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Horses

You know, everyone thinks we got this broken down horse and fixed him, but we didn't. He fixed us. Every one of us. And I guess in a way, we fixed each other, too. ~ Seabiscuit

Horses (Equus caballus, occasionally Equus ferus caballus) are large ungulates. Horses have had a long relationship with humans. There is evidence to suggest that horses have been domesticated since 4000 BC. The horse is prominent in religion, mythology, and art; it has played an important role in transportation, agriculture, and war.

QuotesEdit

Where is the horse gone? Where the rider?
Where the giver of treasure? ~ Anonymous
Allah took a handful of southerly wind, blew His breath over it, and created the horse. Thou shall fly without wings, and conquer without any sword, O, Horse! ~ Bedouin legend
When I
and stallion
blend
the grass gets cropped. ~ John Carder Bush
Before the gods that made the gods
Had seen their sunrise pass,
The White Horse of the White Horse Vale
Was cut out of the grass. ~ G. K. Chesterton in The Ballad of the White Horse
He could not be captured,
He could not be bought,
His running was rhythm,
His standing was thought...
And only the poet
With wings to his brain
Can mount him and ride him
Without any rein,
The stallion of heaven,
The steed of the skies,
The horse of the singer
Who sings as he flies. ~ Eleanor Farjeon
Whose soldiers touched contemptuously, the clusters of flowers on the Parijata tree, in the Nandana Gardens (of Indra's Heaven), which had been caressed by the contact of Saci's hair. ~ Hayagrivavadha
My horse is the gallows. ~ Mr. Wednesday to Shadow in American Gods by Neil Gaiman
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 pipe of Hermes. ~ Dauphin from Henry V by William Shakespeare
  • Where is the horse gone? Where the rider?
    Where the giver of treasure?
    Where are the seats at the feast?
    Where are the revels in the hall?
    Alas for the bright cup!
    Alas for the mailed warrior!
    Alas for the splendour of the prince!
    How that time has passed away,
    dark under the cover of night,
    as if it had never been!
  • Allah took a handful of southerly wind, blew His breath over it, and created the horse. Thou shall fly without wings, and conquer without any sword, O, Horse!
    • Anonymous Bedouin legend, as quoted in Mr. Darcy Takes the Plunge (2010) by J. Marie Croft
  • When I
    and stallion
    blend
    the grass gets cropped.
  • The Cossack prince rubb'd down his horse,
    And made for him a leafy bed,
    And smooth'd his fetlocks and his mane,
    And slack'd his girth, and stripp'd his rein,
    And joy'd to see how well he fed;
    For until now he had the dread
    His wearied courser might refuse
    To browse beneath the midnight dews:
    But he was hardy as his lord,
    And little cared for bed and board;
    But spirited and docile too,
    Whate'er was to be done, would do.
  • Ohé, I cry a loud lament for Kalki! The little silver effigies which his postulants fashion and adore are well enough: but Kalki is a horse of another color.
    • James Branch Cabell, in The Silver Stallion : A Comedy of Redemption (1926), the character Horvendille, in Book Six : In the Sylan's House, Ch. XXXIX : One Warden Left Uncircumvented
  • For the White Horse knew England
    When there was none to know;
    He saw the first oar break or bend,
    He saw heaven fall and the world end,
    O God, how long ago.

    For the end of the world was long ago,
    And all we dwell to-day
    As children of some second birth,
    Like a strange people left on earth
    After a judgment day.

  • Koń jaki jest, każdy widzi.
  • As much as I like horses – they can keep their cheese.
    • Martin Clunes (b. 1961), British comic actor. In an appearance on the Paul O'Grady Show, Channel 4 television, 7th Oct. 2009
  • He could not be captured,
    He could not be bought,
    His running was rhythm,
    His standing was thought
    ;
    With one eye on sorrow
    And one eye on mirth,
    He galloped in heaven
    And gambolled on earth.

    And only the poet
    With wings to his brain
    Can mount him and ride him
    Without any rein,
    The stallion of heaven,
    The steed of the skies,
    The horse of the singer
    Who sings as he flies.

