„My heart is like the willow
That bends, but never breaks.
It sighs when summer jilts her,
It sings when April wakes.“
— Khalil Gibran Lebanese artist, poet, and writer 1883 - 1931
„The young bamboo can be easily bent, but the full grown bamboo breaks when it is bent with force. It is easy to bend the young heart towards God, but the untrained heart of the old escapes the hold whenever it is so drawn“
— Ramakrishna Indian mystic and religious preacher 1836 - 1886
— Oliver Goldsmith Irish physician and writer 1728 - 1774
Ch. 8, The Hermit (Edwin and Angelina), st. 33.
— Hans Christian Andersen Danish author, fairy tale writer, and poet 1805 - 1875
„I sing of brooks, of blossoms, birds, and bowers:
Of April, May, of June, and July flowers.
I sing of Maypoles, Hock-carts, wassails, wakes,
Of bridegrooms, brides, and of their bridal cakes.“
— Robert Herrick 17th-century English poet and cleric 1591 - 1674
"Argument of His Book".
— John Lennon English singer and songwriter 1940 - 1980
"Julia" (1968); these lines were adapted from lines of Sand and Foam (1926) by Khalil Gibran: "When life does not find a singer to sing her heart she produces a philosopher to speak her mind."
— David Levithan, The Realm of Possibility
„Why should Ossian sing of battles? For never more shall my steel shine in war. I remember the days of my youth with grief; when I feel the weakness of my arm. Happy are they who fell in their youth, in the midst of their renown! They have not beheld the tombs of their friends, or failed to bend the bow of their strength.“
— James Macpherson Scottish writer, poet, translator, and politician 1736 - 1796
"The War of Caros"
„When I am dead and over me bright April
Shakes out her rain-drenched hair,
Tho' you should lean above me broken-hearted,
I shall not care. I shall have peace, as leafy trees are peaceful
When rain bends down the bough,
And I shall be more silent and cold-hearted
Than you are now.“
— Sara Teasdale American writer and poet 1884 - 1933
"I Shall Not Care
— Ingrid Newkirk British-American activist 1949
"To Market, To Market," Los Angeles Times Magazine, 1992 March 22.
„And every word that you speak makes my heart sing when it's weak for often this outlook on life can be bleak.“
— Ed Harcourt British musician 1977
„Yet, wake again, I pray thee, wake;
My soul yet lives upon the chords —
My heart must breathe its wrongs, or break :
Yet can it find relief in words!“
— Letitia Elizabeth Landon English poet and novelist 1802 - 1838
(20th March 1824) Metrical Tales. Tale IV.— The Troubadour