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A Rush of Wings

An Anthology of Memorable Quotes

Compiled, edited and adapted by James W. King (JWK)
Copyright ©1996 Christopher E. King
All Rights Reserved Worldwide

(129 entries)


I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet,
Their words repeat
Of Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men.
The Bells of Christmas, adapted from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

It is not a slight thing when they,
who are so fresh from God, love us.
Charles Dickens, regarding children

'God bless us every one.' said Tiny Tim, the last of all.
from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Pax Intrantibus, Salve Extrantibus.
(Peace to those who enter, Salvation to those who leave)

Teach us delight in simple things,
And fun that has no bitter springs,
Forgiveness free of evil done,
And love to all beneath the sun.
from Christmas in India , by Rudyard Kipling

Serendipity -The pleasant surprise of happening upon a fortunate discovery when you weren't in search of it.
Coined by Henry Walpole in The Princess of Serendip (Ceylon), (1754)

Here today, up and off somewhere else tomorrow! Travel, change, interest, excitement!
Mr. Toad in The Wind in the Willows (1908) by Kenneth Grahame

The face of a newborn child is as close as we come to seeing the face of God in this life!
-JWK

Humanity is a painting on an earthy canvas splashed with Divine paint.
-JWK

Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale.
from The True Story of My Life by Hans Christian Andersen

In Hans Christian Andersen's The Last Dream of the Oak Tree, the oak tree and the mayfly discuss death:
'Over, what is over?' asks the little fly.
'Will all the beauty in the world die when you die?' she asks the oak tree.
'It will last longer, infinitely longer than I am able to imagine,' replies the great oak tree.

'But he hasn't got any clothes on,' a little boy said.
from The Emperor's New Clothes by Hans Christian Andersen

They could see she was a real princess because she had felt one pea through 20 feather mattresses. Nobody but a princess could be so delicate.
from The Princess and the Pea in Fairy Tales (1835) by Hans Christian Andersen

Little Man, You've Had a Busy Day.
a 1934 song title by Al Hoffman (1902-1960) and Maurice Sigler (1901-1961)

Turn but a stone, and start a wing!

It's you, it's your estranged faces,
That miss the many-splendored thing.
adapted from The Kingdom of God from Poems (1913) by Francis Thompson (1859-1907)

Look for me in the nurseries of heaven.
from Poems (1913) by Francis Thompson (1859-1907)

Long ago a Child came down
To a little sleepy town,
And upon that Christmas morn,
Christ the heavenly King was born.
Freeman

All we see and all we seem,
Is but a dream within a dream.
from the poem Dream Within a Dream by Edgar Allan Poe

The English word 'miracle' comes from the Latin words which translate 'a wonderful thing.' While we associate miracles with occasional, supernatural events beyond our ability to comprehend, perhaps we would be better to see a miracle as the daily gifts of God, waking to a new morning, a warm breeze, a newborn baby's face, a rosy sunrise or peach-colored sunset, the glisten of dew or frost on a grassy field and a sparrow singing while it's raining --- all of the daily wonderful things God gives to each of us and that require no great insight to comprehend.
from Miracle of Miracles - JWK

Whatever your heart clings to and confides in, that is really your God.
Martin Luther (1483-1536)

My delight, and your delight,
Walking like two angels white,
In the gardens of the night.
from My Delight and Your Delight by Robert Bridges (1844-1930)

Inspiration is the passionate spur of a vague desire...
-JWK, a paraphrase of Michail Vrubel

With the rush and flutter of angels wings
My prayers float silently up to God.
from A Rush of Wings - JWK

Where the telescope ends, the microscope begins.
Which of the two has the grander view?
from Les Miserables (1862) by Victor Hugo

Even Santa Claus believes in YOU, Can you picture that?
from 'Can You Picture That?' sung in The Muppet Movie (1979), by Jim Henson's Muppets

There is no word yet for old friends who have just met.
from The Muppet Movie (1979)

Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing -absolutely nothing -- half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.

