Joy and sorrow are the light and shade of life; without light and shade no picture is clear.

http://www.1world1way.com/coach/quotes_islamic_wisdom.html

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Many a time have I merely closed my eyes at the end of yet another troublesome day and soaked my bruised psyche in wild water, rivers remembered and rivers imagined. Rivers course through my dreams, rivers cold and fast, rivers well-known and rivers nameless, rivers that seem like ribbons of blue water twisting through wide valleys, narrow rivers folded in layers of darkening shadows, rivers that have eroded down deep into the mountain’s belly, sculpted the land, peeled back the planet’s history exposing the texture of time itself. — (Harry Middleton, On the Spine of Time or Rivers of Memory)

We must learn to see each other as brother and sister, beyond all apparent differences of belief, culture, color, language, and religion.

http://www.earthalive.com/Indigenous_Voice.html

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Nganyinytja, a Pitjantjatjara Elder said, ”Much trouble has come from people forgetting the land, the spirit. Many people are sick and have lost their spirit; we grieve for them. But we can all learn and make our spirit strong. My teaching is about opening your spirit, working together to build understanding. Opening our way, opening our hearts, to share the spirit of the land with all who want to learn”.

If yuh nah get wing, nah ah guh a bird sport.

If you feel that you do not belong somewhere you should not go there. Also, if you are unable to do something, you should not do it.

http://www.guyana.org/proverbs.html

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“Like a parakeet, that says what he knows but doesn’t know what he says”

Our survival has been about laughter, otherwise you cry a river.

—Leah Purcell, Aboriginal director and actor

http://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/people/aboriginal-humour

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“You white people are so strange. We think it is very primitive for a child to have only two parents.”