Category Archives: ANSWERS

Arab. — When fate arrives the physician becomes a fool.

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“Albert grunted. “Do you know what happens to lads who ask too many questions?”
Mort thought for a moment.
“No,” he said eventually, “what?”
There was silence.
Then Albert straightened up and said, “Damned if I know. Probably they get answers, and serve ’em right.”
― Terry Pratchett, Mort

“Life-ahead is timeless fortune.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita

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A Gypsy (Fortune Teller) By Meena Mustafa – Poem by Meena Mustafa

A room I entered of fortune and dreams

A mystic world, now it seems

Hoping to find answers, I followed my heart

A gypsy woman to read my stars

She lay before me some scattered bones

And talked about ruins and magic stones

Then she gazed into the crystal ball

Getting some answers to her call

A vision of a dream, started to form

Shaping into reality as she performed

‘Teller of fortune, holder of hearts’

‘Tell me what lies beneath the cards’

She got some answers as mystery unfolds

Fear not for I see your heart is of gold

Good days are ahead so just behold!

You will find answers that I was told

The sky is your fortune; you’ll find your way

Forget your sorrows and dream each day

Smell the flowers that bloom in the fields

So many broken hearts have healed

So fear no more and open up your heart

To a new beginning all from the start.

Meena Mustafa

The landlord of the Fiddler’s Riddle considered himself to be a man of the world, and this was right, because he was too stupid to be really cruel, and too lazy to be really mean and although his body had been around quite a lot his mind had never gone further than the inside of his own head. (ER)

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It cannot be seen, cannot be felt,
Cannot be heard, cannot be smelt,
It lies behind stars and under hills,
And empty holes it fills,
It comes first and follows after,
Ends life, kills laughter.”

― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

Breac à linne, slat à coille is fiadh à fìreach – mèirle às nach do ghabh gàidheal riamh nàire. A fish from the river, a staff from the wood and a deer from the mountain – thefts no Gael was ever ashamed of.

http://www.hp.europe.de/kd-europtravel/gaelic/proverb.htm

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THE DEER

by Helen Mort

The deer my mother swears to God we never saw,
the ones who stepped between the trees
on pound-coin coloured hooves,
I brought them up each teatime in the holidays

and they were brighter every time I did;
more supple than the otters that we waited for
at Ullapool, more graceful than the kingfisher
that darned the river south of Rannoch Moor.

Then five years on, in the same house, I rose
for water in the middle of the night and watched
my mother at the window, looking out
to where the forest lapped the garden’s edge.

From where she stood, I saw them stealing
through the pines, and they must have been closer
than before, because I have no memory
of those fish-bone ribs, that ragged fur

their eyes, like hers, that flickered back
towards whatever followed them.

Winner of the Cafe Writers Open Poetry Competition 2009, Norwich

 

http://polyolbion.blogspot.com.au/2013/01/poetry-and-plagiarism.html

Sometimes in life the simplest question becomes the most difficult to answer. Hindi.

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English Translation of Sanskrit Quote:

Night will be over, there will be morning,
The sun will rise, lotus flower will open.
While the bee inside the lotus flower was thinking thus,
The lotus plant was uprooted by an elephant.

http://sanskrit-quote.blogspot.com.au

Let each child follow his own path even if it takes him to the edge of a cliff.

Japanese Proverb

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“Solving a problem for which you know there’s an answer is like climbing a mountain with a guide, along a trail someone else has laid. In mathematics, the truth is somewhere out there in a place no one knows, beyond all the beaten paths. And it’s not always at the top of the mountain. It might be in a crack on the smoothest cliff or somewhere deep in the valley.”

― Yoko Ogawa, The Housekeeper and the Professor

The truly free man is the one who can turn down an invitation to dinner without giving an excuse.”

― Jules Renard, The Journal of Jules Renard

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Eat only what you can handle. Never eat too much, not only will you feel ill, you will look impolite and greedy. However, don’t eat too little, and whatever you do, don’t abandon a dish. It could seem incredibly impolite if you are served food which you then don’t touch. If you are served something you dislike, try to eat it anyway, to be polite. If you are served something you are allergic to, politely tell the hostess this, preferably before she puts it on your plate.

http://www.wikihow.com/Be-Polite-at-a-Dinner

To build may have to be the slow and laborious task of years. To destroy can be the thoughtless act of a single day.

― Winston S. Churchill

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“So, friends, every day do something that won’t compute…Give your approval to all you cannot understand…Ask the questions that have no answers. Put your faith in two inches of humus that will build under the trees every thousand years…Laugh. Be joyful though you have considered all the facts….Practice resurrection.”

― Wendell Berry, The Country of Marriage

A child of five could understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five. ― Groucho Marx

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“When a child asks you something, answer him, for goodness sake. But don’t make a production of it. Children are children, but they can spot an evasion faster than adults, and evasion simply muddles ’em.”

― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer. William S. Burroughs

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We wander, question. But the answer waits in each separate heart – the answer of our own identity and the way by which we can master loneliness and feel that at last we belong.

Carson McCullers, The Mortgaged Heart: Selected Writings

going nowhere fast by hula-hoop through a two-dimensional air vacuum

http://maekitso.wordpress.com/2011/07/15/australian-poetry-under-labor/

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In the old days all our power came to us from the sacred hoop
of the nation and so long as the hoop was unbroken the people
flourished. The flowering tree was the living center of the hoop,
and the circle of the four quarters nourished it. The east gave peace
and light, the south gave warmth, the west gave rain and the north
with its cold and mighty wind gave strength and endurance. This
knowledge came to us from the outer world with our religion.

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

“ This thumb" refers to the vulgar Kashmiri custom of holding up the thumb as an answer in the negative, when asked if there is anything in the house.

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

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The seeking for one thing will find another.
Irish.

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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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He who wants advice let him ask the wisest.

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

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Amaisho gomukuru gakila orumuli kumulika. (Haya)
Fumbo mfubie mjinga mwerevu huling’amua. (Swahili)

The eyes of the wise person see through you. (English)

http://www.afriprov.org/index.php/african-proverb-of-the-month/30-2004proverbs/204-aug2004.html

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A fool may ask more questions in an hour than a wise man can answer in seven years.

 

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

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"The power to question is the basis of all human progress."
Indira Ghandi

http://www.stresslesscountry.com/questioning-quotes/index.html

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