Hugging trees has a calming effect on me. I’m talking about enormous trees that will be there when we are all dead and gone. I’ve hugged trees in every part of this little island. Gerry Adams

http://www.litera.co.uk/proverbs_and_sayings_on_save_trees/

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Imagination has the right to feast in the shade of the tree that it turns into a forest.”

Karl Kraus

A sugarcane is sweetest at the joint

Siku ya kufa nyani miti yote huteleza

What seems to be hard to achieve in real life is often times the best. Fruits of hard labour are enjoyed the most.

http://www.glcom.com/hassan/kanga.html

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Ihii na igwa ikuragira uthu-ini

Boys and sugar-cane grow up as enemies (because boys are all the time eating sugar-cane)

Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen.” ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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A song she heard
Of cold that gathers
Like winter’s tongue
Among the shadows
It rose like blackness
In the sky
That on volcano’s
Vomit rise
A Stone of ruin
From burn to chill
Like black moonrise
Her voice fell still…

Robert Fanney

Wisdom is not like money to be tied up and hidden. ~ Akan

http://afritorial.com/the-best-72-african-wise-proverbs/

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Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence.

Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent.

Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.

Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.

Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.

– Calvin Coolidge (30th US president, 1872-1933)

http://www.californiaindianeducation.org/inspire/world/

The strong man and the waterfall channel their own path

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It is imperative to maintain portions of the wilderness untouched
so that a tree will rot where it falls,
a waterfall will pour its curve without generating electricity,
a trumpeter swan may float on uncontaminated water
– and moderns may at least see
what their ancestors knew in their nerves and blood.

~ Bernand De Voto, Fortune, June 1947 ~

Whāia te iti kahurangi ki te tūohu koe me he maunga teitei Aim for the highest cloud so that if you miss it, you will hit a lofty mountain. Maori.

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SEA-FEVER

I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.

I must down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

I must down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over”

John Masefield, Sea Fever