65 Reed Quotes On Success In Life

These reed quotes will inspire you. Reed, a tall slender grass that grows in wet areas.

Below you will find a collection of motivating, happy, and encouraging reed quotes, reed sayings, and reed proverbs.

Best Reed Quotes

  1. “Man is but a reed, the most feeble thing in nature, but he is a thinking reed.” ~ Blaise Pascal
  2. “A harvest mouse goes scampering by, With silver claws and silver eye; And moveless fish in the water gleam, By silver reeds in a silver stream.” ~ Walter de La Mare
  3. “In the firm expectation that when London shall be a habitation of bitterns, when St. Paul and Westminster Abbey shall stand shapeless and nameless ruins in the midst of an unpeopled marsh, when the piers of Waterloo Bridge shall become the nuclei of islets of reeds and osiers, and cast the jagged shadows of their broken arches on the solitary stream, some Transatlantic commentator will be weighing in the scales of some new and now unimagined system of criticism the respective merits of the Bells and the Fudges and their historians.” ~ Percy Bysshe Shelley
  4. “The green reed which bends in the wind is stronger than the mighty oak which breaks in a storm.” ~ Confucius

  5. “The little reed, bending to the force of the wind, soon stood upright again when the storm had passed over.” ~ Aesop
  6. “When I am in danger of bursting, I will go and whisper among the reeds.” ~ Jonathan Swift
  7. “To me, there is spirit in a reed. It’s a living thing, a weed, really, and it does contain spirit of a sort. It’s really an ancient vibration.” ~ Steve Lacy
  8. “The beauty of the landscape – where sand, water, reeds, birds, buildings, and people all somehow flowed together – has never left me.” ~ Zaha Hadid
  9. “Woman is like the reed which bends to every breeze, but breaks not in the tempest.” ~ Richard Whately

  10. “An oak and a reed were arguing about their strength. When a strong wind came up, the reed avoided being uprooted by bending and leaning with the gusts of wind. But the oak stood firm and was torn up by the roots.” ~ Aesop
  11. “He who stands like a pilar dies in battle. He who bends like a reed is triumphant!” ~ Christopher Paolini
  12. “Earthly riches are like the reed. Its roots are sunk in the swamp, and its exterior is fair to behold; but inside it is hollow. If a man leans on such a reed, it will snap off and pierce his soul.” ~ Anthony of Padua
  13. “It is not solid wood that can become a flute, but the empty reed.” ~ Hazrat Inayat Khan

  14. “All life has emptiness at its core; it is the quiet hollow reed through which the wind of God blows and makes the music that is our life.” ~ Wayne Muller
  15. “We Are All the Same
    Listen to the reeds as they sway apart;
    Hear them speak of lost friends.
    At birth, you were cut from your bed,
    Crying and grasping in separation.
    Everyone listens, knowing your song.
    You yearn for others who know your name,
    And the words to your lament.
    We are all the same, all the same,
    Longing to find our way back;
    Back to the one, back to the only one.” ~ Rumi
  16. “Many a genius has been slow of growth. Oaks that flourish for a thousand years do not spring up into beauty like a reed.” ~ George Henry Lewes
  17. “Braying of arrogant brass, whimper of querulous reeds.” ~ William Watson

  18. “Images provide a knowledge that we can interiorize rather than ‘apply,’ can take to that place in ourselves where there is water and where reeds and grasses grow.” ~ Christine Downing”Images provide a knowledge that we can interiorize rather than ‘apply,’ can take to that place in ourselves where there is water and where reeds and grasses grow.” ~ Christine Downing
  19. “There is eloquence in the tongueless wind, and a melody in the flowing brooks and the rustling of the reeds beside them, which by their inconceivable relation to something within the soul, awaken the spirits to a dance of breathless rapture, and bring tears of mysterious tenderness to the eyes, like the enthusiasm of patriotic success, or the voice of one beloved singing to you alone.” ~ Percy Bysshe Shelley
  20. “There’s music in the sighing of a reed; There’s music in the gushing of a rill; There’s music in all things, if men had ears; The earth is but the music of the spheres.” ~ Lord Byron
  21. “Ever since I was a little kid and first heard Jimmy Reed’s ‘Honey, Don’t Let Me Go,’ the blues has been in my blood.” ~ Billy Gibbons

  22. “Some say love it is a river that drowns the tender reeds. Some say love, it is a razor that leaves your heart to bleed. Some say love, it is a hunger, an endless aching need. I say love, it is a flower and you, its only seed.” ~ Bette Midler
  23. “As concerning faith we ought to be invincible, and more hard, if it might be, than the adamant stone; but as touching charity, we ought to be soft, and more flexible than the reed or leaf that is shaken with the wind, and ready to yield to everything.” ~ Martin Luther
  24. “The smell of manure, of sun on foliage, of evaporating water, rose to my head; two steps farther, and I could look down into the vegetable garden enclosed within its tall pale of reeds – rich chocolate earth studded emerald green, frothed with the white of cauliflowers, jeweled with the purple globes of eggplant and the scarlet wealth of tomatoes.” ~ Doris Lessing
  25. “Who can mistake great thoughts? They seize upon the mind; arrest and search, And shake it; bow the tall soul as by wind; Rush over it like a river reeds.” ~ Philip James Bailey

