Quotes for Spring


Here we present a selection of quotes arranged for Spring by date of birth of the author.

Kenneth Grahame  
8.3.1859 – 6.7.1932

Mole finds his home again
He saw clearly how plain and simple – how narrow even – it all was, but clearly, too, how much it all meant to him, and the special value of some such anchorage in one’s existence. He did not at all want to abandon the new life and its splendid sspaces, to turn his back on sun and airand all they offered him and creep home and stay there; the upper world was all too strong, it called to him still, even down there, and he knew he must return to the larger stage. But it was good to think he had this to come back to, this place which was all his own, these things which were so glad to see him again, and could always be counted upon for the same simple welcome.

Taras Shevchenko  
9.3.1814 – 10.3.1861

Learn, my brothers
Think and read
And from the foreigner learn
But do not your own disdain
(Translated from the Ukrainian)

Albert Einstein   
14.3.1879 – 18.4.1955

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.

The more I study science, the more I believe in God.

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.

The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.

I know not with what weapons World War III wil be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.

René Descartes   
31.3.1596 – 11.2.1650

By ‘God’ I understand a substance which is infinite, independent, supremely intelligent, supremely powerful, and which created both myself and everything else that exists. All these attributes are such that, the more carefully I concentrate on them, the less possible it seems they could have originated from me alone. So, from what has been said it must be concluded that God necessarily exists.

George Herbert   
3.4.1593 – 1.3.1633

Prayer should be the key of the day and the lock of the night.

One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.

Do not wait; the time will never be just right. Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.

Oliver Cromwell   
15.4.1599 – 3.9.1658

Mr Lely, I desire you would use all your skill to paint my picture truly like me, and not flatter me at all, but remark all these roughnesses, pimples, warts, and everything as you see me, otherwise I will never pay a farthing for it.

Harper Lee    
28.4.1926 – 19.2.2016

”Atticus, he was real nice.”
”Most people are, Scout, when you finally see them.”

I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.

It’s not time to worry yet.

Malcolm Fraser   
21.5.1930 – 20.3.2015

Life was not meant to be easy, but take heart my son, for it can be beautiful.
(After G.B. Shaw)

Ian Fleming   
28.5.1908 – 12.8.1964

All the greatest men are maniacs. They are possessed by a mania which drives them forward towards their goal. The great scientists, the artists, the philosophers, the religious leaders – all maniacs. What else but a blind singleness of purpose could have given focus to their genius, would have kept them in the groove of purpose?

G.K. Chesterton   
29.5.1874 – 14.6.1936

Here dies another day, during which I have had eyes, ears, hands and the great world around me. Tomorrow begins another day. Why am I allowed two?

Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist.Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed.

The word ‘good’ has many meanings. For example, if a man were to shoot his grandmother at a range of five hundred yards, I should call him a good shot, but not necessarily a good man.

”I mean that we are on the wrong side of the tapestry,” answered Father Brown. ”The things that happen here do not seem to mean anything, they mean something somewhere else.”

”We have taken a wrong turning and come to a wrong place” said Father Brown, looking out of the window at the grey-green sedges and the silver flood.. ”Never mind, one can sometimes do good by being the right person in the wrong place.”