Category Archives: CHOICES

All the joy the world contains Has come through wishing happiness for others. All the misery the world contains Has come through wanting pleasure for oneself.” ― Śāntideva, The Way of the Bodhisattva.

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There is no right or wrong path. There is only the path that you choose. Whatever you choose, there will be many opportunities for you to grow and expand 
– Kuan Yin
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If you have not been to two different bazaars, then you do not know what the best value is. (Burkina Faso)

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The always-hurrying person eats goat, but the one who takes his time eats beef. (Lesotho)

Note: In Lesotho and many other parts of Africa, cow meat is prized much more than goat meat.

http://www.rodneyohebsion.com/african-proverbs.htm

“I’m told there’s no going back. So I’m choosing forward.” ― David Levithan, Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares

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Let him who knows not the way to the sea take a river for his guide; that is, let him follow the course of a river, which, though per- haps by a circuitous route, will at length lead hIm there ; the sea being the common receptacle

What you help a child to love can be more important than what you help him to learn. ~African

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“Ideally, what should be said to every child, repeatedly, throughout his or her school life is something like this: ‘You are in the process of being indoctrinated. We have not yet evolved a system of education that is not a system of indoctrination. We are sorry, but it is the best we can do. What you are being taught here is an amalgam of current prejudice and the choices of this particular culture. The slightest look at history will show how impermanent these must be. You are being taught by people who have been able to accommodate themselves to a regime of thought laid down by their predecessors. It is a self-perpetuating system. Those of you who are more robust and individual than others will be encouraged to leave and find ways of educating yourself — educating your own judgements. Those that stay must remember, always, and all the time, that they are being moulded and patterned to fit into the narrow and particular needs of this particular society.” 
― Doris LessingThe Golden Notebook

We are puppets complete in their dark game Yet not a one among us knows their names – Annie Tennant

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“Because to take away a man’s freedom of choice, even his freedom to make the wrong choice, is to manipulate him as though he were a puppet and not a person.”
― Madeleine L’Engle

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Money is the string with which a sardonic destiny directs the motions of its puppets.

William Somerset Maugham

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The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 – 1954), Tuesday 28 February 1933,

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It would seem from this fact, that man is naturally a wild animal, and that when taken from the woods, he is never happy in his natural state, ’till he returns to them again. Benjamin Rush.

 

 

“This life is yours. Take the power to choose what you want to do and do it well. Take the power to love what you want in life and love it honestly. Take the power to walk in the forest and be a part of nature. Take the power to control your own life. No one else can do it for you. Take the power to make your life happy.”

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The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), Saturday 24 December 1938,

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“One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am – a reluctant enthusiast….a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards.”

― Edward Abbey

Il n’est pas certain que tout soit incertain. ( It is not certain that everything is uncertain.) Blaise Pascal, Pascal’s Pensees

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Lee Emmett, Australia

 
Poem

INDECISION PARALYSES

indecision paralyses
confusion mounts
with new advisors
listen to this one
then to that
tip, and waver
then stay where-at
wasting time
considering choices
mind is cluttered
jostling noises
wait for lightning
revelation
meanwhile suffer
consternation
watching waves’ foam
break on shore
inner turbulence
grows some more
endless tides
of feeling low
will joy return
with ebb and flow?

http://www.voicesnet.org/displayonepoem.aspx?poemid=240574

There is work that is work and there is play that is play; there is play that is work and work that is play. And in only one of these lie happiness.” – Gelett Burgess

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The past is not your potential. In any hour you can choose to liberate the future. – Marilyn Ferguson –

See more at: http://careerwisdom.net.au/career-quotes/#sthash.3kjQRNEF.dpuf

Bir musibet, yuz tembihten iyidir. – (Beauty passes, wisdom remains.) Used to make a point that wisdom matters more than physical beauty.

http://www.turkishculture.org/pages.php?SearchID=133

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Khizr chose the path to Kabul in order to reach Paradise
For her mountains brought him close to the delights of heaven
From the fort with sprawling walls, A Dragon of protection
Each stone is there more precious than the treasure of Shayagan
Every street of Kabul is enthralling to the eye
Through the bazaars, caravans of Egypt pass
One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs
And the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls …

Saib-e-Tabrizi, 17th century poet

http://stevemccurry.wordpress.com/2011/01/29/proverbs-and-poems-from-afghanistan/

You can be a king or a street-sweeper, but everybody dances with the grim reaper.

