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Excerpts.3 (revised)

“I would rather write or record something great and have it overlooked than do mediocre work and have it be popular.”
~ Patti Smith

“There is nothing more beautiful than a simple blues tune. There is beauty in simplicity.”
— Otis Redding

“There are two basic motivating forces, Fear and Love. We must love ourselves in order to have the ability to love others, and to have the potential to create.”
~John Lennon

“Let me stumble into not the confession but the obsession I begin with now.”
-Robert Creeley

“Poetry is the journal of a sea animal living on land, wanting to fly in the air.”
–Carl Sandburg

“Youths are passed through schools that don’t teach, then forced to search for jobs that don’t exist and finally left stranded in the street to stare at the glamorous lives advertised around them.”
–Huey P. Newton

“Now…let us deal with art (again): the culmination of a specific thought process which most accurately describes the diverse sociological beliefs of humanity at a given time in history.”
–Delfeayo Marsalis, Trio Jeepy liner notes (Branford Marsalis, 1989)

“Man’s hope can paint a purple picture, can transform a soaring vulture into a noble eagle or moaning dove.”
–Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man

“Independence comes only by two ways; by ballots or by bullets. Historically you’ll find that everyone who gets freedom, they get it through ballots or bullets. Now naturally everyone prefers ballots, and even I prefer ballots but I don’t discount bullets. I’m not interested in either ballots or bullets, I’m interested in freedom. I’m not interested in the means, I’m interested in the objective. So I believe that black people should get free by ballot or bullets. If we can’t use ballots to get free, we should use bullets. Yes, yes, I believe that black people should be just as quick to use bullets as ballots. The white man has not given us anything. It’s not something that is his to give. He is not doing us a favor when he permits us a few liberties. So I don’t think we should approach it like that. I don’t
think we should approach our battle like we’re battling a friend. We’re battling an enemy. Anybody who stands in the way of the black man being free is an enemy of the black man, and should be dealt with as an enemy.”
–Malcolm X

“Nothing is more damaging to a new truth than an old error.”
–Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Maxims and Reflections

The April winds are magical,
And thrill our tuneful frames;
The garden-walks are passional
To bachelors and dames.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson, “April” in The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson

April is the cruelest month, breeding
lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
memory and desire, stirring
dull roots with spring rain.
—T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land

The sun was warm but the wind was chill.
You know how it is with an April day.
When the sun is out and the wind is still,
You’re one month on in the middle of May.
—Robert Frost, “Two Tramps in Mud Time” in A Further Range

April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.
—William Shakespeare, Sonnet XCVIII of Shakespeare’s Sonnets

For, as when the red-cheeked, dancing girls, April and May, trip home to the wintry, misanthropic woods; even the barest, ruggedest, most thunder-cloven old oak will at least send forth some few green sprouts, to welcome such glad-hearted visitants.
—Herman Melville, Moby Dick

April this year, not otherwise
Than April of a year ago
Is full of whispers, full of sighs,
Dazzling mud and dingy snow;
Hepaticas that pleased you so
Are here again, and butterflies.
—Edna St. Vincent Millay, “Song of a Second April” in Second April

But it is a sort of April-weather life that we lead in this world. A little sunshine is generally the prelude to a storm.
—William Cowper, Letters of William Cowper: Chosen and Edited with a Memoir and a Few Notes

Sometimes It Snows in April

This year, White Christmas
Fell on Easter. But, Mother
Nature knows she is

Truly the queen
of
April Fools’ Day.

Love

Even in the face
Of hate, will just have to be
One of my downfalls.

I Call You Mama T.L.C.

(you are love)

“A mother’s love is
The next best thing to knowing
I’m a child of God.”

You passed on a Thursday
At exactly 10:40 A.M., but
Felt like Easter Sunday
(Maybe because I’d been there most of the night before, waiting for you to rise up one last time)
Sun gleaming
Finally peeking
Through the opaque pane
Of your pain.
& I can hear you say,
“Do what you love
…be who you are, but
make certain that’s
who you wish to be…
That’s your legacy.”