Mr. Toad in The Wind in the Willows (1908) by Kenneth Grahame (1859-1932)

A Dream is woven from thin air and nothing,
Embroidered with wishes and everything,
Then filled with the padding of hope and delight.
from Aspiration and Dreams - JWK

I will believe what
I believe until death,
Then living once more
I will know what
I believe to be sure.
from Certainty - JWK

Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly.
from Orthodoxy (1908) by G. K. Chesteron

I believe in the ultimate goodness of things.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Oh, Bear! said Christopher Robin,
How I do love you!
So do I, said Pooh.
from Winnie-the-Pooh (1926) by Alan Alexander (A. A.) Milne (1882-1956)

The lovable old Pooh Bear was named for Winnie, an American Black Bear who lived at the London Zoo frequented by Milne and his son, Christopher Robin Milne.

But now I am six,
I'm as clever as clever,
So I think I'll be six now,
For ever and ever.
Now We Are Six (1928) by Alan Alexander (A. A.) Milne (1882-1956)
(The speaker is supposed to be six-year old Christopher Robin Milne.)

My spelling is Wobbly.
It's good spelling but it Wobbles,
and the letters get in the wrong places.
from Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne

Tiggers don't like hunney.
from The House at Pooh Corner (1928) by A. A. Milne

Isn't it funny
How a bear likes honey?
Buzz! Buzz! Buzz!
I wonder why he does?
from Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne

Little Boy kneels at the foot of the bed,
Droops on the little hands, little golden head;
Hush! Hush! Whisper who dares!
Christopher Robin is saying his prayers.
Vespers by A. A. Milne

From ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggity beasties
And things that go bump in the night
Good Lord, deliver us!
a tradiitonal Cornish Children's Prayer

Little children, headache; big children, heartache.
Italian Proverb

We are the music makers,
We are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams; --
World-losers and world-forsakers,
On whom the pale moon gleams:
We are the movers and shakers
Of the world for ever, it seems.
Ode by Arthur O'Shaughnessy (1844-1881)

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas,
Just like the ones I used to know,
Where the tree tops glisten
And children listen
To hear sleigh bells in the snow.
White Christmas (1942) by Irving Berlin (1888-1989), composer, lyricist
originally performed by Bing Crosby

A pretty girl is like a melody
That haunts you day and night.
from A Pretty Girl is like a Melody (1919) by Irving Berlin (1888-1989), composer, lyricist

Raindrops on roses,
Whiskers on kittens,
Bright copper kettles and
warm woolen mittens,
Brown paper packages
tied up in strings,
These are a few of my favorite things.
from My Favorite Things, music from The Sound of Music (1965) by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, sung by Julie Andrews as Maria von Trapp

Climb ev'ry mountain,
Ford ev'ry stream,
Follow ev'ry rainbow,
'Til you find your dream.
from Climb Every Mountain, music from The Sound of Musicby Rodgers and Hammerstein, sung by Julie Andrews

Life is just a bowl of cherries.
song title (1932) by Lew Brown (1893-1958)and Ray Henderson

Every time it rains, it rains --
Pennies from heaven.
Don't you know each cloud contains
Pennies from heaven?
You'll find your fortune falling
All over town
Be sure that your umbrella
Is upside down.
Pennies from Heaven (1936) by Johnny Burke (1908-1964), and Arthur Johnston, from a movie of the same name

'What is the use of a book,' thought Alice,
'without pictures or conversations?'
from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) by Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) (1832-1898)

Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents.
from Little Women (1868) by Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)

My heart is like a singing bird.
from A Birthday (1861) by Christina Giorgina Rossetti (1830-1894)

Sleep that no pain shall wake,
Night that no morn shall break.
Christina Rossetti

Spring is when life's alive in everything.
Christina Rossetti

All things that pass
Are wisdom's looking-glass.
Christina Rossetti

I dream of Jeanie with the light brown hair,
Floating, like a vapor, on the soft summer air.
from Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair (1854) by Stephen Collins Foster (1826-1864)

Beautiful dreamer, wake unto me,
Starlight and dewdrop are waiting for thee.
from Beautiful Dreamer (1864) by Stephen Foster

I'd like to teach the world to sing
In perfect harmony.
from I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing by the Hillside Singers (basis for a Coca-Cola TV commercial)

Man is never closer to God than when he is in a garden.
Anon.

