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Words make you think a thought.
by E. Y. Harburg

Words make you think a thought.
Music makes you feel a feeling.
A song makes you feel a thought.
- E. Y. Harburg

Related topics: Wisdom

Lives based on having are less free
than lives based on doing or being.
- E.Y. Harburg

Leave the atom alone.
- E. Y. Harburg

The Lord made Adam, the Lord made Eve,
he made 'em both a little bit naive.
- E. Y. Harburg

 

When the idle poor become the idle rich,
you'll never know just who is who, or which is which.
- E. Y. Harburg

When I'm not near the girl I love, I love the girl I'm near.
- E. Y. Harburg

Follow the fellow who follows a dream.
- E. Y. Harburg

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Ding-dong, the wicked witch is dead.
- E. Y. Harburg

Follow the yellow brick road.
- E. Y. Harburg

April in Paris, chestnuts in blossom,
holiday tables under the trees.
- E. Y. Harburg

There ought to be a law against necessity.
- E. Y. Harburg

The words of truth are always paradoxical.
- Lao Tzu

For all sad words of tongue and pen,
The saddest are these, "It might have been.
- John Greenleaf Whittier

Your love is more powerful
than your words or your actions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.
- Anonymous

Your example is far more influential and inspiring
than any words of instruction, or threats,
or even words of encouragement.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Words are also actions,
and actions are a kind of words.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Two little words that can make the difference: START NOW.
- Mary C. Crowley

The water in a vessel is sparkling;
the water in the sea is dark.
The small truth has words which are clear;
the great truth has great silence.
- Rabindranath Tagore

As we express our gratitude,
we must never forget that the highest appreciation
is not to utter words, but to live by them.
- John F. Kennedy

We must teach our children to resolve
their conflicts with words, not weapons.
- William J. Clinton

The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls.
- Simon and Garfunkel

Kindness in words creates confidence.
Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.
Kindness in giving creates love.
- Lao Tzu

Words, like nature, half reveal and half conceal the soul within.
- Alfred Lord Tennyson

In the uttermost meaning of the words,
thought is devout, and devotion is thought.
Deep calls unto deep.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Better than a thousand hollow words,
is one word that brings peace.
- The Buddha

Words are a lens to focus one's mind.
- Ayn Rand

Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care
for people will hear them and be influenced
by them for good or ill.
- The Buddha

Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.
- Mark Twain

Trust only movement.
Life happens at the level of events, not of words.
Trust movement.
- Alfred Adler

The ultimate test of a man's conscience
may be his willingness to sacrifice something today
for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.
- Gaylord Nelson

Kind words can be short and easy to speak,
but their echoes are truly endless.
- Mother Teresa

Actions speak louder than words.
- Proverb

One's philosophy is not best expressed in words;
it is expressed in the choices one makes...
and the choices we make
are ultimately our responsibility.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

I advocate speaking words of love
with all the sincerity that can be mustered,
as frequently as possible.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

I confess that there is nothing to teach:
no religion, no science, no writings
which will lead your mind back to Spirit.
Today I speak this way, tomorrow that,
but always the Path is beyond words and beyond mind.
- Lao Tzu
(paraphrase)

And on the pedestal these words appear:
`My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
'Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

However many holy words you read, however many you speak,
what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?
- The Buddha

The language of Friendship is not words, but meanings.
It is an intelligence above language.
- Henry David Thoreau

Be who you are and say what you feel
because those who mind don't matter
and those who matter don't mind.
- commonly but falsely attributed to Dr. Seuss,
this misquote consists of the Bernard Baruch quote,
"Those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind."
with additional words added anonymously.