Seemed like a month of Sundays
Since you felt good, & even
In the face of pain, you
Never gave up the ghost
In your art of rapport
Never meeting a stranger
Embracing everybody
As though they were
Family.

You never lost faith
In spite of your losing
Fight. you remained
On the ball, made the call
To stop it all
Except for oxygen, because
You’d seen the scrawled
Writing on the wall:
“God is love…& the light.”
& you were ready to abide.

So much more than a mother
I call you Mama T.L.C.
‘Cause that’s who you are
To me. & happiness
Is your aura
For a lifetime of love
That has been sown
In fertile soil
Of forever & in the hearts
Of those who hold you dear
…& I can still hear
You say, like everyday–
“This too shall pass
…Be strong, but don’t be
Afraid to cry. Don’t think
Of me as dead, for we will
Meet at the fork in the road ahead.”

Excerpts.3

“I would rather write or record something great and have it overlooked than do mediocre work and have it be popular.”
~ Patti Smith

“There is nothing more beautiful than a simple blues tune. There is beauty in simplicity.”
— Otis Redding

“There are two basic motivating forces, Fear and Love. We must love ourselves in order to have the ability to love others, and to have the potential to create.”
~John Lennon

“Let me stumble into not the confession but the obsession I begin with now.”
-Robert Creeley

“Poetry is the journal of a sea animal living on land, wanting to fly in the air.”
–Carl Sandburg

“Youths are passed through schools that don’t teach, then forced to search for jobs that don’t exist and finally left stranded in the street to stare at the glamorous lives advertised around them.”
–Huey P. Newton

“Now…let us deal with art (again): the culmination of a specific thought process which most accurately describes the diverse sociological beliefs of humanity at a given time in history.”
–Delfeayo Marsalis, Trio Jeepy liner notes (Branford Marsalis, 1989)

Excerpts.4

1.

Kiss me and you will see how important I am.

—Sylvia Plath

2.

Kiss me until I forget how terrified I am of everything wrong with my life.

—Beau Taplin

3.

How she felt when he kissed her—like a tub of roses swimming in honey, cologne, nutmeg and blackberries.

—Samuel Sullivan Cox

4.

He took her into his arms again, using all his strength to be gentle, and let his lips touch hers so lightly he could hardly feel it.

—Morgan Llywelyn

5.

His kisses tapped into deep mines of memory, and the years that had separated us fell away as if they were nothing.

—Lisa Kleypas

6.

A kiss is a secret told to the mouth instead of the ear; kisses are the messengers of love and tenderness.

—Ingrid Bergman

7.

And we were kissing like drowning people breathe—like suddenly we’d discovered something that has never been so sweet before that moment.

—Morgan Matson

8.

The kiss itself is immortal. It travels from lip to lip, century to century, from age to age. Men and women garner these kisses, offer them to others and then die in turn.

—Guy de Maupassant

9.

I kiss her. I kiss her and kiss her. I try not to bite her lip. She tastes like vodka honey.

—Lidia Yuknavitch

10.

We are all mortal until the first kiss and the second glass of wine.

—Eduardo Galeano

11.

It was the kiss of a man who had waited years for the moment, and feared that it would never come again.

—Jana Oliver

12.

The first kiss can be as terrifying as the last.

—Daina Chaviano

13.

It was a kiss to level mountains and shake stars from the sky. It was a kiss to make angels faint and demons weep…a passionate, demanding, soul-searing kiss that nearly knocked the earth off its axis.

—Lisa Kleypas

14.

You should be kissed and by someone who knows how.

—Margaret Mitchell

15.

If you kiss on the first date and it’s not right, then there will be no second date. Sometimes it’s better to hold out and not kiss for a long time. I am a strong believer in kissing being very intimate, and the minute you kiss, the floodgates open for everything else.

—Jennifer Lopez

16.

My first kiss. A new kind of kiss, like the new kind of music still playing, softly, in the distance—wild and arrhythmic, desperate. Passionate.

—Lauren Oliver

17.

Now a soft kiss—aye, by that kiss, I vow an endless bliss.

—John Keats

18.

Hollywood is a place where they’ll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul.

—Marilyn Monroe

19.