We wove a web in childhood,
A web of sunny air.
from Retrospection (1846) by Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855)

Clear and cool, clear and cool,
By laughing shallow, and dreaming pool.
from Water-Babies (1863) by Charles Kingsley (1819-1875)

It ain't those parts of the Bible that I can't understand that bother me. It's the parts I do understand.
Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens) American Humorist and Author

All this and heaven too.
attributed to Matthew Henry (1662-1714)

Life is made up of sobs, sniffles and smiles, with sniffles predominating.
from The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry (William Sidney Porter) (1862-1910)

Through all of the changing scenes of life, hope abides.
- JWK, a paraphrase of Nahum Tate

Let my wealth be stored in vaults no earthly banker can unlock.
-JWK

You may still choose to believe something you cannot prove.
-JWK

Compassion and mercy warm the human soul like sunshine and summer breezes warm the human body.
-JWK

Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
from An Essay on Criticism (1711) by Alexander Pope (1688-1744)

What would God say if He were still on speaking terms with man?
-JWK

Both read the Bible day and night,
But you read black where I read white.
from The Everlasting Gospel by William Blake (1757-1827)

Whisper of dreams and hopes to me,
For these are the permanent things.
-JWK

Choose your beliefs as carefully as your earthly treasures and you can never be poor.
-JWK

LORD, keep me from the things I want and grant me what you think I need.
My Life's Prayer - JWK

Daily I compose
a symphony in my mind
that changes with each playing,
But God has written
the melody, harmony and
lyrics on my heart,
Here they are still,
constantly at rest and
cannot be changed.
Symphony of Infinity -JWK

A snowstorm is the chalkdust from heavenly handwriting.
-JWK

Be good, sweet maid, and let who can be clever;
Do lovely things, not dream them, all day long;
And so make Life and Death, and that For Ever,
One grand sweet song.
from A Farewell to C. E. G. by Charles Kingsley (1819-1875)

Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep;
If I should die before I wake,
I pray the Lord my soul to take.
A Child's Bedtime Prayer taken from The New England Primer (1784); earliest known version is by Enchiridion Leonis (1160)

Sing a song of innocence,
With a joy-filled melody,
a happy heart-felt harmony,
and lyrics that vibrate with love.
Melody, Harmony, Love -JWK

A memory is a wish
cast adrift on a sea of dreams,
It's the silky wings of hope
travelling aloft on the breeze of possibilities.
A memory is the world as
you want it to be,
A vision of some cherished moment
no one else can see.
What Is A Memory? -JWK, 1993

Fantasy tells us every wish will come true,
Magic says we can make it come true,
Reality proves every wish does not necessarily come true,
Life is not a fairy tale and magic is only from Hollywood,
The real thing requires patience and determination,
Grit and persistence, desire and vigor,
All applied in very liberal doses.
- JWK, 1994

Ideas are wings that take flight only when they fly into the winds of inspiration.
-JWK

Stars are the gleam, glitter and glimmer in God's eyes.
-JWK

All Creation is a canvas of green and gold
Covered over with a canopy of blue and white.
-JWK

A sunbeam bouncing off a drop of dew,
The gleam in a child's eye,
The twinkle of a particularly bright star,
The tear stained cheek of a mother praying for her children,
And the ripple formed by a droplet of rain in a puddle,
All of these combine to form the Glitter in the Eyes of God.
The Glitter in God's Eyes -JWK, 1993

While the memory of the mind is only a flickering candle
The human heart burns on forever;
For some as a hard black lump of anthracite coal,
And for others as a blazing white crystalline diamond.
Diamonds or Coal?
-JWK, 1993

A man of words and not of deeds
Is like a garden full of weeds.
from an old Nursery Rhyme

Hickory, Dickory, Dock,
Three mice ran up the clock,
The clock struck one and
That mouse hired a good personal injury attorney
And sued for assault-and-battery.
A Surprised Mother Goose -JWK

The heart filled with hope can never die, for hope lives on forever.
-JWK

A book that furnishes no quotations is not a book, it's a plaything. Crochet Castle(1831) Chapter 9, by Thomas Love Peacock (1785-1866)

Unbridled joy is hope with even the slightest doubt removed.
-JWK

Tell me not, in mournful numbers,
Life is but an empty dream!
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.

