Category Archives: BELIEVE IT OR NOT

Sad is the house where the hen crows and the rooster is silent!

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If you were born lucky, even your rooster will lay eggs. Russia

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Sunday Times (Perth, WA : 1902 – 1954), Sunday 12 July 1908

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Aaron Newman

Saltbush Bill’s Gamecock

‘Twas Saltbush Bill, with his travelling sheep, was making his way to town;
He crossed them over the Hard Times Run, and he came to the Take ‘Em Down;
He counted through at the boundary gate, and camped at the drafting yard:
For Stingy Smith, of the Hard Times Run, had hunted him rather hard.
He bore no malice to Stingy Smith — ’twas simply the hand of fate
That caused his waggon to swerve aside and shatter old Stingy’s gate;
And, being only the hand of fate, it follows, without a doubt,
It wasn’t the fault of Saltbush Bill that Stingy’s sheep got out.
So Saltbush Bill, with an easy heart, prepared for what might befall,
Commenced his stages on Take ‘Em Down, the station of Rooster Hall.
‘Tis strange how often the men out back will take to some curious craft,
Some ruling passion to keep their thoughts away from the overdraft;
And Rooster Hall, of the Take ‘Em Down, was widely known to fame
As breeder of champion fighting cocks — his forte was the British Game.
The passing stranger within his gates that camped with old Rooster Hall
Was forced to talk about fowls all night, or else not talk at all.
Though droughts should come, and though sheep should die, his fowls were his sole delight;
He left his shed in the flood of work to watch two gamecocks fight.
He held in scorn the Australian Game, that long-legged child of sin;
In a desperate fight, with the steel-tipped spurs, the British Game must win!
The Australian bird was a mongrel bird, with a touch of the jungle cock;
The want of breeding must find him out, when facing the English stock;
For British breeding, and British pluck, must triumph it over all —
And that was the root of the simple creed that governed old Rooster Hall.

‘Twas Saltbush Bill to the station rode ahead of his travelling sheep,
And sent a message to Rooster Hall that wakened him out of his sleep —
A crafty message that fetched him out, and hurried him as he came —
‘A drover has an Australian Bird to match with your British Game.’
‘Twas done, and done in a half a trice; a five-pound note aside;
Old Rooster Hall, with his champion bird, and the drover’s bird untried.
‘Steel spurs, of course?’ said old Rooster Hall; ‘you’ll need ’em, without a doubt!’
‘You stick the spurs on your bird!’ said Bill, ‘but mine fights best without.’
‘Fights best without?’ said old Rooster Hall; ‘he can’t fight best unspurred!
‘You must be crazy!’ But Saltbush Bill said, ‘Wait till you see my bird!’
So Rooster Hall to his fowlyard went, and quickly back he came,
Bearing a clipt and a shaven cock, the pride of his English Game.
With an eye as fierce as an eaglehawk, and a crow like a trumpet call,
He strutted about on the garden walk, and cackled at Rooster Hall.
Then Rooster Hall sent off a boy with word to his cronies two,
McCrae (the boss of the Black Police) and Father Donahoo.
Full many a cockfight old McCrae had held in his empty Court,
With Father D. as a picker-up — a regular all-round Sport!
They got the message of Rooster Hall, and down to his run they came,
Prepared to scoff at the drover’s bird, and to bet on the English Game;
They hied them off to the drover’s camp, while Saltbush rode before —
Old Rooster Hall was a blithesome man, when he thought of the treat in store.
They reached the camp, where the drover’s cook, with countenance all serene,
Was boiling beef in an iron pot, but never a fowl was seen.
‘Take off the beef from the fire,’ said Bill,
‘and wait till you see the fight;
‘There’s something fresh for the bill-of-fare — there’s game-fowl stew to-night!
‘For Mister Hall has a fighting cock, all feathered and clipped and spurred;
‘And he’s fetched him here, for a bit of sport, to fight our Australian bird.
‘I’ve made a match that our pet will win, though he’s hardly a fighting cock,
‘But he’s game enough, and it’s many a mile that he’s tramped with the travelling stock.’
The cook he banged on a saucepan lid; and, soon as the sound was heard,
Under the dray, in the shadows hid, a something moved and stirred:
A great tame Emu strutted out. Said Saltbush, ‘Here’s our bird!’
But Rooster Hall, and his cronies two, drove home without a word.
The passing stranger within his gates that camps with old Rooster Hall
Must talk about something else than fowls, if he wishes to talk at all.
For the record lies in the local Court, and filed in its deepest vault,
That Peter Hall, of the Take ‘Em Down, was tried for a fierce assault
On a stranger man, who, in all good faith, and prompted by what he heard,
Had asked old Hall if a British Game could beat an Australian bird;
And old McCrae, who was on the Bench, as soon as the case was tried,
Remarked, ‘Discharged with a clean discharge — the assault was justified!’

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


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

One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don’t clean it up too quickly.”

~ (1919-), American writer, producer, humorist. ”  ― Andy Rooney


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“At one time, most of my friends could hear the bell, but as years passed, it fell silent for all of them. Even Sarah found one Christmas that she could no longer hear its sweet sound. Though I’ve grown old, the bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe.” 

― Chris Van Allsburg, The Polar Express

Scientists announced that they have located the gene for alcoholism. Scientists say they found it at a party, talking way too loudly. CONAN O’BRIEN

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Accountability – Knocking over someone else’s beer will only be tolerated if there is a full replacement on the table. In some mining communities, the spilling of ones beer requires the guilty party to receive a punch in the arm from all other members of the party which could be up to 60 people.

“And what was the song which she sang? Ah, my little man, I am too old to sing that song, and you too young to understand it.”

― Charles Kingsley, The Water Babies

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“In fact, the fairies had turned him into a water-baby.
A water-baby?  You never heard of a water-baby.  Perhaps not.  That is the very reason why this story was written. 

“But there are no such things as water-babies.”
How do you know that?  Have you been there to see?  And if you had been there to see, and had seen none, that would not prove that there were none.  If Mr. Garth does not find a fox in Eversley Wood—as folks sometimes fear he never will—that does not prove that there are no such things as foxes.  And as is Eversley Wood to all the woods in England, so are the waters we know to all the waters in the world.  And no one has a right to say that no water-babies exist, till they have seen no water-babies existing; which is quite a different thing, mind, from not seeing water-babies; and a thing which nobody ever did, or perhaps ever will do.”

― Charles Kingsley, The Water Babies: A Fairy Tale For A Land Baby

“Some of us are like wheelbarrows – only useful when pushed and very easily upset.”

– Jack Herbert

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the get in the wheelbarrow story (belief, trust, faith, commitment, courage, conviction)

The story goes: upon completing a highly dangerous tightrope walk over Niagara Falls in appalling wind and rain, ‘The Great Zumbrati’ was met by an enthusiastic supporter, who urged him to make a return trip, this time pushing a wheelbarrow, which the spectator had thoughtfully brought along.

The Great Zumbrati was reluctant, given the terrible conditions, but the supporter pressed him, “You can do it – I know you can,” he urged.

“You really believe I can do it?” asked Zumbrati.

“Yes – definitely – you can do it.” the supporter gushed.

“Okay,” said Zumbrati, “Get in the wheelbarrow…”

“Fate is like a strange, unpopular restaurant filled with odd little waiters who bring you things you never asked for and don’t always like.”

― Lemony Snicket

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“At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done, then they begin to hope it can be done, then they see it can be done–then it is done and all the world wonders why it was not done centuries ago.”

― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

Sunset is a wonderful opportunity for us to appreciate all the great things the sun gives us!”

― Mehmet Murat ildan

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May I never miss a sunset or rainbow because I am looking down. 


Sara June Parker


People believe it because people are stupid. Apparently, that’s adequate now.”

