'er defended, But has one vacant chair." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"He chooses best, whose labor entertains His vacant fancy most; the toil you hate Fatigues you soon, and scarce improves your limbs." - John Armstrong

"An inquisitive man is a creature naturally very vacant of thought itself, and therefore forced to apply itself to foreign assistance." - Richard Steele

"The only measures that count are progress over your own self, and triumph over the vacant abstractions that most people mistake for thinking." - Kenny Smith

"While obsession with one's personal appearance is a sign of being a vacant prat, total oblivion to it is a sign of mental illness." - Kate Cann

"The crowning evidence that Jesus was alive was not a vacant grave, but a spirit-filled fellowship. Not a rolled away stone, but a carried away church." - Clarence Jordan

"While obsession with one's personal appearance is a sign of being a vacant prat, total oblivion to it is a sign of mental illness." - Kate Cann

"Modern science kills God and takes his place on the vacant throne. Science is the sole legitimate arbiter of all relavent truth." - Vaclav Havel

"A vacant mind invites dangerous inmates, as a deserted mansion tempts wandering outcasts to enter and take up their abode in its desolate apartments." - George Stillman Hillard

"There is no flock, however watched and tended, But one dead lamb is there! There is no fireside, howsoe'er defended, But has one vacant chair!" - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"The Lord's Supper! the marriage supper of the Lamb! There are vacant seats around the table here. Will there be dear ones missed at the table there?" - Abbott Eliot Kittredge

"Twere best at once to sink to peace, Like birds the charming serpent draws, To drop head-foremost in the jaws Of vacant darkness and to cease." - Alfred Tennyson

"For oft, when on my couch I lie in vacant or in pensive mood they flash upon that inward eye which is the bliss of solitude" - William Wordsworth

"There is no flock, however watched and tended, but one dead lamb is there! There is no fireside howsoe'er defended, but has one vacant chair." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"Distressed properties are often vacant and in disrepair, and thus sold at significant discounts. As the share of distressed sales grows, home prices fall." - Mark Zandi

"If you leave the smallest corner of your head vacant for a moment, other people's opinions will rush in from all quarters." - George Bernard Shaw

"Columbia Law School men were being drafted, and suddenly women who had done well in college were considered acceptable candidates for the vacant seats." - Constance Baker Motley

"Lofts were never supposed to be homes. They were vacant old factories and warehouses, taken over by artists looking for cheap space and good light." - Virginia Postrel

"A man's heart may have a secret sanctuary where only one woman may enter, but it is full of little anterooms which are seldom vacant." - Helen Rowland

"The land created me. I'm wild and lonesome. Even as I travel the cities, I'm more at home in the vacant lots." - Bob Dylan

"I'm always working in this universe - whether picturing hamburger joints, Virgin Marys, domestic scenes - using these "vacant-faced" women as a medium to question universal truths." - Miles Aldridge

"Life itself, too, is forever turning an infinitely vacant, dispiriting blank side towards man on which nothing appears, any more than it does on a blank canvas. But no matter how vacant and vain, how dead life may appear to be, the man of faith, of energy, of warmth, who knows something, will not be put off so easily." - Vincent Van Gogh

"I remember New York in the '80s as a place with vacant lots that would eventually give over to nature. Weeds would grow up, squirrels would move in. That entropy is gone now. It's too expensive to let a vacant lot go natural." - Moby

"When I came to Detroit, if you threw a stone up in the air it would hit an autoworker on its way down. A few years after that, if you threw a stone in the air it'd hit an abandoned house or a vacant lot on its way down. And most people saw those vacant lots as blight. But meanwhile during World War II, blacks had moved from the South to the North. And they saw these vacant lots as places where you could grow food for the community. And so urban agriculture was born." - Grace Lee Boggs

