On the Number 44

44 in Mathematics
1) The 22nd even number = 44
2) The 14th palindromic number = 44
(0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 22, 33, 44)
3) The 10th happy number = 44
(1, 7, 10, 13, 19, 23, 28, 31, 32, 44)
4) The 29th composite number = 44
5) Sum of the 2nd & 13th prime numbers = 3 + 41 = 44
6) Sum of the 4th & 12th prime numbers = 7 + 37 = 44
7) Sum of the 6th & 11th prime numbers = 13 + 31 = 44
8) Sum of the 6th & 20th composite numbers = 12 + 32 = 44
9) Sum of the 7th & 19th composite numbers = 14 + 30 = 44
10) Sum of the 9th & 18th composite numbers = 16 + 28 = 44
11) Sum of the 10th & 16th composite numbers = 18 + 26 = 44
12) Sum of the 11th & 14th composite numbers = 20 + 24 = 44
13) Sum of the 7th prime & 3rd cube numbers = 17 + 27 = 44
14) Sum of 3rd, 6th, 9th Fibonacci numbers = 2 + 8 + 34 = 44
(Leonardo Pisano Fibonacci, 1170-1250)
15) Sum of the 1st, 5th, 7th triangular numbers = 1 + 15 + 28 = 44
16) Sum of the 1st & 12th lucky numbers = 1 + 43 = 44
17) Sum of the 3rd & 11th lucky numbers = 7 + 37 = 44
18) Sum of the 5th & 9th lucky numbers = 13 + 31 = 44
19) Sum of the 3rd & 4th abundant numbers = 20 + 24 = 44
20) Square root of 44 = 6.633249581
21) Cube root of 44 = 3.530348335
22) ln 44 = 3.784189634 (natural log to the base e)
23) log 44 = 1.643452676 (logarithm to the base 10)
24) Sin 44o = 0.694
Cos 44o = 0.719
Tan 44o = 0.965
25) 1/44 expressed as a decimal = 0.022727272
26) The 239th & 240th digits of e = 44
e = 2.7182818284 5904523536 0287471352 6624977572 4709369995
         9574966967 6277240766 3035354759 4571382178 5251664274
         2746639193 2003059921 8174135966 2904357290 0334295260
         5956307381 3232862794 3490763233 8298807531 9525101901
         1573834187 9307021540 8914993488 4167509244 7614606680
(Note: The 99th-108th digits of e = 7427466391 is the first 10-digit prime in
consecutive digits of e. This is the answer to the Google Billboard question
that may lead to a job opportunity at Google.com, San Jose Mercury News, 7-10-2004)
27) The 59th & 60th digits of pi, π = 44
The 125th & 126th digits of pi, π = 44
The 182nd & 183rd digits of pi, π = 44
3.1415926535897932384626433832795028841971693993751058209749445923078164062862089986280348253421170679
   8214808651328230664709384460955058223172535940812848111745028410270193852110555964462294895493038196
   4428810975665933446128475648233786783165271201909145648566923460348610454326648213393607260249141273
   724587006606315588174881520920962829254091715364367892590360011330530548820466521384146951941511609..
28) The 58th & 59th digits of phi, φ = 44
The 179th & 180th digits of phi, φ = 44
Phi or φ = 1.61803 39887 49894 84820 45868 34365 63811 77203 09179 80576
                      28621 35448 62270 52604 62818 90244 97072 07204 18939 11374
                      84754 08807 53868 91752 12663 38622 23536 93179 31800 60766
                      72635 44333 89086 59593 95829 05638 32266 13199 28290 26788
1.61803398874989484820 is an irrational number,
also called the Golden Ratio (or Golden number).
Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) first called it the sectio aurea,
(Latin for the golden section) and related it to human anatomy.
Ratios may be found in the Pyramids of Giza & the Greek Parthenon.
29) Binary number for 44 = 101100
(Decimal & Binary Equivalence; Program for conversion)
30) ASCII value for 44 = ,
(Hexadecimal # & ASCII Code Chart)
31) Hexadecimal number for 44 = 2C
(Hexadecimal # & ASCII Code Chart)
32) Octal number for 44 = 054
(Octal #, Hexadecimal #, & ASCII Code Chart)
33) The Greek-based numeric prefix tetracontakaitetra- means 44.
34) The tetracontakaitetragon is a polygon with 44 straight sides.
35) The tetracontakaitetrahedron is a solid polyhedron with 44 planar faces.
36) The Latin Quadraginta quattuor means 44.
37) The Latin-based numeric prefix quadrage- means 40.
A person who is from 40 to 49 years old is a quadragenarian.
38) The Roman numeral for 44 is XLIV.
39) Sì Shí Sì (4, 10, 4) is the Chinese ideograph for 44.
40) is the Babylonian number for 44
Georges Ifrah, From One to Zero: A Universal History of Numbers,
Penguin Books, New York (1987), pp. 326-327
41) 44 is expressed in Hebrew as Mem Dalet
Hebrew alphabet has numerical equivalence.
In Hebrew Gematria 44 means "blood, sap, juice".
42) The smallest Euler brick,
discovered by Paul Halcke in 1719,
has edges (a, b, c) = (44, 117, 240)
and face diagonals (d, e, f ) = (125, 244, 267).
43) On Bastille Day of 1951, Frenchman A. Ferrier proudly announced that
the 44-digit number 2098 8936657440 5864861512 6425661022 2593863921
was prime. Ferrier thus broke the 75-year record held by Edouard Lucas
who had checked the primality of 2127 - 1 by hand. Ferrier confirmed his
number's primality by using only a desk calculator was prime.
— Derrick Niederman, Number Freak (2009), pp. 135-136
44) 44 in different languages:
Dutch: vierënveertig, French: quarante-quatre, German: vierundvierzig, Hungarian: negyvennégy,
Italian: quarantaquattro, Spanish: cuarenta y cuatro, Swedish: fyrtiofyra, Turkish: kirk dört

44 in Science & Technology

45) Atomic Number of Ruthenium (Ru) = 44 (44 protons & 44 electrons); Atomic weight = 101.07
It is a rare transition metal belonging to the platinum group of the periodic table.
Like the other metals of the platinum group, ruthenium is inert to most other chemicals.
Russian-born scientist of Baltic-German ancestry Karl Ernst Claus discovered the element
in 1844 at Kazan State University and named ruthenium in honor of Russia. Ruthenium is
usually found as a minor component of platinum ores. Most ruthenium produced is used in
wear-resistant electrical contacts and thick-film resistors. A minor application for
ruthenium is in platinum alloys and as a chemistry catalyst.
46) Inorganic compounds with molecular weight = 44:
Carbon Dioxide, CO2, MW = 44.0095
Nitrous oxide, N2O, MW = 44.0128
Hydrazoic acid, DN3, MW = 44.0342
47) Organic compounds with molecular weight = 44:
Ethenol, C2H4O, MW = 44.0526
Acetaldehyde, C2H4O, MW = 44.0526
Ethylene oxide, C2H4O, MW = 44.0526
Ammonium cyanide, CH4N2, MW = 44.0559
Methyl diazene, CH4N2, MW = 44.0559
48) Organic compounds with boiling point = ±44oC:
Cyclopentene, C5H8, BP = 44oC
2-Amino-2-mrthylpropane, C4H11N, BP = 44oC
49) Organic compounds with melting point = ±44oC:
P-Toluidine, C7H9N1, MP = 44oC
P-Chlorophenol, C6H5O1C11, MP = 44oC
50) 44th amino acid in the 141-residue alpha-chain of Human Hemoglobin is Proline (P)
44th amino acid in the 146-residue beta-chain of Human Hemoglobin is Glutamic Acid (E)
Single-Letter Amino Acid Code
Alpha-chain sequence of human hemoglobin:
VLSPADKTNVKAAWGKVGAHAGEYGAEALERMFLSFPTTKTYFPHFDLSH
GSAQVKGHGKKVADALTNAVAHVDDMPNALSALSDLHAHKLRVDPVNFKL
LSHCLLVTLAAHLPAEFTPAVHASLDKFLASVSTVLTSKYR
Beta-chain sequence of human hemoglobin:
VHLTPEEKSAVTALWGKVNVDEVGGEALGRLLVVYPWTQRFFESFGDLST
PDAVMGNPKVKAHGKKVLGAFSDGLAHLDNLKGTFATLSELHCDKLHVDP
ENFRLLGNVLVCVLAHHFGKEFTPPVQAAYQKVVAGVANALAHKYH
51) The 44th amino acid in the 153-residue sequence of sperm whale myoglobin
is Aspartic Acid (D). It is next to Phenylalanine-43 & Arginine-45.
Aspartic Acid-44 is two residues away from the 7-residues C-helix.
[A.B. Edmundson, Nature 205, 883-887 (1965)]
Richard E. Dickerson & Irving Geis, Structure and Action of Proteins (1969), p. 52
52) The 44th amino acid in the 124-residue enzyme Bovine Ribonuclease
is Asparagine (N). It is next to Valine-43 and Threonine-45.
[C. H. W. Hirs, S. Moore, and W. H. Stein, J. Biol. Chem. 238, 228 (1963)]
53) Pepsin is expressed as a zymogen called pepsinogen, whose primary structure
has an additional 44 amino acids compared to the active enzyme.
In the stomach, chief cells release pepsinogen. This zymogen is activated
by hydrochloric acid, which is released from parietal cells in the stomach lining.
54) "The 44-amino-acid E5 protein of bovine papillomavirus type 1
is the shortest known protein with transforming activity"

B.H. Horwitz, A.L. Burkhardt, R. Schlegel, D. DiMaio, Mol. Cell Biol, Vol. 8, 4071-8 (1988)
55) Messier M44, known as the Beehive Cluster, is an open cluster in the constellation
Cancer. One of the nearest open clusters to Earth, it contains a larger population of
stars than other nearby bright open clusters. Under dark skies, the Beehive Cluster
looks like a small nebulous object to the naked eye, and has been known since
ancient times. Classical astronomer Ptolemy described it as a "nebulous mass in
the breast of Cancer". It was among the first objects that Galileo studied with his
telescope. It is 610 lighy-years from Earth.
56) NGC 44 is a double star galaxy in the Andromeda constellation. It has apparent magnitude 14.6.
Dicovered by William Herschel (November 22, 1827) (Digital Sky Survey Image)
57) Asteroid 44 Nysa is a large and very bright main-belt asteroid, and the brightest member of the Nysian asteroid family. It is classified as a rare class E asteroid and is probably the largest of this type (though 55 Pandora is only slightly smaller). It was discovered by Hermann Goldschmidt on May 27, 1857, and named after the mythical land of Nysa in Greek mythology. It has a mass of 3.7 x 10 kg., a period of 3.77 years, with dimension of 113x67x65 km.
58) Lockheed Martin X-44 MANTA (Multi-Axis No-Tail Aircraft) was an American conceptual aircraft design by Lockheed Martin that has been studied by NASA and the U.S. Air Force. It was intended to test the feasibility of full yaw, pitch and roll authority without tailplanes (horizontal or vertical). Attitude control relies purely on 3D thrust vectoring. The aircraft design was derived from the F-22 Raptor and featured a stretched delta wing without tail surfaces. Designed to
have reduced mechanical complexity, increased fuel efficiency & greater agility.
Photo Source: Lockheed Martin X-44 (deviantart.com/)
59) 44 FJ-4B Fighter Jet was designed as an attack aircraft and not just any attack aircraft,
but the first one designed to carry a nuclear bomb off of a carrier deck. The FJ-4B
weighed in at 13,500 lbs empty and a takeoff gross weight of 28,000 lbs. It could travel
1,640 nautical miles on internal fuel but could extend its range to 2,500 miles with four
external 200 gallon drop tanks. The FJ-4B was extensively utilized, including being
deployed with nine US Navy and three Marine units, later replaced in the 1960s by
the Douglas A-4 Skyhawk. Photo Source: 44 FJ-4B Fighter (warbirdsnews.com)
60) 44th Fighter Squadron is a unit of the United States Air Force, part of the 18th Wing at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan. The 44th Pursuit Squadron was activated on 1 January 1941 and assigned to the 18th Pursuit Group. The 44th Fighter Squadron is equipped with the F-15C/D Eagle. In World War II, The 44th Flew patrols over the Pacific from Hawaii from 7 December 1941-October 1942. It went on to fly combat missions in the South and Southwest Pacific from 21 December 1942-15 August 1945. From 3-30 September 1955, 44th Fighter-Bomber Squadron deployed to Taoyuan Air Base, Taiwan with F-86 Sabre, returning again in 1962-1963 in support of "BLUE SKY" military exercise. Photo Source: 44th Fighter Squadron (commons.wikimedia.org)
61) INS Tabar (F44) (translates as "battle axe") is the third of the Talwar-class frigate of the Indian Navy. The frigate was commissioned on 19 April 2004 in Kaliningrad, Russia with Captain (later Vice Admiral) Biswajit Dasgupta. INS Tabar, a vessel in the Talwar class to be armed with supersonic BrahMos anti-ship cruise missiles. She is also equipped with Barak 1 missiles. INS Tabar reached her home-port of Mumbai on 31 July 2004. Assigned to Indian Navy's Western Naval Command, head-quartered in Mumbai. INS Tabar is a well-equipped warship that has ability to handle air / surface / sub-surface missions or defending herself operating either independently on maritime missions or supporting a larger naval task force. Length: 409 ft; Beam 50 ft; Speed: 35 mph; Range: 4850 nautical miles; Complement: 180 (18 officers). Photo Source: F44 INS Trishul Frigate (commons.wikimedia.org).
62) Brazilian frigate Independencia (F-44) is a Niteroi-class frigate of the Brazilian Navy. The Independencia was the fifth ship of her class ordered by the Brazilian Navy, on 20 September 1970. The Independencia was launched on 2 September 1974, and was commissioned on 3 September 1979. Operation Lebanon XIII from March to September 2018, to prevent entry into Lebanese territory, illegal arms
and smuggling. Displacement: 3200 tons; Length: 424 ft; Beam 44 ft; Draught:
18 ft; Speed: 35 mph; Range: 5300 nautical miles; Complement: 209.
Photo Source: F44 Independence Frigate (shipspotting.com)
63) USS S-44 (SS-155) was a third-group (S-42) S-class submarine of the United States
Navy. Her keel was laid down on 19 February 1921 by the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation's Fore River Shipyard in Quincy, Massachusetts. She was launched on 27 October 1923 sponsored by Mrs. H. E. Grieshaber, and was commissioned on 16 February 1925 with Lieutenant Arnold H. Bateman in command. On the 5th patrol, September 1943 in World War II, she was struck on 7 October, by the Japanese escort Ishigaki. 56 sailors died as the ship sank, only 2 survived. Photo Source: SS-44 Submarine (commons.wikimedia.org)
64) T-44 medium tank is a medium tank first developed & produced near end of WW II by Soviet Union. It was the successor to the T-34, offering improved ride and cross-country performance and much greater armor. Designed to be equipped with an 85 mm main gun, by the time it was fully tested the T-34 had also moved to this weapon. Both tanks offered similar performance, so introducing T-44 was not considered as important as increasing
T-34 production. Fewer than 2,000 T-44s were built, compared to 58,000 T-34s. T-44 was available by end of the war, but not used in combat. Mass: 32 tons; Length: 19 ft 11 in.; Width: 10 ft 8 in; Height: 8 ft; Crew: 4; Speed 34 mph. Photo Source: T-44 (wikimedia.org).
65) DRG Class 44 Locomotive was a ten-coupled, heavy goods train steam locomotive built for the Deutsche Reichsbahn as a standard steam engine class (Einheitsdampflokomotive). It was intended for hauling goods trains of up to 1,200 tonnes on the routes through Germany's hilly regions (Mittelgebirge) and up to 600 tonnes on steep inclines. German railwaymen nicknamed the Class 44 locomotive the "Jumbo" because of its power. The top speed of the standard variant was 80 km/hr. In order to simplify the work and hold its power steady, 32 locomotives were converted to oil-firing by the DB in 1958 and 91 by
the DR in 1963. Photo Source: DRG Class 44 Locomotive (commons.wikimedia.org).
66) British Rail Class 44 or Sulzer Type 4 diesel locomotives were built by British Railways' Derby Works between 1959 & 1960, intended for express passenger services. Originally numbered D1-D10 and named after British mountains, and, along with similar Class 45 & 46 locomotives, they became known as Peaks. The class worked regularly over West Coast Main Line prior to its electrification, and also between London St Pancras and Manchester Central. Length: 67 ft 11 in.; Width: 8 ft 10.5 in.; Height: 12 ft 10 in.; Loco weight: 133 long tons; Speed: 75 mph; Withdrawn: 1976-1980. Photo: British Rail Class 44 (commons.wikimedia.org)
67) Engine 44 of Chicago Fire Department is located at 412 N. Kedzie Ave, Chicago, Illinois. Chicago Fire Department is the 3rd largest in the United States, after NY & California.
It was established on August 2, 1858, with 5143 employees. There were 739,867 calls in 2013. There are 98 stations. Engine 44-Ambulance 64 is in the 4th District and is the 17th Battalion. Logo of Engine 44 has "In Omnia Paratus" (Ready for anything) below Chicago Fire Dept and two shamrocks. At the center is "Fighting Forty Four" logo of the New York Fire Dept. Photo source: Fire Engine 44 ()chicagoareafire.com)
68) Nascar 44: The Petty organization first used the No. 44 in 1954 for a single race with driver Bob Welborn. It wasn't used in a full-time capacity by the organization until 1993, following retirement of 7-time series champion Richard Petty. His #43 was renumbered 44 for a single season with driver Rick Wilson behind the wheel. Last full season a Petty entry featured No. 44 was 2009 with driver AJ Allmendinger. Entries bearing No. 44 have won 13 times in Nascar's premier series, most recently by Terry Labonte (1986) when Nascar Hall of Fame driver was competing for Billy Hagan. Photo: Nascar 44 (m.nascar.com)
69) 1916 Oldsmobile Model 44 Speedster: Ransom Eli Olds' gasoline-powered runabout the famous 'Curved Dash'— was first offered for sale in 1901, following a fire at the factory that had destroyed every other prototype. Over 11,000 of the three Curved Dash models were constructed before production ceased in 1907, making it the first volume produced American automobile. For 1916 the company introduced its first V8: the Model 44. Oldsmobile's largest and most expensive model. This restored Model 44 was for many years part of the St Louis Motor Museum. Photo Source: ()lassicdriver.com)
70) 1913 Henderson Model 44 Roadster: Henderson Motor Car Company was formed by a pair of brothers, C.P. and R.P. Henderson, in Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1912. The brothers had worked for the Cole Motor Car Company before striking out in 1912 to form their own company. The Model 44 was a 2-seat Roadster, powered by a 280.6ci 4-cylinder water-cooled engine supplied by Buda that produced 44 hp. This was hooked to a 3-speed manual transmission with a conventional shaft drive to the rear end. As you can see from this photo, this is definitely an air-cooled engine. Photo Source: (arnfinds.com/)

44 in Mythology & History

71) The Angel Number 44 represents the amplified energy and symbolism
of the number 4. This number symbolizes hard work, practicality and
foundation. It also symbolizes grounding. Master number 44 is also
called the "Master Healer". People who resonate with angel number 44
need longer time to mature. They need stability & strong foundation in life.
Number 44 people are good at organizing, they are very good lawyers,
doctors, CEOs, engineers. The number 44 symbolizes stability, support,
willpower, ability, success, wholeness, and inner wisdom.
72) Paper 44 of The Urantia Book (1924) is titled "The Celestial Artisans".
Topics covered include Celestial Musicians, Heavenly Reproducers, Divine Builders,
Thought Recorders, Energy Manipulators, Designers and Embellishers, Harmony Workers.
73) The 44th day of the year = February 13
British economist Thomas Robert Malthus (1766-1834), born Februay 13, 1766;
American painter Grant Wood (1891-1942), born February 13, 1891;
Belgian writer Georges Simenon (1903-1989), born February 13, 1903;
American physicist William Shockley (1910-1989), born February 13, 1910;
American soprano Eileen Farrell (1920-2002), born February 13, 1920;
American aviator Chuck Yeager (1923-2020), born February 13, 1923;
American actress Susan Oliver (1932-1990), born February 13, 1932;
American actress Kim Novak, born February 13, 1933;
American actor George Segal, born February 13, 1934;
American actor Oliver Reed, born February 13, 1938;
American actress Carol Lynley, born February 13, 1942;
American gnostic Elaine Pagels, born February 13, 1943
74) 44 B.C.
Julius Caesar (100 BC-44 BC) is made dictator for life. He reduces
    the number of Romans receiving free grain from 320,00 to 150,000.
Julius Caesar is assassinated at the Senate March 15
    by conspirators who include Decimus Junius Brutus and Marcus Junius Brutus,
    both former governors of Gaul, and Gaius Cassius Longinus, who had been
    pardoned by Caesar for fighting alongside Pompey at Pharsalus in 48 BC.
• Caesar's mistress Cleopatra returns to Egypt with her son Caesarion
    and murders her brother (and former husband) Ptolemy IV to make
    room for Caesarion as ruler of Egypt.
• Roman orator Marc Antony (83 BC-30 BC), 39,
    persuades the Romans to expel Caesar's assassins.
— James Trager, The People's Chronology, Holt, Rinehart & Winston, NY, 1979, p. 32
75) 44 A.D.
• The apostle James (3 AD-44 AD) who has preached the divinity of Jesus
    becomes the first Chrisian martyr. He is executed on orders
    from the Judean king Herod Agrippa.
• Judea's Herod Agrippa (11 BC-44 AD) dies at age 54 after a 3-year reign
    and Judea becomes a procuratorial province of Rome once again.
    Agrippa's 17-year-old son is studying at the court of emperor Claudius
    in Rome and beginning in 48 AD will reign for 5 years as Herod Agrippa II.
• The capon is created by Romans who geld cocks to make them grow larger.
Vomitoriums gained popularity in Rome. The emperor Claudius and
    others employ slaves to tickle their throats after they have eaten their
    fill in order that they may return to the banquet tables and begin again.
    Most Romans live on bread, olives, wine, and some fish, but little meat.
— James Trager, The People's Chronology, Holt, Rinehart & Winston, NY, 1979, pp. 36-37
76) Wyoming is a landlocked state in the western United States. The 10th largest state by area, it is also the least populous and least densely populated state in the contiguous United States. It is bordered by Montana to the north and northwest, South Dakota and Nebraska to the east, Idaho to the west, Utah to the southwest, and Colorado to the south. The state capital and the most populous city is Cheyenne. Wyoming was 44th State admitted to the Union on July 10, 1890.
Wyoming's area is 97,914 square miles, with population of 578,759 (2019),
50th in rank among 50 states. State flag shows circular seal inside a buffalo.
Tourist highlights include Yellowstone Geysers and Devils Tower.
77) Barack Obama was the 44th President of the United States (2009-2017).
Born August 4, 1961, in Honolulu, Hawaii. A member of the Democratic Party, Obama
was the first African-American president of the United States. He previously served as a U.S. senator from Illinois from 2005 to 2008 and an Illinois state senator from 1997 to 2004. After graduating from Columbia University in 1983, he worked as a community organizer in Chicago. In 1988, he enrolled in Harvard Law School, where he was the first black person to be president of Harvard Law Review. After a close primary campaign against Hillary Clinton, Obama was elected over Republican nominee John McCain and was inaugurated alongside Joe Biden on January 20, 2009. Nine months later, he was named
the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate. After winning re-election by defeating Republican opponent Mitt Romney, Obama was sworn in for a second term in 2013.
Photo Source: Barack Obama (wikimedia.org)
78) At Age 44:
John Napier (1550-1617) invented logarithms (1594)
at age 44. He is a Scttish land-owner whose interests
include theology, agricultural experiments, military,
and mathematics. He now works for over 20 years
part-time, to calculate his logarithmic tables, which
are published when he is 64. At 65, he invents rods
("Napier bones") which can be used in calculations.
He dies at 67. Development of common logs is by
Henry Briggs (53 in 1614), who publishes his results
when he is 63. Photo Source: John Napier (wikimedia.org)

Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727) was an English mathematician, physicist,
astronomer, theologian, and author. His Principia was published in 1687.
This is written in Latin, and brings together his work since 23 on gravity,
force, and motion. Newton did work on alchemy, that is less well known.
Newton's publication at 44 starts a revolution of thought— first in astronomy
(infinitization of space), and more widely in the Age of Enlightenment. At 53
he is appointed at the Mint, in London, on coin manufacture and pursuit of
forgers. In the 1690s, Newton wrote religious tracts dealing with symbolism
in the Bible. At 60, he becomes president of the Royal Society.
Photo Source: Isaac Newton (wikimedia.org)

Robert Walpole (1676-1745) is Chancellor of the Exchequer
and First Lord of the Treasury (April 3, 1721) at age 44
gradually becoming the first-ever Prime Minister. Prior to
Walpole, government members were directly responsible
to the sovereign; now they become responsible to one
senior member of the government, who is then
responsible for the whole team to the sovereign.
Walpole builds Houghton Hall (45-58), his gigantic
country house, using profits gained from the South
Sea Bubble
. Photo Source: Robert Walpole (wikimedia.org)


James Cook (1728-1779) was a British explorer, navigator, cartographer,
and captain in the British Royal Navy, famous for his three voyages in the
Pacific & Australia. First to sail south of Antarctic Crcle (1773) at age 44.
He made detailed maps of Newfoundland and achieved the first recorded
European contact with eastern coastline of Australia & Hawaiian Islands,
and first recorded circumnavigation of New Zealand. He mapped lands
from New Zealand to Hawaii in the Pacific Ocean in greater detail than
previous explorers. Cook was attacked and killed in his 3rd exploratory
Pacific voyage (1779). Highest mountain in New Zealand (12,218 ft)
is named Mt. Cook. Photo Source: James Cook (commons.wikimedia.org)

Emma, Lady Hamilton (1765-1815) was an English model and actress,
who is best remembered as the mistress of Lord Nelson and as the muse
of the portrait artist George Romney. Emma worked as a model and dancer
at the "Goddess of Health" for James Graham, a Scottish "quack" doctor.
At 15, Emma met Sir Harry Fetherstonhaugh, who hired her as hostess
at his estate & becoming his mistress. She then became Charles Greville's
mistress, and later wife of Sir William Hamilton in Naples. She met Lord
Nelson in 1793 and fell in love with him, having an affair lasting to his
death in 1805 (at 44 wrong age in book). That Hamilton Woman film (1941).
Photo Source: Lady Hamilton by GeorgeRomney (wikimedia.org)

William Wordsworth (1770-1850) was an English Romantic poet who,
with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped to launch Romantic Age in
English literature with their joint publication Lyrical Ballads (1798).
Wordsworth's magnum opus is The Prelude, a semi-autobiographical
poem of his early years that he revised a number of times. At age 44,
he publishes The Excursion, part of projected poem The Recluse (1814).
His "Tintern Abbey" (1798) is my favorite. Wordsworth was Britain's
poet laureate (1843-1850). In his book Cosmic Consciousness (1901),
Richard Bucke includes Wordsworth with Blake, Dante, & Whitman
who had a transcendental experience. Photo: Wordsworth (wordsworth.org.uk)

Louis Pasteur (1822-1895) resigns from administrative duties (1867)
at age 44 that came to him due to his great success as a researcher
(at 25, he had produced a paper which led to the foundation of
stereochemistry). He now returns to full-time lab work, and
first looks at the causes of decay in fresh food. Having proved
the existence of bacteria, he invents the process of briefly heating
milk so that certain microrganisms are killed— thus, pasteurization.
His most spectacular work is against rabies in 1885, at age 62.
Elected to Académie Française in 1881. He was director
of the Pasteur Institute, established in 1887, until his death.
Photo Source: Russia 2608 Pasteur (hipstamp.com) (issued 6-30-1962)

Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) was a Russian playwright and short-story writer who
is considered to be among the greatest writers of short fiction in history. His career as
a playwright produced four classics, and his best short stories are held in high esteem
by writers and critics. Along with Henrik Ibsen & August Strindberg, Chekhov is often
referred to as one of three seminal figures in the birth of early modernism in the theatre.
Chekhov practiced as a medical doctor throughout most of his literary career: "Medicine
is my lawful wife", he said, "and literature is my mistress". Chekhov's "Sakhalin Island"
(1890), his long investigation of prison conditions in Siberia, is the best work of journalism written in the 19th century. He died at age 44. Photo: Anton Chekhov (commons.wikimedia.org)

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) was a British writer and physician. He created
the character Sherlock Holmes in 1887 for A Study in Scarlet, the first of four novels
and 56 short stories about Holmes and Dr. Watson. He revives Sherlock Holmes
(Oct. 1903) at age 44, having killed him off 3 years earlier. Sherlock Holmes stories
are considered milestones in the field of crime fiction. Doyle was a prolific writer;
his works include fantasy and science fiction stories about Professor Challenger and
humorous stories about Napoleonic soldier Brigadier Gerard, plays, romances, poetry,
non-fiction & historical novels. In "Our Second American Adventure" (1924) on his
visit to Muir Woods: "All words are futile to describe tremendous majesty of the great
redwoods, 300 feet in height, 2000 years of age, not even fire, can destroy them." He was
referring to "goosepens" that I've cited. Photo: Arthur Conan Doyle (commons.wikimedia.org)

James M. Barrie (1860-1937) was a Scottish novelist & playwright, best remembered
as creator of Peter Pan at age 44. He was born & educated in Scotland and then moved
to London, where he wrote a number of successful novels and plays. There he met the
Llewelyn Davies boys, who inspired him to write about a baby boy who has magical
adventures in Kensington Gardens (included in his 1902 adult novel Little White Bird),
then to write Peter Pan, a 1904 "fairy play" about an ageless boy and an ordinary girl
named Wendy who have adventures in the fantasy of Neverland. Barrie unofficially
adopted the Davies boys following their parents' death. Before his death, he gave the
rights to Peter Pan works to Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London,
which continues to benefit from them. Photo Source: James M. Barrie (ommons.wikimedia.org)

F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) was an American novelist, essayist, screenwriter,
& short-story writer. He was best known for his novels depicting the flamboyance
and excess of the Jazz Age— a term he popularized. During his lifetime, he published
4 novels, 4 collections of short stories, and 164 short stories. Although he achieved
popular success and fortune in the 1920s, Fitzgerald only received wide critical &
popular acclaim after his death. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest American
writers of the 20th century. Fitzgerald dies in Los Angeles (1940) at age 44, with his
The Last Tycoon unfinished. The tycoon is Irving Thalberg of MGM, who had died
recently at 37. Although he was a heavy drinker, he dies not from alcholism, but from
a heart attack, while reading Princeton Alumni Weekly. Photo: Fitzgerald (wikimedia.org)

Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013) has her first cabinet position
at 44 (June 1970), as Secretary of State for Education & Science.
She has been an MP (Member of Parliament) since since 33.
One of her jobs now is to abolish subsidized milk for older
children (aged 7-11), and she is subject to vicious personal
criticism because of doing this— though her opponents
never reintroduce it when they later get the chance.
Mrs. Thatcher becomes leader of the Conservative Party
at 49 (1975-1990), and first-ever woman Prime Minister
at 53. Dubbed the "Iron Lady", she overtook Falkland
Islands
from Argentina (1982). Photo: Thatcher (wikimedia.org)

Virgil (70 BC-19 BC) wrote The Aeneid (26 BC) at 44;
Jan van Eyck (1390-1441) painted The Arnolfini Wedding (1434) at 44;
Jacques Cartier (1491-1557) explores St. Lawrence River, Canada,
    and locates Quebec City and Montreal (1535) at 44;
Mary Queen of Scots (1542-1587) in prison at 25, executed (1587) at 44;
Robert Burton (1577-1640) wrote Anatomy of Melancholy (1621) at 44;
Frans Hals (1582-1666) painted "The Laughing Cavalier" (1624) at 44;
John Bunyan (1628-1688) wrote first part of Pilgrim's Progress in jail (1672) at 44;
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750 composed St. Matthew Passion (1729) at 44;
George Washington (1732-1799) is 44 at signing of Declaration of Independence (1776);
John O'Keefe (1747-1833) wrote play Wild Oats (1791) at 44;
Robert Bunsen (1811-1899) invented the Bunsen Burner (1855) at 44;
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), author of Walden, dies 1862 at 44;
Ivan Turgenev (1818-1883) wrote Fathers and Sons (1862) at 44;
Charles Kingsley (1819-1875) wrote The Water Babies (1863) at 44;
Herbert Spencer (1820-1903) wrote Principle of Biology (1864) at 44;
R. D. Blackmore (1825-1900) wrote Lorna Doone (1869) at 44;
James George Frazer (1854-1941) wrote The Golden Bough (1890) at 44;
Ida Tarbell (1857-1944) publishes chapter 3 of a study (1903) at 44;
    of Standard Oil & John D. Rockefeller in the history of muckraking
John Carrère (1858-1911) designed NY Public Library (1902) at 44 with Thomas Hastings;
Sun Yat-sen (1866-1925) becomes first -ever President of Republic of China (1911) at 44;
D. W. Griffith (1875-1948) directs Broken Blossoms (1919) at 44;
Josef Stalin (1878-1953) takes gradual control of Russia (1924) at 44 after death of Lenin;
A. A. Milne (1882-1956) wrote Winnie-the-Pooh (1926) at 44;
Al Jolson (1885-1950) stars in 1st talking film The Jazz Singer (1927) at 44;
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969) becomes head of the Bauhaus school (1930) at 44;
Boris Karloff (1887-1969) stars in Frankenstein (1931) at 44;
John Ford (1894-1973) directs Stagecoach (1939) at 44;
Paul Gallico (1897-1976) wrote The Snow Goose (1941) at 44;
Robert Redfield (1897-1958) wrote Folk Cultures of the Yucatán (1941) at 44;
Peggy Guggenheim (1898-1979) opens her gallery "Art of This Century" (1942) at 44;
Humphrey Bogart (1899-1957) stars in Casablanca (1943) at 44;
B. F. Skinner (1904-1990), psychologist, wrote Walden Two (1948) at 44;
Billy Wilder (1906-2002) directs Sunset Boulevard (1950) at 44;
Edward Teller (1908-2003) oversaw first explosion of an H-bomb (1952) at 44;
Lorne Greene (1915-1987) stars in TV series Bonaza (1959-1971) at 44;
Theodore H. White (1915-1986) begins work on The Making of the President (1959) at 44;
Federico Fellini (1920-1993) directs Juliet of the Spirits (1965) at 44;
Charlton Heston (1923-2008) stars in Planet of the Apes (1968) at 44;
Paul Newman (1925-2008) stars in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) at 44;
Peter Falk (1927-2011) stars in TV series Columbo (1971-1977) at 44;
Willie Shoemaker (1931-2003), jockey, wins his 5000th race (1976) at 44;
Dudley Moore (1935-2002) stars in 10 eith Bo Derek (1980) at 44;
Jane Byrne (1933-2014) becomes first woman myor at major city (Chicago) at 44;
Andrew Young (b. 3-12-1932) becomes U.S. ambassador to United Nations (1977) at 44;

[Sources: Jeremy Baker, Tolstoy's Bicycle (1982), pp. 311-318; and Wikipedia Web Links.]

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) was a German composer and pianist. He was a
crucial figure in the transition between the classical and romantic eras in classical
music and is considered to be one of the greatest composers of all time. During his
life, he composed 9 symphonies, 5 piano concertos, one violin concerto, 32 piano
sonatas, 16 string quartets, 2 masses, and opera Fidelio. His Symphony #8 premiered
on February 27 1814 with Beethoven himself conducting in Vienna at age 44. First
performance of Fidelio opera (3rd Version) on May 23, 1814. Have 120 pages honoring
Beethoven on my web siteMusic Quotes, Eroica Symphony #3, 5th Symphony,
Beethoven's Religious Beliefs, Schulz's Beethoven. "KDFC Top 250 Classical Music" lists 5 Beethoven works in top 10. Image: Beethoven (1815) by Joseph W. Mähler (commons.wikimedia.org)

Harold A. Scheraga (1921-2020), American physical chemist of proteins & macromolecules, Cornell University Todd Professor Emeritus in Chemistry was still active at age 98 (2020), doing both experimental & theoretical research on protein structure folding. Scheraga has published over 1300 scientific articles, and was editorial & advisory board member of nine scientific journals. In 2005, he received a Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Gdansk. "My 65 years in protein chemistry" [Quarterly Reviews of Biophysics 48, 117-177 (May 2015)] published at age 94. "A Conversation with Harold A. Scheraga" is an Oral History Project of Cornell's Department of Chemistry with extended interviews with senior faculty members. Scheraga shares his life's journey, professional interests and reflections about his department and its nurturing environment. (Web). Scheraga's book Protein Structure was published by Academic Press (1961) at age 39. He had 31 publications in 1965 at age 44, 11 with Douglas C. Poland on helix-coil transitions [J. Chem. Phys. 43, 2071-2074 (1965); Biopolymers 3, 401-419 (1965).. He was Chairman of Cornell's Chemistry Dept
(1960-1967), when I chose him as my Ph.D. advisor and mentor (1963-1970), where 40 scientists worked in his research laboratory. Poem: "Memories of Professor Harold A. Scheraga" (9-22-2020)

