Thursday, June 4, 2009


Life is thickly sown with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to pass quickly through them. The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us.
Voltaire (1694-1778)philosopher and writer

I cannot promise very much.
I give you the images I know.
Lie still with me and watch.
We laugh and we touch.
I promise you love. Time will not take that away.
Anne Sexton (1928-1974) poet & writer

The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once.
Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

How much of human life is lost in waiting.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) poet, lecturer and essayist

Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)playwright, poet, novelist

Each has his past shut in him like the leaves of a book known to him by heart and his friends can only read the title.
Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) novelist and essayist

Waiting is painful. Forgetting is painful. But not knowing which to do is the worse kind of suffering.
Paulo Coelho (b. 1947) lyricist & novelist

A baby is God's opinion that life should go on. Never will a time come when the most marvelous recent invention is as marvelous as a newborn baby. The finest of our precision watches, the most super-colossal of our supercargo planes don't compare with a newborn baby in the number and ingenuity of coils and springs, in the flow and change of chemical solutions, in timing devises and interrelated parts that are irreplaceable.
Carl Sandburg (1878-1967)historian, poet and novelist

The greatest stories are those that resonate our beginnings and intuit our endings, our mysterious origins and our numinous destinies, and dissolve them both into one.
Ben Okri (b. 1959) poet and novelist
best known for the famished road, winner of the 1991 booker prize

The years like great black oxen tread the world
And God, the herdsman, goads them on behind.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) poet and dramatist

notes on photos:
  1. le defenseur du temps - a large mechanical clock found in the passageway known as the quartier de l'horloge in paris, quite close to the centre georges pompidou. the clock shows a soldier battling a dragon and other mythical animals. the clock was erected in 1979 and was created by jacques monestier.
  2. another wonderful parisian clock can be found at the musée d'orsay. this photo was taken from inside the museum.
  3. since I'm in europe I should post a pic of perhaps the most famous european clock - big ben in london -technically, it isn't the clock which named 'big ben' but rather the bell. however, most folks refer to the clock as big ben. did you know that in may of this year the clock celebrated its 150th anniversary!
  4. from the capital of the u.k to the capital of the u.s. - inside union station in washington d.c.
  5. a fanciful and magical clock on some avenue in new york city.
  6. since I'm traveling about I thought I'd include this clock tower on a church in reykjavík, iceland.
  7. have you ever noticed that in an exam room the clock never seems to move?
  8. wrist clocks for sale on the streets of new york city.
  9. clock tower in santo domingo. I never had to worry about what time it was while I was on an extended business trip in the dominican republic for this was the view from the room I was in - pretty gorgeous!
  10. a very precise countdown clock in new york city - somewhere I have the address of the website which explains all the numbers, if I run across it I'll come back and add it - until then you can try and figure it out yourself!

well, duh what else, clocks by coldplay


mum said...

gorgeous. gorgeous. Love all of it but the Einstein quote and Coelho's stand out for me this morning. Great song, too. I'll be back to gaze at this during the day, for sure.

best, kimy.

Ronda Laveen said...

Loved the Einstein quote! Good ol' Albert you can always count on him. Fantastic photos as always!

tony said...

Thank You For Anne Sexton .What A Great Woman!
Union Station Looks Really Cool .I've never been in it .The only place in Washington I've ever been too was The Airport where I had to Wait Ages for a transfer.It Was Hell-On-Wheels! Next Time I Will Take The Train!

The Silver Fox said...

Great collection of photos and captions, as always.

Marianna said...

Thank you for sharing your wonderfull pictures and for Anne Sexton's quote (all the quotes really)!

Happy TT

High Desert Diva said...

Love your collection of clock photos and quotes. #1 and 10 are my favorite clocks.

willow said...

Wonderful clock pics. That first one is amazing! Love the Woolf quote.

John Hayes said...

Wonderful images & quotes!

Roy said...

Wow! That first one is some clock! I think I'd have a hard time actually figuring out what time it was on it, though. And I recognized DC's Union Station right off - I've been in there many a time (and Tony, in DC it doesn't matter what form of transportation you take, you still wait and wait and everything is always running behind schedule. It's just the nature of the beast in DC).

Another great collection of photos, Kim!

Meri said...

I love the Anne Sexton and Ben Okri quotes -- the photos in this one are great, too. What great variety!

Brian Miller said...

oh wow! that first one captured me. your TT post are a joy to sit and ponder visually and the quotes!

reyjr said...

great photos! :D The Big Ben in particular brings memories of the West End for me. :D I loved my time in London!

Poetikat said...

These were all wonderful photos Kimy(mouse). I love the long-distance shot of Big Ben and the interior of the Parisian clock. (How did you get into MY doctor's office?)


California Girl said...

I agree with Einstein and Sandburg.
That sculpted clock in Paris is fantastic.

How long are you away? Your photos resonate and I'm thinking you took your computer? My photog husband would do the same.

Debo Hobo said...

Voltaire and Anne Sexton great quotes!!! :)

Leah said...

Yes, the Einstein quote kinda blew my mind a little bit. I'm copying it down and putting it up on my wall. I love it.

Awesome TT post.

ArtSparker said...

I like the clock with magician and apprentice on top...

At my back I always hear
Time's winged chariot hurrying near

- Andrew Marvell

Lover of Life said...

Terrific pictures and quotes. Loved them all.

Wings said...

Great pics, great post, as usual! :)

tut-tut said...

Great pairings once again. I love your quotes, and such a variety of sources, from so many periods, disciplines, geographic backgrounds.

I didn't know Ben Okri was so young (wait, he's not that young, is he!?)

Dakota Bear said...

"Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen."

I like this quote and the magical clock that went along with it.

Megan said...

I knew I was going to get some great photos over here today, and by golly I sure did.

One of the books in my pile to read is a biography of Anne Sexton...looks like it's gonna be good.

Colette Amelia said...

Your photos totally blew me away! Wow! super duper collection of quotes!

Baino said...

I so nearly posted ColdPlay! Love your clocks and the one from London, I can't place where it's shot from although the lions suggest Trafalga Square. . .the streetscape looks different though. As for that one in New York, I'd love to know how to tell the time by it! Exceptional as usual.

Anonymous said...

kimy, absotively fantastic! And love the Voltaire quote, as well as Emerson( he had that one spot on ) :)

Candie Bracci said...

Great set of pics here and great music!

lettuce said...

i like the Einstein quote

all great, as always!

Mrsupole said...

I love the pictures of the clocks, especially the first one. I just had to stare at it for awhile because it is so amazing.

The Einstein quote is fantastic and is a quote that will always apply.

Thank you for this post.

God bless.

marxsny said...

As silly as it may be, I first read Anne Sexton because of a Peter Gabriel song. I also used to work right outside of that clock on Union Square. I always wondered what produced the smoke. I imagine it looks a little different now with the demise of Circuit City.