Before you can break out of prison, you must realize you are locked up.

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“I think that it is a great tragedy that a child can lose their mother, father, sister or brother, because you and I made a decision that getting loaded was more important than they are.”

― Pamela Barrett, Tales of the Titmouse

Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.

Napoleon Bonaparte

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“Ros was dead.

He had loved heroin more than it loved him. I was shocked beyond imagining; he was the first of my friends to fall.”

― Craig Ferguson, American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot

They speak of my drinking, but never think of my thirst.

~Scottish Proverb

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“That’s what was wrong with drinking too much. You became immune to drunken delights. There was no solace in liquor. Before you got happy, you collapsed.”

― Richard Matheson, I am Legend and Other Stories

The source of a true smile is an awakened mind. Smiling helps you approach the day with gentleness and understanding.

Thich Nhat Hanh

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“The day wore on, and all these bright colours subsided, and assumed a quieter tint, like young hopes softened down by time, or youthful features by degrees resolving into the calm and serenity of age. But they were scarcely less beautiful in their slow decline, than they had been in their prime; for nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own; and from morning to night, as from the cradle to the grave, is but a succession of changes so gentle and easy, that we can scarcely mark their progress.”

― Charles Dickens

Your kids require you most of all to love them for who they are, not to spend your whole time trying to correct them.”

― Bill Ayers

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Dr. Benjamin Spock: If we are ever to turn toward a kindlier society and a safer world, a revulsion against the physical punishment of children would be a good place to start.

When facing unbeatable odds, just think of yourself as unbeatably odd.

Christopher Healy, The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle

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In our togetherness (as a team), castles are built.

http://www.compassrose.org/folklore/irish/Irish-Proverbs-Gaelic.html

So, aloha means ‘to breathe into the face or share spirit with another.”

― Robin Jones Gunn, Sisterchicks Do the Hula

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“People who don’t know how to dance, but who have a loving spirit, can be cultivated to be dancers.” ~ Aunty Maiki Aiu Lake

http://www.oocities.org/olelo.geo/kumuhulasays.html

Idleness does not consist in doing nothing, but in doing a great deal not recognized in the dogmatic formualries of the ruling class.”

― Robert Louis Stevenson

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“You must have been warned against letting the golden hours slip by. Yes, but some of them are golden only because we let them slip.”

Barrie, Sir James M. 

– See more at: http://quotationsbook.com/quotes/tag/idleness/#sthash.lu3MVgMV.dpuf

Club Secretary: “I say, Lawrence. You are a clown!” T.E. Lawrence: “Ah, well, we can’t all be lion tamers.”

― T.E. Lawrence

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Be a clown, be a clown, All the world loves a clown. Act the fool, play the calf, And you’ll always have the last laugh.
The Pirate (1948) “Be A Clown” (written in 1946)

Cole Porter

“I don’t know where my ideas come from. I will admit, however, that one key ingredient is caffeine. I get a couple cups of coffee into me and weird things start to happen.” –

– Gary Larson

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“When you start to get bored with your misery, you are on the first rung of recovery and you are beginning to climb back up. You add one thing at a time back into your life just as a break from monotony. Instead of feeling wretched, I will start reading again. Instead of feeling wretched, I will start working out again. I will start answering the phone. I will consider the city. I will think about coffee with friends. You start putting in the pieces until eventually what you have is an actual life.”
― Wendy Plump, Vow: A Memoir of Marriage

The Pedlar’s Caravan I wish I lived in a caravan, With a horse to drive, like a pedlar-man!

William Brighty Rands

http://www.poetrylibrary.org.uk/queries/faps/#24

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Come, come, whoever you are. Wanderer, worshipper, lover of leaving. It doesn’t matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair. come, even if you have broken your vows a thousand times. Come, yet again , come , come.”
― Rumi

Logic, like whiskey, loses its beneficial effect when taken in too large quantities.