44 in Geography

79) In geography, the latitude of a location on the Earth is the angular distance of that location
south or north of the Equator. The latitude is an angle, and is usually measured in degrees
(marked with o). The equator has a latitude of 0o. The North Pole has a latitude of 90o north
(written 90o N or +90o). The South Pole has a latitude of 90o south (written 90o S or -90o).
80) Cities located at 44o west longitude:
São Luís, Maranhão, Brazil: 44o 18' W longitude & 2o 32' S latitude
81) Cities located at 44o north latitude:
Montpelier, VT, USA: 44o 15' N latitude & 72o 34' W longitude
Augusta, Maine, USA: 44o19 N latitude & 69o 47' W longitude
Craiova, Romania: 44o 20' N latitude & 23o 49' E longitude
Pierre, SD, USA: 44o22 N latitude & 100o 20' W longitude
Genoa, Italy: 44o 24' N latitude & 8o 55' E longitude
Ravenna, Italy: 44o 25' N latitude & 12o 12' E longitude
Bucharest, Romania: 44o 26' N latitude & 26o 06' E longitude
Bologna, Italy: 44o 30' N latitude & 11o 21' E longitude
82) 44 is used as the country code for telephones in United Kingdom.
83) European Route E44 an intermediate E-road. Its route is
Le Havre, Amiens, Charleville-Mézières, Luxembourg,
Trier, Koblenz, Wetzlar, Giessen; Length: 501 miles;
West end: Le Havre, France; East end: Giessen, Germany
84) I-44 (Interstate 44) is a major Interstate Highway in the central U.S. It follows a more southwest-northeast alignment. Its western terminus is in Wichita Falls, Texas, at a concurrency with US 277, US 281, and U.S. Route 287 in Texas; its eastern terminus is at I-70 in St. Louis, Missouri. I-44 is one of five Interstates built to bypass U.S. Route 66; this highway covers the section between Oklahoma City and St. Louis. Virtually the entire length of I-44 east of Springfield, Missouri, was once US 66, which was upgraded from two to four lanes from 1949 to 1955. Length: 633.79 miles.
85) California State Route 44 is a state highway in the U.S. State of California that travels in an east-west direction from State Routes 273 and 299 in Redding to Lassen Volcanic National Park before ending at State Route 36 west of Susanville. This final portion, between the park and its terminus,
is part of the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway (500 miles), a National Scenic Byway, along Cascade Range past numerous volcanoes. Photo on CA-44 web site shos State Route 44 containing a sheet
of ice in the winter. CA-44 Length is 107.02 miles; Existed from 1935 to present.
86) Louisiana Highway 44 is a state highway in Louisiana that serves Ascension, St. James, and
St. John the Baptist Parishes. It runs from west to east, parallel to the east bank of the Mississippi
River, from Prairieville to LaPlace. It spans a total of 50.1 miles (80.6 km). Throughout its run,
LA 44 is known as North/South Burnside Avenue, River Road, West/East Jefferson Highway,
West 5th Street, and Main Street. and State Route 37. Existed from 1955 renumbering to present.
87) King's Highway 44 was a provincially maintained highway in the Canadian province of Ontario.
The 15.9-kilometre (9.9 mi)-long route began at Highway 15 in the town of Almonte and travelled eastward through Lanark County towards Ottawa, ending at Highway 17. Highway 44 was
assumed by the province in 1938 along existing unimproved roadway. A significant portion
of the highway was incorporated into a new routing of Highway 17 in 1966. The highway
alignment remained generally unchanged for next three decades until it was decommissioned
in 1997 and transferred to Lanark County and what is now the City of Ottawa. The road has
since been redesignated as Lanark County Road 49 and Ottawa Road 49.
88) Japan National Route 44 s the easternmost of the national highways of Japan. It connects
the cities of Kushiro and Nemuro in eastern part of the Route 44 was originally designated
on 18 May 1953 as National Route 242, and this was redesignated as Route 44 when the route
was promoted to a Class 1 highway. Length: 124.8 kilometers (77.5 mi); Origin: Kushiro,
Hokkaido (originates at the terminus of Route 38); Terminus: Nemuro, Hokkaido;
Major cities: Akkeshi. Photo Source: Japan Route 44 (commons.wikimedia.org)
89) New Zeaand State Highway 44 is a New Zealand state highway. At 5.2 km (4 miles),
it is one of the shortest highways on the network. Its entire length is within the New
Plymouth city area. SH 44 was created in response to an increase in truck traffic
between SH 3 and Port Taranaki and the resulting damage being caused to the
preferred route (Breakwater Rd/St Aubyn St/Molesworth St).
90) National Highway 44 (NH 44) is the Second longest-running major north-south
National Highway in India. It came into being by merging seven national
highways. Passing through States Jammu and Kashmir: (189 miles),
Punjab: (158 miles), Haryana: (114 miles), Uttar Pradesh: (117 miles),
Madhya Pradesh: (313 miles), Maharashtra: (144 miles),
Telangana: (313 miles), Andhra Pradesh: (160 miles),
Karnataka: (78 miles), Tamil Nadu: (390 miles)
. Length 4,112 km (2,555 miles).
91) 44-story Park Court Akasaka Hinokicho The Tower is located close to
Tokyo Midtown and adjacent to Hinokicho Park. It is designed by the
world-famous Japanese architect, Mr. Kengo Kuma adding warmth to
the building and its base isolated and vibration damping structure
provides high aseismatic performance. It comes with the full range
of the latest shared facilities and services such as various lounges,
a fitness gym, concierge service. It was completed in February, 2018.
Photo Source: Akasaka Condo (tai.moonfactory.co.jp)
92) Seattle Boren Tower is a 44-story high-rise at 2019 Boren Ave, Seattle.
Reported at Daily Journal of Commerce (By Brian Miller, Nov. 19, 2018)—
The 44-story tower will have 393 units, seven levels of underground
parking, accessed from the alley to the west, for 369 vehicles, and
200 bike stalls. The tower will include 47,675 square feet of offices
in the podium for tenants likely to include Cornish College (one
of the sellers). About 7,150 square feet of ground-floor arts space,
will be divided into a gallery space and a 180-seat performing arts
hall. For tenants, there will be indoor amenity space and terraces
on the fifth floor, with a pool on the larger south terrace.
Photo: Seattle Boren Tower (djc.com)
93) Jersey City Tower: is a 44-story luxury rental building in Jersey City's
Liberty Harbor North district. The 448-unit building at 33 Park Ave.
will be the first of two high-rises at the waterfront site, with plans also
including the development of a 267-room Marriott hotel, Fisher said.
The firm expects to complete the first tower by spring 2017. The project
has been designed by Perkins Eastman and calls for a host of amenities
and retail space. Fisher has retained Marketing Directors of Manhattan
to market and lease the residences. Photo Source: Jersey City Tower (njbiz.com)
94) East 44th Street, New York City
1st Ave: United Nations Headquarters; 2nd Ave: 310 Beaux Arts Apartments
3rd Ave: Costello's 699 East 44th St.; Lexington Ave: Fitzpatrick Grand Central
Hotel 141 Eat 44th St.
, Vanderbilt Ave: Grand Central Terminal,
& Graybar Building; 5th Ave: Cornell Club 6 East 44th St. (opened 1989)
Photo Source: East 44th Street Sign NYC (dreamstime.com)
95) West 44th Street, New York City
10th Ave: Actors Studio 432 W. 44th St. (Marlon Brando, Marilyn Monroe studied here);
9th Ave: Record Plant 321 West 44th St. (Jimi Hendrix & John Lennon recorded here)
8th Ave: Majestic Theatre 245 West 44th St.; Sardi's 234 West 44th Street;
6th ave: Algonquin Hotel 59 West 44th St. (Literary Round Table)
Photo: West 44th Street Sign, NYC (abcn.com)
96) MIT Building 44 (Cyclotron): Address: 51 Vassar St., Cambridge, MA 02139.
MIT has identified a preferred location for the new MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman
College of Computing headquarters: the current site of Building 44. The new
building, which will require permitting & approvals from City of Cambridge
will sit in a centralized location that promises to unite the many centers,
MIT departments, and labs that integrate computing into their work.
97) Number 44 Coffee Shop is located at 4 Groes Road, Colwyn Bay LL29 8PU Wales
Inscibed on storefront are "Food for Thought" & "Specialty Coffee" & on the window
are "Gluten-Free Food" & "Gallery & Events". Received 4.5 out of 5-stars in 7 reviews
of TripAdvisor. "A hidden gem full of delicious snacks, cakes and drinks, which
through are aimed at vegan/vegetarian are delicious and reasonably priced.
The actual place is very relaxing and the staff are always friendly making
a perfect place to chill out." Photo Source: Number 44 (tripadvisor.com/)
98) Microsoft Building 44 is located at 15595 NE 36th Street, Redmond 98052, WA.
It is part of the Redmond Main Microsoft Campus & also part of Augusta Campus.
99) 44 Rue Cler, Paris has Boutique Pralus, a bakery with excellent reviews—
"We tried all 10 flavours of macaroons. Coffee, hazelnut, pistachio and
chocolate were the best. We also got pink Praluline & it was amazing."
Rue Cler is near the Eiffel Tower, 75007 Paris.
"École Militaire" is the nearest metro station.
Photo Source: 44 Rue Cler, Paris (tripadvisor.com)
100) Kitchen Shop is at 44 Rue Pelleport 75020 Paris
It sells kitchen items, bakery and pastry equipment.
Their web site offers lots of ideas for cooking
and making pasteries and candies.
Open Monday to Friday: 11:30 am-7:30 pm.
Photo Source: Cuisine Shop (cuisinedaubery.com)
101) Stanford Bronze Plaque 44 on the ground to the right of
Stanford's Memorial Church, is 17 paces from front door
of Building 60 (classrooms of Physics Learning Center).
It is dedicated to the Class of 1944. The first graduating
class at Stanford was 1892. In 1980, Stanford Provost
Don Kennedy strolled around the Inner Quad and
calculated that it would take 512 years for the bronze
class plaques embedded in the walkways to circle
the entire area ending with the Class of 2403.
44 in Sports & Games
102) Baseball's 44th World Series (1947) matched New York Yankees against Brooklyn Dodgers.
The Yankees won the Series in seven games for their first title since 1943, & their 11th World
Series championship in team history. Yankees manager Bucky Harris won the Series for the
first time since managing the Washington Senators to their only title in 1924. In 1947, Jackie Robinson, a Brooklyn Dodger, was first black player in a World Series. Yankees won 1st game
5-3 beating Branca. Allie Reynolds won 2nd game 10-3 striking out 12. Dodgers won 3rd game
9-8 in Brooklyn. Lavagetto's double in 9th broke up Beven's no-hitter, driving 2 runs to win 4th game for Dodgers 3-2. Yankees won 5th game 2-1 with DiMaggio's homer. Gionfriddo's great catch of DiMaggio's 415-foot drive won 6th game for Dodgers 8-6. Yankees won 7th game 5-2.
— Joseph L. Reichler (Ed.) The Baseball Encyclopedia, 7th Ed., Macmillian, NY (1988), p. 2760.
Photo Source: 1947 World Series Program (ebay.ca)
103) NFL's Super Bowl XLIV: New Orleans Saints (NFC) defeated Indianapolis Colts (AFC)
31-17, earning their first Super Bowl win, at Sun Life Stadium (now Hard Rock Stadium) in Miami Gardens, Florida, on February 7, 2010. The Saints scored 18 unanswered points, including Tracy Porter's 74-yard interception return for a touchdown, to clinch the victory. New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees, who completed 32 of 39 passes for 288 yards and two touchdowns, was named the Super Bowl MVP. Photo Source: Super Bowl XLIV (wikipedia.org)
104) 44th NBA Finals (1991) was the championship round of the 1990-91 National Basketball Association (NBA) season, and conclusion of the season's playoffs. Eastern Conference champion Chicago Bulls defeated Western Conference champion Los Angeles Lakers 4-1
(June 2Ð12, 1991). It was Michael Jordan's first NBA Finals appearance, Magic Johnson's last,
and the last NBA Finals for Lakers until 2000. Jordan averaged 31.2 points on 56% shooting,
11.4 assists, 6.6 rebounds, 2.8 steals & 1.4 blocks en route to his first NBA Finals MVP Award.
The 1991 Finals marked the first time the Bulls defeated the Lakers in a playoff series.
Photo Source: 1991 NBA Finals Logo (wikimedia.org)
105) Even though the Stanley Cup Finals was first awarded in 1893, it did not become official
until 1914 Stanley Cups Finals. So the 44th NHL Finals is the 1958 Stanley Cup Finals.
It was between the two-time defending champion Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins in a rematch of 1957 Finals. The Canadiens, who were appearing in the Finals for 8th consecutive year, won the series, 4-2, for their 3rd straight Cup victory & 10th in the team's history. Dates April 8-April 20: Montreal captain Maurice "Rocket" Richard led playoff goal-scoring race with 11. In Game 5, he notched his sixth career playoff overtime goal (3 of which occurred in this & previous Stanley Cup Finals). Photo: 1958 NHL Champions (icehockey.fandom.com)
106) Most Home Runs Hit in Same Game by Teammates: 44 by Ken Griffey Jr. and Edgar Martinez
[#1: 75 by Hank Aaron & Eddie Matthews #2: 73 by Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig,
#3: 68 by Willie Mays & Willie McCovey]
Lyle Spatz (Ed.), The SABR Baseball List & Record Book (2007), p. 45
107) Most Career Games with Multiple Home Runs:
44 by Willie McCovey, Mike Schmidt, Alex Rodriguez
(#1: 72 by Babe Ruth; #2: 69 by Barry Bonds)
Lyle Spatz (Ed.), The SABR Baseball List & Record Book (2007), p. 47
108) Most Career Leadoff Home Runs: 44 Brady Anderson
(1st 81: Rickey Henderson, 2nd 50: Craig Biggio)
Lyle Spatz (Ed.), The SABR Baseball List & Record Book (2007), p. 47
109) Joe DiMaggio got 91 hits during his 56-game hitting streak.
His 44th consective hit game was on July 1, 1941 with hit
off Jack Wilson of Boston Red Sox.
110) Rickey Henderson had his 44th stolen base (2nd base)
in the 9th inning against Dwight Bernard of Milwaukee Brewers
on May 26, 1982 in his season stolen base record of 130 in 1982.
111) Highest Batting Average in a Season since 1893r
.440: Hugh Duffy, NL, Boston Beaneaters, 1894
Lyle Spatz (Ed.), The SABR Baseball List & Record Book (2007), p. 102
112) Most Consecutive Games with a Hit in a Single Season3
44: Willie Keeler, NL, Baltimore Orioles, 1897 (April 22 to June 18);
Pete Rose, NL, Cincinnati Reds, 1978 (June 14 to July 31)
(#!: Joe DiMaggio 56, New York Yankees, 1941)
Lyle Spatz (Ed.), The SABR Baseball List & Record Book (2007), p. 147
113) 40 Home Runs & 200 Hits in a Season
Hank Aaron, Milwaukee Braves (1963): 44 Homers, 201 Hits;
Mo Vaughn, Boston Red Sox (1996): 44 Homers, 207 Hits;
Lyle Spatz (Ed.), The SABR Baseball List & Record Book (2007), p. 153
114) Most Home Runs by a Left Fielder in a Season
44: Carl Yastrzemski, Boston Red Sox, 1967 (23rd),
Juan González, Texas Rangers, 1993, Adam Dunn, Cincinnati Reds, 2004
(#1: Hack Wilson 56, Chicago Cubs 1920)
Lyle Spatz (Ed.), The SABR Baseball List & Record Book (2007), p. 168
115) Most Home Runs by a Right Fielder in a Season
44: Hank Aaron, Milwaukee Brewers 1963, 1969 (12th)
Dale Murphy, Manny Ramirez, Vladmir Guerrero, Jermaine Dye
(#1: Sammy Sosa, Chicago Cubs 1998)
Lyle Spatz (Ed.), The SABR Baseball List & Record Book (2007), p. 169
116) Most Career Shutouts by a Pitcher
44: Babe Adams & Bob Feller (36th rank)
(#1: Walter Johnson 110, #2: Grover Cleveland Alexander 90)
Lyle Spatz (Ed.), The SABR Baseball List & Record Book (2007), p. 205
117) Batting Champions by Widest Margin
.044:
Rod Carew, Minnesota Twins (.350) (12th rank)
over George Scott, Milwaukee Brewers (.306) in 1973
(Carew also led by .052 in 1977 and .048 in 1974 over runner-ups)
Lyle Spatz (Ed.), The SABR Baseball List & Record Book (2007), p. 143
118) 4th widest victory margin in College Football Bowl Games
44— Fresno State beats Bowling Green 51-7 in 1985 California Bowl.
Mike Meserole, The Ultimate Book of Sports Lists 1998
DK Publishing, Inc. New York, 1997, p. 36.
119) Most Points Scored in NCAA Football
2nd highest: 44Marshall Faulk, San Diego State vs. Pacific (Sept. 14, 1991)
He set an NCAA record with 386 yards, scoring 7 touchdowns.
Mike Meserole, The Ultimate Book of Sports Lists 1998
DK Publishing, Inc. New York, 1997, p. 48.
120) Longest Winning Streak in NCAA Basketball
44Texas from 1913-1917, ended by Rice 24-18
Texas' streak would stand as the NCAA record for 40 years
before San Francisco would break it in 1957 with 60 straight.
Mike Meserole, The Ultimate Book of Sports Lists 1998
DK Publishing, Inc. New York, 1997, p. 83.
121) 1st Highest Scoring Average in NCAA Single Season
44.5 by Pete Maravich, Louisiana State (1970, 1381 points)
(#1 Pete Maravich, Louisiana State, 1970, 44.5 avg, 1381 points;
#2 Pete Maravich, Louisiana State, 1969, 44.2 avg)
Mike Meserole, The Ultimate Book of Sports Lists 1998
DK Publishing, Inc. New York, 1997, p. 86.
122) 2nd Highest Scoring Average in NBA Single Season
44.8 by Wilt Chamberlain, San Francisco Warriors (1962-63, 3586 points)
(#1 Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia, 1961-62, 50.4 avg, 4029 points,
#3 Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia, 1960-61, 38.4 avg, 3033 points)
Mike Meserole, The Ultimate Book of Sports Lists 1998
DK Publishing, Inc. New York, 1997, p. 108.
123) 2nd Most Points Scored in NHL Playoff in Single Season
44 by Mario Lemieux, Pittsburg Penguins, 1991, 23 games, 16 goals
(#1: 47 points, Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton, 1985, 18 games, 17 goals)
Mike Meserole, The Ultimate Book of Sports Lists 1998
DK Publishing, Inc. New York, 1997, p. 120
124) Oldest Winner in PGA Championship in Golf
44 years, 262 days, by Lee Trvino, in 1984 with score of 277
(#1; Julius Boros, 48 years, 140 days, in 1968 with 281 score)
Mike Meserole, The Ultimate Book of Sports Lists 1998
DK Publishing, Inc. New York, 1997, p. 144.
125) 10th Most Singles Titles in Tennis
43 by Thomas Muster, Austria
(#1: 109, Jimmy Connors, #2: Ivan Lendl, #3: John McEnroe)
Mike Meserole, The Ultimate Book of Sports Lists 1998
DK Publishing, Inc. New York, 1997, p. 168.
126) 44th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Jean Borotra beats René Lacoste
(6-1, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-4) on July 5, 1924.
127) 44th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Cilly Aussem beats Hilde Krahwinkel
(6-2, 7-5) on July 3, 1931.
128) 44th Kentucky Derby was won by Exterminator in 2:10.8
with Jockey Willie Knapp aboard (May 11, 1918).
129) 44th Preakness Stakes was won by Sir Barton in 1:53.00
with Jockey Johnny Loftus aboard (May 15, 1918).
130) 44th Belmont Stakes was won by Sweep in 2:22.00
with Jockey James H. Butwell aboard (May 30, 1910).
131) 44th U.S. Golf Open: Lawson Little shoots a 287 and defeated Gene Sarazan
in an 18-hole playoff to win his only professional major, at Canterbury
Golf Club in Beachwood, Ohio (June 9, 1940).
132) 44 Best by Number: Who Wore What with Distinction
What if? When Hank Aaron brokein with the Milwaukee Braves in 1954, he was a skinny outfielder with quick wrists, a sweet swing and a big 5 on the back of his jersey. Baseball's
future home run king hit 13 in that rookie season. Fortunately, he switched to a beefier 44
in 1955 and began his Hall of Fame journey. So where would No. 44 be now without the
Hammer, whose single-season homer total matched his uniform number four times?
Probably not in the career resumés of Reggie Jackson, Willie McCovey, & numerous other would-be home run kings who wanted to crank like Hank. If not for Aaron's fortuitous switch 44 might be mostly a basketball number, sported by such heavyweights as Jerry West, George Gervin, and Dan Issel. Reference: Sporting News, Best By Number: Who Wore What With Distinction (2006), p. 134; Photo Source: Hank Aaron hitting homer 715 breaking Ruth's record (encyclopediaofalabama.org)
133) Baseball & Football Players with Uniform #44

Reggie Jackson #44
Oakland A'ss (1967-75)
NY Yankees (1977-81)

Willie McCovey #44
SF Giants (1959-73)
San Diego Padres (1974-76)

Eric Davis #44
Cincinnati Reds (1984-91)
L.A. Dodgers (1992-93)

Jim Brown #44
Syracuse University
(1954-1956)

Ed Mariano #44
Cornell University
(1968-1971)
Reggie Jackson (b. May 18, 1946): is an American former professional baseball right fielder who played 21 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Kansas City / Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees, and California Angels. Jackson was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1993. Jackson was nicknamed "Mr. October" for his clutch hitting in the postseason with Athletics and Yankees. He helped Oakland win 5 consecutive American League West divisional pennants, 3 consecutive American League pennants and 3 consecutive World Series titles, from 1972 to 1974. Jackson helped New York win 4 American League East divisional pennants, 3 American League pennants & two consecutive World Series (1977-1981). He also helped California Angels win two AL West divisional pennants in 1982 & 1986. Jackson hit 3 consecutive home runs at Yankee Stadium in the clinching game 6 of 1977 World Series against Dodgers. Steve Garvey clapped inside his glove at 1st base when it happened.
Willie McCovey (1938-2018): nicknamed "Stretch", "Mac", and "Willie Mac", was an American professional baseball player. He played in MLB as a first baseman from 1959 to 1980, most notably as a member of San Francisco Giants for whom he played for 19 seasons. McCovey also played for San Diego Padres and Oakland Athletics in latter part of his MLB career. A fearsome left-handed power hitter, at the time of his retirement in 1980, McCovey ranked second only to Babe Ruth in career home runs among left-handed batters, and seventh overall. As of 2020, he ranks 20th overall on baseball's all-time home run list. He was a six-time All-Star, three-time home run champion, MVP, and was inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame in 1986 in his first year of eligibility, only the 16th man so honored, at the time.
Eric Davis (b. May 29, 1962): is an American former center fielder for several Major League Baseball (MLB) teams, most notably the Cincinnati Reds, to which he owes his nickname Eric the Red. Davis was 21 years old when he made his major league debut with the Reds on May 19, 1984. Davis spent eight seasons with the Reds and later played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Detroit Tigers, Baltimore Orioles, St. Louis Cardinals, and San Francisco Giants. A right-handed batter and fielder, Davis was blessed with a mesmerizing combination of athletic ability, including excellent foot and bat speed, tremendous power, and superlative defensive acumen. He became one of baseball's most exciting players during his peak, achieving a number of rare feats. In 1987, he became the first player in major league history to hit three grand slams in one month & first to achieve at least 30 home runs & 50 stolen bases in the same season.
Jim Brown (b. Feb. 17, 1936): is a former American football player, sports analyst and actor. He was a fullback for
the Cleveland Browns of the NFL from 1957 to 1965. Considered to be one of the greatest running backs of all time,
as well as one of the greatest players in NFL history, Brown was a Pro Bowl invitee every season he was in the league,
was recognized as the AP NFL Most Valuable Player three times, and won an NFL championship with the Browns in
1964. He led the league in rushing yards in eight out of his nine seasons, and by the time he retired, he had shattered
most major rushing records. In 2002, he was named by The Sporting News as the greatest professional football player
ever. Brown earned unanimous All-America honors playing college football at Syracuse University, where he was an
all-around player for Syracuse Orangemen football team. He also excelled in basketball, track & field, and lacrosse.
The football team later retired his number 44 jersey. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1995.
Ed Marinaro (b. March 31, 1950): played college football at Cornell University, where he set over 16 NCAA records.
He was the first running back in NCAA history to run for 4,000 career rushing yards and led the nation in rushing
in 1971. Marinaro was runner-up to Pat Sullivan for the Heisman Trophy in 1971, the highest finish for an Ivy League
player since the league de-emphasized football in the mid-1950s. Princeton's Dick Kazmaier won the award in 1951
when the Ivy was still considered a major football conference. Marinaro won the 1971 Maxwell Award and the UPI
College Football Player of the Year as the top player in college football. He holds two NCAA records: most rushes
per game in a season (39.6 in 1971) and career average carries per game (34.0, 1969-1971).
Reference: Sporting News, Best By Number: Who Wore What With Distinction (2006), pp. 134-137;
Photo Sources: Reggie Jackson (pinterest.com); Willie McCovey (pinterest.com); Eric Davis (notinhalloffame.com);
Jim Brown (syracuse.com); Ed Mariano (sicovers.com)
134) Basketball Players with Uniform #44

Jerry West #44
Los Angeles Lakers
(1960-1974)

George Gervin #44
San Antonio Spurs
(1974-1985)

Kevin McHale #44
Univ. of Minnesota
(1976-1980)

Dan Issel #44
Denver Nuggets
(1975-1985)

Paul Westphal #44
Boston Celtics (1972-75)
Phoenix Suns (1975-1980)
Jerry West (b. May 28, 1938) s an American basketball executive and former player. He played professionally for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). His nicknames included "Mr. Clutch", for his ability to make a big play in a clutch situation, such as his famous buzzer-beating 60-foot shot that tied Game 3 of the 1970 NBA Finals against the New York Knicks; "the Logo", in reference to his silhouette being incorporated into the NBA logo; "Mr. Outside", in reference to his perimeter play with the Los Angeles Lakers. West's NBA career was highly successful. Playing the guard position, he was voted 12 times into the All-NBA First and Second Teams, was elected into the NBA All-Star Team 14 times, and was chosen as the All-Star MVP in 1972, the same year that he won the only title of his career. West holds NBA record for highest points per game average in a playoff series with 46.3. West was inducted
into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1980 and voted as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA history in 1996.
George Gervin (b. April 27, 1952) nicknamed "the Iceman", is an American retired professional basketball player who played in both American Basketball Association (ABA) & National Basketball Association (NBA) for Virginia Squires, San Antonio Spurs, & Chicago Bulls. Gervin averaged at least 14 points per game in all 14 of his ABA and NBA seasons, and finished with an NBA career average of 26.2 points per game. In 1996, Gervin was named as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.
Kevin McHale (b. Dec. 19, 1957) is an American former professional basketball player, coach and analyst who played his entire professional career for the Boston Celtics. He is a Basketball Hall of Fame inductee & is regarded as one of greatest power forwards of all time. He was named to NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team. The 6 ft 10 in McHale played basketball at power forward position for University of Minnesota (Golden Gophers) from 1976 to 1980, with career averages of 15.2 points & 8.5 rebounds per game. He was named All-Big Ten in 1979-1980 & still ranks second in school history in career points (1704) & rebounds (950). In 1995, to coincide with University of Minnesota basketball's 100th anniversary, he was selected as the top player in the history of University of Minnesota men's basketball.
Dan Issel (b. Oct. 25, 1948) is an American former professional basketball player and coach. An outstanding collegian at the University of Kentucky, Issel was twice named an All-American en route to a school-record 25.7 points per game for his career. The American Basketball Association Rookie of the Year in 1971, he was a six-time ABA All-Star and a one-time NBA All-Star. A prolific scorer, Issel remains the all-time leading scorer at the University of Kentucky, the second-leading scorer of all time for the NBA's Denver Nuggets, and the second-leading scorer of all time for the American Basketball Association itself. Upon Issel's retirement from the NBA in 1985, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Julius Erving were the only basketball players to have scored more career points. Issel was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993.
Paul Westphal (1950-2021) was an American basketball player, head coach, and commentator. Westphal played in the NBA from 1972 to 1984. Playing the guard position, he won an NBA championship with the Boston Celtics in 1974. Westphal played in the NBA Finals again in 1976 as a member of the Phoenix Suns. His NBA career also included stints with the Seattle SuperSonics and the New York Knicks. In addition to being a five-time All-Star selection, Westphal earned three All-NBA First Team selections and one Second Team honor. In 2019, Westphal was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Reference: Sporting News, Best By Number: Who Wore What With Distinction (2006), pp. 134-137;
Photos: Jerry West (lakersuk.com); George Gervin (photos.com); Kevin McHale (comc.com); Dan Issel (minoapps.com); Paul Westphal (aa.com.tr).
135) Nascar Driver with Car #44 and Football & Hockey Players with Uniform #44