  26. “When I was growing up, I fetishised New York City. It was the land of Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground, it was where Leonard Cohen wrote ‘Chelsea Hotel’, it was CBGBs and all the punk rock clubs. Artists and musicians lived there, and it was cheap and dangerous.” ~ Moby
  27. “Every now and then she looked around for tangible evidence of his having ever been there. Where were the butterflies? the blueberries? the whistling reed? She could find nothing, for he had left nothing but his stunning absence.” ~ Toni Morrison
  28. “May, queen of blossoms,
    And fulfilling flowers,
    With what pretty music
    Shall we charm the hours?
    Wilt thou have pipe and reed,
    Blown in the open mead?
    Or to the lute give heed
    In the green bowers.” ~ Edward Thurlow, 1st Baron Thurlow
  29. “We are not depending on a reed shaken by the wind, but on the Priniciple of Life Itself, for all that we have or ever shall need. It is not some Power, or a great Power, it is all power.” ~ Ernest Holmes

  30. “In peace, Love tunes the shepherd’s reed;
    In war, he mounts the warrior’s steed;
    In halls, in gay attire is seen;
    In hamlets, dances on the green.
    Love rules the court, the camp, the grove,
    And men below, and saints above;
    For love is heaven, and heaven is love.” ~ Walter Scott
  31. “But I still did not realize how mad she was, and how accustomed to dreaming; and that she would not cry out for reality, rather would feed reality to her dreams, a demon elf feeding her spinning wheel with the reeds of the world so she might make her own weblike universe.” ~ Anne Rice
  32. “BEAUTIFUL is stark, disquieting and, quite simply, riveting. Amy Reed is an author to keep on your radar.” ~ Ellen Hopkins
  33. “Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind.” ~ Johannes Brahms

  34. “They lay on their heathery beds and listened to all the sounds of the night. They heard the little grunt of a hedgehog going by. They saw the flicker of bats overhead. They smelt the drifting scent of honeysuckle, and the delicious smell of wild thyme crushed under their bodies. A reed-warbler sang a beautiful little song in the reeds below, and then another answered.” ~ Enid Blyton
  35. “Jesus says. “Acknowledge and accept who I want to be for you: a Savior of boundless compassion, infinite patience, unbearable forgiveness, and love that keeps no score of wrongs. Quit projecting onto Me your own feelings about yourself. At this moment your life is a bruised reed and I will not crush it, a smoldering wick and I will not quench it. You are in a safe place.” Brennan Manning. Abba’s Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging” ~ Brennan Manning
  36. “Hey, Tink,” Reed called to his wife. He’d given up on the poker game and was cradling the little pink handle that was Mariah Savage in his arms. “Look how cute she is. I think I want one. S’pose we can stop by Walmart and pick up one just like her.?” Chrystal glanced up from her cards and gave her husband a look. “Three o’clock feedings. Smelly diapers. Responsability.” “Oh. Right. I’d have to grow up.” ~ Cindy Gerard
  37. “My first film crush was Mark Lester as Oliver Twist in the Carol Reed film.” ~ Sally Phillips

  38. “Christ is building His kingdom with earth’s broken things. Men want only the strong, the successful, the victorious, the unbroken, in building their kingdoms; but God is the God of the unsuccessful, of those who have failed. Heaven is filling with earth’s broken lives, and there is no bruised reed that Christ cannot take and restore to glorious blessedness and beauty. He can take the life crushed by pain or sorrow and make it into a harp whose music shall be all praise. He can lift earth’s saddest failure up to heaven’s glory.” ~ J.R. Miller
  39. “Most of the time when I have met artists who have meant a lot to me, the experience has been well above expectation. People like Iggy, Lou Reed, Jerry Lee Lewis, Black Sabbath, Nick Cave, Hubert Selby Jr, Billy Gibbons, Al Pacino, John Lee Hooker, James Brown, Johnny Cash etc. have been really great to me. What strikes me is most of the time, the bigger the celeb/legend, the more polite and cool they are. It’s the insecure ones who treat you like they’re doing you a favor by shaking your hand.” ~ Henry Rollins
  40. “The merry-go-round was running, yes, but… It was running backward. The small calliope inside the carousel machinery rattle-snapped its nervous-stallion shivering drums, clashed its harvest-moon cymbals, toothed its castanets, and throatily choked and sobbed its reeds, whistles, and baroque flutes.” ~ Ray Bradbury
  41. “In the end it will not matter to us whether we wrote well or ill; whether we fought with flails or reeds. It will matter to us greatly on what side we fought.” ~ Gilbert K. Chesterton