 

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by Aditya Talwar, Salesian College – Australia

I watched as the Grim Reaper slowly walked towards me, yes the Grim Reaper. I was standing on a railway track thinking what to do about my dilemma. I could lie down flat on the track and wait for the next train to run over me or I could slowly wait for the Grim Reaper to come and slowly tear and rip my guts out while I watched in horror.

If The Phone Doesn’t Ring, It’s Me. Song title by Jimmy Buffet

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“If he’s not calling you, it’s because you are not on his mind. If he creates expectations for you, and then doesn’t follow through on little things, he will do same for big things. Be aware of this and realize that he’s okay with disappointing you. Don’t be with someone who doesn’t do what they say they’re going to do. If he’s choosing not to make a simple effort that would put you at ease and bring harmony to a recurring fight, then he doesn’t respect your feelings and needs. “Busy” is another word for “asshole.” “Asshole” is another word for the guy you’re dating. You deserve a fcking phone call.” 

― Greg Behrendt

Children have neither past nor future; they enjoy the present. Jean de la Bruyere

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“My will shall shape my future. Whether I fail or succeed shall be no man’s doing but my own. I am the force; I can clear any obstacle before me or I can be lost in the maze. My choice; my responsibility; win or lose, only I hold the key to my destiny.”
–  Elaine Maxwell

How did you get here? Close your eyes and surrender.

~ Rumi

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“At fifteen life had taught me undeniably that surrender, in its place, was as honorable as resistance, especially if one had no choice.”

― Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Behaviour is a mirror in which everyone shows his or her image.

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Even if your sore is putrefied, you don’t smell the bad odour.
You don’t see your own bad behaviour or that of your family and if you see it you don’t hate is as other people do.

http://swahiliproverbs.afrst.illinois.edu/love.html

“A great master does not move his puppet if there is no reason to do so.”

—Bunraku instruction manual, quoted in A. C. Scott’s The Puppet Theatre of Japan

http://www.aaronshep.com/author/quotes.html

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“Because to take away a man’s freedom of choice, even his freedom to make the wrong choice, is to manipulate him as though he were a puppet and not a person.”

― Madeleine L’Engle

 

 

Seperti katak di bawah tempurung – Like frog underneath coconut shell.

Meaning: A frog which leaves under a cocunut shell will think that the shell is the world.  So, one who is like the frog will have no knowledge of
things/events/places outside his ‘world’.  He refuses to venture out into the world-he remains ignorant but is happy with it.

http://cogweb.ucla.edu/Discourse/Proverbs/Miscellaneous.html

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“He who plants a coconut tree plants food and drink, vessels and clothing, a home for himself and a heritage for his children”

South Seas saying

http://www.coconutrepublic.org/quotable_notables.php

Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.

e. e. cummings

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The marvellous richness of human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome. The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful if there were no dark valleys to traverse.
Helen Keller

 

 

Always kiss your children goodnight – even if they’re already asleep.

~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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“There is no such thing as a “broken family.” Family is family, and is not determined by marriage certificates, divorce papers, and adoption documents. Families are made in the heart. The only time family becomes null is when those ties in the heart are cut. If you cut those ties, those people are not your family. If you make those ties, those people are your family. And if you hate those ties, those people will still be your family because whatever you hate will always be with you.”

― C. JoyBell C.

The hardest person to awaken is the person already awake. –

– Tagalog (Filipino)

http://www.wiseoldsayings.com/change-quotes/

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“Accept – then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it. Make it your friend and ally, not your enemy. This will miraculously transform your whole life.”

― Eckhart Tolle

easy come, easy go, you’ve sold your soul, you’ve no more choice. They sell bedlam!

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~irelandlist/poems.html

 

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“I met you at the cornerstone on the highway to bedlam./Walked with you to the pinnacle, along that ledge to hell,/Travelled along the passageway of all things aching,/But would crawl with you if you wanted me to/On the steeple point to hope./So we can tip the stars and hold the moon,/Graze the sun, but make it soon.”

― Melina Marchetta, The Piper’s Son

It is an anxious, sometimes a dangerous thing to be a doll. Dolls cannot choose; they can only be chosen; they cannot ‘do’; they can only be done by.”

― Rumer Godden, The Dolls’ House

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When you go to your friend's house to play, and his mother drives 

him off, it is really you she means (to send home). 

ASHANTI

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