„Were I a nightingale, I would act the part of a nightingale; were I a swan, the part of a swan.“

—  Epiktet

Book I, ch. 16.
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griechischer Philosoph 50 - 138

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Democritus Foto

„In the weightiest matters we must go to school to the animals, and learn spinning and weaving from the spider, building from the swallow, singing from the birds,—from the swan and the nightingale, imitating their art.“

—  Democritus Ancient Greek philosopher, pupil of Leucippus, founder of the atomic theory

Source Book in Ancient Philosophy (1907), The Golden Sayings of Democritus

Max Ernst Foto

„I saw a shady forest and therein a crowd of nightingales. The nightingales as to their breast were rough and hairy, and as to their feet some were like calves, some like panthers, and some like wolves, and they had beast's claws instead of toes.“

—  Max Ernst German painter, sculptor and graphic artist 1891 - 1976

text of Max Ernst's poem 'First Memorable Conversation with the Chimera', in the journal 'VVV', no. 1. New York, June 1942, p. 17
1936 - 1950

William Shakespeare Foto

„I will make thee think thy swan a crow.“

—  William Shakespeare, buch Romeo und Julia

Quelle: Romeo and Juliet

Matthew Arnold Foto

„Let the long contention cease!
Geese are swans, and swans are geese.“

—  Matthew Arnold, The Last Word

St. 2
The Last Word (1867)

Sören Kierkegaard Foto
James Elroy Flecker Foto

„I have seen old ships sail like swans asleep.“

—  James Elroy Flecker Poet 1884 - 1915

The Old Ships (l. 1)

Max Ernst Foto

„But it is of the past, it seems to me. Perhaps... Man and the nightingales were in the most favourable situation for imagining: for them the forest was a perfect dream-conductor..“

—  Max Ernst German painter, sculptor and graphic artist 1891 - 1976

1910 - 1935, The mysteries of the forest' (1934)

Samuel Taylor Coleridge Foto
Elizabeth Barrett Browning Foto
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Plutarch Foto

„Agesilaus being invited once to hear a man who admirably imitated the nightingale, he declined, saying he had heard the nightingale itself.“

—  Plutarch ancient Greek historian and philosopher 46 - 127

Life of Agesilaus II
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919)

Dejan Stojanovic Foto

„There is no competition of sounds between a nightingale and a violin.“

—  Dejan Stojanovic poet, writer, and businessman 1959

Dancing of Sounds http://www.poetrysoup.com/famous/poem/21378/Dancing_of_Sounds
From the poems written in English

Edmund Spenser Foto

„One musn't overrate the culture of what used to be called "top people" before the wars. They had charming manners, but they were as ignorant as swans.“

—  Kenneth Clark Art historian, broadcaster and museum director 1903 - 1983

Quelle: Civilisation (1969), Ch. 13: Heroic Materialism

Gil Vicente Foto

„The rose looks out in the valley,
And thither will I go,
To the rosy vale, where the nightingale
Sings his song of woe.“

—  Gil Vicente Portuguese writer 1456 - 1536

En la huerta nasce la rosa:
quiérome ir allá
por mirar al ruiseñor cómo cantavá.
En la huerta nace la rosa — "The Nightingale", as translated by John Bowring in Ancient Poetry and Romances of Spain (1824), p. 316

„O'er seas that have no beaches
To end their waves upon,
I floated with twelve peaches,
A sofa and a swan.“

—  Mervyn Peake English writer, artist, poet and illustrator 1911 - 1968

Poem O'er seas that have no beaches

Maxim Gorky Foto

„There's a little book I'm thinking of writing — "Swan Song" is what I shall call it. The song of the dying.“

—  Maxim Gorky Russian and Soviet writer 1868 - 1936

Foma Gordeyev (1899) [also translated as The Man Who Was Afraid; the English music group Led Zeppelin would later name their record label "Swan Song".
Kontext: There's a little book I'm thinking of writing — "Swan Song" is what I shall call it. The song of the dying. And my book will be incense burnt at the deathbed of this society, damned with the damnation of its own impotence.

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