After us they’ll fly in hot air balloons, coat styles will change, perhaps they’ll discover a sixth sense and cultivate it, but li fe will remain the same, a hard life full of secrets, but happy. And a thousand years from now man will still be sighing, “Oh! Life is so hard!” and will still, like now, be afraid of death and not want to die

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

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“who knows if the moon’s
a balloon,coming out of a keen city
in the sky–filled with pretty people?
( and if you and I should

get into it,if they
should take me and take you into their balloon,
why then
we’d go up higher with all the pretty people

than houses and steeples and clouds:
go sailing
away and away sailing into a keen
city which nobody’s ever visited,where

always
it’s
Spring)and everyone’s
in love and flowers pick themselves”

― E.E. Cummings, Collected Poems

Do you ever have the feeling that your clown talks too much?

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“No clowns were funny. That was the whole purpose of a clown. People laughed at clowns, but only out of nervousness. The point of clowns was that, after watching them, anything else that happened seemed enjoyable”

― Terry Pratchett, The City Watch Trilogy: A Discworld Omnibus.

A lazy sheep thinks its wool heavy.

(English proverb)

http://goproverbs.blogspot.com.au/2013/04/poster-lazy-sheep.html

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“Look up at the sky. Ask yourself, ‘Has the sheep eaten the flower or not?’ And you’ll see how everything changes…
And no grown-up will ever understand how such a thing could be so important.”

― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

Wonder rather than doubt is the root of all knowledge.” ―

Abraham Joshua Heschel

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CONFUCIANISM
To be fond of learning is to draw close to wisdom. To practice with vigour is to draw close to benevolence. To know the sense of shame is to draw close to courage. He who knows these three things knows how to cultivate his own character. Knowing how to cultivate his own character, he knows how to govern other men, he knows how to govern the world, its states, and its families.       CONFUCIUS    From the Son of Heaven down to the common people, all must regard cultivation of the personal life as the root or foundation. There is never a case in which the root is in disorder and yet the branches are in order.             CONFUCIUS

http://www.austincc.edu/~songhome/WISDOMCHINA.htm

behind bars like lions in a menagerie, shorn of the fear factor through incarceration and captivity

http://www.skase.sk/Volumes/JLS05/pdf_doc/1.pdf

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“A frightening menagerie, my emotions are
Too many and varied to number
Like creatures they crawl and they fly above
Tearing my body asunder.”
― Maggie Stiefvater, Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie

Wise? No, I simply learned to think.”

― Christopher Paolini, Eldest

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I believe that in our constant search for security we can never gain any peace of mind until we are secure in our own soul.
– Margaret Chase Smith

Don’t try to tell me what I am because I know what I am not”

― Amit Abraham, Personality Development Through Positive Thinking

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To pursue yourself is an interesting and absorbing thing to do. Once you have caught the scent of a hidden being, your own hidden being, you won’t readily be deflected from the tracking down of it.
– Cynthia Propper Seton

There is only one useful tobacco recipe: Don’t smoke!!

http://world-crops.com/tobacco/

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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

And then her heart changed, or at least she understood it; and the winter passed, and the sun shone upon her.”

― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King

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One kind word can warm three winter months.
Japanese Proverb

http://www.skatingaheadofthecurve.com/Proverbs.html

Even a small star shines in the darkness.

Danish Proverb

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“I’ve begun worshipping the sun for a number of reasons. First of all, unlike some other gods I could mention, I can see the sun. It’s there for me every day. And the things it brings me are quite apparent all the time: heat, light, food, and a lovely day. There’s no mystery, no one asks for money, I don’t have to dress up, and there’s no boring pageantry. And interestingly enough, I have found that the prayers I offer to the sun and the prayers I formerly offered to “God” are all answered at about the same 50% rate.”

― George Carlin, Brain Droppings