Category Archives: ADVICE

Harsh advice may be good for you

Pepper bun hot but it good fi curry __  Jamaica

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“The sidewalks were haunted by dust
ghosts all night as the furnace wind summoned them up,
swung them about, and gentled them down in a warm spice on
the lawns. Trees, shaken by the footsteps of late-night strollers, sifted avalanches of dust. From midnight on, it seemed a
volcano beyond the town was showering red-hot ashes every-
where, crusting slumberless night watchmen and irritable
dogs. Each house was a yellow attic smouldering with spontaneous combustion at three in the morning.

Dawn, then, was a time where things changed element for
element. Air ran like hot spring waters nowhere, with no
sound. The lake was a quantity of steam very still and deep
over valleys of fish and sand held baking under its serene
vapours. Tar was poured licorice in the streets, red bricks were
brass and gold, roof tops were paved with bronze. The high-
tension wires were lightning held forever, blazing, a threat
above the unslept houses.
The cicadas sang louder and yet louder.
The sun did not rise, it overflowed.”

Ray Bradbury Dandelion Wine

“Anyone who believes what a cat tells him deserves all he gets.” ― Neil Gaiman, Stardust

SPIDERCAT

Boot-faced cats aren’t born but made, often because they’ve tried to outstare or occasionally rape a speeding car and have been repaired by a vet who just pulled all the bits together and stuck the stitches in where there was room.

The Unadulterated Cat (1989) TERRY PRATCHETT

FOTO – SPIDER THE CAT AT RALEIGH IN 2013

Peppa bu’n hot, but ih good fi curry. meaning: Everything has its usefulness. A good advice/counsel might be painful to take/accept. Jamaica.

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Goody Two-Shoes

Two-Shoes, Two-Shoes,
Little Goody Two-Shoes!
Do you know about her? Well,
I’m ready now to tell
How the little creature came
By so odd a name.
Clara Doty Bates

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“Charity is prescribed for each descendant of Adam every day the sun rises.” He was then asked: “From what do we give charity every day?” The Prophet answered: “The doors of goodness are many… enjoining good, forbidding evil, removing harm from the road, listening to the deaf, leading the blind, guiding one to the object of his need, hurrying with the strength of one’s legs to one in sorrow who is asking for help, and supporting the feeble with the strength of one’s arms — all of these are charity prescribed for you.” He also said: “Your smile for your brother is charity.” – Fiqh-us-Sunnah, Volume 3, Number 98

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The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), Saturday 23 January 1926

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Basho: Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; seek what they sought.

 

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When the Children Come Home by Henry Lawson 

On a lonely selection far out in the West
An old woman works all the day without rest,
And she croons, as she toils ‘neath the sky’s glassy dome,
`Sure I’ll keep the ould place till the childer come home.’
 

She mends all the fences, she grubs, and she ploughs,
She drives the old horse and she milks all the cows,
And she sings to herself as she thatches the stack,
`Sure I’ll keep the ould place till the childer come back.’

It is five weary years since her old husband died;
And oft as he lay on his deathbed he sighed
`Sure one man can bring up ten children, he can,
An’ it’s strange that ten sons cannot keep one old man.’
 

Whenever the scowling old sundowners come,
And cunningly ask if the master’s at home,
`Be off,’ she replies, `with your blarney and cant,
Or I’ll call my son Andy; he’s workin’ beyant.’
 

‘Git out,’ she replies, though she trembles with fear,
For she lives all alone and no neighbours are near;
But she says to herself, when she’s like to despond,
That the boys are at work in the paddock beyond.

Ah, none of her children need follow the plough,
And some have grown rich in the city ere now; 
Yet she says: `They might come when the shearing is done,
And I’ll keep the ould place if it’s only for one.’

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Standard (Frankston, Vic. : 1939 – 1949), Thursday 15 April 1948

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Hindukush Ojha

http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/those-misty-years/

GUMBOOTS IN URUNGA 2014

Gumboots, they are wonderful, gumboots, they are swell
‘coz they keep out the water and they keep in the smell.
And when you’re sittin’ round at home, you can always tell
When one of the Trevs has taken off his gumboots.