    • Eleanor Farjeon, in "Pegasus", St. 3 & 4, from The New Book of Days (1961), p. 181
  • Where now the horse and the rider? Where is the horn that was blowing?
    Where is the helm and the hauberk, and the bright hair flowing?
  • There is no secret so close as that between a rider and his horse.
  • Hast thou given the horse strength? hast thou clothed his neck with thunder? Canst thou make him afraid as a grasshopper? the glory of his nostrils is terrible. He paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth in his strength: he goeth on to meet the armed men. He mocketh at fear, and is not affrighted; neither turneth he back from the sword. The quiver rattleth against him, the glittering spear and the shield. He swalloweth the ground with fierceness and rage: neither believeth he that it is the sound of the trumpet. He saith among the trumpets, Ha, ha; and he smelleth the battle afar off, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting.
  • A horse is dangerous at both ends and uncomfortable in the middle.
  • Whose soldiers touched contemptuously
    the clusters of flowers on the Parijata tree
    In the Nandana Gardens (of Indra's Heaven),
    which had been caressed by the contact of Saci's hair.
    • Quote by Ruyyaka of the Hayagrivavadha, evoking the conquest of heaven by Hayagriva, a horse-headed incarnation of Vishnu, in Indian Kāvya Literature: The early medieval period: Śūdraka to Viśākhadatta (1997) by Anthony Kennedy Warder, p. 96
  • I saw also an angel standing in the sun, and he cried out with a loud voice and said to all the birds that fly in midheaven: “Come here, be gathered together to the great evening meal of God, so that you may eat the flesh of kings and the flesh of military commanders and the flesh of strong men and the flesh of horses and of those seated on them, and the flesh of all, of freemen as well as of slaves and of small ones and great.” And I saw the wild beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to wage war against the one seated on the horse and against his army. And the wild beast was caught, and along with it the false prophet that performed in front of it the signs with which he misled those who received the mark of the wild beast and those who worship its image. While still alive, they both were hurled into the fiery lake that burns with sulfur.
  • Equo ne credite, Teucri
    Quidquid id est, timeo Danaos et dona ferentis
    • Do not trust the horse, Trojans. Whatever it is, I fear the Greeks even when they bring gifts.
    • Virgil, The Aeneid (19 BC), Book II, line 48
  • You know, everyone thinks we got this broken down horse and fixed him, but we didn't. He fixed us. Every one of us. And I guess in a way, we fixed each other, too.
  • What a long night is this! I will not change my horse with any that treads but on four pasterns. Ca, ha! He bounds from the earth, as if his entrails were hairs; le cheval volant, the Pegasus, qui a les narines de feu! 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 pipe of Hermes.
  • He is pure air and fire; and the dull elements of earth and water never appear in him, but only in patient stillness while his rider mounts him. He is indeed a horse, and all other jades you may call beasts.
  • He's mad that trusts in the tameness of a wolf, a horse's health, a boy's love, or a whore's oath.
  • And Duncan's horses,—a thing most strange and certain,—
    Beauteous and swift, the minions of their race,
    Turn'd wild in nature, broke their stalls, flung out,
    Contending 'gainst obedience, as they would make
    War with mankind.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical QuotationsEdit

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 378-79.
  • Then I cast loose my buff coat, each halter let fall,
    Shook off both my jack-boots, let go belt and all,
    Stood up in the stirrup, leaned, patted his ear,
    Called my Roland his pet name, my horse without peer;
    Clapped my hands, laughed and sang, any noise bad or good,
    'Til at length into Aix Roland galloped and stood.
  • Gamaun is a dainty steed,
    Strong, black, and of a noble breed,
    Full of fire, and full of bone,
    With all his line of fathers known;
    Fine his nose, his nostrils thin,
    But blown abroad by the pride within;
    His mane is like a river flowing,
    And his eyes like embers glowing
    In the darkness of the night,
    And his pace as swift as light.
  • Morgan!—She ain't nothing else, and I've got the papers to prove it.
    Sired by Chippewa Chief, and twelve hundred dollars won't buy her.
    Briggs of Turlumne owned her. Did you know Briggs of Turlumne?—
    Busted hisself in White Pine and blew out his brains down in Frisco?
  • Like the driving of Jehu, the son of Nimshi: for he driveth furiously.
    • II Kings, IX. 20
  • Villain, a horse—Villain, I say, give me a horse to fly,
    To swim the river, villain, and to fly.
    • George Peele, Battle of Alcazar, Act V, line 104. (1588–9)
  • Steed threatens steed, in high and boastful neighs,
    Piercing the night's dull ear.
  • A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse!
    • William Shakespeare, Richard III (c. 1591), Act V, scene 4, line 7. Taken from an old play, The True Tragedy of Richard the Third (1594). In Shakespeare Society Reprint, p. 64
  • Round-hoof'd, short-jointed, fetlocks shag and long,
    Broad breast, full eye, small head and nostril wide,
    High crest, short ears, straight legs and passing strong,
    Thin mane, thick tail, broad buttock, tender hide:
    Look, what a horse should have he did not lack,
    Save a proud rider on so proud a back.
  • I saw them go; one horse was blind,
    The tails of both hung down behind,
    Their shoes were on their feet.
    • Horace and James Smith, Rejected Addresses, The Baby's Debut (parody of Wordsworth)
  • Quadrupedumque putrem cursu quatit ungula campum.
    • And the hoof of the horses shakes the crumbling field as they run.
    • Virgil, Æneid (29-19 BC), XI. 875. Cited as an example of onomatopœia.
  • Ardua cervix,
    Argumtumque caput, brevis alvos, obesaque terga,
    Luxuriatque toris animosum pectus.
    • His neck is high and erect, his head replete with intelligence, his belly short, his back full, and his proud chest swells with hard muscle.
    • Virgil, Georgics (c. 29 BC), III. 79

ProverbsEdit

  • The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse's ears.
    • Arabian proverb, Oxford Treasury of Sayings and Quotations, p.19
  • The wagon rests in winter, the sleigh in summer, the horse never.
    • Yiddish proverb
  • A horse is worth more than riches.
    • Spanish proverb
  • The horse is God's gift to mankind.
    • Arabian proverb
  • Keep five yards from a carriage, ten yards from a horse, and a hundred yards from an elephant; but the distance one should keep from a wicked man cannot be measured.
    • Indian proverb, The Little Red Book of Horse Wisdom, p.71

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