A woman accustomed to miscarriages is no longer troubled by them (Keth. 62a; D. 219).Everything, even troubles and misfortunes, is lightened by frequent occurrence. Cf. "Familiarity breeds contempt" and proverb no. 13.



Egli e quello che Dio vuole;
E sara quello the Dio vorrà!

“He is what God pleases;
  He shall be what God wills!”



foto – oddments on raleigh verandah 2010

You should always investigate the matter before coming to a decision.

"Five thousand French idioms, Gallicisms, proverbs, idiomatic adverbs, idiomatic adjectives, idiomatic comparisons. For advanced French students"


Be not indifferent to contempt, even from very ordinary people, but rather look well to the cause of it.

Charles Simmon


foto – scoob investigating prior to contempt. 2010

BULGARIAN FOLK-SONGS Dig me the grave with your noble swords, Over my head, O comrades, place a fountain, Over my feet plant a shady tree, That an aged wanderer may have rest beneath it, That he may rest and think awhile of me. That a young traveller coming to the fountain May refresh his horse with the sparkling water, That he too may rest and think awhile of me. Whispering my name and my sorry fate.

"The shade of the Balkans: being a collection of Bulgarian folksongs and proverbs"

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"Be Silent yourself, that will induce Silence in others. Do not fall into the habit of shouting, talking long and loud. Reduce contacts to the minimum. Carry with you an atmosphere of quiet contemplation, wherever you happen to be. The less you talk, the more will become your mental power. With the increase in your mental capacity, there will be increase in your power of discrimination too. Consequently, you will give up individual discrimination . Because of this, you will begin to consider the good of the world at large rather than your own individual welfare. You must cultivate such broad feelings from this young age itself."



There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience (French)


"Goodbye," said I to my conscience,
"Goodbye for aye and aye,"
As I pushed her from me roughly
And turned my face away;
And conscience smitten sorely
Returned not from that day.
But a time came when my spirit
Grew weary of its pace:
And I cried, "Come back, my conscience,
For I long to see thy face."
But conscience said, "I cannot,
Remorse sits in my place."—Selected.



foto – corral raleigh 2010

‘ The sun and moon, fire and air, heaven, earth, and water ; the heart, and conscience ; day and night, with morning and evening ; justice and all, are witnesses of a man’s actions.’

"Fables and proverbs from the Sanskrit : being the Hitopadésa"


‘An intimate enemy is acquainted with everything Which relateth to one : our blemishes, our hearts, and our degree of courage.’

foto – belly dancers  at bellingen growers’ markets may 2010

He who placeth confidence in an enemy, either from inclination or necessity, awaketh from his delusion, like one who hath fallen from the top of a tree in his sleep !

"Fables and proverbs from the Sanskrit : being the Hitopadésa"


‘ Fortitude in adversity, and moderation in pros- perity ; eloquence in the senate, and courage in the field; great glory in renown, and labour in study; are the natural perfections of great minds.’

foto – horse in raleigh paddock 2010.