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1. "To A Friend Whose Work Has Come To Triumph"Consider Icarus, pasting those sticky wintgs on,testing that strange little tug at his shoulder blade,and think of that first flawless moment over the lawnof the labyrinth. Think of the difference it made!There below are the trees, as awkward as camels;and here are the shocked starlings pumping pastand think of innocent Icarus who is doing quite well:larger than a sail, over the fog and the blastof the plushy ocean, he goes. Admire his wings!Feel the fire at his neck and see how casuallyhe glances up and is caught, wondrously tunnelinginto that hot eye. Who cares that feel back to the sea?See him acclaiming the sun and come plunging downwhile his sensible daddy goes straight into town."
Author: Anne Sexton
2. "I can't write anymore. My words are paper airplanes tenuously gliding towards the dust. The wonder of the Phoenicians, which throughout the latter part of this entry I have not fully comprehended, is getting vaguer still. Where did this feather in my hand come from? Am I Icarus?"
Author: Benson Bruno
3. "At the critical moment it is the rare few who can do what needs to be done.-Icarus"
Author: Boone Brux
4. "Mrs IcarusI'm not the first or the lastto stand on a hillock,watching the man she marriedprove to the worldhe's a total, utter, absolute, Grade A pillock."
Author: Carol Ann Duffy
5. "Laments of an IcarusThe paramours of courtesansAre well and satisfied, content.But as for me my limbs are rent Because I clasped the clouds as mine.I owe it to the peerless starsWhich flame in the remotest skyThat I see only with spent eyesRemembered suns I knew before.In vain I had at heart to findThe center and the end of space.Beneath some burning, unknown gazeI feel my very wings unpinnedAnd, burned because I beauty loved,I shall not know the highest bliss,And give my name to the abyssWhich waits to claim me as its own."
Author: Charles Baudelaire
6. "Thus, Marlowe posed the silent question: could aspiring Icarus be happy with a toilsome life on land managing a plough with plodding oxen having once tasted the weightless bliss of flight?"
Author: E.A. Bucchianeri
7. "The scene [Bruegel's 'Landscape with the Fall of Icarus'] is filled with a vast field, and a cow and a farmer plowing. In the left-hand corner is a tiny ocean the size of a palm, and there, I can barely make it out, the two legs of a man who fell headlong into the sea. This is called the Fall of Icarus. Compared to everyday life, the fall of an idealist who flew too high with candle-wax wings is an unremarkable tragedy."
Author: Hwang Sok Yong
8. "Everyone forgets Icarus also flew."
Author: Jack Gilbert
9. "I believe that Icarus was not failing as he fell, but just coming to the end of his triumph."
Author: Jack Gilbert
10. "Love gives you wings. Icarus and the Challenger both had wings, and so did my first love letter, after I folded it up and flung it at my crush."
Author: Jarod Kintz
11. "Tragedy is born of myth, not morality. Prometheus and Icarus are tragic heroes. Yet none of the myths in which they appear has anything to do with moral dilemmas. Nor have the greatest Greek tragedies. If Euripides is the most tragic of the Greek playwrights, it is not because he deals with moral conflicts but because he understood that reason cannot be the guide of life."
Author: John Nicholas Gray
12. "You've had your warning, Cabal. Now, prepare to face the terrible arcane wrath of Maleficarus!" Somewhere, a sheep bleated and quite ruined the effect."
Author: Jonathan L. Howard
13. "Rufus Maleficarus has sorely disappointed me personally. I thought he was making quite a good recovery from what the previous director had unhelpfully referred to as "a soul-searing, sanity-dissolving, profoundly malevolent appetite for power and revenge." As it happens, I think the finger-painting lessons were going very well, at least up until Rufus used the paint to create a summoning circle, and then rode out of here on the back of an obliging Hound of Tindalos..."
Author: Jonathan L. Howard
14. "A single note, held in an amber suspension of time, like a charcoal drawing of Icarus falling. It was sad and fierce all at once, alive with a lonely purity. It went on and on, until my own lungs were burning."What bird are you calling?" I asked finally, when I couldn't stand it any longer.The Bird Man stopped whistling. He grinned, so that I could see all his pebbly teeth."You."
Author: Karen Russell
15. "Some upstarts always try to get closer to the source of creation by ascending to the source's level. The story of Icarus is of course a parable about the folly of such an effort. Get too close to the sun and your hubris will get you burned. Yet in the eyes of twenty-first-century capitalist culture, which worships at the twin altars of the individual and technology, Icarus had initiative. And his melted wings do not represent some deep character flaw; he just needed better beta testers."
Author: Marcus Wohlsen
16. "In the legends that males have invented to explain life, the first human creature is a man named Adam. Eve arrives later, to give him pleasure and cause trouble. In the paintings that adorn churches, God is an old man with a beard, never an old woman with white hair. And all the heroes are males: from Prometheus who discovered fire to Icarus who tried to fly, on down to Jesus whom they call the Son of God and of the Holy Spirit, almost as though the woman giving birth to him were an incubator or a wetnurse."
Author: Oriana Fallaci
17. "Never regret thy fall,O Icarus of the fearless flightFor the greatest tragedy of them all Is never to feel the burning light."
Author: Oscar Wilde
18. "Backward we traveled to reclaim the dayBefore we fell, like Icarus, undone;All we find are altars in decayAnd profane words scrawled black across the sun.--From the poem "Doom of the Exiles", written 16 April 1954"
Author: Sylvia Plath
19. "Unsignificantlyoff the coastthere wasa splash quite unnoticedthis was Icarus drowning"
Author: William Carlos Williams

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