"Whatever art offered the men and women of previous eras, what it offers our own, it seems to me, is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit. The town I grew up in had many vacant lots; when I go back now, the vacant lots are gone. They were a luxury, just as tigers and rhinoceri, in the crowded world that is making, are luxuries. Museums and bookstores should feel, I think, like vacant lots - places where the demands on us are our own demands, where the spirit can find exercise in unsupervised play." - John Updike

"Nature never deserts the wise and pure; no plot so narrow, be but nature there; no waste so vacant, but may well employ each faculty of sense, and keep the heart awake to love and beauty." - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"In that sweet mood when pleasure loves to pay Tribute to ease; and, of its joy secure, The heart luxuriates with indifferent things, Wasting its kindliness on stocks and stones, And on the vacant air." - William Wordsworth

"Nothing can be true which is either complete or vacant; every touch is false which does not suggest more than it represents, and every space is false which represents nothing." - John Ruskin

"I think everyone spins. You would just be an empty vacant shell reporting facts. I mean, you have your life that you bring with you to every moment that happens." - Rosie O'Donnell

"The most wonderful revenge you can have is by dumping an attractive, vacant man for an uglier one. That way all of his friends can scratch their heads, and for the next year or so wonder why." - Perry Brass

"I don't think baseball can abandon the Miami market. If MLB does let that market go vacant, I think it'll be one of the biggest mistakes they ever made." - Andrew Zimbalist

"The watch-dog's voice that bay'd the whispering wind, And the loud laugh that spoke the vacant mind: There all in sweet confusion sought the shade, And fill'd each pause the nightingale had made." - Oliver Goldsmith

"What a sight there is in that smile! it changes like a chameleon. There is a vacant smile, a cold smile, a smile of hate, a satiric smile, an affected smile; but, above all, a smile of love." - Thomas Chandler Haliburton

"See! he sinks Without a word; and his ensanguined bier Is vacant in the west, while far and near Behold! each coward shadow eastward shrinks, Thou dost not strive, O sun, nor dost thou cry Amid thy cloud-built streets." - Frederick William Faber

"i laced my shoes with sorrow and walked a weary road dead end streets don't come undone with double knots wing tipped shoes that walk on air through vacant lots" - Saul Williams

"FLAG, n. A colored rag borne above troops and hoisted on forts and ships. It appears to serve the same purpose as certain signs that one sees and vacant lots in London" - Ambrose Bierce

"I walked in a desert. And I cried, 'Ah, God, take me from this place!' A voice said, 'It is no desert.' I cried, 'Well, But - The sand, the heat, the vacant horizon.' A voice said, 'It is no desert.'" - Stephen Crane

"A regime, an established order, is rarely overthrown by a revolutionary movement; usually a regime collapses of its own weakness and corruption and then a revolutionary movement enters among the ruins and takes over the powers that have become vacant." - Walter Lippmann

"As a result of the sacred ordinances performed in the holy house of God, no light need be permanently extinguished, no voice permanently stilled, no place in our heart permanently left vacant." - Thomas S Monson

"What a sight there is in that "smile!" it changes like a chameleon. There is a vacant smile, a cold smile, a smile of hate, a satiric smile, an affected smile; but, above all, a smile of love." - Thomas Chandler Haliburton

"Men have died in torture chambers, on the stake, in concentration camps, in front of firing squads, rather than renounce their convictions. The appeaser renounces his under the pressure of a frown on a vacant face." - Ayn Rand

"Watch the growth of middle level management. Don't automatically fill vacant jobs. Leave some positions unfilled for 6-8 months to see what happens. You will find you won't need to fill some of them." - Donald Rumsfeld

"I'm very tired of staring out into your vacant faces looking back at me. Wanting to fill your empty lives with humor you couldn't possibly think of yourself... Good evening!" - Bill Hicks

"I walked in a desert. And I cried, "Ah, God, take me from this place!" A voice said, "It is no desert." I cried, "Well, But - The sand, the heat, the vacant horizon." A voice said, "It is no desert."" - Stephen Crane

