the lone one; the young and fatherless—the orphan

The old and wifeless—the widower; the old and husbandless—the widow; the old and childless—; these four are the people most in need below heaven, and they have no one to whom to cry, so when King Wen reigned his love went out first to them’ (Mencius, Book II, chapter 5).

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Don’t move the ancient boundary stone. Don’t encroach on the fields of the fatherless: for their Defender is strong. He will plead their case against you.


“We listened for a voice crying in the wilderness. And we heard the jubilation of wolves!”

-Durwood L. Allen

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We sincerely regret the manner in which the events unfolded this morning. In the process of being cautious, we allowed the jubilation to go on longer than it should have.

(Ben Hatfield)

If you think that you are where you are just because you worked hard, it is easy to become self-righteous and make classist moral judgments about others.

(Charlotte Bunch)

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“When you think yours is the only true path you forever chain yourself to judging others and narrow the vision of God. The road to righteousness and arrogance is a parallel road that can intersect each other several times throughout a person’s life. It’s often hard to recognize one road from another. What makes them different is the road to righteousness is paved with the love of humanity. The road to arrogance is paved with the love of self.”

― Shannon L. Alder

Keeping up the appearance of having all your marbles is hard work, but important.”

― Sara Gruen, Water for Elephants

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All that trouble, and no more enjoyment than from a game of marbles.  

Renoir referring to the “horses, carriages, society people, ridiculous clothes and even a poor fox” that are needed to hunt as opposed to the simplicity of the child’s game.

The elders of the village are the boundaries.


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 Ituura rir kanono ritituhagia kahiu

The village, which has got a whetstone, does not blunt the knife

The sense of the proverb is that if in a village there is a good whetstone it does not mean that the villagers should purposely blunt their tools in order to whet them.  The time will come when the shetstone will have to be used.

Every thing is good in its season.