August 8: Poets

August 8

Great things are done when men and mountains meet;
This is not done by jostling in the street.
~William Blake (1757 – 1827), English poet, painter, and printmaker. Largely unrecognized during his lifetime, Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age.

O Gold! I still prefer thee unto paper,
Which makes bank credit like a bark of vapour.
~Lord Byron. George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron, later George Gordon Noel, 6th Baron Byron, FRS (1788 – 1824), commonly known simply as Lord Byron, was an English poet and a leading figure in the Romantic movement. Among Byron’s best-known works are the lengthy narrative poems Don Juan and Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage and the short lyric “She Walks in Beauty.” He is regarded as one of the greatest British poets and remains widely read and influential.

Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.

August 8: Humor

August 8

I’m astounded by people who want to “know” the universe when it’s hard enough to find your way around Chinatown.
~Woody Allen

I look forward to the invention of faster-than-light travel. What I’m not looking forward to is the long wait in the dark once I arrive at my destination.
~Marc Beland


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