— Ovid Roman poet -43 - 17 до н.э.
„The steady drip of water causes stone to hollow and yield.“
Book I, line 313 (tr. Stallings)
Variant translation: Continual dropping wears away a stone.
Compare: "The soft droppes of rain pierce the hard marble; many strokes overthrow the tallest oaks", John Lyly, Euphues, 1579 (Arber's reprint), p. 81
De Rerum Natura (On the Nature of Things)
Добавить примечание: (la) Stilicidi casus lapidem cavat.
„water is fearless, you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup, you put water into a teapot it becomes the teapot, water can flow drip, creap, or crash!“
— Bruce Lee Hong Kong-American actor, martial artist, philosopher and filmmaker 1940 - 1973
— Plutarch, книга Moralia
Moralia, Of the Training of Children
„A series of ever-decreasing splashes drip and plop into black water… thus the beginning of the film is reprised.“
— Peter Greenaway British film director 1942
„After all, when a stone is dropped into a pond, the water continues quivering even after the stone has sunk to the bottom.“
— Arthur Golden, книга Memoirs of a Geisha
Источник: Memoirs of a Geisha
„Water begins to boil in the kettle; it starts as a private, secluded sound, pure as rain, and grows to a steady, solipsistic bubbling.“
— Amit Chaudhuri contemporary Indian-English novelist 1962
Afternoon Raag (1993)
— George Eliot, книга Silas Marner
Источник: Silas Marner
„Goodbye, goodbye, old stones, the time-order is going,
I have married my hands to perpetual agitation,
I run, I run to the whistle of money.
Money money money
Water water water.“
— Theodore Roethke American poet 1908 - 1963
"The Lost Son," ll. 107-111
The Lost Son and Other Poems (1948)
„… the value of land must, in the future, be assessed on its yield of potable water. Those property-owners with a constant source of pure water already have an economically-valuable "product" from their land, and need look no further for a source of income.“
— Bill Mollison Australian permaculturist 1928 - 2016
Permaculture: A Designers' Manual (1988)
„I can talk to fish!" Angel said happily, water dripping off her long, skinny body. "Ask one over for dinner," Fang said, joining us.“
— James Patterson, School's Out—Forever
Источник: School's Out—Forever
„His many years had reduced and polished him the way water smooths and polishes a stone or generations of men polish a proverb.“
— Jorge Luis Borges, книга The Man on the Threshold
"The Man on the Threshold", in The Aleph (1949); tr. Andrew Hurley, Collected Fictions (1998). Cf. "The South" in Ficciones" (1944)
— Juliet Marillier, книга Cybele's Secret
Источник: Cybele's Secret
„The finest workers in stone are not copper or steel tools, but the gentle touches of air and water working at their leisure with a liberal allowance of time.“
— Henry David Thoreau 1817-1862 American poet, essayist, naturalist, and abolitionist 1817 - 1862
A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/etext03/7cncd10.txt (1849), Wednesday
The barges down in the river flop.
From the slimy branches the grey drips drop…
To the oozy waters, that lounge and flop…
And my head shrieks--"Stop"
And my heart shrieks--"Die"…“
— Theo Marzials Anglo-French poet and eccentric 1850 - 1920
A Tragedy, reported by several critics to be the worst poem published in the English language. http://www.reedleycollege.edu/academic/Departments/CompLitComm/sbowie/Tragedy.htm.
„It is not until much later, as the skin sags and the heart weakens, that children understand; their stories, and all their accomplishments, sit atop the stories of their mothers and fathers, stones upon stones, beneath the waters of their lives.“
— Mitch Albom, книга The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Источник: The Five People You Meet in Heaven (2003)
Контексте: Parents rarely let go of their children, so children let go of them. They move on. They move away. The moments that used to define them - a mother's approval, a father's nod - are covered by moments of their own accomplishments. It is not until much later, as the skin sags and the heart weakens, that children understand; their stories, and all their accomplishments, sit atop the stories of their mothers and fathers, stones upon stones, beneath the waters of their lives.
„China's post-totalitarian era has two distinguishing characteristics. First, the rulers still want desperately to hold on to their dictatorial system in the midst of a crisis of legitimacy. Second, society no longer approves of such a system of dictatorship. A spontaneously growing civil society is gradually coming into being, and, although it does not yet have the strength to change the existing system, the increasing pluralism of its economy and its values, like water dripping on stone, is gradually eroding our rigid political monism.“
— Liu Xiaobo Chinese literary critic, writer, professor, and human rights activist 1955 - 2017
The Spiritual Landscape of the Urban Young in Post-Totalitarian China" (2004)
No Enemies, No Hate: Selected Essays and Poems
„Caught me making eyes at the other boatman's wives,
And heard me laughing louder at the jokes told by their daughters,
I'd set my course for land, but you well understand
It takes a steady hand to navigate adulterous waters.“
Messes of Men.
Brother, Sister (2006)
„A soul of water a soul of stone.
A soul by name a soul unknown.
The hours unmake our flesh our bone.
The Soul is all and all alone!“
— Clive Barker author, film director and visual artist 1952
„The birds depart, the flowers wither, the branches are dislodged and drift downward; no trace is left of the floating island but a stone submerged by the water; — such is our personality.“
— Cyril Connolly, книга The Unquiet Grave
Part I: Ecce Gubernator (p. 20)
The Unquiet Grave (1944)
Контексте: A stone lies in a river; a piece of wood is jammed against it; dead leaves, drifting logs, and branches caked with mud collect; weeds settle there, and soon birds have made a nest and are feeding their young among the blossoming water plants. Then the river rises and the earth is washed away. The birds depart, the flowers wither, the branches are dislodged and drift downward; no trace is left of the floating island but a stone submerged by the water; — such is our personality.