"In AI, Spielberg is bleaching the dirt out of the human mind and leaving behind only the vacant gaze of machine 'love'. Coca Cola ads do much the same thing - and they don't take two hours." - Bryan Appleyard

"Excessive golfing dwarfs the intellect. Nor is this to be wondered at when you consider that the more fatuously vacant the mind is, the better for play. It has been observed that absolute idiots play the steadiest." - Charles Walter Simpson

"Every nerve in my body is so vacant and numb/I can't even remember what it was I came here to get away from/Don't even hear a murmur of a prayer/It's not dark yet, but it's getting there." - Bob Dylan

"A well-informed mind is the best security against the contagion of folly and of vice. The vacant mind is ever on the watch for relief, and ready to plunge into error, to escape from the languor of idleness." - Ann Radcliffe

"A noiseless patient spider, I mark'd where on a little promontory it stood isolated, Mark'd how to explore the vacant vast surrounding, It launch'd forth filament, filament, filament out of itself, Ever unreeling them, ever tirelessly speeding them." - Walt Whitman

"For oft, when on my couch I lie In vacant or in pensive mood, They flash upon that inward eye Which is the bliss of solitude; And then my heart with pleasure fills, And dances with the daffodils." - William Wordsworth

"FLAG, n. A colored rag borne above troops and hoisted on forts and ships. It appears to serve the same purpose as certain signs that one sees and vacant lots in London - Rubbish may be shot here." - Ambrose Bierce

"A vacant white room with lights is still a submission to the neutral. Works of art seen in such spaces seem to be going through a kind of aesthetic convalescence." - Robert Smithson

"You are a villain and a scoundrel, said Don Quixote, and you are the one who is vacant and foolish; I have more upstairs than the whore who bore you ever did." - Miguel De Cervantes

"I know it looks like I'm moving, but I'm standing still Every nerve in my body is so vacant and numb I can't even remember what it was I came here to get away from" - Bob Dylan

"I remember when each 4th lot was vacant and overgrown, and the landlord only go this rent when you had it, and each day was clear and good and each moment was full of promise." - Charles Bukowski

"The arts can play a vital role in revitalizing neighborhoods, using and improving vacant space, bringing new jobs and new sense of opportunity, and improving public safety by generating more foot traffic and more eyes on the street." - Gavin Newsom

"Museums and bookstores should feel, I think, like vacant lots - places where the demands on us are our own demands, where the spirit can find exercise in unsupervised play." - John Updike

"As a kid, I played my share of football in the street or in a vacant lot. When we were playing in the street, it was more touch football, so we didn't hit each other into cars." - Barry Sanders

"My mind is vacant on names, but I know him as well as anything. When I need names they drop out of my head; when I don't need them they drop back." - Imogen Cunningham

"I saw the long line of the vacant shore, The sea-weed and the shells upon the sand, And the brown rocks left bare on every hand, As if the ebbing tide would flow no more." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"A vacant white room with lights is still a submission to the neutral. Works of art seen in such spaces seem to be going through a kind of esthetic convalescence." - Robert Smithson

"When I'm asked who my audience is, I say someone with an open mind, which is not a vacant one and sometimes a liberal mind is not the same thing as an open one." - Todd Solondz

"As an actor, if you're just sitting and staring and you don't know who you are in your own mind, it's vacant. And sometimes the camera is an X-ray machine, it can pick it up." - Albert Brooks

"Sometimes I'd like everybody who is stuck, or lost, or vacant to stay that way and keep silent for as long as it takes, but that's the critic in me talking." - David Toop

"The only sustainable way to increase demand for vacant houses is to spur the formation of new households. Admitting more skilled immigrants, who tend to earn enough to buy homes, would accomplish that while paying other dividends to the U.S. economy." - Alan Greenspan

