Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Murmuring

"It is harder to be poor without murmuring, than to be rich without arrogance." - Confucius, aka Kong Qiu, Zhongni, K'ung Fu-tzu or Kong Fuzi NULL

"Their future may, perchance, appear dark to others; but to their fearless gaze it looms up brilliant and beautiful as the walls of a fairy palace. There is no tear which a mother's gentle hand cannot wipe away, no wound that a mother's kiss cannot heal, no anguish which the sweet murmuring of her soft, low voice cannot soothe." - Esaias Tegnér

"We can speak without voice to the trees and the clouds and the waves of the sea. Without words they respond through the rustling of leaves and the moving of clouds and the murmuring of the sea." - Paul Tillich, fully Paul Johannes Tillich

"As bees gather honey, so we collect what is sweetest out of all things and build Him. Even with the trivial, with the insignificant (as long as it is done out of love) we begin, with work and with the repose that comes afterward, with a silence or with a small solitary joy, with everything that we do alone, without anyone to join or help us, we start Him whom we will not live to see, just as our ancestors could not live to see us. And yet they, who passed away long ago, still exist in us, as predisposition, as burden upon our fate, as murmuring blood, and as gesture that rises up from the depths of time. Is there anything that can deprive you of the hope that in this way you will someday exist in Him, who is the farthest, the outermost limit?" - Rainer Maria Rilke, full name René Karl Wilhelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke

"They, who passed away long ago, still exist in us, as predisposition, as burden upon our fate, as murmuring blood, and as gesture that rises up from the depths of time." - Rainer Maria Rilke, full name René Karl Wilhelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke

"The people we are most fond of are not good for us when we are ill." - Virginia Woolf, nee Stephen, fully Adeline Virginia Woolf

"The circumstances of happiness are not enough; there must be peace of mind." - Victor Hugo

"Drowsy I lie, no folk at my command, who once was called the Lady of the Land; who might have bought a kingdom with a kiss, yea, half the world with such a sight as this." - William Morris