Quotes of Clay

“ Latent abilities are like clay. It can be mud on shoes, brick in a building or a statue that will inspire all who see it. The clay is the same. The result is dependent on how it is used. ”

- James F. Lincoln

“ If we choose to be no more than clods of clay, then we shall be used as clods of clay for braver feet to tread on. ”

- Marie Corelli

“ At first people found a few diamonds in the yellow clay, and they were delighted with their good fortune, even while they supposed that this was to be the full extent of their find. Then, upon digging deeper, they came upon the blue clay, and, to their amazement, they then found as many precious stones in a day as they had previously found in a year, and what had formerly seemed like wealth faded into insignificance beside the new riches… ”

- Emmet Fox

“ It is well that the earth is round that we do not see too far ahead. ”

- Meryl Streep

“ The reproduction of mankind is a great marvel and mystery. Had God consulted me in the matter, I should have advised him to continue the generation of the species by fashioning them out of clay. ”

- Martin Luther

“ It is well that there is no one without a fault; for he would not have a friend in the world. ”

- William Hazlitt

“ The Church says that the earth is flat, but I know that it is round, for I have seen the shadow on the moon, and I have more faith in a shadow than in the Church. ”

- Ferdinand Magellan

“ The church says that the Earth is flat, but I have seen the shadow on the moon and I have more faith in the shadow than in the church. ”

- Unknown

“ There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. Everybody's crew. ”

- Marshall McLuhan

“ There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew. ”

- Unknown

“ Here and there, an old tub was put to catch the droppings of rain-water from a roof, or they were banked up with mud into a little pond like a large dirt-pie. ”

- Charles Dickens

“ This magnificent butterfly finds a little heap of dirt and sits still on it; but man will never on his heap of mud keep still. ”

- Joseph Conrad

“ If you see a defense team with dirt and mud on their backs they've had a bad day. ”

- John Madden

“ What's the difference between a Dice Clay concert and a Klan rally? Nothing. Trick question. ”

- Bob Goldthwait

“ I have you and even if we never meet or ever see each other, we have left our thumbprints in the thick, moist clay of each other's lives. ”

- Hugh Elliott

“ Cold hopes swarm like worms within our living clay. ”

- Percy Bysshe Shelley

“ Gold like the sun, which melts wax, but hardens clay, expands great souls. ”

- Antoine Rivarol

“ On leaf of palm, on sedge-wrought roll; on plastic clay and leather scroll, man wrote his thoughts; the ages passed, and lo! the Press was found at last! ”

- John Greenleaf Whittier

“ Some men must follow, and some command, though all are made of clay. ”

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“ True love in this differs from gold and clay, That to divide is not to take away. ”

- Percy Bysshe Shelley

“ We who are clay blended by the Master Potter, come from the kiln of Creation in many. ”

- Polingaysi Qoyawayma

“ I saw, for the first time in my life, two or three young white women smoking tobacco in clay pipes. From their manner it was evidently a well-formed habit, and one which they did not suspect there was occasion for them to practice clandestinely, or be ashamed of. ”

- Frederick Law Olmsted

“ The distance-learning program will revolutionize the way we teach our children in Alabama forever. Just think about it: A kid in rural Clay County or Wilcox County will have the opportunity to take advanced physics, calculus, or even Chinese. ”

- Bob Riley

“ Alas, we but chase feathers flying in the air, and tire our own spirits, for the froth and over-gilded clay of a dying life. One sight of what my Lord hath let me see within this short time, is worth a world of worlds. ”

- Samuel Rutherford

“ Nay, be a Columbus to whole new continents and worlds within you, opening new channels, not of trade, but of thought. Every man is the lord of a realm beside which the earthly empire of the Czar is but a petty state, a hummock left by the ice. Yet some can be patriotic who have no self-respect, and sacrifice the greater to the less… ”

- Henry David Thoreau

“ The forces of idealism and realism tug at each other in all human activities, personal, social and national, and real progress is made possible by the proper mix of these two ingredients, so that the clay is kept in the ideal pliable, plastic condition, half moist and half dry, not hardened and unmanageable, nor dissolving into mud. ”

- Lin Yutang

“ I suffered terribly from heat and mosquitoes as the river sank with the increasing dryness of the season, although I made an awning of the sails to work under, and slept at night in the open air with my hammock slung between the masts. But there was no rest in any part; the canoe descended deeper and deeper into the gulley through which the river flows between high clayey banks; as the water subsided, and with the glowing sun overhead we felt at midday as if in a furnace. ”

- Henry Walter Bates

“ Your face encompasses the beauty of the whole earth. Your lips, as red as ripening fruit, gently part as if in pain. It is the smile of a corpse. Now the hand of death touches life. The chain is forged that links the thousand families that are dead to the thousand generations to come. ”

- Edvard Munch

“ Listen, my friend, there are two races of beings. The masses teeming and happy — common clay, if you like — eating, breeding, working, counting their pennies; people who just live; ordinary people; people you can't imagine dead. And then there are the others — the noble ones, the heroes… ”

- Jean Anouilh

“ INAUSPICIOUSLY, adv. In an unpromising manner, the auspices being unfavorable. Among the Romans it was customary before undertaking any important action or enterprise to obtain from the augurs, or state prophets, some hint of its probable outcome; and one of their favorite and most trustworthy modes of divination consisted in observing the flight of birds — the omens thence derived being called auspices… ”

- Ambrose Bierce
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