"Your honesty is not to be based either on religion or policy. Both your religion and policy must be based on it. Your honesty must be based, as the sun is, in vacant heaven; poised, as the lights in the firmament, which have rule over the day and over the night." - John Ruskin

"I think our governments will remain virtuous for many centuries as long as they are chiefly agricultural; and this will be as long as there shall be vacant lands in any part of America. When they get piled upon one another in large cities as in Europe, they will become corrupt as in Europe." - Thomas Jefferson

"When we meditate, what we actually do is enter into a vacant, calm, still, silent mind. We go deep within and approach our true existence, which is our soul. When we live in the soul, we feel that we are actually meditating spontaneously" - Sri Chinmoy

"One sees that dead, vacant look steal over the rarest, finest of women's faces . . . in the very midst, it may be, of their warmest summer's day; and then one can guess at the secret of intolerable solitude that lies hid beneath the delicate laces . . ." - Rebecca Harding Davis

"They who have already enjoyed the crowds and noise of the great city, know their desire to return is little more than the restlessness of a vacant mind, that they are not so much led by hope as driven by disgust, and wish rather to leave the country than to see the town." - Samuel Johnson

"What will die with me the day I die? What pathetic or frail image will be lost to the world? The voice of Macedonio Fernandez, the image of a bay horse in a vacant lot on the corner of Sarrano and Charcas, a bar of sulfur in the drawer of a mahogany desk?" - Jorge Luis Borges

"At the age of five, Skagra decided emphatically that God did not exist. This revelation tends to make most people in the universe who have it react in one of two ways - relief or despair. Only Skagra responded to it by thinking - 'wait a second. That means there's a situation vacant!" - Gareth Roberts

"I never hear parents exclaim impatiently, "Children, you must no make so much noise," that I do not think how soon the time may come when, beside the vacant seat, those parents would give all the world, could they hear once more the ringing laughter which once so disturbed them." - Abbott Eliot Kittredge

"How often are the beauties of nature unheeded by man, who, musing on past ills, brooding over the possible calamities of the future, building castles in the air, or wrapped up in his own self-love and self-importance, forgets to look abroad, or looks with a vacant stare." - Almira Hart Lincoln Phelps

"Did you know...that when you walk past a flower, whether it be in somebody's garden or on a vacant hillside, the flower will always smile at you. The most polite way to respond, I've been told, is to cheerfully return the smile...." - Ron Atchison

"Praying It doesn't have to be the blue iris, it could be weeds in a vacant lot, or a few small stones; just pay attention, then patch a few words together and don't try to make them elaborate, this isn't a contest but the doorway into thanks, and a silence in which another voice may speak." - Mary Oliver

"Praying It doesn't have to be the blue iris, it could be weeds in a vacant lot, or a few small stones; just pay attention, then patch a few words together and don't try to make them elaborate, this isn't a contest but the doorway into thanks, and a silence in which another voice may speak." - Mary Oliver

"I think our governments will remain virtuous for many centuries; as long as they are chiefly agricultural; and this will be as long as there shall be vacant lands in any part of America. When they get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, they will become corrupt as in Europe." - Thomas Jefferson

"Grief fills the room up of my absent child, Lies in his bed, walks up and down with me, Puts on his pretty looks, repeats his words, Remembers me of all his gracious parts, Stuffs out his vacant garments with his form. Then have I reason to be fond of grief." - William Shakespeare

"Never lose a chance of saying a kind word. As Collingwood never saw a vacant place in his estate but he took an acorn out of his pocket and popped it in, so deal with your compliments through life. An acorn costs nothing; but it may sprout into a prodigious bit of timber." - William Makepeace Thackeray

"The wild November come at last Beneath a veil of rain; The night winds blows its folds aside, Her face is full of pain. The latest of her race, she takes The Autumn's vacant throne: She has but one short moon to live, And she must live alone." - Richard Henry Stoddard