The magic words for a great family are,
"I love you just the way you are."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Can you let go of words and ideas,
attitudes and expectations?
If so, then the Tao will loom into view.
- Lao Tzu

Praying without ceasing is not ritualized,
nor are there even words.
It is a constant state of awareness of oneness with God.
- Peace Pilgrim

It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words
but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?"
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

I soothe my conscience now with the thought that
it is better for hard words to be on paper
than that Mummy should carry them in her heart.
- Anne Frank

In prayer it is better to have a heart without words
than words without a heart.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Forgiveness is the salve that heals
the wounds of unkind words and acts.
Forgive everyone for every hurt you have ever received -
for your own sake, that you may live in peace.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We will remember not the words of our enemies,
but the silence of our friends.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Be avid.
Create apart from perfection.
Risk failure.
Cover your words with sweat.
Run a little
Touch excruciatingly.
Laugh until you cry.
Dance with your eyes closed.
Care.
Understand you die a little in every moment.
Be Enlivened
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Most of us believe that we have
been betrayed by someone outside of us -
in other words someone has done something to hurt us,
been dishonest or broken a promise made:
some trust in some concept was broken.
Indeed someone may have taken an action
that took only their needs into consideration,
they may have not followed through on a promise made,
and they may have not told you the truth.
But their actions have nothing to do with you
and have everything to do with them.
That's why no one can do anything TO you.
They can take actions that involve you that you may not like -
according to your point of view.
But you are not a victim, no way, no how.
- Sheri Rosenthal

Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort
of feeling safe with a person;
having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words,
but to pour them all out, just as they are,
chaff and grain together,
knowing that a faithful hand will take and sift them,
keep what is worth keeping, and then,
with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.
- George Eliot

Words which do not give the
light of Christ increase the darkness.
- Mother Teresa

In three words, I can sum up everything
I've learned about life - it goes on.
- Robert Frost

Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.
- St. Francis of Assisi

Short words are best
and the old words, when short, are best of all.
- Winston Churchill

I've learned that you should always
leave loved ones with loving words.
It may be the last time you see them.
- Anonymous

We are all connected to everyone and everything in the universe.
Therefore, everything one does as an individual affects the whole.
All thoughts, words, images, prayers, blessings,
and deeds are listened to by all that is.
- Serge Kahili King

We are masters of the unsaid words,
but slaves of those we let slip out.
- Winston Churchill

How true Daddy's words were when he said:
all children must look after their own upbringing.
Parents can only give good advice
or put them on the right paths,
but the final forming of a person's character
lies in their own hands.
- Anne Frank

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies,
but the silence of our friends.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

All the Buddhas of all the ages have been
telling you a very simple fact:
Be - don't try to become.
Within these two words, be and becoming,
your whole life is contained.
Being is enlightenment, becoming is ignorance.
- Osho

In human intercourse the tragedy begins,
not when there is misunderstanding about words,
but when silence is not understood.
- Henry David Thoreau

We all write poems; it is simply that poets are the ones who write in words.
- John Fowles

If you have an emotional reaction in the presence of someone,
your heart is telling you that you have
not resolved your issues with them.
In other words, you have not truly forgiven that person.
All of this begs the question, how do we forgive?
First, cease lying to yourself and stop telling yourself stories
about why you behave the way you do.
Stop blaming your behavior on other people
and take responsibility for your emotional reactions.
If you could forgive all the people in your life
who have hurt or wounded you
it would be possible to be in control of your behavior
instead of being in reaction to other people all of the time.
Imagine living life without experiencing
a constant emotional roller-coaster of pain, anger, and jealousy!
That would be bliss!
-Sheri Rosenthal

A sculptor is a person who is interested in the shape of things,
a poet in words, a musician by sounds.
- Henry Moore

Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and
the thought has found words.
- Robert Frost

Poetry: the best words in the best order.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

I confessed recently to an old friend,
"I realized I was looking at you,
in your visit, through old glasses.
Speaking old words.
Telling old stories.
I realize that in my life I've made so many
physical changes and I need to give my spirit time to catch up."
Time for my spirit to look at my friend
through the new glasses of current life experiences.
Old friends are precious.
They become even more treasured when they are wrapped
in the currentness of life experiences
and not relegated to the past in which they once lived.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The most important words in the English language
are not "I love you" but "It's benign."
- the Woody Allen movie Deconstructing Harry

The words of a dead man are modified in the guts of the living.
- W. H. Auden

But when you get music and words together,
that can be a very powerful thing.
- Bryan Ferry


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