Quote, June 4, 2011 - Bonus Quote

ejmoore510(7)June 3, 2011

There is a legend about a bird that sings just once in its life, more

sweetly than any other creature on the face of the earth. From the

moment it leaves the nest it searches for a thorn tree and does not

rest until it has found one. Then, singing among the savage branches,

it impales itself upon the longest, sharpest spine. Dying, it rises

above its own agony to out-carol the lark and the nightingale. One

superlative song, existence the price. But the whole world stills to

listen, and God in His heaven smiles. For the best is only bought at

the cost of the great pain. � Or so says the legend.

--Colleen McCullough

Do you find this as inspiring as I do?

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agnespuffin

what bothers me about it is the idea that to show to the world what wonderful things you can do, means that's the final thing, and you can't do something wonderful again.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2011 at 12:42AM
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lilod(NoCal/8)

The legend of the Thornbird, it is double-edged,, but to me it means that some go out in one big flash of glory, putting all their spirit into one great effort - there are some that are able to do that.
Thank you, EJ for a week of quotes produced under somewhat trying circumstances, net you breathe a sigh of reliefthat you made it for the week and an extra!

    Bookmark   June 4, 2011 at 9:31AM
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kathyjane(z6VA)

If it were a human making the choice, the fable wouldn't bother me so much.

Guess I've rescued too many animals to want see another suffer, even when it's a just a story.

Maybe I'm too concrete and can't find the wisdom in it.

ej; I like all the others and you do a great job with all you have going on! KJ

    Bookmark   June 4, 2011 at 10:25AM
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kathyjane(z6VA)

OOOPS!
Forgot to say, "Thank You!", ej.

I hope you can get some rest this wnkd---you sure do deserve it!

    Bookmark   June 4, 2011 at 10:30AM
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don_socal

Interesting scenario that a creature would give all for a song. Many in the insect world mate and die having achieved the goal and some spiders will protect their young while withering away. Could this be an analogy for how some among us give all for a cause or purpose and once the message is delivered or deed done have no more reason to stay? Many examples by famous people.

Thank you ej for your contributions this week.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2011 at 11:36AM
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