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Ian Hamilton Finlay Quotes and Sayings

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But I can only write what the muse allows me to write.
I cannot choose, I can only do what I am given,
and I feel pleased when I feel close to concrete poetry -
still.
- Ian Hamilton Finlay

Little Sparta is a garden in the traditional sense.
It is perhaps not like other modern gardens,
but I think that other times would have had no difficulty with it.
- Ian Hamilton Finlay

As a friendly one.
I would still like to write concrete poems,
but I can only do it sometimes.
- Ian Hamilton Finlay

Well, probably I was fed up with concrete poetry.
There was a lot of bad concrete poetry and besides,
it was confused with visual poetry which was completely different.
- Ian Hamilton Finlay

 

For me concrete poetry was a particular way of using
language which came out of a particular feeling,
and I don't have control over whether this feeling is in me or not.
- Ian Hamilton Finlay

I am not a modern man, I am just a wee old fashioned one.
- Ian Hamilton Finlay

No, I don't make my work in order to challenge or confuse
other people's expectations -
I only do what I find natural.
- Ian Hamilton Finlay

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I am always a beginner.
I only try to include different parts of life;
the pastoral,
the tragic, et cetera.
- Ian Hamilton Finlay

I came to these mediums through having the garden,
and of course, people who have designed gardens have
always worked in collaboration,
and never made their own inscriptions.
- Ian Hamilton Finlay

If the work is pure then you have to think it could be understood.
If it is not understood it doesn't mean that your work is not accessible.
It doesn't worry me, but, of course,
I would be pleased if people liked my work.
- Ian Hamilton Finlay

But you have to understand that I consider myself a very modest artist,
or whatever, and not of importance really at all -
it is quite embarrassing to me to be asked my opinion about things.
I am only a wee Scottish poet on the outside of everything.
- Ian Hamilton Finlay

What you compose with is neither here nor there,
you compose with words, or you compose with stone plants and trees,
or you compose with events; the Sheriff's officer,
or whatever.
- Ian Hamilton Finlay

People have always found me challenging -
I don't know why,
when I am only being myself.
I don't understand why they find me so annoying but they do.
It is pity, but that is how it is.
- Ian Hamilton Finlay

But at the beginning it was clear to me that concrete
poetry was peculiarly suited for using in public settings.
This was my idea, but of course I never really much got the chance to do it.
- Ian Hamilton Finlay

The same sort of thing happened in my dispute with the National Trust book:
Follies: A National Trust Guide,
which implied that the only pleasure you can get from
Folly architecture is by calling the architect mad,
and by laughing at the architecture.
- Ian Hamilton Finlay

My position is that since the non-secular status of
my garden is not recognised by the law;
by the world of the public,
then the garden can only be private.
So, I closed the garden to the public.
- Ian Hamilton Finlay

I have often said that just as the French revolution,
for instance, understood itself through antiquity,
I think our time can be understood through the French revolution.
It is quite a natural process to use other times to
understand your own time.
- Ian Hamilton Finlay

However, I don't feel the world is looking over my
shoulder when I am working -
I never think about this at all.
What I think about is trying to make my work pure,
and if it is pure then it can be accessible.
It is quite straight forward really.
- Ian Hamilton Finlay

People only see what they are prepared to see.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson PHOTO

Darkness cannot drive out darkness;
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate;
only love can do that.
- Martin Luther King, Jr. PHOTO

Life is an adventure.
I can only wonder what treasure
awaits at the top of the path.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

Hate is never conquered by hate,
Hate is only conquered by love.
- The Buddha PHOTO

The only thing necessary for evil to triumph
is for enough good men to do nothing.
- Edmund Burke PHOTO

You're only here for a short visit.
Don't hurry. Don't worry.
And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.
- Walter Hagen PHOTO

Play with life, laugh with life,
dance lightly with life,
and smile at the riddles of life,
knowing that life's only true lessons
are writ small in the margin.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

There are no facts, only interpretations.
- Friedrich Nietzsche PHOTO

There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.
- Albert Einstein

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was,
Thank you, that would suffice.
- Meister Eckhart

Choose Inner Peace.
Nothing is worth losing your inner peace.
Take action as circumstances require,
but never surrender your inner peace.
Stop. Breathe deeply.
Close your eyes and breathe deeply again.
Then, and only then, take action -
from a peaceful heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We can only be said to be truly alive in those moments
when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.
- Thornton Wilder

Move out of your comfort zone. You can only
grow if you are willing to feel awkward and
uncomfortable when you try something new.
- Brian Tracy