― A.S. King, Please Ignore Vera Dietz

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One Variation on People Pleasing

Merging. One to please someone is to be like them. Here you aren’t just trying to be what another person wants you to be, you are trying to be a copy of them. If they are upset by something, you should be, too. If they are happy, you should be happy. The way to please them is to merge with them. If you have this variation, you are likely to merge with one special person–a parent, a sibling, a lover, a spouse. Sometimes both people have this pattern; they are merged with each other. There are a number of ways to merge: (1) Searching inside to find the part of you that feels like the other person,. (2) Assuming you feel the same as they do. (3) Distorting what you feel to make it the same. When the two people actually feel differently, this can be confusing.

A Leprechaun is never drunk as long as he can hold onto one blade of grass to keep from falling off the earth.

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“I used to believe in so many things—elves and leprechauns, virgins riding unicorns. I trusted that the world was made up of people who were generally good, though they may have lost their way temporarily. The faith my mother gave me—the words she whispered when she said good night, the idea that gave me hope for the two of us even when we fought bitterly over trivial things, as mothers and daughters do, I guess—was her belief in love, a love so unconditional we could barely scratch at the edges of comprehending it.”

― Elissa Janine Hoole, Kiss the Morning Star

I was deaf and dumb and blind to all but me, myself and I.”

Loretta Young

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“Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear … Do not be frightened from this inquiry by any fear of its consequences. If it end in a belief that there is no God, you will find incitements to virtue on the comfort and pleasantness you feel in its exercise and in the love of others which it will procure for you.”

― Thomas Jefferson

Why must I not perform miracles to draw people closer to the Lotus Feet of the Lord?” I asked my Master. And he answered: — “To those that believe, no miracle is necessary. To those that believe not, no miracle is sufficient.

” ― Dada J.P. Vaswani

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“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.”
― Vincent van Gogh

Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, power and grace.”

― W.H. Murray The Scottish Himalayan Expedition

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“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”

― Roald Dahl

“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.”

― Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums

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Keep it simple, surrender, admit defeat, abandon all destructive forces, form new beliefs, heighten your strength of mind, be honest and open-minded, willing, faithful, and hopeful.

The Bat that flits at close of Eve Has left the Brain that won’t believe. The Owl that calls upon the Night Speaks the Unbeliever’s fright. William Blake

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“Owls are wise. They are careful and patient. Wisdom precludes boldness. That is why owls make poor heroes.”

― Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind

I had a Viking sense of entitlement to whatever provisions I could plunder.

― Jonathan Franzen, The Discomfort Zone: A Personal Journey


We, too, ‘ve been waylaid by Time’s robber band,

And yet, the Poet’s rhyme it cannot thieve,

Nor can it plunder what we both believe,

As long as we two travel hand in hand.

Believers should acknowledge and wrestle with doubts… It is no longer sufficient to hold beliefs just because you inherited them.” ― Timothy Keller

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“Give me strength, not to be better than my enemies, but to defeat my greatest enemy, the doubts within myself. give me strength for a straight back and clear eyes, so when life fades, as the setting sun, my spirit may come to you without shame.”

― P.C. Cast

Reality continues to ruin my life.

― Bill Watterson, The Complete Calvin and Hobbes


“I believe in everything until it’s disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it’s in your mind. Who’s to say that dreams and nightmares aren’t as real as the here and now?”

― John Lennon

a boat, even a wrecked and wretched boat still has all the possibilities of moving.

― Dionne Brand, Inventory


“God wants you to face the reasons why you separate yourself from Him. He will show you what you fear, what you need, and what you desire. He will inventory your beliefs and values, and help you line them up with His truth.”

Michael Barbarulo: Author God’s Healing Hands: Allow God To Reshape Your Soul

In faith everything depends on " that ” you believe ; in knowledge everything depends on "what " you know, as well as how much and how well. Goethe.


Independence you had better cease to talk of, for you are dependent not only on every act of people whom you never heard of, who are living round you, but on every past act of what has been dust for a thousand years. Ruskin.

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Until I see with my own eyes I will not believe. (Hindi).

"Curiosities in Proverbs: A Collection of Unusual Adages, Maxims, Aphorisms, Phrases and Other …"


"If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning."
Mahatma Gandhi.

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