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#1. Time and the bell have buried the day,
The black cloud carries the sun away.
Will the sunflower turn to us, will the clematis
Stray down, bend to us; tendril and spray
Clutch and cling?
Fingers of yew be curled
Down on us? After the kingfisher's wing
Has answered light to light, and is silent, the light is still
At the still point of the turning world. - Author: T. S. Eliot
Burnt Norton quotes by T. S. Eliot
#2. What might have been and what has been Point to one end, which is always present. Footfalls echo in the memory Down the passage which we did not take Towards the door we never opened. - T. S. Eliot, "Burnt Norton - Author: Blake Crouch
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#3. We have not begun to live', Yeats writes, 'until we conceive life as a tragedy.' Newman confessed that he considered most men to be irretrievably damned, although he spent his life 'trying to make that truth less terrible to human reason'. Goethe could call his life 'the perpetual rolling of a rock that must be raised up again forever'. Martin Luther told a woman who wished him a long life: 'Madam, rather than live forty more years, I would give up my chance of paradise.' No, the Outsider does not make light work of living; at the best, it is hard going; at the worst (to borrow a phrase from Eliot) 'an intolerable shirt of flame',

It was this vision that made Axel declare: 'As for living, our servants will do that for us.' Axel was a mystic; at least, he had the makings of a mystic. For that is just what the mystic says: 'I refuse to Uve.' But he doesn't intend to die. There is another way of living that involves a sort of death: 'to die in order to Uve'. Axel would have locked himself up in his castle on the Rhine and read Hermetic philosophy. He saw men and the world as Newman saw them, as Eliot saw them in 'Burnt Norton':
... strained, time-ridden faces
Distracted from distraction by distraction
Filled with fancies and empty of meaning
Tumid apathy with no concentration
Men and bits of paper, whirled by the cold wind
That blows before and after time

But he was not willing to regard himself as hopelessly damned merely bec - Author: Colin Wilson
Burnt Norton quotes by Colin Wilson
#4. Everyone loves the idea of "disruption" in business, but no one likes it when it happens to them. - Author: Richie Norton
Burnt Norton quotes by Richie Norton
#5. There is much worth noticing that often escapes the eye. - Author: Norton Juster
Burnt Norton quotes by Norton Juster
#6. All too often people pretend to be professional. "Professionalism" is sometimes a facade for fraud. Be pro, but be real. Honesty and transparency combined with character, competence and real results is the key to being a true pro. - Author: Richie Norton
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#7. The sun is setting in a burnt orange sky; the cliffs are black silhouettes; the sea, liquid silver. - Author: Laura Treacy Bentley
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#8. But it's not just learning things that's important. It's learning what to do with what you learn and learning why you learn things at all that matters. - Author: Norton Juster
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#9. But I'm afraid it can't be done."
"Certainly not; it can't be done," repeated the Humbug.
"Why not?" asked Milo.
"Why not indeed?" exclaimed the bug, who seemed equally at home on either side of an argument.
"Much too difficult," replied the king.
"Of course," emphasized the bug, "much too difficult."
"You could if you really wanted to," insisted Milo.
"By all means, if you really wanted to, you could," the Humbug agreed.
"How?" asked Azaz, glaring at the bug.
"How?" inquired Milo, looking the same way.
"A simple task," began the Humbug, suddenly wishing he were somewhere else, "for a brave lad with a stout heart, a steadfast dog, and a serviceable small automobile. - Author: Norton Juster
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#10. There was a man so wise,
He jumped into
A sandy place
And burnt out both his eyes!
And when he knew his eyes were gone,
He offered no complaint.
He summoned up a vision
And made himself a saint.
-Children's Verse
from History of Muad'dib - Author: Frank Herbert
Burnt Norton quotes by Frank Herbert
#11. We swam in sunshine and in rain; we swam in the morning, when the sea was sluggish as soup, we swam at night, the water flowing over our arms like undulations of black satin; one afternoon we stayed in the water during a thunderstorm, and a fork of lightning struck the surface of the sea so closer to us we heard the crackle of it and smelt the burnt air. - Author: John Banville
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#12. They are the lost books," he turned his head, grasping his cane and raising it aloft, as if speaking more to the books than to me. "The destroyed books, the burnt books, the missing, the stolen, the drowned, the forgotten. Those ruined by water, fire, mold, man's malice or neglect or, perchance…time itself. They're all here, every last one, Darius. At least for a time. - Author: Darius Jones
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#13. Since you got here by not thinking, it seems reasonable to expect that, in order to get out, you must start thinking. - Author: Norton Juster
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#14. A time will come, when fields will be manured with a solution of glass (silicate of potash), with the ashes of burnt straw, and with the salts of phosphoric acid, prepared in chemical manufactories, exactly as at present medicines are given for fever and goitre. - Author: Justus Von Liebig
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#15. On this Very Street in Belgrade
Your mother carried you
Out of the smoking ruins of a building
And set you down on this sidewalk
Like a doll bundled in burnt rags,
Where you now stood years later
Talking to a homeless dog,
Half-hidden behind a parked car,
His eyes brimming with hope
As he inched forward, ready for the worst. - Author: Charles Simic
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#16. After my parents were dead, I found in a box and in two chests of drawers nothing but hundreds of bright red Alpine caps, I said, nothing but bright red Alpine stockings. Every one of them knitted by my mother. My parents could have gone into the High Alps with these bright red caps and bright red stockings for thousands of years. I burnt every one of those bright red caps and bright red stockings, I said. I put on one of my mother's hundreds of bright red Alpine caps and in this costume burnt all the others, laughing, laughing, continuously laughing, I said.