It was the best first kiss in the history of first kisses. It was as sweet as sugar. And it was warm, as warm as pie. The whole world opened up and I fell inside. I don’t know where I was, but I didn’t care. I didn’t care because the only person who mattered was there with me.

—Sarah Addison Allen

20.

How did it happen that their lips came together? How does it happen that birds sing, that snow melts, that the rose unfolds, that the dawn whitens behind the stark shapes of trees on the quivering summit of the hill? A kiss and all was said.

—Victor Hugo

21.

A first kiss is the demarcation line: the same information that a moment ago felt private, all of a sudden seems unfair to withhold. And with that exchange came more.

—Francesca Marciano

22.

Then she was kissing him as she had never kissed him before…and it was blissful oblivion, better than firewhisky; she was the only real thing in the world.

—J. K. Rowling

23.

I’m going to kiss you now, and I don’t know if I’ll ever stop.

—Jamie McGuire

24.

A kiss that is never tasted, is forever and ever wasted.

—Billie Holiday

25.

He kisses like he’s dying of thirst, and I’m water.

—Jennifer L. Armentrout

26.

A kiss is a rosy dot over the ‘i’ of loving.

—Cyrano de Bergerac

27.

Well, it’s either kiss me or kill me, that’s how I see it.

—Tom Waits

28.

The kiss is neither returned nor exchanged, because it’s free.

—Charles de Leusse

29.

The sunlight claps the earth, and the moonbeams kiss the sea: what are all these kissings worth, if thou kiss not me?

—Percy Bysshe Shelley

30.

My nose itched, and I knew I should drink wine or kiss a fool.

—Jonathan Swift

31.

Kissing you is terrifying, breathing your same air makes my knees weak, when I’m around you it’s a tie between wanting to chase you down—or just kiss you until you can’t breathe.

—Rachel Van Dyken

32.

Our only kiss was like an accident—a beautiful gasoline rainbow.

—Alice Sebold

33.

He tangles his hand in my hair, and the other cups my jaw. Although I have this all planned, his lips feel shockingly sweet, swollen and soft, and more like home every time.

—Alex Rosa

34.

A kiss on the beach when there is a full moon is the closest thing to heaven.

—H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

35.

I didn’t want to kiss you goodbye—that was the trouble—I wanted to kiss you good night—and there’s a lot of difference.

—Ernest Hemingway

36.

His mouth seizes mine. Consuming me. Devouring me. My body moves against his. Harder. Faster. Take me. Take all of me…

—Alexia Russell

37.

I prefer a kiss that is so much more than just a tongue in your mouth.

—Katherine Heigl

38.

The truth is, I always want to kiss you.

—Alex Rosa

39.

I was going to kiss him, and I was going to regret it. But at that moment, I couldn’t bring myself to care.

—Michelle Hodkin

40.

Your love is not really love until you waste it, a kiss is never a kiss until you taste it…

—Munia Khan

41.

The lover steals a kiss. He incurs life imprisonment.

—Charles de Leusse

42.

Kiss me out of desire, but not consolation.

—Jeff Buckley

43.

It’s the kind of kiss that inspires stars to climb into the sky and light up the world.

—Tahereh Mafi

44.

Kissing—and I mean like, yummy, smacking kissing – is the most delicious, most beautiful and passionate thing that two people can do, bar none. Better than sex, hands down.

—Drew Barrymore

45.

Her lips touched his brain as they touched his lips, as though they were a vehicle of some vague speech and between them he felt an unknown and timid pressure, darker than the swoon of sin, softer than sound or odor.

—James Joyce

46.

And somehow, against all reason, we were kissing. I closed my eyes, and the world around me faded.

—Richelle Mead

47.

Boys always like to see girls kiss. I don’t get it; girls don’t want to see boys kiss.

—Dominique Swain

48.

Make me immortal with a kiss.

—Christopher Marlowe

49.

Unfortunately, I like to feel a little stubble when I kiss. Women are too soft.

—Malin Akerman

50.

One day you will kiss a man you can’t breathe without, and find that breath is of little consequence.

—Karen Marie Moning