Lord Dunsany

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whiskey makes the heart beat faster
but it sure doesn’t help the
mind and isn’t it funny how you can ache just
from the deadly drone of
existence?”

― Charles Bukowski, The People Look Like Flowers at Last

“Tobacco, coffee, alcohol, hashish, prussic acid, strychnine, are weak dilutions. The surest poison is time.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“Have you not reason then to be ashamed and to forbear this filthy novelty, so basely grounded, so foolishly received and so grossly mistaken in the right use thereof. In your abuse thereof sinning against God harming yourselves both in person and goods, and raking also thereby the marks and notes of vanity upon you by the custom thereof making yourselves to be wondered at by all foreign civil nations and by all strangers that come among you to be scorned and held in contempt; a custom loathsome to the eye, hateful to the nose, harmful to the brain, dangerous to the lungs, and in the black stinking fume thereof nearest resembling the horrible stygian smoke of the pit that is bottomless.”

― King James I of England – VI of Scotland

I like to see cats tumble around, but I wish they wouldn’t meow so much when I shove them in the dryer.” ―

Jarod Kintz, The Days of Yay are Here! Wake Me Up When They’re Over.

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“She fell, she hurt, she felt. She lived. And for all the tumble of her experiences, she still had hope. Maybe this next time would do the trick. Or maybe not. But unless you stepped into the game, you would never know.”

― Sarah Dessen, This Lullaby

Rumors are like ripples in a cornfield. They are ephemeral, but they do indicate which way the wind is blowing.

SUSAN J. PALMER, Aliens Adored

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“There is a rumour going around that I have found God. I think this is unlikely because I have enough difficulty finding my keys, and there is empirical evidence that they exist.”

― Terry Pratchett

Tom Waits “There ain’t no devil, only God when he’s drunk.”

― Tom Waits

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Alcohol misuse has significant adverse effects on parenting including inconsistency, emotional detachment and neglect. Family life can become characterised by chaos and a lack of routine, and in some cases unpredictable behaviour associated with mental health problems and violence

http://www.12steptreatmentcentres.com/alcohol-misuse-on-children-of-drunken-parents-32.asp

Somewhere along the line we began to believe that technology was in some way superior to what was natural, and so we willingly gave up control of even minor health problems.”

― Karen Sullivan, The Complete Illustrated Guide to Natural Home Remedies: Safe and Effective Treatments for Common Ailments

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“Five truly effective prescriptions to remedy a bad day.
(You can’t overdose.)

—Pray; discuss your troubles with God.
—List your blessings. (The blue sky, soft cookies, warm socks, etc.)
—Call your mum.
—Visit an animal shelter and hug a lonely cat.
—Visit a nursing home and hug a lonely grandparent.”
― Richelle E. Goodrich

REST AND DREAM

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“Cucumber and bergamot,” Clary said. “Is there anything else you hate that I ought to know about?”

Jace looked at Dorothea over the rim of his teacup. “Liars,” he said.”

― Cassandra Clare, City of Bones

Safety is as simple as ABC – Always Be Careful.

http://www.quotegarden.com/safety.html

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“I have found both freedom and safety in my madness; the freedom of loneliness and the safety from being understood, for those who understand us enslave something in us.”

― Kahlil Gibran, The Madman

“Every person is like a single tulip. While they may blend when together, each one is special in its own light.”

  Kessler, Daniella

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“She’s always getting into trouble because she gets bored really really easily.
My mum says it’s because Celia has an attention span the size of a sesame seed.
Celia’s mum says it’s because Celia’s identity is unfurling itself slowly, like a tulip bud, and it’s a breathtakingly beautiful thing to see.”

― Jaclyn Moriarty, Feeling Sorry for Celia

Have you ever heard of a flower that never needs Water, soil, or sunshine?

Source: Flower Poems – Poems about Flowers

Aldora Sparrow

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“Stepping out of the busyness, stopping our endless pursuit of getting somewhere else, is perhaps the most beautiful offering we can make to our spirit.”

― Tara Brach, True Refuge: Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart