Quotes about spring

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Hermann Hesse photo

„Desire to sleep has vanished now,
Spring has arrived in the night
In the wake of a storm.“

—  Hermann Hesse, book Gertrud

Source: Gertrude (1910), p. 164
Context: The south winds roars at night,
Curlews hasten in their flight,
The air is damp and warm.
Desire to sleep has vanished now,
Spring has arrived in the night
In the wake of a storm.

Bashō Matsuo photo
Paul Celan photo

„Spring: trees flying up to their birds“

—  Paul Celan Romanian poet and translator 1920 - 1970

Neville Goddard photo
Gloria Steinem photo

„The Arab Spring did a great deal for women because the person who spread the word in the first place was a woman. Women participated in it; they were fully out there in the street.“

—  Gloria Steinem American feminist and journalist 1934

The Humanist interview (2012)
Context: The Arab Spring did a great deal for women because the person who spread the word in the first place was a woman. Women participated in it; they were fully out there in the street. Nawal El Saadawi is a founding figure of Egyptian and Middle Eastern feminism who wrote a book opposing female genital mutilation (of which she is a victim). She’s been banned. She’s been in prison. She’s now in her eighties and during the Arab Spring she was like the wise woman of Liberation Square, sitting in the middle of it as young women and young men came to her for instruction, for blessings, and so on.
But it’s very often the case with revolutionary moments that women are present but then they’re drummed out of it afterwards.

Ralph Waldo Emerson photo
Pablo Neruda photo

„I want to do with you what spring does with cherry trees.“

—  Pablo Neruda, book Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair

Quiero hacer contigo lo que la primavera hace con los cerezos.
"Every Day You Play" (Juegas Todos las Días), XIV, p. 35.
Variant: I want
To do with you what spring does with the cherry trees.
Source: Veinte Poemas de Amor y una Canción Desesperada (Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair) (1924)

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Wang Wei photo

„Red beans come from Southern country,
Few blossoms on vines when Spring comes.
For my sake please pick many of them,
They are the best symbol of true love.“

—  Wang Wei a Tang dynasty Chinese poet, musician, painter, and statesman 699 - 759

"Red Beans" (相思), trans. Zi-chang Tang
Original: (zh_Hant) 紅豆生南國,春來發幾枝。
願君多採擷,此物最相思。

Omar Khayyám photo

„Yet Ah, that Spring should vanish with the Rose!“

—  Omar Khayyám Persian poet, philosopher, mathematician, and astronomer 1048 - 1131

Source: The Rubaiyat (1120)
Context: Yet Ah, that Spring should vanish with the Rose!
That Youth's sweet-scented manuscript should close!
The Nightingale that in the branches sang,
Ah, whence, and whither flown again, who knows!

Alexander Calder photo
Yoko Ono photo
Khalil Gibran photo
Hannah Arendt photo

„Persecution of powerless or power-losing groups may not be a very pleasant spectacle, but it does not spring from human meanness alone.“

—  Hannah Arendt, book The Origins of Totalitarianism

Part 1, Ch. 1, § 1.
The Origins of Totalitarianism (1951)
Context: Persecution of powerless or power-losing groups may not be a very pleasant spectacle, but it does not spring from human meanness alone. What makes men obey or tolerate real power and, on the other hand, hate people who have wealth without power, is the rational instinct that power has a certain function and is of some general use. Even exploitation and oppression still make society work and establish some kind of order. Only wealth without power or aloofness without a policy are felt to be parasitical, useless, revolting, because such conditions cut all the threads which tie men together. Wealth which does not exploit lacks even the relationship which exists between exploiter and exploited; aloofness without policy does not imply even the minimum concern of the oppressor for the oppressed.

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Pietro Aretino photo

„Yes, let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius.“

—  Pietro Aretino Italian author, playwright, poet, satirist, and blackmailer 1492 - 1556

p. 143

Su Shi photo

„Life is like a spring dream which vanishes without a trace.“

—  Su Shi Chinese writer 1037 - 1101

As quoted in Six Records of a Floating Life by Shen Fu, Chapter 1: 'Wedded Bliss'; translated by Lin Yutang in The Wisdom of China and India (1942), p. 968
Variant translation:
Life passes like a spring dream without a trace.
Lin Yutang, The Importance of Living (1937), p. 156
Original: (zh) 事如春梦了无痕。

Haruki Murakami photo

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“