Chorus:

If it weren’t for your gumboots, where would ya be?
You’d be in the hospital or infirmary
‘coz you would have a dose of the ‘flu, or even pleurisy
If ya didn’t have yer feet in yer gumboots.

Now there’s rugby boots and racing boots and boots for drinkin’ rum.
But the only boots I’m never without are the ones that start with “gum”.
I’ve got short ones and long ones and some up to me belt.
I’m never dressed ’till I’ve got on me gumboots.

Chorus

Whenever I sing at the opera, my gumboots are a must.
They help me hit the high notes, and protect me feet from dust.
They keep the water well away, so me voice won’t get no rust.
You will not never see me without me gumboots.

Chorus

Now Rob Muldoon and Rowling, they haven’t made a hit.
They’re ruining the country more than just a bit.
If they keep on the way they’re going, we’ll all be in turd.
So you’d better get yer feet up yer gumboots.

 

This song was originally performed by a New Zealand comedian (John Clarke) who played a character called Fred Dagg. It caught the imagination of many NZers and is now well known. John Clarke went to Australia after finding his prospects in NZ to be very limited – but Fred Dagg and especially this song are very fondly remembered.

I thought of what you’d written in faint ink, Your journal with the sawn-off lock, that stayed behind With other things you left, all without use

Five Bells
Ken Slessor

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“Hui Tzu said to Chuang Tzu:  “I have a big stinktree in my garden.   The trunk is so bent and knotty that nobody can get a good straight plank out of it.  The branches are so crooked you can’t cut them up in any way that makes sense.  There it stands beside the road and no carpenter will even look at it.   Such is your teaching, Chuang – big and useless.”
Chuang Tzu replied: “Have you ever watched the wildcat crouching, watching its prey?   This way it leaps, and that way,
high and low, and at last – it lands in the trap.  Have you ever seen the yak?   It is great as a thundercloud, standing in his might.
Big?  Sure.  But, he can’t catch mice!  So for your big tree.  No use?   Then plant it in the wasteland – in emptiness.  Walk idly around it and rest under it’s shadow.  No axe or saw prepares its end.  No one will ever cut it down.   Useless?  You should worry!”

–  Chuang Tzu, The Useless Tree, circa 200 B.C.

Any good thing you say to me shall not be forgotten. I shall carry it as near to my heart as my children, and it shall be as often on my tongue as the name of the Great Spirit.

Chief Ten Bears

http://www.experiencefestival.com/native_american_indian_quotes

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There is a road in the hearts of all of us, hidden and seldom travelled,
which leads to an unknown, secret place.
The old people came literally to love the soil,
and they sat or reclined on the ground with a feeling of
being close to a mothering power.
Their teepees were built upon the earth
and their altars were made of earth.
The soul was soothing, strengthening, cleansing and healing.
That is why the old Indian still sits upon the earth instead of
propping himself up and away from its life giving forces.
For him, to sit or lie upon the ground is to be able to think more deeply
and to feel more keenly. He can see more clearly into the mysteries of
life and come closer in kinship to other lives about him.

Chief Luther Standing Bear

http://www.sapphyr.net/natam/quotes-nativeamerican.htm

 

Good advice once was worth a camel; now that it is free of charge, no one takes it. Lebanese

http://creativeproverbs.com/cgi-bin/sql_search3cp.cgi?boolean=and&field=all&frank=all&keyword=camel

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  • At twenty a man will be a peacock, at thirty a lion, at forty a camel, at fifty a serpent, at sixty a dog, at seventy a monkey, and at eighty nothing.
    Spanish

 

The advice of foxes is dangerous for chickens.