Terry Labonte
Nascar Car #44
(1985 Champion)

John Riggins #44
Washington Redskins
(1976-79, 1981-85)

Leroy Kelly #44
Cleveland Browns
(1975-1985)

Chris Pronger #44
Edmonton Oilers
(2005-2006)
Terry Labonte (b. Nov. 16, 1956) is an American former stock car driver and current racing commentator, who raced from 1978 to 2014 in the former NASCAR Winston Cup and Sprint Cup Series (now called the NASCAR Cup Series). A two-time Cup Series champion and 1989 IROC champion, he is the older brother of 2000 Cup Series champion Bobby Labonte, and the father of former Nationwide Series driver Justin Labonte. He also co-owns a Chevrolet dealership in Greensboro, North Carolina with Rick Hendric. He won the Nascar championship in 1985 driving his Car #44.
John Riggins (b. August 4, 1949) nicknamed "the Diesel" and "Riggo", is an American former professional football player who was a fullback in the National Football League (NFL) for the New York Jets and Washington Redskins. He played college football for the Kansas Jayhawks. He was known for his powerful running style and productivity well into the latter years of his career: in 1983 at age 34, he rushed for an NFL single-season record 24 touchdowns and again led the league in rushing touchdowns the following year at age 35. Although he earned only one Pro Bowl appearance in his career, Riggins had his greatest success in the postseason and was named the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XVII where he scored one touchdown and rushed for 166 yards in a 27-17 win for the Washington Redskins over the Miami Dolphins. Riggins was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1992.
Leroy Kelly (b. May 20, 1947) is a former American football player. A Pro Football Hall of Fame running back, he played for the Cleveland Browns in the National Football League (NFL) from 1964 to 1973. When Jim Brown retired before the 1966 season, Kelly became the starter. For the next three years, he rushed for 1,000 yards, led the NFL in rushing touchdowns, and won All-NFL and starting Pro Bowl honors. Kelly also played in three other Pro Bowls following the 1969, 1970 and 1971 seasons, and earned first-team All-NFL in 1969 and 1971. In 1968, he scored a touchdown in a franchise-record 12 games, and two-or-more touchdowns in a franchise-record 7. In game 12 of the 1970 season, he passed Bill Brown as the career rushing-yards leader among active players, a position he maintained until his retirement in 1974. Kelly led the NFL in rushing for two consecutive seasons (1967-1968). He also was a talented punt and kick returner, who averaged 10.5 yards per punt return and 23.5 yards per kick return for his career.
Chris Pronger (b. Oct. 10, 1974) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey defenceman who was a senior advisor of hockey operations for the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League (NHL). Originally selected second overall by the Hartford Whalers in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, Pronger has played for Hartford, the St. Louis Blues, Edmonton Oilers and Anaheim Ducks before being traded to the Philadelphia Flyers before the 2009-10 season. He was captain of the Blues, Ducks and Flyers. He has appeared in the Stanley Cup finals with three different teams (Edmonton, Anaheim and Philadelphia), winning the Cup with the Ducks in 2007. Pronger won the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player for the 1999-2000 season, becoming the first defenceman to win the award since Bobby Orr in 1971-72. A mainstay on Team Canada, Pronger won Olympic gold medals at the 2002 and 2010 Winter Olympics and is a member of the Triple Gold Club. In 2017, he was named one of the "100 Greatest NHL Players" in history.
Reference: Sporting News, Best By Number: Who Wore What With Distinction (2006), pp. 134-137;
Photos: Terry Labonte (pinterest.com); John Riggins (fs64sports.blogspot.com); Leroy Kelly (ranker.com); Chris Pronger (legendsrevealed.com).

44 in Collectibles, Coins & Postage Stamps

135) 1944 Coins in U.S. Currency: Washington Quarter 25¢, Mercury Dime 10¢, Jefferson Nickel 5¢, Lincoln Penny 1¢




Note: Wartime composition of the Jefferson Nickel: 56% copper, 35% silver, 9% Manganese;
Image sources: Washington Quarter (usacoinbook.com; ; Mercury Dime (usacoinbook.com );
Jefferson Nickel (usacoinbook.com); Lincoln Penny (usacoinbook.com)
136) 1944 U.S. Walking Liberty Half Dollar
Obverse: Lady Liberty walking, holding branches, sunrise ahead
Reverse: Bald Eagle rising from a mountaintop perch
U.S. 1944 Walking Liberty Half Dollar was a silver 50-cent piece
or half dollar coin issued by the U.S. Mint from 1916 to 1947.
Designed by Adolph A. Weinman. Obverse resembles Oscar Roty's "Sower" design for French coins. Art historian Cornelius Vermeule regarded Walking Liberty half dollar to be "one of the greatest United States coins— if not of the world". American Silver Eagle (1986-present) uses Weinman's original "Walkimg Liberty" design. Image source: Walking Liberty Half Dollar (usacoinbook.com)
137) 1844 U.S. Seated Liberty Silver Half-Dollar
Obverse: Seated Liberty with 13 Stars & Coinage Year
Reverse: Bald Eagle with Olive Branches & Arrows
U.S. 1842 Liberty Seated Dollars were designed by U.S. Mint engraver
Christian Gobrecht who also designed the Half-Dollar. Silver dollars
were struck from 1840-1873. 1,766,000 of the 1843 Half-Dollars were
minted with No Motto. $1,728 for uncirculated coins.
Image source: 1844 Half-Dollar (usacoinbook.com)
138) 1844 U.S. Braided Hair Large Cent
Obverse: Lady Liberty with Braided Hair & Coinage Year
Reverse: One Cent surrrounded by Olive Branches
U.S. 1843 Braided Hair Lady Liberty was designed by U.S. Mint engraver
Christian Gobrecht. Coin was 100% copper with diameter of 28.5 mm
(1.12 inch). 1844 Braided Hair Large Cent (Penny) features a smaller
and petite liberty head on the obverse & large letters on the reverse side.
Image source: 1844 Braided Hair Large Cent (usacoinbook.com)
139) 1844 Bank of Montreal Half Penny,
Obverse: Bank of Montreal; Reverse: X in oval, beaver at bottom
During first half of the 19th century there was a chronic shortage of small
coins in Lower Canada. In 1835, following a government decision to remove
all lightweight pieces from circulation, the shortage became acute. No official
coins were issued but Bank of Montreal, Quebec Bank, City Bank & La Banque
du Peuple were given authority to issue penny & halfpenny tokens of a weight
similar to that of British copper coins. Image: 1844 Half-Penny (coinsandcanada.com)
140) 1844 Spain Isabella 80 Reales Gold
Obverse: Queen Isabella II facing right
Reverse: Crown on top, shield at center
showing lions, castles, fleur de lis
Denomination: 80 reales;
Composition: Gold; Price: $975.00
Image source: 1844 Spain Isabella (catawiki.com); Reverse: ebay.com
141) 1844 Prince Albert & Queen Victoria New Royal Exchange Medal
Obverse: Prince Albert & Queen Victoria facing left
Reverse: New Royal Exchange London Building,
First stone laid Jan. 17, 1842
by H.R.M. Prince Albert;
Opened by Queen Victoria
on Oct. 18, 1844; Price: $156.84
Image source: 1844 Albert & Victoria Medal (ebay.com
142) 1844 Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association Medal
Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association (MCMA) founded
in 1795, with Paul Revere as its president, and incorporated in 1806.
Obverse: Youth with hand on shoulder of seated Mother figure
with wheel, drill, and mallet under her right arm;
Reverse: Award to Mrs. Coindreau for a Specimen
of Embroidery, Exhibition of 1844; Design by Christian Gobrecht
Image source: 1844 Massachusetts Medal (jkamericana.com)
143) There are 100 Marvel Value Stamps
issued 1974-1976 in Marvel Comic Books
Stamp #44 The Absorbing Man
from Journey into Mystery #121
Published October 01, 1965
Artist: Jack Kirby
Comic Issues containing this stamp:
Defenders #16, October 1974, p. 19
Strange Tales #174, June 1974, p. 19
144) There are 200 cards in Wings: Friend or Foe (Topps 1952)
Card #44 is AJ Savage, U.S. Navy Attack Bomber
145) There are 160 cards in World on Wheels (Topps 1953)
Card #44 is 1902 Panhard Racer
146) There are 135 cards in Look 'n See (Topps 1952)
Card #44 is Cleopatra (Queen of Egypt) (Source)
147) There are 156 cards in Scoop (Topps 1954)
Card #44 is East Meets West (May 10, 1869)
148) There are 64 cards in Firefighters (Bowman 1953)
Card #44 is Modern Rescue Truck (Source)
149) There are 80 cards in Flags of the World (Topps 1956)
Card #44 is Denmark
150) There are 48 cards in Antique Autos (Bowman 1953)
Card #44 is Thomas
(Back of card with 3-D drawing viewed with 3-D glasses in gum packs)
151) There are 80 cards in Davy Crockett (Topps 1956, orange back)
Card #44 is You're Cheating, Mister
152) United States Postage Stamps with 44¢ denominations
U.S. First class mail postage rate: 41¢ (5-14-2007 to 5-11-2008),
42¢ (5-12-2008 to 5-10-2009), 44¢ (5-11-2009 to 1-21-2012).
No 43¢ postage stamps were issued by the United States.
Note: Stamps were downloaded from the web; Click on stamp for their source.

U.S. #4405a

King & Queen of Hearts
44¢ (issued 5-8-2009)
U.S. #4406

Bob Hope
44¢ (issued 5-29-2009)
U.S. #4421

Gary Cooper
44¢ (issued 9-10-2009)
U.S. #4423a

Brown Pelican
44¢ (issued 10-1-2009)
U.S. #4421b

"I Love Lucy"
44¢ (issued 8-11-2009)
U.S. #4414e

"Dragnet"
44¢ (issued 8-11-2009)
U.S. #4414f

"Lassie"
44¢ (issued 8-11-2009)
U.S. #4414g

"Hopalong Cassidy"
44¢ (issued 8-11-2009)
U.S. #4414h

"You Bet Your Life"
44¢ (issued 8-11-2009)
U.S. #4421j

"The Ed Sullivan Show"
44¢ (issued 8-11-2009)
U.S. #4414n

"Perry Mason"
44¢ (issued 8-11-2009)
U.S. #4414m

"The Lone Ranger"
44¢ (issued 8-11-2009)
U.S. #4414o

"Alfred Hitchcock Presents"
44¢ (issued 8-11-2009)
U.S. #4414r

"The Tonight Show"
44¢ (issued 8-11-2009)
U.S. #4414s

"The Twilight Zone"
44¢ (issued 8-11-2009)
U.S. #4414t

"The Honeymooners"
44¢ (issued 8-11-2009)
U.S. #4435: Year of the Tiger

Year of the Tiger
Chinese Lunar New Year
44¢ (issued January 14, 2010)
44-US4444a

Hans Hofmann
"The Golden Wall"
44¢ (issued March 11, 2010)
U.S. #4444b

William de Kooning
"Asheville"
44¢ (issued March 11, 2010)
U.S. #4444c

Mark Rothko
"Orange & Yellow"
44¢ (March 11, 2010)
U.S. #4444d

Jackson Pollack
"Convergence"
44¢ (issued March 11, 2010)
U.S. #4444e

Arshile Gorky
"The Liver is the Cock's Comb"
44¢ (issued March 11, 2010)
U.S. #4303

American Flag
Flags of Our Nation
44¢ (issued April 16, 2010)
U.S. #4446

Roy Rogers
44¢ (issued 4-17-2010)
U.S. #4447

Tom Mix
44¢ (issued 4-17-2010)
U.S. #4448

William S. Hart
44¢ (issued 4-17-2010)
U.S. #4449

Gene Autry
44¢ (issued 4-17-2010)
U.S. #4450

Love: Pansies in Basket
44¢ (issued 4-22-2010)
U.S. #4461

Katharine Hepburn
44¢ (issued 5-12-2010)
U.S. #4463

Kate Smith
44¢ (issued 5-27-2010)
U.S. #4475

Mother Teresa
44¢ (issued 9-5-2010)
U.S. #4477

Angel with Lute
44¢ (issued 10-21-2010)
U.S. #1CVP127

Menorah
44¢ (issued 2010)
U.S. #4467

Beetle Bailey
44¢ (issued 7-16-2010)
U.S. #4468

Calvin & Hobbes
44¢ (issued 7-16-2010)
U.S. #4469

Archie
44¢ (issued 7-16-2010)
U.S. #4470

Garfield
44¢ (issued 7-16-2010)
U.S. #4471

Dennis the Menace
44¢ (issued 7-16-2010)
U.S. #C116

Father Junipero Serra
44¢ (issued August 22, 1985)
U.S. #U668

Seabiscuit Stamped Envelope
44¢ (issued May 11, 2009)
U.S. #4422a

Felix Frankfurter
44¢ (issued September 22, 2009)
U.S. #4422c

Louis Brandeis
44¢ (issued September 22, 2009)
153) Foreign Postage Stamps with 44 denomination:

Canada 1171, 44¢
Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus)
(issued Jan. 18, 1989)

Canada 1257, 44¢
Snowy Scene
(issued October 26, 1989)

Ireland 865, 0.44 Euro
Discovery of America
(issued May 14, 1992)

Germany 2202, 0.44 Euro
Berlin Philharmonic
(issued Dec. 27, 2002)

Belgium 2026g, 0.44 Euro
European Union
(issued June 5, 2004)

Hungary 3862, 44 Forint
Fuchsii Flower
(issued Sept. 23, 2003)

Hungary 3867
Christmas 2003
(Oct. 31, 2003)

Slovenia 939, 0.44 Euro
Europa 2012
(issued March 30, 2012)

Slovenia 942
0.44 Euro, Primrose
(issued March 30, 2012)

Fr. Polynesia 348
44 Francs, Couple
(issued July 10, 1981)

Fr. Polynesia 387, 44 Francs
Crown of Flowers
(issued Oct. 19, 1983)

Fr. Polynesia 413
44 Francs, Woman
(issued Feb. 20, 1985)

Fr. Polynesia 494, 44 Francs
Sea Slug Shell
(issued Sept. 21, 1988)

Fr. Polynesia 556
44 Francs, Views
(issued Jan. 9, 1991)

Netherlands 1262
0.44 Euro, Kissing Lips
(issued Dec. 11, 2006)

Netherlands 1268, 0.44 Euro
Numeral 44
(issued Dec. 11, 2006)

Netherlands 1279b,
0.44 Euro, Bison
(issued Oct. 17, 2007)

Netherlands 1279d,
0.44 Euro, White Stork
(issued Oct. 17, 2007)

Netherlands 1285, 0.44 Euro
Oak Tree (Quercus robur)
(issued June 21, 2007)

Netherlands 1355a, 0.44 Euro
125 years Windmill
(issued March 23, 2010)

Netherlands 1355d, 0.44 Euro
50 Years Euromast Rotterdam
(issued March 23, 2010)

Netherlands 1355e, 0.44 Euro
25 years Djoser
(issued March 23, 2010)

Netherlands 1356, 0.44 Euro
Four Leaved Clover
(issued March 29,2010)

Palau 98a, 44 cents
Return of Halley's Comet
(issued Dec. 21, 1985)

Palau 98b, 44 cents
Return of Halley's Comet
(issued Dec. 21, 1985)

Palau 98c, 44 cents
Return of Halley's Comet
(issued Dec. 21, 1985)

Palau 98d, 44 cents
Return of Halley's Comet
(issued Dec. 21, 1985)
Note: Postage stamps with 44 denomination were found on the web. Consulted 2020 Scott Standard Postage
Stamp Catalogue Volumes 1A-6B
(Los Altos Library) for Scott Catalogue #s. Stamps shown were downloaded
from the web using Google Images & eBay searches. Click on catalogue #s for image source where the stamp
appears. Some stamps were retouched in Photoshop for centering & perforations with black background added.
The dates of issue were found in Scott Catalogues as well as the Scott Catalogue #s. Click on stamp to enlarge.

44 in Books & Quotes
154) Quotes on 44:
Again I was lucky with the Psalms: the Sunday before there
had been forty-four verses; this Sunday there were forty-three,
seven below the danger line

L.P. Hartley (1895-1972)
    The Go-Between (1953)

The Oxford English Dictionary defines a 'forty-four' as either:
a) a forty-four-gun ship; or
b) a bicycle with a wheel forty-four inches in diameter.
This seems a peculiar unfortunate linguistic coincidence,
full of opportunities for confusion and misunderstanding.

William Hartson (1812-1889)
    The Book of Numbers (2000), p. 95

Forty-four is also the number of
years to which the oldest Tower
of London raven,
Jim Crow, lived.
William Hartson (1812-1889)
    The Book of Numbers (2000), p. 95

Forty-four is also the number of
languages into which
Bram Stoker's
Dracula has been translated.
William Hartson (1812-1889)
    The Book of Numbers (2000), p. 95

• He lived forty-four years and no one cried at his funeral.
John Grisham (b. 1955), The Client (1993)
155) Bollingen Series XLIV is Victor Zuckerkandl's
Sound and Symbol: Music and the External World (1956);
(Princeton University Press, NJ, 1969)
156) Volume 44 of Time Magazine runs from
July 3, 1944, XLIV, No. 1 (Admiral Shimada)
to Dec. 25, 1944, XLIV, No. 26 (Bishop Berggrav)
General Montgomery (7-10-1944, XLIV.2)
Ernie Pyle (7-17-1944, XLIV.3)
Paris (9-4-1944, XLIV.10)
Thomas E. Dewey (10-23-1944, XLIV.17)
General Douglas MacArthur (10-30-1944, XLIV.18)
Harry S. Truman (11-6-1944, XLIV.19)
Edgar Bergen (11-20-1944, XLIV.21)
Lt. Gen. Omar Bradley (12-4-1944, XLIV.23)
Photo Source: General Douglas MacArthur (time.com)
158) Volume 44 of Dictionary of Literary Biography
is titled "American Screenwriters, Second Series" published by Gale Research, Detroit, 1986
Screenwriters, once only needed to provide continuity and dialogue in the form of title cards
for silent movies, achieved true prominence with the advent of sound in 1927. Over the years,
as the landscape of American film has grown and developed into an art form, the screenplay has
emerged as a new form of literature . Motion-picture writers covered in American Screenwriters
are a representative— yet significant— sampling, ranging from the artistically important to the
commercially successful to the relatively obscure. Among the 62 screenwriters featured in this
volume are Woody Allen, Robert Bloch, Richard Brooks, Paddy Chayefsky, Francis Ford Coppola,
Carol Eastman, Abby Mann, Frances Marion, Paul Mazursky, S. J. Perelman and Mae West..
159) Books with 44 in the Title

Tom Rob Smith
Child 44 (2008)

Rich Vermillion
Angel Flight 44 (2007)

Alexander McCall Smith
44 Scotland Street (2004)

Danielle Steele
44 Charles Street (2011)

Staff of The Undefeated
The Fierce 44 (2019)
Click on book cover for source of photo image
160) Books, CD, DVD, Blue Ray with 44 in the Title

Ania K. (2020)
44: Becoming Self

Tony Shaff
44 Pages (2018)

Train Pink
Now 44 CD (2012)

Michael Madsen stars
44 Minutes DVD (2003)

Bruce Willis stars
Catch .44 Blue Ray (2011)
Click on book cover for source of photo image