Majority rule only works if you're also
considering individual rights,
because you can't have five wolves and one sheep
voting on what to have for dinner.
- Larry Flynt

Nothing in life is to be feared.
It is only to be understood.
- Marie Curie

One can not reflect in streaming water.
Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.
- Lao Tzu

Life is NOT "Supposed to be Fair."
Know that there is no single way that life is "supposed" to be.
Demanding that life meet our expectations
is a sure fire recipe for a miserable existence.
Life is a game with no rules.
Life just happens to us regardless of our best intentions.
Our only path to happiness lies in being open
to receiving whatever life throws at us -
with Gratitude. Have NO Expectations of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Imagine all the people living life in peace.
You may say I'm a dreamer,
but I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us,
and the world will be as one.
- John Lennon

Minds are like parachutes.
They only function when they are open.
- James Dewar

Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

We have only this moment,
sparkling like a star in our hand -
and melting like a snowflake.
- Marie B. Ray

There are only two or three human stories,
and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely
as if they had never happened before.
- Willa Cather

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
- Robert F. Kennedy

A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue,
but the parent of all other virtues.
- Cicero

Don't hurry. Don't worry.
You're only here for a short visit.
So don't forget to stop and smell the roses.
- Walter Hagen

Just stop it. Seriously.
Whatever it is. Just stop it.
If only for an hour, a day, a week.
Stop doing it long enough to get a glimpse
of what the change would actually look like.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

For some of us, the world appears to provide
only a fixed quantity of each resource -
a limited amount of food, of money,
of love, of success, of appreciation.
For others, life is unlimited.
Their world expands with the generosity, compassion,
inventiveness, and service that they contribute.
In this world-view, money that is spent
or given away returns multiplied.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You are important. You are the star -
the only star - of your own life show.
Everyone else is a bit player in the great drama of your life.
Be of service to humanity, but never be anyone's doormat.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Friendship is born at that moment
when one person says to another,
"What! You too? I thought I was the only one."
- C. S. Lewis

The essence of all religions is one.
Only their approaches are different.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Life only
appears to be
rushing toward us
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

People are like stained glass windows,
they sparkle and shine when the sun is out,
but when darkness sets in their true beauty
is revealed only if there is a light from within.
- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Miracles are the natural way of the Universe -
our only job is to move our doubting minds aside
and let the miracles flow.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Find your balance and stand with it.
Find your song and sing it out.
Find your cadence and let it appear like a dance.
Find the questions that only you know how to ask and
The answers that you are content to not know.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Feeling sorry for yourself, and your present condition,
is not only a waste of energy
but the worst habit you could possibly have.
- Dale Carnegie

Mind what people do, not only what they say,
for deeds will betray a lie.
- Terry Goodkind

We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal,
and then leap in the dark to our success.
- Henry David Thoreau

Beware the Rattlesnake of the Mind -
A Mind is Only Useful When Tamed..
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Don't give up. There are too many nay-sayers out there
who will try to discourage you.
Don't listen to them.
The only one who can make you give up is yourself.
- Sidney Sheldon

It takes years to build up trust,
and only seconds to destroy it.
- Anonymous

Not every difficult and dangerous thing
is suitable for training,
but only that which is conducive to success
in achieving the object of our effort.
- Epictetus

Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it.
- Publilius Syrus

Only those who have learned the power
of sincere and selfless contribution
experience life's deepest joy: true fulfillment.
- Tony Robbins

He who knows only his own side of the case, knows little of that.
- John Stuart Mill, On Liberty (1859)

One thing I know: the only ones among you
who will be really happy are those
who will have sought and found how to serve.
- Albert Schweitzer

Be not afraid of growing slowly,
be afraid only of standing still.
- Chinese Proverb

There is only one time that is important - NOW!
It is the most important time because
it is the only time that we have any power.
- Leo Tolstoy

Do not attempt to conquer the world with force,
for force only causes resistance.
- Lao Tzu

Without health, life is not life;
it is only a state of languor and suffering -
an image of death.
- The Buddha

We can't control the impressions others form about us,
and the effort to do so only debases our character.
- Epictetus

Life can only be understood backwards;
but it must be lived forwards.
- Soren Kierkegaard

A man is truly ethical only when he obeys
the compulsion to help all life which he is able to assist,
and shrinks from injuring anything that lives.
- Albert Schweitzer

Only aim to do your duty,
and mankind will give you credit where you fail.
- Thomas Jefferson


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