„A great wind is blowing and that either gives you imagination… or a headache.“
As quoted in Daughters of Eve (1930) by Gamaliel Bradford, p. 192
Variant: A great wind is blowing, and that gives you either imagination or a headache.
Source: Anthills of the Savannah
„You can blow out a candle
But you can't blow out a fire
Once the flames begin to catch
The wind will blow it higher“
— Peter Gabriel English singer-songwriter, record producer and humanitarian 1950
— Ikkyu Japanese Buddhist monk 1394 - 1481
As quoted in The Essence of Zen : Zen Buddhism for Every Day and Every Moment (2002) by Mark Levon Byrne, p. 28.
Context: From the world of passions returning to the world of passions:
There is a moment's pause.
If it rains, let it rain, if the wind blows, let it blow.
— Bob Dylan American singer-songwriter, musician, author, and artist 1941
Song lyrics, Bringing It All Back Home (1965), Subterranean Homesick Blues
„Absence extinguishes the minor passions and increases the great ones, as the wind blows out a candle and fans a fire.“
L'absence diminue les médiocres passions, et augmente les grandes, comme le vent éteint les bougies et allume le feu.
Variant translation: Absence weakens the minor passions and adds to the effects of great ones, as the wind blows out a candle and fans a fire.
Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Maxims (1665–1678)
Source: The Blood of Olympus
— Harold Macmillan British politician 1894 - 1986
"Mr Macmillan's appeal to South Africans", The Times, 4 February 1960, p. 15.
Speech to the South African Parliament, 3 February 1960.
Context: The most striking of all the impressions I have formed since I left London a month ago is of the strength of this African national consciousness. In different places it may take different forms but it is happening everywhere. The wind of change is blowing through this continent. Whether we like it or not, this growth of national consciousness is a political fact. We must all accept it as a fact.
„Right now I’m working on a book set in the thirty years on either side of 2010, but I shouldn’t give too many details or the next thing you know it’s on Wikipedia and if I change my mind and decide to recast King Lear in a pond of frogs and toads I’ll just give a hardworking Wikipedian an extra headache.“
— David Mitchell English novelist 1969
Interview in The Paris Review http://www.theparisreview.org/interviews/6034/the-art-of-fiction-no-204-david-mitchell
— Ryan Adams American alt-country/rock singer-songwriter 1974
Oh My Sweet Carolina
— W.B. Yeats Irish poet and playwright 1865 - 1939
„Tomorrow, go forth and stand before the Lord. A great and strong wind will blow over you and rend the mountains and break in pieces the rocks, but the Lord will not be in the wind. And after the wind and earthquake, but the Lord will not be in the earthquake. And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord will not be in the fire. And after the fire a gentle, cooling breeze. That is where the Lord will be.“
This is how the spirit comes. After the gale, the earthquake, and fire: a gentle, cooling breeze. This is how it will come in our own day as well. We are passing through the period of earthquake, the fire is approaching, and eventually (when? after how many generations?) the gentle, cool breeze will blow.
"The Desert. Sinai.", Ch. 21, p. 278
Report to Greco (1965)
— D.H. Lawrence English novelist, poet, playwright, essayist, literary critic and painter 1885 - 1930
Song of a Man who has Come Through (1917)
„You said that the mind is like the wind, but perhaps it is we who are like the wind. Knowing nothing, simply blowing through. Never aging, never dying“
— Haruki Murakami Japanese author, novelist 1949
Source: Hardboiled Wonderland and the End of the World (1985), Chapter 16: The Coming of Winter