44 in Art, Music, & Film
161)
Krishna Print 44
shows a portrait of Mother
Yasoda with Baby Krishna
Darshan Art Gallery featuring 122 paintings
of Lord Krishna. Source: Krishna (stephen-knapp.com)
162) Woodblock Print 44 of 100 Views of Edo (1856-1858)
by Japanese painter & printmaker Ando Hiroshige (1797-1858) is titled
"View of Nihonbashi Töri" (1858). Notes from Brooklyn Museum:
It is a hot summer day in the middle of Main Street of Edo in the bustling
Nihonbashi district, and almost everyone hides under a hat or a parasol,
intent on avoiding the sun. Under a huge two-tiered parasol is a group of
dancers performing celebratory shrine dances for donations. Called Sumiyoshi
dancers because of their origin as seasonal minstrels from Sumiyoshi Shrine near
the city of Osaka, they had evolved by Hiroshige's time into native Edo street
performers. Following them is a different sort of street minstrel, from outcast
hinin class. Such women sang songs accompanied by the samisen, a lute-like
instrument, and were always escorted at a distance by a husband or a father.
163)
No. 44 (1955) by Mark Rothko (1903-1970) is an oil painting on canvas 81.5" x 43.1");
Collection of Walker Art Center, Gift of Judy & Kenneth Dayton, 1991
By 1950, Rothko had reduced the number of floating rectangles to two, three, or four
and aligned them vertically against a colored background. This was to be known as his
signature style, and from this time on, he would work almost invariably within this format,
suggesting in numerous variations of color & tone an astonishing range of atmospheres & moods.
The urge for self-transcendence had not lessened; the same impulse that prompted earlier artists
to invent gods motivated Rothko to seek self-transcendence through nonobjective painting.
One of his most stimulating associations was with poet Stanley Kunitz, who describes Rothko as
"a primitive, a shaman who finds the magic formula and leads people to it."" These conversations
between painter and poet fed into Rothko's enterprise. They gave him confirmation of his intuitions.
— Elizabeth Leigh Doland, "The effect of war on art: the work of Mark Rothko" (2010), pp. 41-49.
Source: No. 44 (>walkerart.org)
164) THEMIS Images as Art #44 (2015) The Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS)
was developed by Arizona State University, Tempe, in collaboration with Raytheon
Santa Barbara Remote Sensing. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the
2001 Mars Odyssey mission. This THEMIS visual image has not been radiometrically
nor geometrically calibrated for this preliminary release. An empirical correction
has been performed to remove instrumental effects. A linear shift has been applied
in cross-track & down-track direction to approximate spacecraft & planetary motion.
Photo Source: THEMIS Art #44 (jpl.nasa.gov)
165) Johann Sebastian Bach's Church Cantata #44 (BWV 44)
Sie werden euch in den Bann tun (They will put you under banishment),
was composed in Leipzig for Exaudi, the Sunday after Ascension,
and first performed on 21 May 1724. The prescribed readings for
the Sunday were from the First Epistle of Peter, "serve each other"
(1 Peter 4:8-11), and from Gospel of John, (15:26-16:4). The cantata
in seven movements is scored for four vocal soloists (soprano,
alto, tenor and bass), a four-part choir, two oboes, bassoon,
two violins, viola and basso continuo. (YouTube)
166) Joseph Haydn's Symphony #44 in E-minor (1772).
It is popularly known as Trauer (English: Mourning).
An apocryphal story relates that Haydn asked for
the slow movement of this symphony to be played
at his funeral. The work is in four movements and
is scored for two oboes, bassoon, two horns
(in E and G), continuo (harpsichord) and strings.
Since all of the movements have the same tonic,
the work is homotonal. (YouTube)
167) Beethoven's Opus #44 is Variations in E-flat major piano trio,
a series of fourteen variations on a theme, written for piano,
violin and cello. Although this may be one of Beethoven's
early works (written in around 1792, i.e., at around age 22)
it was assigned its opus number when it was published by
Hoffmeister in Leipzig, more than a decade after Beethoven
began writing it. Following common practice at the time,
Beethoven incorporated variations on popular themes from
opera. Playing time is usually 13 to 14 minutes. (YouTube)
168) Frederic Chopin's Opus #44 is Polonaise No.5 In F Sharp Minor.
for solo piano written in 1841. It is often referred to as the
"tragic" polonaise. It is dedicated to Princess Ludmilla
de Beauveau, a prominent member of the Polish émigré
community in Paris. Despite its title, the polonaise is a
composite work in ternary form, with a central mazurka
section in A major. A typical performance of the polonaise
lasts around eleven minutes. (YouTube: Anna Fedorova,
Vladimir Horowitz, Arthur Rubinstein, Evgeny Kissin at 15)
169) Robert Schumann's Opus #44 is Piano Quintet in E-flat major.
Composed in 1842 and noted for its "extroverted, exuberant" character,
Schumann's piano quintet is considered one of his finest compositions
and a major work of 19th-century chamber music. Composed for piano
& string quartet, the work revolutionized instrumentation & musical
character of the piano quintet and established it as a quintessentially
Romantic genre. Schumann dedicated it to his wife, Clara Schumann.
She first performed it (1-8-1843), and pronounced the work "splendid,
full of vigor & freshness." (YouTube: Martha Argerich, Emerson Quartet)
170) Johannes Brahms' Opus 44 is 12 Lieder and Romances (1859-1860).
Composed for 4-part female chorus with optional piano accompaniment.
12 Songs: 1. Minnelied. Con moto; 2. Der Bräutigam. Allegro; 3. Barcarole.
Allegretto grazioso; 4. Fragen. Sehr lebhaft und rasch; 5. Die Müllerin. Allegro;
6. Die Nonne. Andante; 7. Nun stehn die Rosen in Blüte. Allegro; 8. Die Berge
sind spitz. Andantino; 9. Am Wildbach die Weiden. Angenehm bewegt;
10. Und gehst du über den Kirchof. Andante; 11. Die Braut. Andante
espressivo; 12. Märznacht. Poco Allegro. Average duration
of the whole set is 17 minutes. (YouTube)
171) Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Opus #44 is Piano Concerto No. 2 in G major.
Written in 1879-1880 and dedicated to Nikolai Rubinstein, who had insisted
he be allowed to perform it at the premiere as a way of making up for his
harsh criticism of Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto. But Rubinstein was
destined never to play it, as he died in March 1881, and the work has
never attained much popularity. The premiere performance took place
in New York City, on 12 November 1881. The soloist was Madeline Schiller,
and Theodore Thomas conducted the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.
(YouTube: Mikhail Pletnev; Alexandre Kantorow; Yuja Wang)
172) Sergei Rachmaninoff's Opus #44 is Symphony No. 3.
In melodic outline & rhythm it is his most expressively Russian symphony, particularly
in the dance rhythms of the finale. What was groundbreaking in this symphony was its
greater economy of utterance compared to its two predecessors. This sparer style, first
apparent in Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, enhances the emotional power of the work.
Premiered on Nov. 6, 1936, with Leopold Stokowski conducting Philadelphia Orchestra.
Public opinion was negative toward the work. Rachmaninoff conducted Philadelphia
Orchestra in the first recording of the work in 1939. Following the reevaluation of his
work in the 1970s, the symphony has been viewed in a more favorable light. (YouTube)
173) Jean Sibelius's Opus #44 is Valse Triste (1904).
Sibelius wrote six pieces for the 2 December 1903 production of Kuolema. The first was
titled Tempo di valse lente— Poco risoluto. In 1904 he revised the piece, and performed in
Helsinki on 25 April of that year as "Valse triste". It was an instant hit with the public,
took on a life of its own, and remains one of Sibelius's signature pieces. Program notes:
Sick mother is dying. Sad music floats in the window. Sleeping mother awakens, rises
from her bed and, in her long white garment, which takes the semblance of a ball dress,
begins to move silently and slowly to and fro. She is waltzing with invisible guests.
There's a knock on the door— Death has come to take her. (YouTube: von Karajan)
174) Band +44 was an American rock supergroup formed in Los Angeles, California in 2005.
The group consisted of vocalist and bassist Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker
of Blink-182, lead guitarist Shane Gallagher of The Nervous Return, and rhythm guitarist
Craig Fairbaugh of Mercy Killers. Hoppus and Barker created +44 shortly after the initial
2005 breakup of Blink-182 and before it was later reformed. The band's name refers to the
international dialing code of United Kingdom, the country where the duo first discussed
the project. Early recordings were largely electronic in nature, and featured vocals by
Carol Heller, formerly of the all-girl punk quartet Get the Girl. Their album "When Your
Heart Stops Beating"
(2006) received mixed reviews from critics. Band inactive after 2009.
175) House No. 44 is a 1955 Hindi film directed by M. K. Burman
and produced by Dev Anand for his banner Navketan Films.
The movie stars Dev Anand and Kalpana Kartik in a lead role.
The film is also noted for its popular songs with music by
S. D. Burman, with lyrics by Sahir Ludhianvi, including
"Teri Duniya Mein Jeene Se" and "Chup Hai Dharti Chup
Hain Chand Sitaare", sung by Hemant Kumar. Plot: Ashok
works for the notorious gangster Sunder. He meets Nimmo
and falls in love with her. She asks him to leave the gang.
But without food, he returns to the gangster lifestyle.
176) Movie 44 (2007) is based on true events— the story of Migs,
an 18 year old high school student trapped between the two
opposing forces of his father, a drug dealer and convicted felon,
and his mother, an NYPD cop. For the last two years, Migs has
been leading a double life. His ambitious yet arrogant father has
placed Migs in charge of his drug operation while he is incarcerated.
Migs lives with his well-meaning but hot-tempered mother. He tries
to win over Jessica, the girl he's falling for, while detaching himself
from his father's influence. Film was written & directed by Miguel Aviles.
177) 44th Academy Awards were presented April 10, 1972, at Dorothy Chandler
Pavilion in Los Angeles. Ceremonies were presided over by Helen Hayes,
Alan King, Sammy Davis Jr., and Jack Lemmon. Highlights was appearance
of Betty Grable, battling cancer, who died the following year.
Best Picture: The French Connection (Philip D'Antoni, producer);
Best Director: William Friedkin for French Connection;
Best Actor: Gene Hackman for French Connection;
Best Actress: Jane Fonda for Klute
Best Supporting Actor: Ben Johnson for The Last Picture Show;
Best Supporting Actress:: Cloris Leachman for Last Picture Show;
Best Documentary: David L. Wolper for The Hellstrom Chronicle.

44 in the Bible
178) 44 occurs in the Bible 5 times:
The sons of Reuben... and half the tribe of Manasseh
... were 44,760 that went out to the war.
1. Chronicles, 5.18 (1300 BC)
And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred
and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.
Revelations, 7:4 (96 AD)
And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred
forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads.
Revelations, 14:1 (96 AD)
And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before
the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but
the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.

Revelations, 14:3 (96 AD)
And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits,
according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel.
Revelations, 21:17 (96 AD)
The Complete Concordance to the Bible (New King James Version)
Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, TN (1983), p. 325
179) In the 44th Psalm, The church, in memory of former favors:
  1. We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us,
      what work thou didst in their days, in the times of old.
  4. Thou art my King, O God: command deliverances for Jacob.
  5. Through thee will we push down our enemies: through thy name
      will we tread them under that rise up against us.
  6. For I will not trust in my bow, neither shall my sword save me.
  8. In God we boast all the day long, and praise thy name for ever. Selah.
23. Awake, why sleepest thou, O Lord? arise, cast us not off for ever.
26. Arise for our help, and redeem us for thy mercies' sake.
      — Psalms 43 (1023 BC),
180) Isaiah: Ch. 44: God exhorts Israel to trust in his mercy (712 BC)
44:1 Yet now hear, O Jacob my servant; and Israel, whom I have chosen:
44:2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and
      through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest
      through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
44:3 For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground:
      I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring:
44:6 Thus saith the Lord the King of Israel, and his redeemer the Lord of hosts;
      I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.
44:23 Sing, O ye heavens; for the Lord hath done it: shout,
      ye lower parts of the earth: break forth into singing,
      ye mountains, O forest, & every tree therein: for the Lord
      hath redeemed Jacob, and glorified himself in Israel.
181) Jeremiah: Ch. 44: Destruction of Egypt foreshewnEgypt (587 BC)
44:1 The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the Jews which dwell
      in the land of Egypt, which dwell at Migdol, and at Tahpanhes,
      and at Noph, and in the country of Pathros, saying,
44:13 For I will punish them that dwell in the land of Egypt, as I have
      punished Jerusalem, by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence:
44:29 And this shall be a sign unto you, saith the Lord, that I will punish you
      in this place, that ye may know that my words shall surely stand against you for evil:
182) Ezekiel: Ch. 44: Ordinaces for the priests(574 BC)
44:1 Then he brought me back the way of the gate of the outward
      sanctuary which looketh toward the east; and it was shut.
44:2 Then said the Lord unto me; This gate shall be shut, it shall
      not be opened, and no man shall enter in by it; because the Lord,
      the God of Israel, hath entered in by it, therefore it shall be shut.
44:4 Then brought he me the way of the north gate before the house:
      and I looked, and, behold, the glory of the Lord filled the house
      of the Lord: and I fell upon my face.
44:21 Neither shall any priest drink wine, when they enter into the inner court.
44:23 And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy
      and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.
183) 44th Book of Enoch describes Astronomical secrets revealed:
Also another phenomon I saw in regard to the lightnings:
how some of the stars arise and become lightnings
and cannot part with their new form.

Book of Enoch, XLIV (circa 105 B.C.-64 B.C.)
     translated by R. H. Charles, S.P.C.K., London, 1917, p. 62
184) 44th Saying of Gospel of Thomas:
Jesus said, "Whoever blasphemes against the Father will be forgiven, and whoever
blasphemes against the son will be forgiven, but whoever blasphemes against
the holy spirit will not be forgiven, either on earth or in heaven."

Gospel of Thomas Saying #44 (114 sayings of Jesus, circa 150 A.D.)
     (trans. Marvin Meyer, 1992; adapted by Elaine Pagels, Beyond Belief, p. 238)
185) Chapter 44 of Pistis Sophia (circa 150 A.D.):
It came. to pass thereafter that Jesus continued again in the discourse and said unto
his disciples: "Then did Pistis Sophia cry to the Light. It forgave her sin, in that she had
left her region and gone down into the darkness. She uttered the sixth repentance, saying thus:
  1. I have sung praises unto thee, O Light, in the darkness below.
  3. O Light, if thou thinks on my sin, I shall not be able to stand before thee, and thou wilt abandon me,
  4. For thou, O Light, art my saviour; because of the light of thy name I have had faith in thee, O Light.
  5. And my power hath had faith in thy mystery; and moreover my power hath trusted in the Light
      when it was among those of the height; and it hath trusted in it when it was in the chaos below.
  6. Let all the powers in me trust in the Light when I am in the darkness below,
      and may they again trust in the Light if they come into the region of the height.
  7. For it is [the Light] which hath compassion on us and delivers us; and a great saving mystery is in it.
  8. And it will save all powers out of the chaos because of my transgression.
      For I have left my region and am come down into the chaos.'
    "Now, therefore, whose mind is exalted, let him understand."

Pistis Sophia, Chapter 44
     (Translated by Violet MacDermott, Edited by Carl Schmidt,
     (Nag Hammadi Studies, IX: Pistis Sophia, E. J. Brill, Leiden, 1978, pp. 61-62)
186) In Chapter 44 of The Aquarian Gospel, Jesus visits Greece and is welcomed by Athenians.
Meets Apollo. Addresses the Grecian masters in the Amphitheatre. The address.
  1. The Greek philosophy was full of pungent truth, and Jesus longed
  20. The senses were ordained to bring into the mind mere pictures of the things that pass
      to study with the masters in the schools of Greece.
  3. Now, the Athenians had heard of him as teacher and philosopher, and they
      were glad to have him come to them that they might hear his words of truth.
  5. Apollo opened up for Jesus all the doors of Grecian lore, and in the Areopagus he heard the wisest masters speak.
  6. But Jesus brought to them a wisdom greater far than theirs; and so he taught.
20. The senses were ordained to bring into the mind mere pictures of the things that pass
      away; they do not deal with real things; they do not comprehend eternal law.
21. But man has something in his soul, a something that will tear
      the veil apart that he may see the world of real things.
22. We call this something, spirit consciousness; it sleeps in every soul,
      and cannot be awakened till the Holy Breath becomes a welcome guest.
23. This Holy Breath knocks at the door of every soul, but cannot
      enter in until the will of man throws wide the door.
25. The secret spring that throws ajar the door of soul is touched
      by nothing else than purity in life, by prayer and holy thought.
26. Return, O mystic stream of Grecian thought, and mingle your
      clear waters with the flood of Spirit-life; and then the spirit
      consciousness will sleep no more, and man will know, and God will bless.
27. When Jesus had thus said he stepped aside. The Grecian masters
      were astonished at the wisdom of his words; they answered not.
The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ, Chapter 44
     Transcribed from the Akashic Records by Levi H. Dowling
     DeVorss & Co., Santa Monica, CA, 1908, Reset 1964, pp. 83-85

44 in Books on Philosophy and Religion
187)

Book of the Dead cover
Chapter 44
for not dying again in the God's Domain
in The Papyrus of Ani, Egyptian Book of the Dead:
"My cavern is opened, the spirits fall within the darkness.
The Eye of Horus makes me holy, Wepwawet has caressed me;
O Imperishable Stars, hide me among you. My neck is Re,
my vision is cleared, my heart is in its proper place, my speech is known.
THE GOD RE speaks: I am Re who himself protects himslf; I do not know you,
I do not look after you, your father the son of Nut lives for you.
THE DECEASED replies: I am your eldest son who sees your secrets,
I have appeared as King of the Gods, and I will not die again in the God's Domain.
Egyptian Book of the Dead: Book of Going Forth by Day
    Complete Papyrus of Ani, Chapter 44, Plate 16 (circa 1250 B.C.)
    (translated by Raymond Faulkner), Chronicle Books, San Francisco, 1994
    Image Sources:: Book Cover (wisdomportal.com)
188) Hymn 44 in Book 3 of the Rig Veda is a song to Indra, the God of Strength:
1. May this delightsome Soma be expressed for thee by tawny stones.
    Joying thereat, O Indra, with thy Bay Steeds come:. ascend thy golden-coloured car.
2. In love thou madest Usas glow, in love thou madest Surya shine.
    Thou, Indra, knowing, thinking, Lord of Tawny Steeds, above all glories waxest great..
3. The heaven with streams of golden hue, earth with her tints of green and gold-
    The golden Pair yield Indra plenteous nourishment: between them moves the golden One.
4. When born to life the golden Bull illumines all the realm of light.
    He takes his golden weapon, Lord of Tawny Steeds, the golden thunder in his arms.
5. The bright, the well-loved thunderbolt, girt with the bright, Indra disclosed,
    Disclosed the Soma juice pressed out by tawny stones, with tawny steeds drave forth the kine.
Rig Veda Book 3, 44.1-5 (circa 1500 B.C.)
189) 44th Hexagram of the I Ching: Kuo/Coming to Meet (1000 B.C.)
Upper Trigram: Ch'ien, The Cretive< Heaven
Lower Trigram: Sun, The Gentle, Wind
THE JUDGMENT:

COMING TO MEET. The maiden is powerful.
One should not marry such a maiden.
THE IMAGE:
Under heaven, wind:
The image of COMING TO MEET.
Thus does the prince act when disseminating his commands
And proclaiming them to the four quarters of heaven.
I Ching: The Book of Changes, Wilhelm/Baynes translation,
Princeton University Press, 3rd Ed., 1968, pp. 170-173
Image Source:: Hexagram 44 (psychic-revelation.com)
190)
Lao Tzu (604-517 BC), Tao Te Ching, Verse 44:

Fame or integrity: which is more important?
Money or happiness: which is more valuable?
Success of failure: which is more destructive?

If you look to others for fulfillment,
you will never truly be fulfilled.
If your happiness depends on money,
you will never be happy with yourself.

Be content with what you have;
rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize there is nothing lacking,
the whole world belongs to you.

— translated by Stephen Mitchell
    Tao Te Ching, Harper Perennial, N.Y. (1994)

Lao Tzu
(604 B.C.-517 B.C.)
Chinese silk painting
from British Museum
191) Lao Tzu (604-517 BC), Hua Hu Ching Verse 44:
This is the nature of the unenlightened mind: The sense organs, which are limited in scope
and ability, randomly gather information. This partial information is arranged into judgements,
which are based on previous judgements, which are usually based on someone else's foolish ideas.
These false concepts and ideas are then stored in a highly selective memory system. Distortion
upon distortion: the mental energy flows constantly through contorted and inappropriate channels,
and the more one uses the mind, the more confused one becomes. To eliminate the vexation of the
mind, it doesn't help to do something; this only reinforces the mind's mechanics. Dissolving
the mind is instead a matter of not-doing: Simply avoid becoming attached to what you see and
think. Relinquish the notion that you are separated from the all-knowing mind of the universe.
Then you can recover your original pure insight and see through all illusions. Knowing nothing,
you will be aware of everything. Remember: because clarity and enlightenment are within your
own nature, they are regained without moving an inch.

(translated by Brian Walker, Hua Hu Ching: Unknown Teachings of Lao Tzu,
Harper San Francisco 1992)
192)
Confucian Analects, Book 14, Chapter 44
44: The Master said, "When rulers love to
observe the rules of propriety, the people
respond readily to the calls on them for service."
Confucius (551 BC-479 BC),
Confucian Analects, 14:44
translated by James Legge (1893);
Hong Kong Edition (1962), p. 130
Note: A. Charles Muller lists above
in Confucian Analects 14:41

China #741 Confucius
(issued 8-27-1946)
193) Verse 44 of Pythagoras's Golden Verses:
And if thou hast done any good, rejoice.

— Pythagoras (580-500 B.C.), Golden Verses, Verse 44
(translated by A.E.A., Collectanea Hermetica, Vol. V, 1894)
reprinted in Percy Bullock, The Dream of Scipio, Aquarian Press,
Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, UK, 1983, p. 55
194) Aphorism 44 of Symbols of Pythagoras:
Ex imputatis vitibus, ne Diis libato.
Offer not to the Gods the wine from an unpruned vine. — Dacier
This has been rendered as an encouragement to agriiculture:
some have thought tat "the wine of an unpruned vine"
meant Blood, and that the symbol was intended to
condemn< the sacrifice of living animals and birds.
— Pythagoras (580-500 B.C.), Symbols of Pythagoras
(translated by Sapere Aude, Collectanea Hermetica, Vol. V, 1894)
reprinted in Percy Bullock, The Dream of Scipio, Aquarian Press,
Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, UK, 1983, p. 78
195) Fragment 44 of Heraclitus (540 B.C.-480 B.C.):
Souls are vaporized from what is moist.
— Philip Wheelwright, Heraclitus,
Athenum, New York (1964), p. 58
Originally published by Princton University Press, 1959
Romania #1442, 10 Bani stamp honoring 2500th anniversary
of birth of Heraclitus of Ephesus (issued October 25, 1961)
Image Source: Heraclitus Romanian Stamp (stampsoftheworld.co.uk)
196) Section 44 of Plato's Philebus— Socrates to Protarchus on pleasure & pain:
Not believe them, but avail ourselves of their gift
of divination, which rests not on science but on the dourness,
if I may call it so, of a nature far from ignoble. They are
men who have come to hate pleasure bitterly, to regard it as
thoroughly unsound; its very attractiveness they regard, not
as real pleasure, but as trickery. Well, you may avail yourself
of their other dour characteristics, and next you shall learn
what pleasures I regard as true, so that when we have examined
the nature of pleasure from both points of view we may have
a comparative basis for our decision.
(44d).
Plato (428-348 BC), Philebus 44d (360 BC)
(trans. R. Hackforth), Edited by Edith Hamilton & Huntington Cairns,
Plato: The Collected Dialogues, Bollingen Series LXXI,
Princeton University Press, 1961, p. 1125
197) Section 44 of Plato's Timaeus— Timaeus to Socrates on creation of the body:
First, then, the gods, imitating the spherical shape of the universe,
enclosed the two divine courses in a spherical body, that, namely,
which we now term the head, being the most divine part of us
and the lord of all that is in us; to this the gods, when they put
together the body, gave all the other members to be servants,
considering that it must partake of every sort of motion.

