Victorian Hats and Caps for Wednesday Whimsy

008It’s been rather windy of late where I live, which made me think of hats, so this week I’m026 sharing some of my Victorian trade (advertising) cards with that theme. I realize the hats and caps depicted are from different eras, but the cards are pretty much all Victorian.

I did another post about hats awhile ago, so for today’s quotes I’m going with the subject of wind. Speaing of which, the only song I ever learned in Spanish was “Windy” by The Association. Second random fact, the only song I ever learned in Russian was “Moscow Nights.” OK, on with the quotes!

004The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails. William Arthur Ward

The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of 011a person spreads in all directions. Chanakya

Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind. Bruce Lee

If you reveal your secrets to the wind, you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees. Khalil Gibran

A wind has blown the rain away and blown the sky away and all the leaves away, and the trees stand. I think, I too, have known autumn too long. e. e. cummings

Life is short. It can come and go like a feather in the wind. Shania Twain

010Same with anyone who’s been flying for years and loves it still… we’re part of a world we deeply love. Just as musicians feel about scores and melodies, dancers about the steps and flow of music, so we’re one with the principle of flight, the magic of being aloft in the wind! Richard Bach

The three great elemental sounds in nature are the sound of rain, the sound of wind in a primeval wood, and the sound of outer ocean on a beach. Henry Beston

Though the sex to which I belong is considered weak you will nevertheless find me a 007rock that bends to no wind. Elizabeth I

He ploughs the waves, sows the sand, and hopes to gather the wind in a net, who places his hopes in the heart of a woman. Jacopo Sannazaro

Men do change, and change comes like a little wind that ruffles the curtains at dawn, and it comes like the stealthy perfume of wildflowers hidden in the grass. John Steinbeck

The autumn wind is a pirate. Blustering in from sea with a rollicking song he sweeps along swaggering boisterously. His face is weather beaten, he wears a hooded sash with a silver hat about his head… The autumn wind is a Raider, pillaging just for fun. Steve Sabol

Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans fires. Francois de La Rochefoucauld

012One learns more from listening than speaking. And both the wind and the people who continue to live close to nature still have much to tell us which we cannot hear within university walls. Thor Heyerdahl

Words empty as the wind are best left unsaid. Homer



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