edna st. Vincent millay
student at Vassar, write poetry of strong personal perception.
post world war I era, young ppl aching for meaningful emotion to fill their emptiness. (x)
convey deep absorption in the present situation, however fleeting
yet in her poems, longing for permanence , like stability of nature.
the unexplorer: there was a road ran past our house too lovely to eplore
northern April : o mind, beset by music never for a moment quiet
pity me not because the light of day: pity me not the waning of the moon.. pity me that the heart is slow to learn , what the swift mind beholds at every turn.
I shall go back again: love that stood moment in yer eyes, unchanged from ..when young.
God's world:long have I known glory in it all.never knew I this: passion stretches me apart.Lord I do fear thou't made the world 2beautiful this yr; my soul is all but out of me.
renascence: all I could see from where I stood.. over these things I could not see; these were the things that bounded me. &I could touch them.. all at once, things seemed small. my breath came short, &scare at all. but sure the sky is big; miles above my head.. so here upon my back I'll lie, &look my fill into the sky -&so I looked &after all, the sky was not so v tall.. sure enough ! reaching up my hand to try.. infinity came down &settled me.forced back my scream into my chest; know not how, only know there came to me: to aught save happy living things; &through &over everything, a sense of glad awakening.
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if you can , keep your head when all about you are losing theirs &blaming.. trust yourself when all men doubt, but make allowance for their doubting too; if you can wait ¬ be tired of waiting, or being lied about, don't deal in lies, or being hated, don't give way to hating, &yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise. if you can dream -¬ make dreams your master; think -¬ make thoughts your aim; if you can meet w Triumph &Diaster, &treat those 2 imposters just the same; if you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken twisted by knaves to make a trap fro fools, or watch the things you gave your life to, broken. &stoop &build em up w worn -out tools. if you can make 1 heap of all your winnings &risk it on 1 turn of pitch &toss, &lose, &start again at your beginnings, &never breathe a word about your loss.. if you can talk w crowds &keep your virtue, or walk w Kings -nor lose the common touch, if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you. if all men count w you, but none too much.. Yours is the Earth &everything that's in it, &-which is more -you'll be a Man, my son!
-father's advice to son; Kipling
"in order2be able2think you have2risk being offensive."JBP
i am no bird; &no net ensnares me. -charlotte bronte
"never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never -in nothing, great or small, large or petty -never give in except to convictions of honor &good sense." -w. churchill. 10/28/41
i am not afraid of storms, for i am learning how to sail my ship. -louisa may alcott
nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. persistence &determination alone are omnipotent.
i am not an extraordinary man, &i am quite ordinary. but God chose me for something quite extraordinary. -a. valladares receives '16 canterbury medal.
not failure, but low aim, is crime -james russell lowell
a genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus -mlk jr. (you are all leaders .#experts)
it is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. the credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust &sweat &blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again &again because there is no effort without error &shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worth cause; who at the best knows in the end the trump of high achievement, &who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold &timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. -theodore roosevelt
we are what we repeatedly do. excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. -aristotle
no one can make you feel inferior without your consent. -eleanor roosevelt
a dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.-gk c.