Plato (428-348 BC), Timaeus 44d (360 BC)
(trans. Benjamin Jowett), Edited by Edith Hamilton & Huntington Cairns,
Plato: The Collected Dialogues, Bollingen Series LXXI,
Princeton University Press, 1961, pp. 1172-1173
198) 44th Verse of Buddha's Dhammapada: Canto IV— The Flowers
Who shall gain victory over this earth together with the domain of Yama
(ruler of the Underworld) with its gods? Who shall find the well-proclaimed
path of truth, even as the expert gardener selects the choicest flower?

Dhammapada Verse 44 (240 B.C.)
(translated by Harischandra Kaviratna, Dhammapada: Wisdom of the Buddha, 1980)
199) 44th Verse of Chapter 2 of Bhagavad Gita
(Krishna's lecture to Arjuna on karma yoga):
Those who love pleasure and power hear and follow their words:
they have not the determination ever to be one with the One.
(2:44)
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 2, Verse 43
(Translated by Juan Mascaro, Penguin Books, 1962, p. 52)
200) 44th Verse of Chapter 11 of Bhagavad Gita
(Krishna shows Arjuna his infinite divine form):
I bow before thee, I prostrate in adoration; and I beg thy grace,
O glorious Lord! As a father to his son, as a friend to his friend,
as a lover to his beloved, be gracious unto me, O God.
(11:44)
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 11, Verse 43
(Translated by Juan Mascaro, Penguin Books, 1962, pp. 93-94)
201) 44th Verse of Chapter 18 of Bhagavad Gita
(Krishna's lecture to Arjuna on renunciation & surrender):
Trade, agriculture and the rearing of cattle is the work
of a Vaisya. And the work of the Sudra is service.. (18:44)
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 18, Verse 44
(Translated by Juan Mascaro, Penguin Books, 1962, p. 119)
202) 44th Verse in Chapter 18 of Ashtavakra Gita
(Sage Ashtavakra's dialogue with King Janaka):
The mind of the man seeking liberation can find no resting place within,
but the mind of the liberated man is always free from desire
by the very fact of being without a resting place.

Ashtavakra Gita Chapter 18, Verse 44 (circa 400 B.C.)
Online translation by John Henry Richards (2015);
The liberated one has no more desires. We meditate upon the Self,
but the fulfillment of meditation is in the direct-experience of the Self—
wherein the experiencer &the experienced are not two factors. To be awakened
to the Self is to be the Self. Dreamer when he awakes, becomes the very "waker".
Commentary by Swami Chinmayananda (1972), pp. 304-305
203) 44th Aphroism Patanjali's Yoga Sutra:
By this the meditative and the ultra-meditative,
having the subtle for their objects, are also described.

Patanjali (circa 200 B.C.), Yoga Sutra I.44: Aphroism 44 (circa 200 B.C.)
translated by Rama Prasada, Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers, New Delhi, 1998, p. 76
204) 44th Aphroism in Book 4 of Marcus Aurelius's Meditations:
Everything that happens is a normal and expected as the spring rose
or the summer fruit; this is true of sickness, death, slander, intrigue,
and all the other things that delight or trouble foolish men.

44th Aphroism in Book 6: My own nature is a rational
and civic one; I have a city and a country; as Marcus
I have Rome, and as a human being I have the universe.

44th Aphroism in Book 8: Make the best of today. Those who aim
instead at tomorrow's plaudits fail to remember that future generations
will be nowise different from the contemporaries who so try their
patience now, and nowise less mortal..

Marcus Aurelius (121-180), Meditations
4:44, 6:44, 8:44: Aphroism 44 (circa 161-180)
translated by Maxwell Staniforth, Penguin Books,
Baltimore, MD, 1964, pp. 73, 101, 130
Image Source: Marcus Aurelius (rationalwalk.com)
205) 44th Trigraph of the Ling Ch'i Ching: Chia Li
Surpassing Beauty
The image of being appropriately yin
Yin's position gains command
Sun (Wind) * Southeast.
Oracle:
Within the lavender chamber of green-latticed windows,
there are superlative women with countenaces whose
beauty arouses. They are like irises and orchids
wafting forth their fragrance.
Verse:
A branch of flower blossoms beautiful and fragrant,
Their clear perfume, effusive and delightful,
    penetrates the orchid chamber.
Blown by the wind to end by becoming a smile.
Well should I ask at how many feasts I have heretofore been drunken.
—Tung-fang Shuo,
Ling Ch'i Ching (circa 222-419)
(trans. Ralph D. Sawyer & Mei-Chün Lee Sawyer, 1995, p. 117)
206) Text 44 of On Prayer: 153 Texts
of Evagrios the Solitary (345-399 AD)
If your intellect is still distracted during prayer,
you do not yet know what it is to pray as a monk;
but your prayer is still worldly,
embellishing the outer tabernacle.

The Philokalia (4th-15th century AD),
translated by F.E.H. Palmer, Philip Sherrard, & Kallistos Ware,
Faber & Faber, London, 1979, p. 61)
207) Text 44 of On Those who Think that They are Made Righteous by Works: 226 Texts
of Saint Mark the Ascetic (early 5th century AD)
However great our virtuous actions of today,
they do not requite but condemn our past negligence.

The Philokalia (4th-15th century AD),
translated by F.E.H. Palmer, Philip Sherrard, & Kallistos Ware,
Faber & Faber, London, 1979, p. 129)
208) Text 44 of On Watchfulness and Holiness
of Saint Hesychios the Priest (circa 7th century AD)
Such is the cunning of the evil one, and with these arrows he poisons every soul.
It is therefore not safe to allow these thoughts to enter the heart in order to increase
the intellect's experience of warfare, especially to start with, when the soul still greatly
enjoys these demonic provocations and delights in pursuing them. But as soon as we
perceive them, we should counter-attack and repulse them. Once the intellect has matured
in this excellent activity, it is disciplined and perceptive. From then on it is unceasingly
engaged in the battle of perceiving in their true light these 'little foxes', as the Prophet
calls them (Song of Solomon. 2:15), and it easily lays hold of them. Only when we have
such knowledge and experience should we admit them and censure them.
The Philokalia (4th-15th century AD),
translated by F.E.H. Palmer, Philip Sherrard, & Kallistos Ware,
Faber & Faber, London, 1979, p. 170)
209) Text 44 of On Spiritual Knowledge and Discrimination: 100 Texts
of Saint Diadochos of Photiki (400-486 AD)
It is in no way contrary to the principles of true knowledge to eat and drink
from all that is set before you, giving thanks to God; for 'everything is very good'
(cf Genesis 1:31). But gladly to abstain from eating too pleasurably or too much
shows greater discrimination and understanding. However, we shall not gladly
detach ourselves from the pleasures of this life unless we have fully and
consciously tasted the sweetness of God. .

The Philokalia (4th-15th century AD),
translated by F.E.H. Palmer, Philip Sherrard, & Kallistos Ware,
Faber & Faber, London, 1979, p. 266) Full Text; Google Text
210) Text 44 of For the Encouragement of the Monks in India who had Written to Him: 100 Texts
of Saint John of Karpathos (circa 680 AD)
The Lord says to you what He said to Matthew: 'Follow Me' (Matthew. 9:9).
But when you follow the Lord with burning love, it may happen that on the road
of life you strike your foot against the stone of some passion and fall unexpectedly
into sin; or else, finding yourself in a muddy place, you may slip involuntarily and
fall headlong. Each time you fall and in this way injure your body, you should get up
again with the same eagerness as before, and continue to follow after your Lord until
you reach Him. 'Thus have I appeared before Thee in the sanctuary'— the sanctuary
of my thoughts— 'that I might behold Thy power and glory', for they are my salvation.
'In Thy name will I lift up my hands', and I shall be heard; I shall think myself 'filled
with marrow and fatness', and my lips will rejoice as they sing Thy praise (
Psalms 63:
2, 4, 5. LXX). It is a great thing for me to be called a Christian, as the Lord tells me
through Isaiah: 'It is no light thing for you to be called My servant' (Isaiah. 49:6. LXX).
The Philokalia (4th-15th century AD),
translated by F.E.H. Palmer, Philip Sherrard, & Kallistos Ware,
Faber & Faber, London, 1979, pp. 307-308)
211) Text 44 of On the Character of Men: 170 Texts
of Saint Anthony of Egypt (251-356 AD)
When you find someone arguing, and contesting what is true and sel-evident,
break off the dispute and give way to such a man, since his intellect has been
petrified. For just a bad ruins good wines, so harmful talk corrupts those
who are virtuous in life and character.

The Philokalia (4th-15th century AD),
translated by F.E.H. Palmer, Philip Sherrard, & Kallistos Ware,
Faber & Faber, London, 1979, pp. 335-336)
212) 44th Verse of Chapter 2 in Lankavatara Sutra:
How is it that thou art thus apparent everywhere in every land,
surrounded by such Bodisattvas of such various names and forms
?
The Lankavatara Sutra (before 443 AD)
(translated from the Sanskrit by D. T. Suzuki, 1932, p. 26)
213) Names of Allah: 44th name is Al-Mujeeb: The Responsive,
The Hearkener, The One who answers the one in need
if he asks Him and rescues the yearner if he calls upon Him.
214) Chapter 44 of Mohammed's Holy Koran is titled "The Smoke"
[44.1] Ha Mim.
[44.2] I swear by the Book that makes manifest (the truth).
[44.3] Surely We revealed it on a blessed night surely We are ever warning—
[44.4] Therein every wise affair is made distinct,
[44.6] A mercy from your Lord, surely He is the Hearing, the Knowing,
[44.7] The Lord of the heavens and the earth and what is between them,
           if you would be sure.
[44.10] Therefore keep waiting for the day when the heaven shall bring an evident smoke,
[44.11] That shall overtake men; this is a painful punishment.
[44.25] How many of the gardens and fountains have they left!
[44.26] And cornfields and noble places!
[44.33] And We gave them of the communications wherein was clear blessing.
[44.51] Surely those who guard (against evil) are in a secure place,
[44.52] In gardens and springs;
[44.55] They shall call therein for every fruit in security;
— Mohammed, Holy Koran Chapter 44 (7th century AD)
(translated by M. H. Shakir, Koran, 1983)
215) 44th Verse of Chapter 5 in Santideva's Bodhicaryavatara:
This way, everything is well done. Otherwise, both [of the conflicting
interests of the dana and sila] may not be achieved. And the
flaw of non-awareness (Asathprajnaya) will attain further development.

Santideva's Bodhicaryavatara: Entering the Path of Enlightenment
V.43 (Guarding of Total Awareness: Samprajanyaraksana) (circa 700 AD)
(translated by Marion L. Matics, Macmillan, London, 1970, p. 166)
216) 44th Verse of Chapter 6 in Santideva's Bodhicaryavatara:
It is a boil, shaped like a body, unable to bear being touched, which has
been seized. Because I am blinded by desire, I stagger: Why be angry?

Santideva's Bodhicaryavatara: Entering the Path of Enlightenment
VI.43 (Perfection of Patience: Ksanti-paramita) (circa 700 AD)
(translated by Marion L. Matics, Macmillan, London, 1970, p. 177)
217) 44th Verse of Chapter 7 in Santideva's Bodhicaryavatara:
Having entered the wide, sweet-smelling, cool womb of the Lotus;
having fed upon the kindly words of the Conqueror; having issued in
true beauty from the Enlightenment-Lotus created by the Sage (muni)— those
who prosper & advance as a result of good works, appear as Buddha-sons before Buddha.

Santideva's Bodhicaryavatara: Entering the Path of Enlightenment
VII.43 (Perfection of Strength: Virya-paramita) (circa 700 AD)
(translated by Marion L. Matics, Macmillan, London, 1970, p. 190)
218) 44th Verse of Chapter 9 in Santideva's Bodhicaryavatara:
If it is thought that there is contention within the Mahayana, abandon
your own Scripture because of the contention of your own sectarians with
themselves and with others and with other scriptures.

Santideva's Bodhicaryavatara: Entering the Path of Enlightenment
IX.43 (Perfection of Wisdom: Prajña-paramita) (circa 700 AD)
(translated by Marion L. Matics, Macmillan, London, 1970, p. 215)
219) 44th Verse of Chapter 10 in Santideva's Bodhicaryavatara:
May the nuns be accepted, free from quarrels and weariness. Let them
observe the entire rule. Thus all may become true mendicants.

Santideva's Bodhicaryavatara: Entering the Path of Enlightenment
X.43 (Consummation: Parinamana) (circa 700 AD)
(translated by Marion L. Matics, Macmillan, London, 1970, p. 231)
220) Record 44 of Rinzai, aka Linji Yixuan (died 866):
a. One day the master and Fuke went to a vegetarian banquet
given them by a believer. During it, the master asked Fuke:
“'A hair swallows the vast ocean, a mustard seed contains
Mt. Sumeru'— does this happen by means of supernatural powers,
or is the whole body (substance, essence) like this?”
Fuke kicked over the the table. The master said: "Rough fellow."
Fuke retorted: "What place is this here to speak of rough & refined?"
Rinzai (d. 866), The Zen Teaching of Rinzai
translated with notes by Irmgard Schloegl,
Shambhala, Berkeley, 1976, p. 66
Image Source: Rinzai (greatthoughtstreasury.com)

Rinzai
221)
Koan 44 of Joshu aka Chao-Chou (778-897):
A monk asked, "What does it mean, 'Our founder came from the west'?"
Joshu stood up.
The monk said, "So that's what it means."
Joshu said, "I haven't said anything yet."
Note The monk seems to understand the priciple of "here, now"
[Joshu getting off his seat], but in stating that "this" is the
"meaning of Zen", he behaves no better than any "truth"-seeker.
Chao-Chou (778-897), Radical Zen: The Sayings of Joshu
translated with commentary by Yoel Hoffman,
Autumn Press, Brookline, Massachusetts, 1978, p. 28


Joshu
222)
Record 44 of The Wan Ling Record of Zen Master Huang Po
Q: What guidance does Your Reverence offer to those of us
who find all this very difficult to understand?
A: I have NO THING to offer. I have never had anything to offer others.
It is because you allow certain people to lead you astray that you are
forever SEEKING intuition and SEARCHING for understanding. Isn't this
a case of disciples and teachers all falling into the same insoluble muddle?
All you need to remember are the following injunctions:
FIRST: Learn how to be entirely unreceptive to sensations arising from
external forms, thereby purging your bodies of receptivity to externals.
SECOND: Learn not to pay attention to any distinctions between this and
that arising from your sensations, thereby purging your bodies of useless
discernments between one phenomenon and another.
THIRD: Take great care to avoid discriminating in terms of pleasant and
unpleasant sensations, thereby purging your bodies of vain discriminations.
FOURTH: Avoid pondering things in your mind, thereby purging your bodies
of discriminatory cognition.
    A single moment's dualistic thought is sufficient to drag you back to the
twelve chain of causation. It is ignorance which turns the wheel of causation,
thereby creating an endless chain of karmic causes and results. This is the law
which govern our whole lives up to the time of senility and death.
    In this connection, we are told that Sudhana, after vainly seeking Bodhi
in a hundred and ten places within the twelvefold causal sphere, at last
encountered Maitreya who sent him to Manjusri. Manjusri here represents your
primordial ignorance of reality. If, as thought succeeds thought, you go on
seeking for wisdom outside yourselves, then there is a continual process of
thoughts arising, duing away and being suceeded by others. And that is why
all you monks go on experiencing birth, old age, sickness and death—
building up karma which produces corresponding effects. For such is the
arising and passing away of the 'five bubbles' or, in other words, the five
skandhas. Ah, could you but restrain each single thought from arising, then
would the 18 Sense Realms be made to vanish! How godlike, then, your bodily
rewards and how exalted the knowledge that would dawn within your minds!
A mind like that could be called the Terrace of the Spirit.
Huang Po (d. 850)
The Zen Teaching of Huang Po (On the Transmission of Mind)
Translated by John Blofeld, Grove Press, New York, 1958, pp. 119-121
Image Source: Huang Po (1sphere1people.com

Huang Po
223)
Chapter XLIV How the Mother of Christ and St. John the Evangelist
and St. Francis appeared to Brother Pietro, and told him which of them
felt the greatest pain in the Passion of Christ.
    Brother Corrado and Brother Pietro, two of the shining stars
in the province of the Marches, lived together for a while in the district
of Ancona in the shelter of Forano. Because their love and charity for one
another was so great, it appeared that one heart and one soul was in them,
and they had promised each other that whatever comfort the mercy of God
might send them they would reveal it to one another in charity.
    One day Brother Pietro was in prayer, devoutly meditating on
the Passion of Christ. Since the most blessed Mother of Christ and His
beloved disciple John and St. Francis were painted at the foot of the cross
as crucified with Christ in spiritual suffering, he began to wonder which
of the three had suffered more in the Passion of Christ: the mother who had
borne Him, the disciple who had rested against His bosom, or St. Francis,
who was crucified with Christ.
    As he dwelt on this devout thought, the Virgin Mary appeared
to him, together with St. John the Evangelist and St. Francis, attired in
noble vestments of blessed glory. But St. Francis seemed more splendidly
attired than St. John. Brother Pietro was very frightened by this vision,
but St. John comforted him, saying: "Fear not, dear brother, for we have
come to comfort you and to help you in your doubt. Know, then, that the
Mother of Christ and I, above all creatures, grieved over the Passion of
Christ; but after us, St. Francis suffered because of it more than any
other creature, and that is why you see him in such glory."
Saint Francis of Assisi (1181-1226)
The Little Flowers of St. Francis and Other Franciscan Writings
Translation by Serge Hughes, Mentor-Omega Book, New York, 1964, pp. 127-128


224) Case 44 of Mumonkan: Basho's Staff
Basho Osho said to his disciples, "If you have a staff, I will give
you a staff. If you have no staff, I will take it from you."
Mumon's Comment:
It helps me wade across a river when the bridge is down.
It accompanies me to the village on a moonless night.
If you call it a staff, you will enter hell like an arrow.
Mumon's Verse:
The depths and shallows of the world
Are all in its grasp.
It supports the heavens and sustains the earth.
Everywhere, it enhances the doctrine.

Mumon Ekai; (1183-1260), Mumonkan, 44
(translated by Katsuki Sekida, Two Zen Classics, 1977, pp. 125-126)
225) Case 44 of Hekiganroku: Tozan's "Kasan's Beating the Drum"
Main Subject: Kasan said, "learning by study is called 'hearing';"
learning no more is called 'nearness'; transcending these two is 'true passing.'
A monk asked, "what is 'true passing'?" Kasan said, "Beating the Drum."
The monk asked again, "What is the true teaching of the Buddha?"
Kasan said, "Beating the Drum." The monk asked once more, "I would not
ask you about 'This very mind is the Buddha,' but what is 'No mind, no Buddha'?"
Kasan said, "Beating the Drum." The monk still continued to ask: "When an
enlightened one comes, how do you treat him?" Kasan said, "Beating the Drum."

Setcho's Verse:
Dragging a stone, carrying earth,
Use the spiritual power of a thousand-ton bow.
Zokotsu Roshi rolled out three wooden balls;
How could they surpass Kasan's 'Beating the drum"?
I will tell you, what is sweet is sweet,
What is bitter, bitter.
Setcho (980-1052), Hekiganroku, 44 (Blue Cliff Records)
(translated by Katsuki Sekida, Two Zen Classics, 1977, pp. 268-270)
226) Chang Tsai (1020-1077), Correcting Youthful Ignorance, Section 44:
Spirit moves smoothly, whereas a material object is obstructed.
Therefore because of their physical form, wind and thunder cannot
be as quick as the mind. However, the mind is limited by what one
sees and hears and is therefore not as great as the nature.
(Wing-Tsit Chan, A Source Book in Chinese Philosophy, 1963, p. 513)
227)
Ch'eng Hao (1032-1085), Selected Sayings, "On Understanding
the Nature of Jen (Humanity)" Section 44:
In the "Appended Remarks" (of the Book of Changes) it is said,
"What exists before physical form [and is therefore without it] is called
the Way. What exists after physical form [and is therefore with it] is
called a concrete thing. It is also said, "Yin and yang are established
as the Way of Heaven; the weak and the strong as the way of Earth;
and humanity and righteousness as the Way of man." It further says,
"The successive movement of yin and yang constitutes the Way." Yin
and yang also exist after physical form, and yet here they are called
the Way. This expression clearly distinguishes what exist before and
after physical form. From the beginning the Way is nothing but this.
The important thing is that man must in his own mind appreciate this truth."
(Wing-Tsit Chan, A Source Book in Chinese Philosophy, 1963, pp. 537-538)

Ch'eng Hao
(1032-1085)
228) Ch'eng I (1033-1107), Selected Sayings, Section 44:
Someone asked what the first step was in the art of moral cultivation.
Answer: The first thing is to rectify the mind and make the will sincere.
The sincerity of the will depends upon the extension of knowledge and the extension
of knowledge depends upon the investigation of things. The word ko (investigate)
means to arrive, as it is used in the saying "the spirits of imperial progenitors have
arrived." There is principle in everything, & one must investigate principle to the utmost.
There are many ways to do this. One way is to read books and elucidate moral principles.
Another way is to discuss people and events of the past and present, and to distinguish
which are right and which are wrong. Still another way is to handle affairs and settle them
in the proper way. All these are ways to investigate the principle of things exhaustively.
(Wing-Tsit Chan, A Source Book in Chinese Philosophy, 1963, pp. 560-562)
229) Section 44 of Chu Hsi's Chin-ssu lu:
If one is on guard against depravity, sincerity will be preserved.
One does not seize something called sincerity outside and preserve it.
People today are slaves to evil outside and seek a good within evil to preserve.
How can they enter into virtue this way? If one only is on guard against depravity,
his sincerity will naturally be preserved. This is why Mencius said that all goodness
of nature comes from within. Simply be sincere, and sincerity will be preserved.
    What more effort does being on guard against depravity require?
If one is simply correct in movement and appearance and orderly in thoughts
and deliberations, seriousness will naturally grow in him. Seriousness is
nothing but concentration on one thing. When one concentrate on one thing,
he goes off neither to the east nor to the west but remains in the center, and goes off neither
to this place nor to that place but remains within. When the originally good mind
is preserved, the Principle of Nature will naturally become clear to him. The student
must cultivate his mind with seriousness while he straightens the internal life.
It is fundamental to straighten the internal life.
Chu Hsi (1130-1200), Reflections on Things at Hand (Chin-ssu lu)
Chapter IV: Preserving One's Mind & Nourshing One's Nature
translated by Wing-Tsit Chan, Columbia University Press, NY, 1967, pp. 141-142
230)
Koan 44 of Master Kido's Every End Exposed
What Does the Text Explain—
Once there was an old man who asked a Buddhist scholar,
"Of the so [notes that explain a classic text,
e.g., a Buddhist sutra] and the sho [notes that
further explain the so], which is broader in meaning?"
The scholar said,"Sho explains the so,
and so explains the text. The old man said,
"What does the text explain?"
The scholar was speechless.
Master Kido—
If you read it, you will understand.
Master Hakuin—
The sun rises in the east and at night sets in the west.
Plain Saying—
If you go at it slowly, you will understand.

