“Sometimes I think my papa is an accordion. When he looks at me and smiles and breathes, I hear the notes.”

― Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

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It is so easy to get a lot of noise out of an accordion that it is very difficult to get music out of one. In the hands of an unfeeling person or a show-off, it can be a pain to listen to. But in the hands of a sensitive person with taste and restraint — and also with a good deal of strength and power in arms and shoulders — perhaps it can be just as beautiful as any instrument. Listen to the accordions accompanying the Piatnitsky chorus on Russian folksongs, or the Louisiana cajun accordion (“windjammers” they called them — Leadbelly could play one).
 
 Pete Seeger in his Johnny Appleseed, Jr. column in the February-March 1963 issue of Sing Out! magazine
 

You must act as if it is impossible to fail.

~Ghanaian

http://www.gadel.info/2011/03/ghanaian-and-nigerian-proverbs.html

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Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.

“If there is no enemy within, the enemy out side can do us no harm.”

(African proverb)

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Akunyimaye kunde akuepusha kuvimbiwa.  NGU.
The one who denies you beans helps you to escape bloating.
If somebody denies you something that could harm you, even if you would have liked it, it’s for your good, because it diminishes your trouble. SM.
Try to laugh about people’s selfishness. AL.
Kunde: small beans thought to cause gas.

http://swahiliproverbs.afrst.illinois.edu/love.html

When a man hurries, the devil smiles.

POLISH

 

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Love it the way it is. The way you see the world depends entirely on your own vibration level. When your vibration changes, the whole world will look different. It’s like those days when everyone seems to be smiling at you because you feel happy. The way to raise your vibration level is to feel more love. Start by loving your negative feelings, your own boredom, dullness and despair. It’s hard to believe, but changing the content of your mind does nothing to change your vibration level.

For the purpose of raising your awareness, it is useless to change your ideas, your faith, your behaviour, your place of residence, or your companions. It is not arbitrary or an accident that you are where you are, so you might as well get your attitude straight before you make a change. Otherwise you might find yourself chasing all over creation looking for the right place, and not even the Sea of Infinite Bliss will feel right to you. You take yourself with you wherever you go. As they say in Zen: If you can’t find it where you are standing, where do you expect to wander in search of it?

– Thaddeus Golas in “The Lazy Man’s Guide to Enlightenment”

http://www.astrolog.org/home/quotes.htm

 

If ye do wrang, mak amends.

http://www.inspirationalstories.com/proverbs/haitian-if-ye-do-wrang-mak-amends/

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What is Maturity?

• Knowing myself.
• Asking for help when I need it and acting on my own when I don’t.
• Admitting when I’m wrong and making amends.
• Accepting love from others, even if I’m having a tough time loving myself.
• Recognizing that I always have choices, and taking responsibility for the ones I make.
• Seeing that life is a blessing.
• Having an opinion without insisting that others share it.
• Forgiving myself and others.
• Recognizing my shortcomings and my strengths.
• Having the courage to live one day at a time.
• Acknowledging that my needs are my responsibility.
• Caring for people without having to take care of them.
• Accepting that I’ll never be finished — I’ll always be a work-in-progress.

(from Courage to Change: One Day At a Time in Al-Anon, page 63. Reprinted with permission of Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc., Virginia Beach, VA)

http://www.creativegrowth.com/qquotes.htm

“If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.”

– Woodrow Wilson

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“The universe contains any amount of horrible ways to be woken up, such as the noise of the mob breaking down the front door, the scream of fire engines, or the realization that today is the Monday which on Friday night was a comfortably long way off.

A dog’s wet nose is not strictly speaking the worst of the bunch, but it has it’s own peculiar dreadfulness which connoisseurs of the ghastly and dog owners everywhere have come to know and dread. It’s like having a small piece of defrosting liver pressed lovingly against you.”

― Terry Pratchett, Moving Pictures

THE FOX NEVER FOUND A BETTER MESSENGER THAN HIMSELF

http://homepage.tinet.ie/~kthomas/proverbs.htm

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One day the lion, the wolf and the fox went out hunting together. They caught a wild ass, a gazelle and a hare. The lion spoke to the wolf, “Mr. Wolf, you may divide the venison for us today.” The wolf said, “I would have thought it best, Sire, that you should have the ass and my friend the fox should take the hare; as for me, I shall be content to take only the gazelle.” On hearing this the lion was furious. He raised his mighty paw and struck the wolf on the head. The wolf’s skull was cracked, so he died. Whereupon the lion spoke to the fox, “Now you may try and divide our meal better. ” The fox spoke solemnly, “The ass will be your dinner, Sire, the gazelle will be your Majesty’s supper and the hare will be your breakfast for tomorrow morning.” Surprised, the lion asked him, “When did you learn so much wisdom?” Said the fox, “When I heard the wolf’s skill cracking.”
– Nubian (Sudan) Fable

http://whiteafrican.com/quotes-proverbs/

Seperti katak di bawah tempurung – Like frog underneath coconut shell.

Meaning: A frog which leaves under a cocunut shell will think that the shell is the world.  So, one who is like the frog will have no knowledge of
things/events/places outside his ‘world’.  He refuses to venture out into the world-he remains ignorant but is happy with it.

http://cogweb.ucla.edu/Discourse/Proverbs/Miscellaneous.html

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“He who plants a coconut tree plants food and drink, vessels and clothing, a home for himself and a heritage for his children”

South Seas saying

http://www.coconutrepublic.org/quotable_notables.php

Do not call the forest that shelters you a jungle.

~African Proverb (Ashanti, Ghana) african proverb

http://www.gadel.info/2011/03/african-proverbs.html

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If you are in hiding, don’t light a fire.

http://cogweb.ucla.edu/Discourse/Proverbs/Ashanti.html

Reprove your friends in secret, praise them openly.

Publilius Syrus

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“Oh the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are – chaff and grain together – certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.” —Dinah Craik

http://www.trans4mind.com/quotes/quotes-communication-relationships.html