(Goethe Dies, p.65) - Author: Thomas Bernhard
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#17. Meantime, the world in which we exist has other aims. But it will pass away, burnt up in the fire of its own hot passions; and from its ashes will spring a new and younger world, full of fresh hope, woth the light of morning in its eyes. - Author: Bertrand Russell
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#18. I remembered once, in Japan, having been to see the Gold Pavilion Temple in Kyoto and being mildly surprised at quite how well it had weathered the passage of time since it was first built in the fourteenth century. I was told it hadn't weathered well at all, and had in fact been burnt to the ground twice in this century. "So it isn't the original building?" I had asked my Japanese guide.
"But yes, of course it is," he insisted, rather surprised at my question.
"But it's burnt down?"
"Many times."
"And rebuilt."
"Of course. It is an important and historic building."
"With completely new materials."
"But of course. It was burnt down."
"So how can it be the same building?"
"It is always the same building."
I had to admit to myself that this was in fact a perfectly rational point of view, it merely started from an unexpected premise. The idea of the building, the intention of it, its design, are all immutable and are the essence of the building. The intention of the original builders is what survives. The wood of which the design is constructed decays and is replaced when necessary. To be overly concerned with the original materials, which are merely sentimental souvenirs of the past, is to fail to see the living building itself. - Author: Douglas Adams
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#19. We achieve originality of style not by avoiding the influences of others but by blending them into a combination that has not been heard before. - Author: Scott Norton
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#20. Then there were no more houses, just the burnt foothills and the cement ribbon and a sheer drop on the left into the coolness of a nameless canyon, and on the right heat bouncing off the seared clay bank at whose edge a few unbeatable wild flowers clawed and hung on like naughty children who won't go to bed. - Author: Raymond Chandler
Burnt Norton quotes by Raymond Chandler
#21. Peace of mind is a person you can trust. Happiness is being trustworthy. - Author: Richie Norton
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#22. Waiting for 'real life' to begin when you're 'ready' means you'll never be ready for real life because real life never happens when you're ready.⁣⁣ - Author: Richie Norton
Burnt Norton quotes by Richie Norton
#23. I hate hats! Hats just give you really bad hair! I had a hat sometimes. Frankly, you get burnt so much anyway, it's beside the point. And when you're walking into the western sun, no hat in the world is going to save your face and neck from being sizzled. - Author: Robyn Davidson
Burnt Norton quotes by Robyn Davidson
#24. If you have time to write a business plan, you have time to prove the model. Just sayin. - Author: Richie Norton
Burnt Norton quotes by Richie Norton
#25. There's room at the top because so few are willing to pay the extra price to get there. - Author: Richie Norton
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#26. Freedom is the ability to choose how you spend your time. ⁣ - Author: Richie Norton
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#27. Bring your best to your mentors and expect nothing in return, then true value will be created. - Author: Richie Norton
Burnt Norton quotes by Richie Norton
#28. I will here venture upon a little description of him. He stood full six feet in height, with noble shoulders, and a chest like a coffer-dam. I have seldom seen such brawn in a man. His face was deeply brown and burnt, making his white teeth dazzling by the contrast; while in the deep shadows of his eyes floated some reminiscences that did not seem to give him much joy. - Author: Herman Melville
Burnt Norton quotes by Herman Melville
#29. As we say in the sewer, time and tide wait for no man. - Author: Edward Norton
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#30. I've seen too many leaders misunderstand leadership for legacy. Even the most experienced leaders will divide instead of delegate and incite instead of unite to advance hidden personal agendas. - Author: Richie Norton
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#31. When you are at home, even if the chicken is a little burnt, what's the big deal? Relax. - Author: Jacques Pepin
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#32. Many who burnt heretics in the ordinary way of their business were otherwise excellent people. - Author: G. M. Trevelyan
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#33. I have the better right to indulgence herein, because my devotion to letters strengthens my oratorical powers, and these, such as they are, have never failed my friends in their hour of peril. Yet insignificant though these powers may seem to be, I fully realize from what source I draw all that is highest in them. Had I not persuaded myself from my youth up, thanks to the moral lessons derived from a wide reading, that nothing is to be greatly sought after in this life save glory and honour, and that in their quest all bodily pains and all dangers of death or exile should be lightly accounted, I should never have borne for the safety of you all the burnt of many a bitter encounter, or bared my breast to the daily onsets of abandoned persons. All literature, all philosophy, all history, abounds with incentives to noble action, incentives which would be buried in black darkness were the light of the written word not flashed upon them. - Author: Marcus Tullius Cicero
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#34. It was like coming home to a place that he held dear and finding that the wood had burnt to the ground and the house was in ruins. - Author: Courtney Milan
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#35. I had a three year relationship end. Ever have somebody just freak out on you in a relationship? Things are going great. After three years she wants to run out and find a guy that doesn't hit her. - Author: Jim Norton
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#36. They don't go in for the fancy or exotic, but stick to conventional food like flightless bird embryos, minced organs in intestine skins, slices of hog flesh and burnt ground grass seeds dipped in animal fats; or, as it is known in their patois, egg, sausage, bacon and a fried slice of toast. - Author: Terry Pratchett
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#37. A pencil in my hand, its secret life / is charcoal, the wood already burnt, / a sacrifice. - Author: Marianne Boruch
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#38. The historical record demonstrates that, on the contrary, many homosexuals chose heterosexuality and failed to maintain it because choice is less powerful than destiny. - Author: Rictor Norton
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#39. I'm the official Senses Taker, and I must have some information before I can take your senses - Author: Norton Juster
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