Kido Chigu
(1185-1269)
aka Xutang Zhiyu
NOTE: Scholars are inclined to forget the language that refers
to the world and overly occupy themselves with the language that
deals with language. As the comments suggest, there is nothing
wrong with books, provided one is not taken in by overspeculation.
Master Kido (1189-1269), Koan 44,
Every End Exposed (100 Koans
of Master Kido with the Answers of Hakuin-Zen)
Translated with Commentary by Yoel Hoffman,
Autumn Press, Brookline, MA, 1977, p. 67
Image Source: Kido (terebess.hu)
231)
Letter 44 (De anima: On the Soul) of Letters of Marsilio Ficino:
Marsilio Ficino to Giovanni Cavalcanti, his unique friend: greetings.
Some people wonder why we follow Plato with such respect, when he
continually seems to be involved with paradoxes and myths. However,
in my opinion, they would cease to wonder if they were to consider that
divine things alone truly exist, because those things are not impaired by
contact with any outside influence, nor do they ever change their state.
Physical bodies are not in the least real, but they seem to be since they
are afflicted by opposing forces and are constantly undergoing change.
However, this is the very reason why they are not true, but are images
or shadows of what is true. Now, while nearly all other philosophers were
devoted to natural studies alone and were asleep in these images as if they
were true, our Plato, attending to the divine, was the only one awake;
or at least was much more so than anyone else. That is why I believe it is
so much better to follow Plato as a theologian than other philosophers;
just as it is better to entrust oneself to helmsmen that are awake,
rather than those that are asleep. Farewell.
Marsilio Ficino (1433-1499), Letter to Giovanni Cavalcanti
Meditations on the Soul: Selected Letters of Marsilio Ficino,
Inner Traditions, Rochester, VT, 1996, pp. 83-84

Marsilio Ficino
(1433-1499)
232)
Section 44 of Wang Yang Ming's Instructions for Practical Living:
While I was living temporarily in he bureau of state ceremonials, I unexpectedly
received a letter saying that my son was seriously ill. My sorrow was unbearable.
The Teacher said, "This is the time for you to exert effort. If you allow this occasion
to go by, what is the use of studying when nothing is happening? People should
train and polish themselves at just such a time as this. A father's love for his son
is of course the noblest feeling. Nevertheless, in the operation of the Principle of
Nature there is the proper degree of equilibrium and harmony. To be excessive
means to give rein to selfish thoughts. On such an occasion most people feel that
according to the Principle of Nature they shoild be sorrowful. Thus they keep on
with sorrow and distress. They do not realize that they are already 'affected by
worries and anxieties and their minds will not be correct.'"
Wang Yang Ming (1472-1529),
Instructions for Practical Living or Ch'uan-hsi lu (1518), I.44
translated by Wing-tsit Chan,
Columbia University Press, NY, 1963, pp. 38-39

Wang Yang Ming
Harvard Fogg Museum
233) 44th Verse of Angelus Silesius's The Cherubinic Wanderer (1657):
The Finest Inn—
Inn most delectable!
  God is Himself the Wine,
Music and Feast and Servant
  too of them that dine.
Angelus Silesius (1624-1677), The Cherubinic Wanderer I.44
translated by Maria M. Böm, Angelus Silesius' Cherubinischer Wandersmann
Peter Lang, New York, 1997, p. 113)
234)
Page 44 of The Book of Angelus Silesius (1976):
I have known wealth and fame—
poverty and utter shame.
Yet all was transitory.
Beyond time I found bliss and glory.

The man in harmony with God
is with himself at ease.
He is content to be here, now
in perfect peace.
Angelus Silesius (1624-1677),
The Book of Angelus Silesius,
(translated from German by Frederick Franck,
Vintage Books, New York, 1976, p. 44)

Angelus Silesius
aka Johannes Scheffler
235)
44th Section of Swedenborg's Worlds in Space (1758):
Since I wished to know what the people of Mercury were like in face and body,
whether they resemble people on our earth, a woman was displayed to my gaze,
who was very much like women on earth. She had a comely face, but one smaller
than women on our earth have. Her body too was more slender, though of similar
height. She wore a linen scarf on her head, neatly but not elaborately arranged.
A man was also displayed; he too had a more slendr body than men of our world.
He was wearing a dark blue garment, which fitted the body tightly, with no fold
or prootuberances on either side. I was told that this was the form and bodily
habit of people belonging to that world. I also saw their species of oxen
and cows; they were not very different from those in our world, only smaller.
They looked in a way rather like hinds and stags.
Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772), The Worlds in Space, 43
(translated by John Chadwick, Swedenborg Society, London, 1997, p. 27)
Image Source: Swedenborg (publicdomainreview.org)

Emanuel Swedenborg
(1688-1772)
236)
Section 44 of Sage Ninomiya's Evening Talks:
"Fortune and Expenditure"—
Generally speaking one's fortune or wealth has limits. It may be likened
to a potted pine-tree. The size of the pot in which it is planted must depend
upon the size of the tree. If a potted pine-tree is left without being adequately
pruned of its sprouts, it will begin to show signs of dying. It keeps strong
and beautiful to look at when year after year it is cleared of surplus sprouts
and branches. This is a truth which one would do well to rememember. When
in spring one allows one's sprouts to grow, that is to say, indulges in pleasurings,
and in autumn does the same, excessively enjoys moon-viewing parties, & leaves
branches or the trunk to spread out too much under the excuse that he must not
neglect social intercourses with friends and relatives, in short, when one allows
branches of the tree of his fortune to grow too much without adequate pruning,
its root will gradually become weak, until it will entirely go. Therefore one
should cut year after year surplus sprouts and branches, retaining only those
which are suited to the size of his pot or fortune. This is extremely important.
Sontoku Ninomiya (1787-1856),
Sage Ninomiya's Evening Talks, Section 44
translated by Isoh Yamagata,
The Tokuno Kyokai, Tokyo, 1937, pp. 91-94,

Sontoku Ninomiya
(1787-1856)
237) Aphorism 44 of Franklin Merrell-Wolff's
Philosophy of Consciousness Without an Object (1973)
Unending Rest is Nirvana.

Commentaries: Since Nirvana
is ever the complementary
other of the Universe, it is
that which the Universe is not.
Hence, with respect to Action,
Nirvana has the value of Rest.


Franklin Merrell-Wolff
Franklin Merrell-Wolff
(1887-1985)
Franklin Merrell-Wolff (1887-1985),
Philosophy of Consciousness Without an Object
(Reflections on the Nature of Transcendental Consciousness)
(Julian Press, NY, 1973, p. 113, p. 248)
238)
Verse 44 in Jack Kerouac's Sutra,
Scripture of the Golden Eternity (1960):
Eight hundred and four thousand myriads
of Awakened Ones throughout numberless
swirls of epochs appeared to work hard to
save a grain of sand, and it was only the
golden eternity. And their combined
reward will be no greater and no lesser
than what will be won by a piece of dried
turd. It's a reward beyond thought.
Jack Kerouac (1922-1969)
The Scripture of the Golden Eternity
Totem/Corinth Book, NY, 1970, p. 42
239) Chapter 44 of Wei Wu Wei's Ask the Awakened (1963) is titled "Explanations, 2":
Skandhas, seen as objects, are inexistent,
i.e. are 'the void of annhihilation'.
Skandhas, as subject of manifestation, are
'the Void of Prajna', which is pure subjectivity,
And 'The Void of Prajna', pure subjectivity,
is each skandhas as subject of manifestation.
But subject and object are not two things:
they are the moon and the reflection of the moon.
There are no objects, objects are not: they are
just subjectivity looking at itself, i.e. dreaming.
Wei Wu Wei (1895-1986), Ask the Awakened (1963), p. 101 (Archive, Ask the Awakened)
240)

        Paul Brunton
          (1898-1981)

Notebooks of Paul Brunton
Volume XVI, Paras #44
from various chapters
Volume 16:
Enlightened Mind,
Divine Mind

Larson Publications
Burdett, NY, 1988,
Part 1:
pp. 8, 36, 82, 156, 196;
Part 2:
pp. 8, 44, 63
Part 3:
p. 9, 19, 29
Part 4:
pp. 8, 26

• Poem: "What a Soap
Box Taught Me
About Sage & Sin"

before my first
meeting with PB
in Montreux
(8-30-1972)

Visit with PB
at his home,
Corseaux sur Vevey
in September 1979

PB Conversation
"Can a Cow Be
Self-Realized?"
(10-26-78)
Para #44 from Volume 16, Part 1
of Paul Brunton's Enlightened Mind, Divine Mind
Notebooks: "World-Mind in Individual Mind—
    If he refuses to seek and cling to the human personality of any Master,
but resolves to keep all the strength of his devotion for the divine impersonal Self
back of his own, that will not bar his further progress. It, too, is a way whereby
the goal can be successfully reached. But it is a harder way. (1.44)
    We must learn to differentiate between the partial attainment of the mystic
who stops short at passive enjoyment of ecstatic states and the perfect attainment
of the sage who does not depend on any particular states but dwells in the unbroken
calm of the unconditioned Overself. From his high point of view all such states are
necessarily illusory, however personally satisfying at the time, inasmuch as they are
transient conditions and do not pertain to the final result. (2.44)
    There never yet has been a time, however thinned out their ranks may be,
when those who know have faded out from this world— and there never will be
such a time. For it is an inexorable duty laid upon them to hand down the light to
posterity. And thus a chain of teacher and taught has been flung down to us from the
dimmest epochs of antiquity right into this noisy, muddled 20th century of ours. (3.44)
    All these sufferers come to him in their need and expect so much from him,
but he must expect and ask nothing from them; he is to be content with this one-way
transaction. If he wishes anything in return— even an acknowledgment of service rendered
much less a payment in any mental, emotional, or physical form— the ego has reared its head
and the service is impure. If he helps them, it is out of natural goodwill to all men. (4.44)
    "Whoever gives advice to a heedless man is himself in need of advice,"
admonished Saadi of Shiraz (thirteenth-century Sufi master). (5.44)
Para #44 from Volume 16, Part 2 of Paul Brunton's Notebooks: "World-Idea"—
    When I go into the innermost depths of my being I find that all is good.
When the scientist can go into the innermost depths of the atom he will find that all
is good there— and consequently in the entire universe constructed from atoms. (1.44)
    Nothing exists without its contrary: if there is suffering as well as sweetness in life,
that is no accident, nor is it brought into the scheme of things by human evil alone. (3.44)
    A human life presents the only opportunity for attaining the realization of Overself.
It ought not to be taken away from any man, however evil he may be, and however
remote from this goal, in punishment for his crime. (4.44)
Para #44 from Volume 16, Part 3 of Paul Brunton's Notebooks: "World-Mind"—
    We feel the presence of a divine power, but we are baffled by its motives. (1.44)
    Television brings simultaneously to millions the same picture, the same
personalities, and the same voices. Just so is God present simultaneously
to every individual in the whole world. (2.44)
    When I say that God did not bring forth the universe by first arriving
at the decision to "create" it and then deliberately carrying out this decision, but
rather by inherent Nature and inner necessity, I mean that the universe is already and
eternally within God. No decision was needed nor could there have been one, any more
than a man may decide to be masculine. Bringing the universe out of Itself is a function,
quality, or attribute— none of these terms is quite correct but a better is hard to find—
an obedience to the law of God's own being. (3.44)
Para #44 from Volume 16, Part 4 of Paul Brunton's Notebooks: "The Alone"—
    The distinguishing quality of Mind is a continuous stillness, whereas that
of World-Mind is a continuous activity. In the one there is absolutely nothing
whereas in the other there is an infinite array of universes. (1.44)
    There is an abyss which no human can cross, a mystery which remains
utterly impenetrable to him. This is the transcendent Godhead. (2.44)
241) "Willpower Is the Fuel" is Lesson 44
of Subramuniyaswami's Merging with Siva (1999):
    You need a tremendous, indomitable will to make a reality of your quest of realizing
the Being within. Unfoldment doesn't take a lot of time. It just takes a lot of willpower...
Will is the fuel which carries awareness through all areas of the mind, that spirit, that
spiritual quality, which makes all inner goals a reality. Unfoldment does not take time.
It takes a tremendous will. That will has to be cultivated, just as you would cultivate
a garden. It has to be cultivated. Those energies have to all be flowing through, in a
sense, one channel, so that everything that you do is satisfying, is complete, beautiful.
Discover the will. Back to the spine. Feel the energy in the spine. There is no lack of it,
is there? The more you use of it, the more you have to use of it. It is tuned right into
the central source. When you become aware of the energy within your spine and
within your head, you have separated awareness from that which it is aware of,
for that is awareness itself, and that is will... Energy, awareness and willpower are one and the same...
Awareness can then flow in a very positive, in a very direct, way. You want awareness to be renewed.
The first step is— don't try to go to the Self; you haven't realized it yet— go to the spine. Feel the spine.
After you realize the Self, you go deeper than the spine, you go into the Self and come back. Before you
realize the Self and have that samadhi— attention, concentration. Concentrate on the energy within
the spine. Go in. Awareness, energy and will are all one. Come slowly out again and you have all the
willpower you need to finish any job that you've ever started, to make decisions, to do things and
handle your external life in a very positive way, so that it does not capture awareness and hold it
steadfast for a period of time, deterring you on the path of enlightenment.
Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001)
Merging with Siva: Hinduism's Contemporary Metaphysics
Himalayan Academy, Kapaa, Hawaii, 1999, pp. 90-92.
242) Koan 44 of Zen Master Seung Sahn— Freedom from Life and Death
Under the sea, a running cow eats the moon.
In front of the rock, the stone tiger sleeps,
    holding a baby in his arms.
The steel snake drills into the eye of a diamond.
Mount Kun-Lun rides on the back
    of an elephant pulled by a little bird.
1. Which of these sentences is freedom from life and death?
Commentary: If you want something then you lose everything.
If you don't want anything then you already have everything.
But you must hear the stone lion roaring.
Then the whole world is in your hand.
You can be free and can do anything.
Seung Sahn (1927-2004),
The Whole World Is A Single Flower
365 Kong-ans for Everyday Life
,
Tuttle, Boston, 1992, p. 37

44 in Poetry & Literature
243) Poem 44 of Su Tung-p'o (1036-1101)
is titled "Visiting Yung-lo Temple, I Learned that the Old Priest Wen Has Died" (1074):
The last visit alarmed me— stork-thin, I hardly knew him;
suddenly I learn he's gone with the clouds, no looking for him now..
In the course of three visits, old age, sickness, death;
in a snap of a finger, past, present, future.
Now here, now gone— I've seen it so often I barely shed a tear,
but my old home's hard to forget; he sticks in my thoughts,
I must hurry to Ch'ien-t'ang, look for Yüan-tse;
by the banks of Ko-hung River I'll wait as autumn deepens.


translated by Burton Watson,
Selected Poems of Su Tung-p'o,
Copper Canyon Press, 1994, p. 62)

Su Tung-p'o
(1036-1101)
244) Verse 44 of Rubáiyát, of Omar Khayyam (1048-1122):
Why, if the Soul can fling the Dust aside,
And naked on the Air of Heaven ride,
Were't not a Shame— were't not a Shame for him
In this clay carcase crippled to abide?
(translated by Edward Fitzgerald, London, 1st Ed. 1859, 2nd Ed. 1868)
245) Verse 44 of Rumi's Daylight
Though Destiny a hundred times waylays you,
in the end it pitches a tent for you in heaven.
It is God's kindness to terrify you
in order to lead you to safety..
Jelaluddin Rumi (1207-1273),
Mathnawi, I.1260-1, Rumi Daylight,
(Translated Camille & Kabir Helmminski, 1999, p. 38)

Rumi
(1207-1273)
246)
Chapter 44 of Attar's The Conference of the Birds
is titled "The Valley of "
The essence of this Valley is forgetfulness, dumbness, deafness,
and distraction; the thousand shadows which surround you
disappear in a single ray of the celestial sun... The drop that
becomes part of this great ocean abides there forever and in
peace. In this calm sea, a man, at first, experiences only
humiliation and overthrow; but when he emerges from this
state he will understand it as creation, and many secrets
will be revealed to him... In ceasing to exist separately it
retains its beauty. It exists and non-exists. How can this be?
The mind cannot conceive it.

Farid al-Din Attar (1145-1221), Conference of the Birds (Mantiq al-tayr) (translated by C. S. Nott,
Shambhala, Boston, 1993, pp. 121-128)

Folio 11r: Conference
of the Birds
Image Source: Folio 11r (commons.wikimedia.org)
247)

Dante's journey in 44th line of Paradiso:
Fatto avea di là mane e di qua sera
tal foce, e quasi tutto era là bianco
quello emisperio, e l'altra parte nera,
Its entry from that point of the horizon
brought morning there and evening here; almost
all of that hemisphere was white— while ours.
Paradiso I.43-45 (Allen Mandelbaum translation, 1984)
Image Source: Mexico #C308 airmail: Dante (issued 11-23-1965)
honoring the 700th anniversary of Dante's birth (colnect.com)
248) Verse 44 of The Gift: Poems by Hafiz, the Great Sufi Master:
is "Effacement"
Effacement
Is a golden gun.
It was not easy to hold it against my head
And fire!
I needed great faith in my master
To suffocate myself
With his holy bag
Full of truth.
I needed great courage
To go out into the dark
Tracking God into the unknown
And not panic or get lost
In all the startling new scents, sounds,
Sights.
Or lose my temper
Tripping on those scheming
Night and day around me.
Hafiz,
Effacement is the emerald dagger
You need to plunge
Deep into yourself upon
This path to divine
Recovery—
Upon this path
To God.




Hafiz
(1320-1389)
Hafiz (1320-1389), The Gift: Poems by Hafiz, the Great Sufi Master, Verse 43
translated by Daniel Ladinsky, Penguin Press, NY, 1999, p. 75
249) Line 44 from the Pearl Poet's Pearl: "Bright peonies scattered in between"
And pyonys powdered ay bytwene.
Yif hit was semly on to sene,
A fayr reflayr yet fro hit flot.
Ther wonys that worthly, I wot and wene,
Bright peonies scattered in between;
Though they were seemly to be seen
No less in their scent my sense caught;
And there that jewel long has been,
Pearl (c. 1370-1400) Lines 44-47
(Ed. Malcolm Andrew & Ronald Waldron, 1987, p. 60)
(This Pearl translation: by Bill Stanton, another by Vernon Eller)
250) Line 44 from the Pearl Poet's Sir Gawain and the Green Knight:
With feasting and fellowship and carefree mirth.
There true men contended in tournaments many,
Joined there in jousting these gentle knights,
Then came to the court for carol-dancing,
For the feast was in force full fifteen days,
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (c. 1375-1400) Lines 40-44
Translated by Marie Borroff, Norton, NY, 2010, p. 4 (Part I)
251)
Poem 44 of Kabir's 100 Poems of Kabir:
The Hidden Banner is planted in the temple
of the sky; there the blue canopy decked with
the moon and set with bright jewels is spread.
There the light of the sun and the moon is shining:
still your mind to silence before that splendour.
Kabir says: "He who has drunk of this nectar,
wanders like one who is mad."
Kabir (1398-1518),
100 Poems of Kabir, Poem XLIV
Translated by Rabindranath Tagore,
assisted by Evelyn Underhill,
Macmillan & Co., London, 1915, p. 51

India #237 Kabir
(issued Oct. 1, 1952)
252) Chapter 44 of Wu Ch'eng-en The Journey to the West:
The dharma-body in primal cycle meets the force of the cart;
The mind, righting monstrous deviates, crosses the spine-ridge pass.