"Praying It does' have to be the blue iris, it could be weeds in a vacant lot, or a few small stones; just pay attention, then patch a few words together and do' try to make them elaborate, this is' a contest but the doorway into thanks, and a silence in which another voice may speak." - Mary Oliver

"Why is it that the less intelligence people have, the more spiritual they are? They seem to fill all the vacant, ignorant spaces in their heads with soul. Which explains how it is that the less knowledge they have, the more religion." - Lincoln Steffens

"Grief fills the room up of my absent child, Lies in his bed, walks up and down with me, Puts on his pretty look, repeats his words, Remembers me of his gracious parts, Stuffs out his vacant garments with his form" - William Shakespeare

"I am Retired Leisure. I am to be met with in trim gardens. I am already come to be known by my vacant face and careless gesture, perambulating at no fixed pace nor with any settled purpose. I walk about; not to and from." - Charles Lamb

"Alice Malloy had dark, stringy hair, and even her husband, who loved her more than he knew, was sometimes reminded by her lean face of a tenement doorway on a rainy day, for her countenance was long, vacant, and weakly lighted, a passage for the gentle transports and miseries of the poor." - John Cheever

"So the great affair is over but whoever would have guessed, It would leave us all so vacant and so deeply unimpressed, It's like our visit to the moon or to that other star, I guess you go for nothing if you really want to go that far." - Leonard Cohen

"If in a city we had six vacant lots available to the youngsters of a certain neighborhood for playing ball, it might be "development" to build houses on the first, and the second, and the third, and the fourth, and even the fifth, but when we build houses on the last one, we forget what houses are for." - Aldo Leopold

"In a city you thought of all life as human life. You had to live in the heart of the woods to realize that humanity was a slight ripple on the surface of a flood of life that seeped into every vacant crack, flowed into every biological vacuum the moment it occurred." - Helen McCloy

"Never lose a chance of saying a kind word. As Collingwood never saw a vacant place in his estate but he took an acorn out of his pocket and planted it, so deal with your compliments through life. An acorn costs nothing, but it may spread into a prodigious timber." - William Makepeace Thackeray

"He got out of bed and peeped through the blinds. To the east and opposite to him gardens and an apple-orchard lay, and there in strange liquid tranquility hung the morning star, and rose, rilling into the dusk of night the first grey of dawn. The street beneath its autumn leaves was vacant, charmed, deserted." - Walter De La Mare

"She wasn't happy, but then she wasn't unhappy. She wasn't anything. But I don't believe anyone is a nothing. There has to be something inside, if only to keep the skin from collapsing. This vacant eye, listless hand, this damask cheek dusted like a doughnut with plastic powder, had to have a memory or a dream." - John Steinbeck

"There is nothing more distressing ... than the hard, scoffing spirit which treats the allegation of dishonesty in a public man as a cause for laughter. Such laughter is worse than the crackling of thorns under a pot, for it denotes not merely the vacant mind, but the heart in which high emotions have been choked before they could grow to fruition." - Theodore Roosevelt

"As if a man's soul were not too small to begin with, they have dwarfed an narrowed theirs by a life of all work and no play; until here they are at forty, with a listless attention, a mind vacant of all material of amusement, and not one thought to rub against another, while they wait for the train." - Robert Louis Stevenson

"The man of wisdom is devoid of ego even though he may appear to use it. His vacant or fasting mind is neither doing anything nor not doing anything. He is outside of volition, neither this nor that. He is everything and nothing." - Ramesh S Balsekar

"I never hear parents exclaim impatiently, Children, you must no make so much noise, that I do not think how soon the time may come when, beside the vacant seat, those parents would give all the world, could they hear once more the ringing laughter which once so disturbed them." - Abbott Eliot Kittredge

"We shall meet but we shall miss him, There will be one vacant chair; We will linger to caress him While we breathe our evening prayer; When a year ago we gathered, Joy was in his mild blue eye, But a golden chord is severed, And our hopes in ruin lie." - Henry Stevenson Washburn



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