February 8th ( please vote for your favourite)

"The middle of the road is where the white line is - and that's the worst place to drive."-Robert Frost_

"I guess when you turn off the main road, you have to be prepared to see some funny houses."-Stephen King

"On the road from the City of Skepticism, I had to pass through the Valley of Ambiguity." -Adam Smith-

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18 Responses to “February 8th ( please vote for your favourite)”

  1. Bruce Says:

    And another:

    Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides.
    Margaret Thatcher

  2. jacqui Says:

    i like robert frosts in a way…but if he sayign don’t sit on the fence …i don’t really agree with that sittign on the fence is ok soemtimes infact alot of the time..I don’t ave t have an opinion on everything…so i guess the last one about skepticism and ambiguity..

  3. Bruce Says:

    Thanks Jac for your vote.Can we lock it in on ambiguity?

  4. Marie Says:

    I like the second photograph..the light is better..
    I don’t like Margaret but I like her quote especially applied to dogs.. that is a yellow line but some say dogs are colour blind anyway.

    • Bruce Says:

      I quite like Margarets quote as well. Its inspirational in a non obvious way I think… like its OK to have an opinion, to pick a side or to like a certain thing a certain way… if you try to please evryone you’ll please noone and get criticised from both sides. And its funny to have Margaret Thatcher in an inspirational quotes calendar. Maybe tomorrow I will quote Ghenghis Khan, or Ma Ze Dong.

  5. Tommy Says:

    Ambiguity for sure, although it doesnt make sense to me I like it, Please correct me if I am wrong but isnt Ambuguity qiute similar to skepticism, as in, if you are a skeptic you are not beleiving and not sure about something and if you are being ambiguous you are un certain and vaugue about something.

    • Bruce Says:

      I see Skepticism as a city where things are black and white, Ambiguity a valley where there there are shades of grey and more than one meaning to things , and the road a journey towards wisdom in appreciating complexity.

  6. Susan Says:

    I like the ambiguity too. i liked maggies quote its very true but i also fence sit a lot until I am sure which way to jump ( with an eye out for fast moving vehicles) and I hate the image it conjures of that dog get run over.
    This picture has had me humming Johnny Cash all day long – “Because your mine, I walk the Line.

  7. Helena Says:

    The ambiguity one or the Thatcher one

  8. lisa Says:

    i like the first picture and stephen king’s quote. i imagine margaret thatcher was thinking mean things when she said hers, so i cant like it.

  9. jacqui Says:

    it is intersting that people think that the photos are different ..the photos are all identical unless the colour is slightly different in the last one

    • lisa Says:

      it looks to me like the colours are stronger in the first and slightly faded in the next, then again in the third one. that’s why i like the first one.

  10. Caroline Says:

    Sorry, it’s taken me ages to make a comment, but I LOVE looking at this site, and reading everybody else’s comment. Just to be difficult, I can’t decide out of any of the quotes above, so would like to add two more possibilities:

    “The fellow who says he’ll meet you halfway usually thinks he’s standing on the dividing line.”
    O.A. Battista

    “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”
    — Theodore Roosevelt

    • Bruce Says:

      Thanks Caroline and welcome to Poetic Universe. You read the bit on the website that invites you to put forward an alternative quote. I love it!

      I think whats hard about this picture is that whilst I am attracted to the lines and the colours and the starkness, it is a picture of a dog in the middle of a road which thinking about it, inspires maybe a little fear or worry about its welfare – probably not what I am going for in this calendar.
      Maybe the Paul Cohelo quote from the Alcehmist where he meets the King who says to him : ” The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world, and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon”, the drops of oil being a metaphor for the sheep in the boys care… a quote about looking after those you are responible for but not forgetting yourself.

  11. Mathew Says:

    Another option

    ‘You know I’ve heard about people like me,
    But I never made the connection.
    They walk one road to set them free
    And find they’ve gone the wrong direction.’ Don Mclean

  12. Susan Says:

    Why DID the dog cross the road?

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