To seek scriptures and freedom they go to the West,
An endless toil through countless mounts of fame.
The days fly by like darting hares and crows;
As petals fall and birds sing the seasons go.
A little dust— the eye reveals three thousand worlds;
The priestly staff— its head has seen four hundred isles.
They feed on wind and rest on dew to seek their goal,
Not knowing which day they may all return. (p. 268)

The cycled returned of triple yang
Makes all Heavens beguiling like a painted scroll;
The radiance of all things
Means flowers spread brocade through all the earth.
The plums fade to a few specks of snow;
The grains swell with the valley clouds.
Ice breaks gradually and mountain streams flow;
Seedlings sprout completely and unparched...
Warm breezes waft floral fragrance;
Light clouds renew the light of the sun.
Willows by the wayside spread their curvate green;
The rains give life; all things bear the looks of spring. (p. 268)


Wu Ch'eng-en
(1500-1582)



Journey to the West
Volume 2
Wu Ch'eng-en (1500-1582),
The Journey to the West or Hsi-yu chi (1518), Volume 2, Chapter 44
(translated by Anthony C. Yu, University of Chicago Press, 1980, pp. 268-283)
253) "Dark brightness and shadows of betrayed love"
in 44th Sonnet of William Shakespeare:
If the dull substance of my flesh were thought,
Injurious distance should not stop my way;
For then despite of space I would be brought,
From limits far remote, where thou dost stay.
No matter then although my foot did stand
Upon the farthest earth removed from thee;
For nimble thought can jump both sea and land
As soon as think the place where he would be.
But ah! thought kills me that I am not thought,
To leap large lengths of miles when thou art gone,
But that, so much of earth and water wrought,
I must attend time's leisure with my moan,
    Receiving nought by elements so slow
    But heavy tears, badges of either's woe.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616),
Sonnets XLIV, Commentary

Hungary CB3 William Shakespeare
(issued October 16, 1948)
254) 44th Haiku of Basho's Haiku (1678):
when planting one
handle it like a baby
wild cherry tree
Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), Basho: The Complete Haiku, Haiku 44
(translated by Jane Reichhold, Kodansha International, Tokyo, 2008, p. 31)
255)
"And even the motion of our human blood"
in Line 44 of Wordsworth's "Tintern Abbey":
Of all this unintelligible world,
Is lightened:— that serene and blessed mood,
In which the affections gently lead us on,—

Until, the breath of this corporeal frame
And even the motion of our human blood
Almost suspended, we are laid asleep
In body, and become a living soul:
While with an eye made quiet by the power
Of harmony, and the deep power of joy,
We see into the life of things.
William Wordsworth (1770-1850),
"Tintern Abbey" (1798), Lines 40-49

William Wordsworth
by Benjamin R. Haydon
256)
"To health in thy dewy fountains bathe me" in Line 44 of Goethe's Faust:
Amid thy blessed light could stand,
With spirits through mountain-caverns hover,
Float in thy twilight the meadows over,
And freed from the fumes of lore that swathe me,
To health in thy dewy fountains bathe me!
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832),
Faust (1806), Part I, Act I, Scene 1, Lines 40-44
(translated by Bayard Taylor, 1870,
Modern Library, New York, 1950, p. 16)

Germany B307: Goethe
(issued 8-28-1949)
257) Line 44 of Byron's "The Prisoner of Chillon":
"With marks that will not wear away"
"Which have not seen the sun so rise"
With marks that will not wear away,
Till I have done with this new day,
Which now is painful to these eyes,
Which have not seen the sun so rise.
For years— I cannot count them o'er,
I lost their long and heavy score


Castle of Chillon
Montreux, Switzerland
Lord George Gordon Byron (1788-1824)
"The Prisoner of Chillon" (1816), Lines 40-45
258) "On love, and wing'd St. Agnes' saintly care"
in Line 44 of John Keats' "The Eve of St. Agnes":
Of old romance. These let us wish away,
And turn, sole-thoughted, to one Lady there,
Whose heart had brooded, all that wintry day,
On love, and wing'd St. Agnes' saintly care,
As she had heard old dames full many times declare.
John Keats (1795-1821),
"The Eve of St. Agnes" (1820), Lines 41-45
The Complete Poems of John Keats, Modern Library, NY, 1994, p. 174
259) Chapter 44 of Melville's Moby-Dick (1851):
But it was not this night in particular that, in the solitude of his cabin, Ahab
thus pondered over his charts. Almost every night they were brought out;
almost every night some pencil marks were effaced, and others were
substituted. For with the charts of all four oceans before him, Ahab was
threading a maze of currents and eddies, with a view to the more certain
accomplishment of that monomaniac thought of his soul... Ah, God! what
trances of torments does that man endure who is consumed with one
unachieved revengeful desire. He sleeps with clenched hands; and wakes
with his own bloody nails in his palms... his own intense thoughts...
whirled them round and round and round in his blazing brain
Herman Melville (1819-1891), Moby-Dick, Chapter 44: The Chart!
260) 44th Poem of Emily Dickinson (1859):
If she had been the Mistletoe
And I had been the Rose—
How gay upon your table
My velvet life to close—
Since I am of the Druid,
And she is of the dew—
I'll deck Tradition's buttonhole—
And send the Rose to you.
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)
Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
(edited by Thomas H. Johnson, 1955), p. 25
261) 44th New Poem of Emily Dickinson:
November always seemed to me
the Norway of the year.

— Emily Dickinson (Letter 311, November 1865)
New Poems of Emily Dickinson
(edited by William H. Shurr, University of North Carolina Press, 1993, p. 23)
262) "I see the procession of steamships" in Line 44
of Walt Whitman's Passage to India (1871):
Passage to India!
I see the procession of steamships, the Empress Eugenie's leading the van,
I mark, from on deck, the strange landscape, the pure sky, the level sand in the distance.
I pass swiftly the picturesque groups, the workmen gather'd,
The gigantic dredging machines.

Walt Whitman (1819-1892)
Passage to India Section 3, Lines 44-47
From Leaves of Grass
The "Death-Bed" Edition, Modern Library,
Barnes & Noble, Inc., New York, 1993, p. 512)
263)
44th Verse in Tagore's Gitanjali:
This is my delight, thus to wait and watch at the wayside where
    shadow chases light and the rain comes in the wake of the summer.

Messengers, with tidings from unknown skies, greet me and speed along the road.
    My heart is glad within, and the breath of the passing breeze is sweet.

From dawn till dusk I sit here before my door, and I know that of a sudden
    the happy moment will arrive when I shall see.

In the meanwhile I smile and I sing all alone. In the meanwhile the air
    is filling with the perfume of promise.


Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)
Gitanjali: Song Offerings (1912), Verse 44

Rabindranath Tagore
(1861-1941)
264) Line 44 of Rilke's Duino Elegies V [1923]
"between two moments—, when you were granted a sense":
Hiersein ist herrlich. Ihr wusstet es, Mädchen, ihr auch,
die ihr scheinbar entbehrtet, versankt—, ihr, in den ärgsten
Gassen der Städte, Schwärende, oder dem Abfall
Offene. Denn eine Stunde war jeder, vielleicht nicht
ganz eine Stunde, ein mit den Massen der Zeit kaum
Messliches zwischen zwei Weilen—, da sie ein Dasein
hatte. Alles. Die Adern voll Dasein.
Truly being here is glorious. Even you knew it,
you girls who seemed to be lost, to go under—, in the filthiest
street of the city, festering there, or wide open
for garbage. For each of you had an hour, or perhaps
not even an hour, a barely measurable time
between two moments—, when you were granted a sense
of being. Everything. Your veins flowed with being.
Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926),
Duino Elegies, VII.39-45
(translated by Stephen Mitchell)
Random House, New York, pp. 188-189)
(Other translations: Edward Snow)
265)
44th Page of A.E.'s Song and Its Fountains (1932)
I know when I come to my own immortal i will find there
In a myriad instant all that the wandering soul found fair,
Empires that never crumbled and thrones all glorious yet.
And hearts ere they were broken and eyes ere they were wet.
It was from the early verses I wrote that I had the clearest
conviction of something in the deeps of being wiser than myself,
with an age in thought and emotion which was not at all in the
waking consciousness. I have told how when I was a boy I began
to run in and out of the house of dream, and as I went inward an
age of the spirit fell upon me, and then I would come out and be
the careless boy once more with all youth in his emotions and acts.
A.E. aka George William Russell (1867-1935)
Larson Publications, Burdett, New York, 1991, Ch. 5, p. 44
Photo Source: A.E. (wikipedia.org)


A.E. (1867-1935)
266)
44th Page lines in James Joyce's Finnegans Wake, (9 samples):
snowycrested curl amoist the leader's wild and moulting hair, (44.1)
'Ductor' Hitchcock hoisted his fezzy fuzz at bludgeon's height (44.2)
signum to his companions of the chalice for the Loud Fellow, (44.3)
boys' and silentium in curia! (our maypole once more where he rose (44.4)
of old) and the canto was chantied there chorussed and christened (44.5)
And around the lawn the rann it rann and this is the rann that (44.7)
for he's the mann to rhyme the rann, the rann, the rann, the king (44.16)
of all ranns. Have you here? (Some ha) Have we where? (Some (44.17)
hant) Have you hered? (Others do) Have we whered? (Others dont) (44.18)
James Joyce (1882-1941), Finnegans Wake, (1939), p. 44

James Joyce
(1882-1941)
267) Sonnet 44 in Edna St. Vincent Millay's Collected Sonnets (1941)
How healthily their feet upon the floor
Strike down! These are no spirits, but a band
Of children, surely, leaping hand in hand
Into the air in groups of three and four,
Wearing their silken rags as if they wore
Leaves only and light grasses, or a strand
Of black elusive seaweed oozing sand,
And running hard as if along a shore.
I know how lost forever, and at length
How still these lovely tossing limbs shall lie,
And the bright laughter and the panting breath;
And yet, before such beauty and such strength,
Once more, as always when the dance is high,
I am rebuked that I believe in death.

Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950),
Sonnet 44, Collected Poems,
Harper Perennial, New York, 2011, page 604
Sonnet XLIV from The Harp-Weaver (1923)

Edna St. Vincent Millay
(1892-1950)

268) Poem 44 is "Bezhtsk"
in Anna Akhmatova's Selected Poems (2006)
There are white churches there, and the crackle of icicles,
The cornflower eyes of my son are blosoming there.
Diamond nights above the ancient town, and yellower
Than lime-blossom honey is the moon's sickle.
From plains beyond the river dry snow-storms fly in,
And the people, like the angels in the fields, rejoice.
They have tidied the best room, lit in the icon-case
The tiny lamps. On an oak table the Book is lying.
There stern memory, so ungiving now,
Threw open her tower-rooms to me, with a low bow;
But I did not enter, and I slammed the fearful door;
And the town rang with the news of the Child that was born.

Anna Akhmatova (1889-1966),
Poem 44 (26 December 1921), Selected Poems
translated by D.M. Thomas,
Penguin Classics, NY, 2006, p. 52

Anna Akhmatova
(1889-1966)

269) e. e. cummings, 1x1 (1944)
Poem XLIV

these(whom;pretends)

blue nothing)
are
built of soon carved
of to born of
be

One

:petals
him starrily her
and around
ing swim
snowing

ly upward with Joy,

no
where(no)when
may
breathe
so sky so

.wish



e. e. cummings
(1894-1962),
1x1 (1958), "Poem 44"
From E.E. Cummings,
Complete Poems 1904-1962
Edited by George J. Firmage,
Liveright, New York,1991, p. 584
270) e. e. cummings published 95 Poems in 1958 (Norton).
This was the last book of new poems published in Cummings's lifetime.
Poem 44

—laughing to find
anyone's blind
(like me like you)
except in snow—

a whom we make
(of grin for smile
whose head's his face
with stones for eyes

for mind with none)
boy after girl
each brings a world
to build our clown

—shouting to see
what no mind knows
a mindless he
begins to guess

what no tongue tells
(such as ourselves)
begins to sing
an only grin—

dancing to feel
nots are their whys
stones become eyes
locks open keys

haven't is have
doubt and believe
(like me like you)
vanish in so

—laughing to find
a noone's more
by far than you're
alive or i'm—

crying to lose
(as down someone
who's we ungrows)
a dream in the rain


95 Poems
e. e. cummings
(1894-1962),
95 Poems (1958), "Poem 45"
From E.E. Cummings,
Complete Poems 1904-1962
Edited by George J. Firmage,
Liveright, New York,1991, p. 716
271) e. e. cummings, 73 Poems (1963)
Poem 44

Now i lay(with everywhere around)
me(the great dim deep sound
of rain;and of always and of nowhere)and

what a gently welcoming darkestness—

now i lay me down(in a most steep
more than music)feeling that sunlight is
(life and day are)only loaned:whereas
night is given(night and death and the rain

are given;and given is how beautifully snow)

now i lay me down to dream of(nothing
i or any somebody or you
can begin to begin to imagine)

something which nobody may keep.
now i lay me down to dream of Springle life and my
(and infinite our)merely to undie

e. e. cummings (1894-1962), 73 Poems (1963), "Poem 44", Liveright, New York, 2003, p. 59;
Complete Poems 1904-1962, Edited by George
J. Firmage, Liveright, New York,1991, p. 816


272) Sonnet 44 in Pablo Neruda's 100 Love Sonnets (1960)
You must know that I do not love and that I love you,
because everything alive has its two sides;
a word is one wing of silence,
fire has its cold half.

I love you in order to begin to love you,
to start infinity again
and never to stop loving you:
that's why I do not love you yet.

I love you, and I do not love you, as if I held
keys in my hand: to a future of joy—
a wretched, muddled fate—

My love has two lives, in order to love you:
that's why I love you when I do not love you,
and also why I love you when I do.

Pablo Neruda
(1904-1973)
Nobel Prize 1971
Love Sonnet XLIV, 100 Love Sonnets: Cien Sonetos de Amor
Editorial Losada, Buenos Aires, 1960 (trans. Stephen Tapscott, 1986)
273)
Poem 44 of The Collected Poems of Kenneth Koch:
is "Geography"—
5
Ten Ko sprinted over the rice paddies.
    Slush, slosh, sloosh!
His brother Wan Kai, would soon be
    returned from the village
Where he had gone... (Blue desire!...)
7
And the burning sun over the desert.
    And one night it was cool
And dark, and he stole away over the green sand
    to search for his parents.
And he went to their tent, and they kissed him
    and covered him with loving-kindness.
And the new morning sun shone like
    a pink rose in the heavens,
And the family prayed, the desert wind
    scoching their cool skin.
Kenneth Koch, (1925-2002)
The Collected Poems of Kenneth Koch
Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 2006, pp. 93-96
(Note: Koch was my Freshman English Professor at Columbia, 1959-60; He wasn't published then, but became
a well known poet of the N.Y. School. He taught children
to write poetry
in NYC; inspired my CPITS teaching)





Kenneth Koch
(1925-2002)
274)
Poem 44 in Tomas Tranströmer's Selected Poems 1954-1986 (1987)
(There are 118 poems in this edition; Poem 44 is "A Winter Night")
A WINTER NIGHT

The storm puts its mouth to the house
and blows to get a tone.
I toss and turn, my closed eyes
reading the storm's text.

The child's eyes grow wide in the dark
and the storm howls for him.
Both love the swinging lamps;
both are halfway towards speech.

The storm has the hands and wings of a child.
Far away, travellers run for cover.
The house feels its own constellation of nails
holding the walls together.

The night is calm in our rooms,
where the echoes of all footsteps rest
like sunken leaves in a pond,
but the night outside is wild.

A darker storm stands over the world.
It puts its mouth to our soul
and blows to get a tone. We are afraid
the storm will blow us empty.

Tomas Tranströmer: Selected Poems 1954-1986
Edited by Robert Hass (translated by Robert Fulton), Ecco Press, NY, 1986, p. 63
(above translation by Robin Robertson, 2011)


Tomas Tranströmer
(1931-2015)
Nobel Prize 2011
275) There are 207 poems in Robert Creeley's Selected Poems, 1945-2005 (2008)
Poem #44 is "Going to Bed"
That dim shattering character of nerves
which creates faces in the dark
speaks of the heaven and hell
as a form of corporate existence.

Oh don't say it isn't so,
think to understand if
the last time you looked
you were still a man.

It is a viscous form of self-
propulsion that lets the feet grip
the floor, as the head
lifts to the door,

lurches, ghostwise, out, and to
the window to fall through,
yet closes it to let
the cat out too.

After that, silence, silence.
On the floor the hands
find quiet, the mouth goes lax.
Oh! Look forward to get back.

Oh wisdom to find fault with
what is after all a plan.

Robert Creeley (1926-2005),
Selected Poems, 1945-2005
    University of California Press,
Berkeley, 2008, pp. 72-73

276) There are 284 poems in Robert Bly's Stealing Sugar from the Castle (2013)
Poem #44 is "A Hollow Tree"
I bend over an old hollow cottonwood stump, still standing,
waist high, and look inside. Early spring. Its Siamese temple
walls are all brown and ancient. The walls have been worked
on by the intricate ones. Inside the hollow walls there is privacy
and secrecy, dim light. And yet some creature has died there.
On the temple floor feathers, gray feathers, many of them with
a fluted white tip. Many feathers. In the silence many feathers.
(Poem discussed in Peter Johnson interview, April 6-7, 1997)
Robert Bly (born 12-23-1926)
Stealing Sugar from the Castle: Selected & New Poems 1950-2013
W.W. Norton & Co., New York, p. 70
(2008 Stanford Workshops, Reading)
277) There are 46 poems in Mary Oliver's
Evidence (2009), 44th poem is "Broken, Unbroken"
The lonely
stand in the dark corners
of their hearts.

I have seen them
in cities,
and in my own neighborhood,

nor could I touch them
with the magic
that they crave

to be unbroken.
Then, I myself,
lonely,

said hello to
good fortune.
Someone

came along
and lingered
and little by little

became everything
that makes the difference.
Oh, I wish such good luck

to everyone.
How beautiful it is
to be unbroken.

Mary Oliver
(1935-2019)
Mary Oliver (1935-2019),
    Evidence,
    Beacon Press, Boston, 2009, pp. 69-70.
278) There are 229 poems in Kay Ryan's
The Best of It (2010), 44th poem
"How Successful Can She Afford to Be?"
Maybe the mime's test
would be to get you to drink
from the glass she passed.

What if you did
grasp it just right;
what if it did flash
in the window light?

Would she be glad
if it left a ring,
if she could
add to the manifest,
passing a thing
out of the dream?

How close to the door
can she lean,
how genuinely bid you enter,
where she herself is a guest
on her best behavior?


Kay Ryan,
US Poet Laureate
(2008-2010)
Kay Ryan (born 9-21-1945),
    The Best of It (New & Selected Poems),
    Grove Press, NY, 2010, p. 54
    from Flamingo Watching (1994)
    (2010 Stanford Workshops)
279)
In James Richardson's By the Numbers (2010)
the poem "Vectors 3.0: Even More Aphroisms
and Ten-Second Essays" has 170 aphroisms.
Aphroism 44
Clarity is neither transparency nor light.
It's the angle that suddenly lets you see through
the window's glare, the pond's reflections.
James Richardson (born 1-1-1950),
    By the Numbers, Copper Canyon Press,
    Port Townsend, WA, 2010, p. 36

James Richardson
280)
There are 173 poems in Jane Hirshfield's
Women in Praise of the Sacred (1994)
(43 Centuries of Spiritual Poetry by Women)
44th poem is "Cut Brambles" by Sun Bu-er (1124-?),

Cut brambles long enough,
Sprout after sprout,
And the lotus will bloom
Of its own accord:
Already waiting in the clearing,
The single image of light.
The day you see this,
That day you will become it.

(translated by Thomas leary)

Jane Hirshfield
Jane Hirshfield (born 2-24-1953),
    Editor of Women in Praise of the Sacred
    (43 Centuries of Spiritual Poetry by Women)
    HarperCollins Publishers, New York, 1994, p. 73
281) Numerology: words whose letters add up to 44

MARIGOLDS: 4 + 1 + 9 + 8 + 7 + 6 + 4 + 3 + 1 = 44

MONOLITHS: 4 + 6 + 5 + 6 + 3 + 9 + 2 + 8 + 1 = 44

PROTEINS: 7 + 9 + 6 + 2 + 5 + 9 + 5 + 1 = 44

SERAPHIM: 1 + 5 + 9 + 1 + 7 + 8 + 9+ 4 = 44

SUNFLOWERS: 1 + 3 + 5 + 6 + 3 + 6 + 5 + 5 + 9 + 1 = 44

VINEYARD: 4 + 9 + 5 + 5 + 7 + 1 + 9 + 4 = 44

AUGUST ELEVEN: (1 + 3 + 7 + 3 + 1 + 2) + (5 + 3 + 5 + 4 + 5 + 5) = 17 + 27 = 44

BAPTISM DOVE: (2 + 1 + 7 + 2 + 9 + 1 + 4) + (4 + 6 + 4 + 4) = 26 + 18 = 44

DRAGON WEB: (4 + 9 + 1 + 7 + 6 + 5) + (5 + 5 + 2) = 32 + 12 = 44

LION JUICE: (3 + 9 + 6 + 5) + (1 + 3 + 9 + 3 + 5) = 23 + 21 = 44

LYRE MUSIC: (3 + 7 + 9 + 5) + (4 + 3 + 1 + 9 + 3) = 24 + 20 = 44

MAY EIGHT: (4 + 1 + 7) + (5 + 9 + 7 + 8 + 2) = 13 + 31 = 44

OCTOPUS MIST: (6 + 3 + 2 + 6 + 7 + 3 + 1) + (4 + 9 + 1 + 2) = 28 + 16 = 44

>PEACE KING: (7 + 5 + 1 + 3 + 5) + (2 + 9 + 5 + 7) = 21+ 23 = 44

SIXTEEN TEN (1610): (1 + 9 + 6 + 2 + 5 + 5 + 5) + (2 + 5 + 5) = 32 + 12 = 44

SPIRAL STARS: (1 + 7 + 9 + 9 + 1 + 3) + (1 + 2 + 1 + 9 + 1) = 30 + 14 = 44

SQUARE SPACE: (5 + 1 + 2 + 5 + 9) + (5 + 1 + 4 + 5 + 1) = 27 + 17 = 44

TIGER ART: (2 + 9 + 7 + 5 + 9) + (1 + 9 + 2) = 32 + 12 = 44

WISDOM SAILS: (5 + 9 + 1 + 4 + 6 + 4) + (1 + 1 + 9 + 3 + 1) = 29 + 15 = 44


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