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Re: Great Literary Quotes

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'Nothing in the 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 alone will not, the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.'

i dont know the author, but it applies to most anything.
Henry Ford put it more succinctly;

Think you can or think you can't - either way you will be right.
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Re: Great Literary Quotes

Nautical descriptions by Billy the Shakespeare:

Full fathom five thy father lies;
Of his bones are coral made;
Those are pearls that were his eyes:
Nothing of him that doth fade
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.
Quote from The Tempest. Act i. Scene. 2.

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Lear. Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! rage! blow!
You cataracts and hurricanoes, spout
Till you have drench’d our steeples, drown’d the cocks! 5
You sulphurous and thought-executing fires,
Vaunt-couriers to oak-cleaving thunderbolts,
Singe my white head! And thou, all-shaking thunder,
Strike flat the thick rotundity o’ the world!
Crack nature’s moulds, all germens spill at once 10
That make ingrateful man!
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The Tempest is my favourite play for many reasons. Only real sailors know how to pronounce the first word. Most do not know how to spell it.

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Re: Great Literary Quotes

I threw this one up by Steinbeck as a thread, but feel like it's worthy enough for a second post. This is from John's nonfiction works "Log From the Sea of Cortez":

"Our Hansen Sea-Cow was not only a living thing but a mean, irritable, contemptible, vengeful, mischievous, hateful living thing.... We determined one thing to our satisfaction. When and if these ghoulish little motors learn to reproduce themselves the human species is doomed. For their hate for us is so great that they will wait and plan and organize and one night, in a roar of little exhausts, they will wipe us out.... It is more than a species. It is a whole new redefinition of life. We observed the following traits in it and we were able to check them again and again:
1. Incredibly lazy, the Sea Cow loved to ride on the back of the boat, trailing its propeller daintily in the water while we rowed.
2. It required the same amount of gasoline whether it ran or not, apparently being able to absorb this fluid through its body walls without recourse to explosion. It always had to be filled at the beginning of every trip.
3. It had apparently some clairvoyant powers and was able to read our minds, particularly when they were inflamed with emotion. Thus on every occasion when we were driven to the point of destroying it, it started and ran with a great noise and excitement. This served the double purpose of saving its life and resurrecting false confidence in it.
4. It had many cleavage points, and when attacked by a screwdriver, fell apart in simulated death, a trait it had in common with opossums, armadillos and several members of the sloth family, which also fall apart in simulated death when attacked with a screwdriver.
5. It hated Tex, sensing perhaps that his knowledge of mechanics was capable of diagnosing its shortcomings.
6. It completely refused to run (a) when the waves were high, (b)when the wind blew, (c)at night, early morning, and evening, (d)in rain, dew, or fog, (e) when the distance to be covered was more than two hundred yards. But on warm sunny days when the weather was calm and the beach was closeby - in a word, on days when it would be pleasant to row - the SeaCow started at a touch and would not stop.
7. It loved no one, trusted no one. It had no friends."
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Re: Great Literary Quotes

I fell in love with Rudyard Kipling's "McAndrew's hymn", figuratively told by a veteran chief engineer in the late 1800's trying to nurse his engines/ship along a world voyage:

Poems - McAndrew's Hymn

I like "predestination in the stroke of your connecting rod". Who says poetry about machinery ain't beautiful? And this from a sailor no less. Give it a read and read the back notes linked at the bottom.
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Re: Great Literary Quotes

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Nautical descriptions by Billy the Shakespeare:

Full fathom five thy father lies;
Of his bones are coral made;
Those are pearls that were his eyes:
Nothing of him that doth fade
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.
Quote from The Tempest. Act i. Scene. 2.

AND

Lear. Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! rage! blow!
You cataracts and hurricanoes, spout
Till you have drench’d our steeples, drown’d the cocks! 5
You sulphurous and thought-executing fires,
Vaunt-couriers to oak-cleaving thunderbolts,
Singe my white head! And thou, all-shaking thunder,
Strike flat the thick rotundity o’ the world!
Crack nature’s moulds, all germens spill at once 10
That make ingrateful man!
It's somewhat of a mystery where Shakespeare got his knowledge of the sea. I've heard some speculation that he went to sea during periods where there is no good record of where he was. Some of the descriptions he uses in The Tempest and elsewhere are a little too "real" for a landlubber to have devised.
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Re: Great Literary Quotes

Here's one from Willie that I used to FORCE my seventh graders to memorize. (I bet they still know it.) It's Titania, arguing with Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream: (If I botch a line you can deduct points).

Set your heart at rest.
The fairyland buys not the child from me.
His mother was a votress of my order and
In the spiced Indian air by night
Full often hath she gossiped by my side,
and sat with me on Neptune's yellow sand,
Marking the embarked traders on the flood.
When we have laughed to see the sails conceive
And grow big bellied with the wanton wind
which she, with pretty and with swinging gait
Would imitate and sail upon the land
To fetch me trifles and return again
As from a voyage, rich with merchandise.
But she, being mortal, of that boy did die.
And for her sake do I rear up her boy.
And for her sake I will not part with him.
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Joshua Slocum had a neat way of writing. The good bluenoser that he was.
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"For your answer, you must hear a minimalist composition performed by the wind, watch the dolphins play in moonlight, and listen to the whales singing as you are rocked to sleep by the sea. If this happens to you once, you are still fit material for human company. If it happens to you every night for several years, you can visit the people who live on land, but you will not belong to them ever again." -- February 5, 1991, Paul Lutus, Confessions of a Long Distance Sailor
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I love the following passage from Geoffrey Wolfe's "The Hard Way Around - The Passages of Joshua Slocum." Wolfe is writing about Slocum's circumstances before Slocum made history by (re-)building the Spray and making the first solo circumnavigation. I figure if Slocum could rise above these circumstances, maybe there is hope for some of my dreams too.

"The tally thus far for Joshua Slocum at the age of forty-five: He had lost to death three infant children and his first wife. He had lost to shipwreck two clippers, been charged with the cruel imprisonment of one crew member and the murder of another. His second wife, Hettie, in sympathy with that seasick sailor of the Odyssey, wished to flee so far inland that local citizens would recognize the purpose of an oar. He was broke. The age of sail had ended. The captain was, that is, entirely at sea."
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