Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Thoughts on Spring

   


The first day of spring was once the time for taking the young virgins into the fields, there in dalliance to set an example in fertility for nature to follow. Now we just set the clocks an hour ahead and change the oil in the crankcase.

-         E B White


         The day the Lord created hope was probably the same day he created Spring.

- Bern Williams


If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall.

-         Nadine Stair


Science has never drummed up quite as effective a tranquilizing agent as a sunny spring day.

-           W. Earl Hall


Spring makes its own statement, so loud and clear that the gardener seems to be only one of the instruments, not the composer.

-         Geoffrey B. Charlesworth


A strangely reflective, even melancholy day. Is that because, unlike our cousins in the northern hemisphere, Easter is not associated with the energy and vitality of spring but with the more subdued spirit of autumn?

-    Hugh McKay


Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love!

-     Sitting Bull


Ah, how wonderful is the advent of spring! — the great annual miracle of the blossoming of Aaron's rod, repeated on myriads and myriads of branches! — the gentle progression and growth of herbs, flowers, trees, — gentle and yet irrepressible, — which no force can stay, no violence restrain, like love, that wins its way and cannot be withstood by any human power, because itself is divine power. If spring came but once in a century, instead of once a year, or burst forth with the sound of an earthquake, and not in silence, what wonder and expectation there would be in all hearts to behold the miraculous change! But now the silent succession suggests nothing but necessity. To most men only the cessation of the miracle would be miraculous and the perpetual exercise of God's power seems less wonderful than its withdrawal would be.

-         Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


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