A box without hinges, key, or lid, yet golden treasure inside is hid.

One of Bilbo’s riddles for Gollum

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“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.”

― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

“Hope is sweet. Hope is illumining. Hope is fulfilling. Hope can be everlasting. Therefore, do not give up hope, Even in the sunset of your life.”

Sri Chinmoy, My Life’s Soul-Journey: Daily Meditations for Ever-Increasing Spiritual Fulfillment

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The Little Boy and the Old Man

Said the little boy, “Sometimes I drop my spoon.”
Said the old man, “I do that too.”
The little boy whispered, “I wet my pants.”
I do that too,” laughed the little old man.
Said the little boy, “I often cry.”
The old man nodded, “So do I.”
But worst of all,” said the boy, “it seems
Grown-ups don’t pay attention to me.”
And he felt the warmth of a wrinkled old hand.
I know what you mean,” said the little old man.”

― Shel Silverstein

“Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be, the last of life, for which the first was made. Our times are in his hand who saith, ‘A whole I planned, youth shows but half; Trust God: See all, nor be afraid!”

― Robert Browning

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“He asked why people are sad. “That’s simple,” says the old man. “They are the prisoners of their personal history. Everyone believes that the main aim in life is to follow a plan. They never ask if that plan is theirs or if it was created by another person. They accumulate experiences, memories, things, other people’s ideas, and it is more than they can possibly cope with. And that is why they forget their dreams.”

Paulo Coelho

Those who love each other, tease each other.

Was sich liebt, das neckt sich.

http://suite101.com/article/15-most-popular-german-sayings-about-love-a410312

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“Just like a firewood needs to be teased to be revived; your dreams need everyday care. When you commit to take one action each day toward the realization of your dream; small changes add up to create what you want.”

― Guillaume Wolf

I like pessimists. They’re always the ones who bring life jackets for the boat.”

― Lisa Kleypas, Christmas Eve at Friday Harbour

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Surrounded by people who love life, you love it too; surrounded by people who don’t, you don’t.
Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966, Lively Quotes and Sayings ‘Attitude’

The hardest person to awaken is the person already awake. –

– Tagalog (Filipino)

http://www.wiseoldsayings.com/change-quotes/

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“Accept – then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it. Make it your friend and ally, not your enemy. This will miraculously transform your whole life.”

― Eckhart Tolle

The secret of success is constancy of purpose.

 

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“The two of us praying like this to the Black Madonna Suddenly washes over me, and I’m filled with love for my mother. The best gift she has give me is the constancy of her belief. Whatever I become, she loves me. To her, I am enough.”
― Ann Kidd Taylor, Traveling With Pomegranates: A Mother-Daughter Story

The she-monkey, even if dressed up in silk, remains a monkey.

Aunque la mona se vista de seda, mona se queda

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“The story is even Bill Wilson, a founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, couldn’t overcome the sex monkey on his back, and spent his sober life cheating on his wife and filled with guilt.”

― Chuck Palahniuk

The advice of foxes is dangerous for chickens.

~ Spanish

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“And once when we were walking on Bredon Hill, we met a bedraggled and exhausted fox. ‘Oh, poor thing,’ Jack said. ‘What shall we do when the hunt comes up? I can already hear them. Oh, I know — I have an idea.’ He cupped his hands and shouted to the first riders, “Hallo, yoicks, gone that way,” and pointed in the direction opposite to the one the fox had taken. The whole hunt followed his directions. There followed a long discussion about when lying was morally justifiable, but he boasted delightedly later to my wife that he had saved the life of a poor fox and showed no trace of guilt.”

― George Sayer, Jack: A Life of C.S. Lewis

easy come, easy go, you’ve sold your soul, you’ve no more choice. They sell bedlam!

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~irelandlist/poems.html

 

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“I met you at the cornerstone on the highway to bedlam./Walked with you to the pinnacle, along that ledge to hell,/Travelled along the passageway of all things aching,/But would crawl with you if you wanted me to/On the steeple point to hope./So we can tip the stars and hold the moon,/Graze the sun, but make it soon.”

― Melina Marchetta, The Piper’s Son

He who would enjoy the fruit must not spoil the blossom.

http://www.smo.uhi.ac.uk/gaidhlig/corpus/seanfhaclan/MacDonald.html

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“It is hard work to control the workings of inclination and turn the bent of nature; but that it may be done, I know from experience. God has given us, in a measure, the power to make our own fate: and when our energies seem to demand a sustenance they cannot get–when our will strains after a path we may not follow–we need neither starve from inanition, not stand still in despair: we have but to seek another nourishment for the mind, as strong as the forbidden fruit it longed to taste–and perhaps purer; and to hew out for the adventurous foot a road as direct and broad as the one Fortune has blocked up against us, if rougher than it.”

― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

 

 

He that waits long at the ferry Will get across sometime

http://www.smo.uhi.ac.uk/gaidhlig/corpus/seanfhaclan/MacDonald.html

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“And I will stroll the merry way
And jump the hedges first
And I will drink the clear
Clean water for to quench my thirst
And I shall watch the ferry-boats
And they’ll get high
On a bluer ocean
Against tomorrow’s sky
And I will never grow so old again
And I will walk and talk
In gardens all wet with rain

― Van Morrison

Simplicity is the highest goal, achievable when you have overcome all difficulties.

Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) Polish Composer and Pianist

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Yes, I felt very small. The typewriter seemed larger than a piano, I was less than a molecule. What could I do? I drank more.

― Albert Sánchez Piñol, Pandora in the Congo

As an instinct told her which way to turn, her wisdom told her that it will be a long path to manifest.”

― Sarah Pussell

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God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.

 

– The Serenity Prayer (Reinhold Niebuhr)

“Though one should be prepared to vomit rather frequently and disport with pink elephants and assorted grotesqueries while trying often unsuccessfully to make one’s way to the toilet.”

William F. Buckley Jr.

http://www.quotesquotations.com/find/quotes-about-elephants.htm

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“You can’t try. Trying is a struggle and doing is an act. You can’t witness the act of trying, but you can see the results of doing. Trying brings on stress because not only do you have the problem, but now you have all this frustration with it not going away just because you want it to. It’s kind of like being told not to think of pink elephants—impossible.
What you have to do is stop. You say to yourself, this is over for now. I’m done for
now. Take your mind to another place and concentrate on that peaceful place. Deep
breaths. Go limp. Put your mind in another state. It takes practice, but it gets easier,
over time.”

― Robyn Carr, Forbidden Falls

Shooter Teton Sioux All birds, even those of the same species, are not alike, and it is the same with animals and with human beings. The reason WakanTanka does not make two birds, or animals, or human beings exactly alike is because each is placed here by WakanTanka to be an independent individuality and to rely upon itself.

http://www.ilhawaii.net/~stony/quotes.html

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“Who would deduce the dragonfly from the larva, the iris from the bud, the lawyer from the infant? …We are all shape-shifters and magical reinventors. Life is really a plural noun, a caravan of selves.”

― Diane Ackerman

“in the abundance of water, the fool is thirsty.”

http://www.thirdfield.com/new/quotes.html

BOB MARLEY

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“The abundant life begins from within and then moves outward to other individuals. If there is richness and righteousness in us, then we can make a difference in the lives of others, just as key individuals have influenced the lives of each of us for good and made us richer than we otherwise would have been.”

Spencer W. Kimball

Your body is the harp of your soul and it is yours to bring forth sweet music from it or confused sounds.”

― Kahlil Gibran

 

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When a man finds that he was wrong to have refused to eat, he should leave his anger and play a harp to call for harmony.

http://www.motherlandnigeria.com/proverbs.html