~ Spanish

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“And once when we were walking on Bredon Hill, we met a bedraggled and exhausted fox. ‘Oh, poor thing,’ Jack said. ‘What shall we do when the hunt comes up? I can already hear them. Oh, I know — I have an idea.’ He cupped his hands and shouted to the first riders, “Hallo, yoicks, gone that way,” and pointed in the direction opposite to the one the fox had taken. The whole hunt followed his directions. There followed a long discussion about when lying was morally justifiable, but he boasted delightedly later to my wife that he had saved the life of a poor fox and showed no trace of guilt.”

― George Sayer, Jack: A Life of C.S. Lewis

I took advice from none but the best. I listened, how I listened! That’s how I finally became my own expert.

Peggy Guggenheim

 

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“Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life; dream of it; think of it; live on that idea. Let the brain, the body, muscles, nerves, every part of your body be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success, and this is the way great spiritual giants are produced.”

― Swami Vivekananda, Vedanta Philosophy: Lectures by the Swami Vivekananda on Raja Yoga Also Pantanjali’s Yoga Aphorisms, with Commentaries, and Glossary of Sa

Please give me some good advice in your next letter. I promise not to follow it.

Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892 – 1950), Letters

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“Nobody will protect you from your suffering. You can’t cry it away or eat it away or starve it away or walk it away or punch it away or even therapy it away. It’s just there, and you have to survive it. You have to endure it. You have to live through it and love it and move on and be better for it and run as far as you can in the direction of your best and happiest dreams across the bridge that was built by your own desire to heal.”
― Cheryl Strayed, Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar

Advice is like snow – the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper in sinks into the mind.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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“If you want to marry me, here’s what you’ll have to do:
You must learn how to make a perfect chicken-dumpling stew.
And you must sew my holey socks,
And soothe my troubled mind,
And develop the knack for scratching my back,
And keep my shoes spotlessly shined.
And while I rest you must rake up the leaves,
And when it is hailing and snowing
You must shovel the walk…and be still when I talk,
And-hey-where are you going?”

― Shel Silverstein, Where the Sidewalk Ends

Quien quiera saber, que compre un viejo.

If you wish good advice, consult an old man.

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“Throughout his life, Albert Einstein would retain the intuition and the awe of a child. He never lost his sense of wonder at the magic of nature’s phenomena-magnetic fields, gravity, inertia, acceleration, light beams-which grown-ups find so commonplace. He retained the ability to hold two thoughts in his mind simultaneously, to be puzzled when they conflicted, and to marvel when he could smell an underlying unity. “People like you and me never grow old,” he wrote a friend later in life. “We never cease to stand like curious children before the great mystery into which we were born.”
― Walter Isaacson

http://cogweb.ucla.edu/Discourse/Proverbs/Spanish-English.html

When a thing is done, advice comes too late. Romanian

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“Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire,
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.”

― Robert Frost

Advice is not compulsion. Ger.

"Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages: Classified Subjectively and Arranged Alphabetically"

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Hard is the choice when one is compelled either by silence to die with grief or by speaking to live with shame. Benjansoti.

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Elves seldom give unguarded advice, for advice is a dangerous gift, even from the wise to the wise, and all courses may run ill. But what would you? You have not told me all concerning yourself; and how then shall I choose better than you? J.R.R. TOLKIEN.

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Advice is lost on some people.

A Dictionary of Kashmiri Proverbs & Sayings: Explained and Illustrated from …

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The best of the aged is his advice.

"The proverbs of Wales: a collection of Welsh proverbs, with English Translations"

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Wade, Joseph H.

If I wanted to become a tramp, I would seek information and advice from the most successful tramp I could find. If I wanted to be a failure, I would seek advice from men who never succeeded. If I wanted to succeed in all things, I would look around me for those who are succeeding, and do as they do.

http://www.quotelady.com/authors/author-w.html

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Advice not asked for is useless.

"The proverbs of Wales: a collection of Welsh proverbs, with English Translations"

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Take the attitude of a student, Never be too big to ask questions, Never know too much to learn something new.

http://www.kindlife.co.uk/?Proverbs

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