  42. “Man is only a reed, the weakest in nature, but he is a thinking reed. There is no need for the whole universe to take up arms to crush him: a vapour, a drop of water is enough to kill him. but even if the universe were to crush him, man would still be nobler than his slayer, because he knows that he is dying and the advantage the universe has over him. The universe knows none of this.” ~ Blaise Pascal
  43. “That cowboy had heartbreak written all over him and she’d be damned if she knew why every time he blew into town she ended up naked before he ended up gone. Reed always ended up gone.” ~ Cindy Gerard
  44. “The Violins waltzed. The Cellos and Basses provided accompaniment. The Violas mourned their fate, while the Concertmaster showed off. The Flutes did bird imitations…repeatedly, and the reed instruments had the good taste to admire my jacket. The Trumpets held a parade in honor of our great nation, while the French Horns waxed nostalgic about something or other. The Trombones had too much to drink. The Percussion beat the band, and the Tuba stayed home playing cards with his landlady, the Harp, taking sips of warm milk a blue little cup. “But the Composer is still dead.” ~ Daniel Handler
  45. “Representative William McK. Springer, remarks in the House, quoting Henry Clay: As for me, I would rather be right than be President. Reed: Well, the gentleman will never be either.” ~ Bill Vaughan

  46. “Is it a different New York since Lou Reed died? It’s been a different New York since I saw him in his sweatpants at the Cozy Soup ‘n’ Burger.” ~ Julie Klausner
  47. “For hym was levere have at his beddes heed Twenty bookes, clad in blak or reed, Of Aristotle and his philosophie, Than robes riche, or fithele, or gay sautrie.” ~ Geoffrey Chaucer
  48. “Ten years from now I think people are going to look back and say Willis Reed pulled a Curt Schilling…Willis Reed scored four points. Curt Schilling went seven innings against one of the best offenses of recent memory. No offense to Willis Reed.” ~ Theo Epstein
  49. “It’s a miracle that David Bowie, Lou Reed and Iggy Pop are actually still alive today, given how hard they lived.” ~ Mick Rock

  50. “From out the peaceful hollow of its throat / such music pours as I am unaware / how to devise. I did not think these things. / It is the reed that sings.” ~ Alice Smith
  51. “I do think it’s probably true to a certain extent that you tend to sing music that fits your voice. If you’re Lou Reed, you’re unlikely to become a country singer.” ~ Teddy Thompson
  52. “Hither rolls the storm of heat;
    I feel its finer billows beat
    Like a sea which me infolds;
    Heat with viewless fingers moulds,
    Swells, and mellows, and matures,
    Paints, and flavors, and allures,
    Bird and brier inly warms,
    Still enriches and transforms,
    Gives the reed and lily length,
    Adds to oak and oxen strength,
    Transforming what it doth infold,
    Life out of death, new out of old.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
  53. “I don’t think Ed Reed has to take a back seat to anybody who ever played the position. ANYBODY.” ~ Ronnie Lott

  54. “In 1965, in Reed v. Van Hoven, a court determined (237 F.Supp. 48. W.D.Mich. 1965.) that it was permissible for students to pray over their lunch at school so long as no one knew they were praying – that is, they couldn’t say words or move their lips, but they could pray only if no one knew about it!” ~ David Barton
  55. “My friend Lou Reed came to the end of his song. So very sad.But hey, Lou, you’ll always take a walk on the wild side. Always a perfect day.” ~ Salman Rushdie
  56. “At best, in such depression times, monetary policy is a feeble reed on which to lean.” ~ John Kenneth Galbraith
  57. “A rocket is a reed that thinks brilliantly.” ~ Jose Bergamin

  58. “Reed College at that time offered perhaps the best calligraphy instruction in the country…. I decided to take a calligraphy class to learn how to do this…. It was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle in a way that science can’t capture, and I found it fascinating. None of this had even a hope of any practical application in my life. But ten years later, when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me.” ~ Steve Jobs
  59. “I dropped out of Reed College [Portland, Oregon] after the first six months, but then stayed around as a drop-in for another 18 months or so before I really quit. So why did I drop out?” ~ Steve Jobs
  60. “Of course I’m going to learn from the greats—Ronnie Lott, Ed Reed, Troy Polamalu. But there’s a lot of unfinished work they didn’t do. I want to be the standard. I want to redefine what it means to be a safety.” ~ Earl Thomas
  61. “Beyond the terrace, a light breeze stirred the reeds at the edge of the pond. Looking out at this intimate vista, one could see the reeds and a stone lantern and the brightest of the evening’s stars floating on the gloaming mirror of the pond. Then the breeze came again to crack the water’s surface, and the picture was flooded.” ~ John Burnham Schwartz
  62. “But, I’m a big Johnny Cash and a big Lou Reed fan and a Fellini fan.” ~ Noah Taylor

  63. “His voice was cloves and nightingales, it took us to spice markets in the Celebs, we drifted with him on a houseboat beyond the Coral Sea. We were like cobras following a reed flute.” ~ Janet Fitch
  64. “Yet half the beast is the great god Pan, To laugh, as he sits by the river, Making a poet out of a man. The true gods sigh for the cost and the pain– For the reed that grows never more again As a reed with the reeds of the river.” ~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  65. “For a while, I felt a little self-impelled to write Lou Reed Kind of songs. I should have understood that a Lou Reed song was anything I wanted to write about.” ~ Lou Reed

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