If you try to look into a bottle with both eyes, your nose will get stuck.
seeing a spider in the morning brings bad luck, seeing a spider in the evening brings good luck (a commonly cited French superstition)
Tenei ano a mutu, kei roto i tona whare-pungawerewere:
So evil intentions are hidden as a spider in his web.
– Jack Herbert
The story goes: upon completing a highly dangerous tightrope walk over Niagara Falls in appalling wind and rain, ‘The Great Zumbrati’ was met by an enthusiastic supporter, who urged him to make a return trip, this time pushing a wheelbarrow, which the spectator had thoughtfully brought along.
The Great Zumbrati was reluctant, given the terrible conditions, but the supporter pressed him, “You can do it – I know you can,” he urged.
“You really believe I can do it?” asked Zumbrati.
“Yes – definitely – you can do it.” the supporter gushed.
“Okay,” said Zumbrati, “Get in the wheelbarrow…”
“May the day soon arrive when no fair Australian girl shall be allowed, or even be willing, to help gild the wine cup or beer glass with her attractive, and, alas! her most dangerous presence.”
— Archdeacon Francis Boyce, 1893 (The Drink Problem in Australia)
Do something that is totally unnecessary and spoil what you already have done.
If a man is as wise as a serpent, he can afford to be as harmless as a dove. –
“The violin doesn’t play for everybody”
Truth’s violinist is always beaten with his own bow.
They admit their mistakes, their weaknesses, and their concerns without fear of reprisal.”
― Patrick Lencioni, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable
We can do anything for one day. So, just for today, let us be unafraid of life, unafraid of death which is the shadow of life; unafraid to be happy to enjoy the beautiful, to believe the best.
Just for today let us live this one day only, forgetting yesterday and tomorrow, and not trying to solve the whole problem of life at once.
— Joseph Fort Newton
WELLINS CALCOTT, Thoughts Moral and Divine
(Holding his dram and staring it in the eye)
Ye killed me mother;
Ye killed me father;
Ah, sweet revenge!!
From a fine old Scottish gentleman from
“The Black Isle,” who passed away years ago:
Prayer Blessing Wakan Tanka, Great Mystery, teach me how to trust my heart, my mind, my intuition, my inner knowing, the senses of my body, the blessings of my spirit. Teach me to trust these things so that I may enter my Sacred Space and love beyond my fear, and thus Walk in Balance with the passing of each glorious Sun. ~ Lakota Prayer
“Mom,” said Peter, “nobody thinks you’re a lackwit, if that’s what you’re worried about.”
Lackwit? In what musty drawer of some dead English professor’s dust-covered desk did you find that word? I assure you that never in my worst nightmares did I ever suppose that I was a lackwit.”
― Orson Scott Card, Shadow Puppets
“Ignorant people think it is the noise which fighting cats make that is so aggravating, but it ain’t so; it is the sickening grammar that they use.”– Mark Twain