Life is real, life is earnest,
And the grave is not its goal,
Dust you are, to dust returnest,
Was not said about the soul.

Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sand of time.
from A Psalm of Life (1839) by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882), adapted by JWK

For of all sad words of tongue or pen,
The saddest are these: 'It might have been.'
from Maud Muller (1856) by John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892)

Jesus loves me - this I know,
For the Bible tells me so,
Little ones to Him belong,
They are weak but He is strong.
Yes, Jesus loves me.
Yes, Jesus loves me.
Yes, Jesus loves me.
The Bible tells me so.
The Love of Jesus by Anna Bartlett Warner (1827-1915)

Remember, the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies for instance.
from The Stones of Venice by John Ruskin (1819-1900)

You have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than you do to consume wealth without producing it.
from Candida (1898) Act I, by George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart's desire. The other is to get it.
from Man and Superman (1903) Act IV, by George Bernard Shaw

'Who will exchange old lamps for new?'
from The Arabian Nights or 1,001 Nights Entertainment - The History of Aladdin

Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil.
Three Monkeys carved over door of the Sacred Stable in Nikko, Japan - a Japanese legend

All the brothers were valiant,
and all the sisters virtuous.
Inscription on the Duchess of Newcastle's tomb in Westminster Abbey (1673)

Speak in silver, reply in gold.
Ancient Swahili saying

The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
from Stopping in the Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost

King Winter's in the wood,
I saw him go,
Crowned with a coronet,
Of crystal snow.
Eileen Mathias

Children in a family are like flowers in a bouquet: there's always one determined to face in an opposite direction from the way the arranger desires.
Marcelene Cox

Children are our immortality; in them we see the story of our life rewritten in a fairer hand.
Alfred North Whitehead

The circus is a place where horses, ponies and elephants are permitted to see men, women and children acting the fool.
Ambrose Bierce

Civilization is a stream with banks. The stream is sometimes filled with blood from people killing, stealing, shouting and doing the things historians usually record, while on the banks, unnoticed, people build homes, make love, raise children, sing songs, write poetry and even whittle statues. The story of civilization is what happened on the banks.
Will Durant, author (with wife Ariel Durant) of The History of Civilization

Failure is God's own tool for carving some of the finest outlines in the character of his children.
Thomas Hodgkin

Memory is what God gave us so that we might have roses in December.
James M. Barrie, English playwright, Author of Peter and Wendy, which later became Peter Pan

The road to the City of Emeralds is paved with yellow brick.
from The Wonderful Wizard of OZ (1900) by Colonel Lyman Frank Baum (1856-1919), changed to 'Follow the Yellow Brick Road' in the movie version by the same name (1939)

Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore. Dorothy to her dog Toto in the movie

from The Wonderful Wizard of OZ (1939) starring Judy Garland

Somewhere, over the rainbow Bluebirds fly,
Birds fly over the rainbow Why then, oh why can't I?
lyrics from 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow' sung in The Wonderful Wizard of OZ (1939) by Judy Garland

"Curioser and Curioser!" cried Alice.
from Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson)

When the baby laughed for the first time,
the laugh broke into a thousand pieces
and they all went skipping about,
and that was the beginning of fairies.
from Peter Pan (1904) by James M. Barrie (1860-1937)

Every time a child says 'I don't believe in fairies'
there is a little fairy somewhere that falls down dead.
from Peter Pan (1904) by James M. Barrie (1860-1937)

Do you believe in fairies, if you do then clap your hands.
from Peter Pan (1904) by James M. Barrie (1860-1937)

Imagination creates reality.
(Wilhelm) Richard Wagner

Love the true because it is also the beautiful.
Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres



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