Fantastic Friday - Horse Quotes IV

More quotes on horses… quite a few by the famous ‘unknown’.

'The Joy of Life' ~ Lucy Kemp-Welch

‘Ask me to show you poetry in motion and I will show you a horse’ ~ Unknown

‘He has galloped through young girls’ dreams, added richness to grown women’s lives and served men in war and strife’ ~ Toni Robinson

‘His is a power enhanced by pride, a courage heightened by challenge. His is a swiftness intensified by strength, a majesty magnified by grace. His is a timeless beauty touched with gentleness, a spirit that calls our hearts to dreams’ ~ Unknown

'Burnt Out Fires' ~ Lucy Kemp-Welch

‘A stubborn horse walks behind you, an impatient horse walks in front of you, but a noble companion walks beside you’ ~ Unknown

‘I heard a neigh. Oh, such a brisk and melodious neigh it was. My very heart leapt with the sound’ ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

'The Horse Fair' ~ Rosa Bonheur (horse market in Paris)

‘Horses change lives. They give our young people confidence and self-esteem. They provide peace and tranquillity to troubled souls. They give us hope’ ~ Toni Robinson

‘A dog may be man’s best friend… but the horse wrote history’ ~ Unknown

'The Custer Fight' ~ Charles Marion Russell (showing Battle of Little Bighorn from the Indian side)

‘One can get in a car and see what man has made. One must get on a horse to see what God has made’ ~ Unknown

‘A true horseman does not look at the horse with his eyes, he looks at his horse with his heart’ ~ Unknown

‘Through the days of love and celebration and joy, and through the dark days of mourning – the faithful horse has been with us always’ ~ Elizabeth Cotton


Favourites on Friday - Native American Quotes IV

I think I’ve decided on the changes I’ll be making to the blog, nothing major, just a bit of rearranging.  I’m going to keep the Friday post, though I might rename it, and have it mainly for miscellaneous things, like quotes, craft, pictures … The ‘Sunday Section’ will stay as it is with the usual book/film/music reviews, and will include ‘days out’/travel posts; I’m hoping to have it mirror the supplement section of weekend newspapers.  And I want to resurrect my ‘writing’ posts, but haven’t quite decided on the day for that.

For today, here are more Native American quotes, starting with an Apache blessing

‘May the sun bring you new energy by day,

May the moon softly restore you by night,

May the rain wash away your worries,

May the breeze blow new strength into your being,

May you walk gently through the world, and know its beauty all the days of your life.’

Apache (son of the south)

‘As a Medicine Elder said, “Your medicine is your life, and your life is represented by all those things that you have said, that have been given to you, and what you have given others … and it is all that you are … your Medicine is all the things that you ‘bundle’ together in the form of objects that you hold sacred to the world.”’ ~ Medicine of the Cherokee

‘Our religion is the traditions of our ancestors, the dreams of our old men, given them by the Great Spirit, and visions of our sachems, and is written in the hearts of our people.  Our God is the same God … He is the God of man, and His compassion is equal for the red man and the white man.’ ~ Chief Seattle, from his speech to Isaac Stevens, Governor of Washington Territory, 1854

Chief Seattle (taken 1864)

‘A woman’s highest calling is to lead a man to his soul so as to unite him with Source.

A man’s highest calling is to protect woman so she is free to walk the earth unharmed.’ ~ Cherokee proverb

Cherokee couple

‘I do not think the measure of a civilization is how tall its buildings of concrete are, but rather how well its people have learned to relate to their environment and fellow man’ ~ Sun Bear of the Chippewa Tribe

Sun Bear

‘Humankind has not woven the web of life.  We are but one thread within it.  Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.  All things are bound together.  All things connect.’ ~ Chief Seattle, 1854

‘When it comes time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way.  Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.’ ~ Chief Aupumut, Mohican, 1725

'The Signal' ~ Joe Velazquez

‘Hold on to what is good,

Even if it’s a handful of earth.

Hold on to what you believe,

Even if it’s a tree that stands by itself.

Hold on to what you must do,

Even if it’s a long way from here.

Hold on to your life,

Even if it’s easier to let go.

Hold on to my hand,

Even if someday I’ll be gone away from you.’

a Pueblo Indian prayer

Pueblo Indians

Favourites on Friday - Horse Quotes III

‘I have seen things so beautiful they have brought tears to my eyes.  Yet none of them can match the gracefulness and beauty of a horse running free’ ~ Unknown


‘About the head of a truly great horse there is an air of freedom unconquerable.  The eyes seem to look on heights beyond our gaze.  It is the look of a spirit that can soar’ ~ John Taunter Foote


‘The horse.  Here is nobility without conceit, friendship without envy, beauty without vanity.  A willing servant, yet never a slave’ ~ Ronald Duncan


‘One must think when looking at a horse in motion, that it hears music inside its head’ ~ Unknown


‘We have almost forgotten how strange a thing it is that so huge and powerful and intelligent an animal as a horse should allow another, and far more feeble animal, to ride upon its back’ ~ Peter Gray

'The Riders' ~ Lucy Kemp-Welch

‘Dance above ground, never descending.  Grace incarnate.  Passion on hooves’ ~ Unknown


‘In the steady gaze of the horse shines a silent eloquence that speaks of love and loyalty, strength and courage.  It is the window that reveals to us how willing is his spirit, how generous his heart’ ~ Unknown


‘His is a power enhanced by pride, a courage heightened by challenge.  His is a swiftness intensified by strength, a majesty magnified by grace.  His is a timeless beauty touched with gentleness, a spirit that calls our hearts to dream’ ~ Unknown

Favourites on Friday - Horse Quotes II

Thought I’d posted more than one lot of horse quotes, but turns out I’ve only done it once.  Time to rectify that oversight!


‘When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk; he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it; the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipes of Hermes’ ~ William Shakespeare, ‘Henry V’

(Lulworth Castle 2009)

‘Whether you regard the horse with awe or love, it is impossible to escape the sheer power of his presence’ ~ Mary Wanless

‘Silence takes on a new quality when the only sound is that of regular and smooth hoof beats …’ ~ Bertrand Leclair


‘To see the wind’s power, the rain’s cleansing and the sun’s radiant life, one need only to look at the horse’ ~ Unknown


‘The horse, with beauty unsurpassed, strength immeasurable and grace unlike any other, still remains humble enough to carry a man upon his back’ ~ Amber Senti

‘To understand the soul of a horse is the closest human beings can come to knowing perfection’ ~ Unknown


‘And indeed, a horse who bears himself proudly is a thing of such beauty and astonishment that he attracts the eyes of all beholders.  No one will tire of looking at him as long as he will display himself in his splendour’ ~ Xenophon

‘A man on a horse is spiritually, as well as physically, bigger than a man on foot’ ~ John Steinbeck

(Anna Langova)

‘In their eyes shine stars of wisdom and courage to guide men to the heavens’ ~ Jodie Mitchell

(Vera Kratochvil)

“It is exciting to me that no matter how much machinery replaces the horse, the work it can do is still measured in horsepower … even in the new age.  And, although a riding horse often weighs half a ton and a big drafter a full ton, either can be led about by a piece of string if he has been wisely trained.  This to me is a constant source of wonder and challenge.” ~ Marguerite Henry

(Washington Post article 1997)