Category Archives: AUTHENTICITY

The original is unfaithful to the translation. Jorge Luis Borges

(1899-1986) Argentine writer, essayist, and poet.

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You’ve gotta be original, because if you’re like someone else, what do they need you for? – Bernadette Peters

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Love yourself first and everything falls into line.
– Lucille Ball

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‘A slave’s life is all you understand, you know nothing of freedom. For if you did, you would have encouraged us to fight on, not only with our spear, but with everything we have.’ Sparta

The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 – 1939), Saturday 5 September 1885,

The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. - 1866 - 1939), Saturday 5 September 1885,

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The main courtyard was filled with warriors – mermen with fish tails from the waist down and human bodies from the waist up, except their skin was blue, which I’d never known before.Some were tending the wounded. Some were sharpening spears and swords. One passed us, swimming in a hurry. His eyes were bright green, like that stuff they put in glo-sticks, and his teeth were shark teeth. They don’t show you stuff like that in “The Little Mermaid.

― Rick Riordan, The Last Olympian

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.

Even the well-trained wolf won’t become a lamb.

ARMENIAN

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MARY’S LITTLE LAMB.

(New version).

Mary had a little lamb,

And a little indiscretion :

When asked to have some more she did.

And suffered indigestion.

1913 ‘MARYS LITTLE LAMB.’, The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 – 1939), 6 December, p. 57, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article22219055

Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it.”

—Yves Saint Laurent

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The longer I live the more I mistrust
theatricality, the false glamour cast
by performance, the more I know its poverty beside
the truths we are salvaging from
the splitting-open of our lives.

-from “Transcendental Etude” ‘
― Adrienne Rich, The Dream of a Common Language: Poems 1974-1977

Be what you want to be, not what others want to see.

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“You have to take risks, he said. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen. Every day, God gives us the sun and also one moment in which we have the ability to change everything that makes us unhappy. Every day, we try to pretend that we haven’t perceived that moment, that it doesn’t exist–that today is the same as yesterday and will be the same as tomorrow. But if people really pay attention to their everyday lives, they will discover that magic moment. It may arrive in the instant when we are doing something mundane, like putting our front-door key in the lock; it may lie hidden in the quiet that follows the lunch hour or in the thousand and one things that all seem the same to us. But that moment exists–a moment when all the power of the stars becomes a part of us and enables us to perform miracles.”

― Paulo Coelho, By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept

It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.”

― André Gide, Autumn Leaves

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A wind has blown the rain away and blown the sky away and all the leaves away, and the trees stand. I think, I too, have known autumn too long.

~E. E. Cummins

 

 

It is not despair, for despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt. We do not.”

― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

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“If you are a member of a small group or class, I urge you to make a group covenant that includes the nine characteristics of biblical fellowship: We will share our true feelings (authenticity), forgive each other (mercy), speak the truth in love (honesty), admit our weaknesses (humility), respect our differences (courtesy), not gossip (confidentiality), and make group a priority (frequency).”

― Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth am I Here for?

The swan, like the soul of the poet, By the dull world is ill understood.

Heinrich Heine

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There is nothing wrong with ducks, I assure them, or with swans. But ducks are ducks and swans are swans. Sometimes to make the point I have to move to other animal metaphors. I like to use mice. What if you were raised by the mice people? But what if you’re, say, a swan. Swans and mice hate each other’s food for the most part. They each think the other smells funny. They are not interested in spending time together, and if they did, one would be constantly harassing the other.

But what if you, being a swan, had to pretend you were a mouse? What if you had to pretend to be gray and furry and tiny? What you had no long snaky tail to carry in the air on tail-carrying day? What if wherever you went you tried to walk like a mouse, but you waddled instead? What if you tried to talk like a mouse, but insteade out came a honk every time? Wouldn’t you be the most miserable creature in the world?

Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype

We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be. ― May Sarton

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“When you are authentic without an intent to harm others, you give yourself an awesome feeling which is the feeling of self-love.”

― John Kuypers, What’s Important Now: Shedding The Past So You Can Live In The Present