Category Archives: COMFORT AND DISCOMFORT

The truly healthy environment is not merely safe but stimulating – William H Stewart

 

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Newcastle Morning Herald & Miners’ Advocate (NSW : 1876 – 1954) , Saturday 16 May 1891

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“Old men and young, while gathered around the social beer table, relate their experience and quantity of beer they have swallowed at one sitting, or in one day, or in one evening with as much pride as an old hunter would rehearse his achievements in the forest or jungle. They seem to be as proud of the capacity of their stomachs as a prize fighter is of his muscle.” — Henry Ruggles, 1883

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MICHAEL LEUNIG

They’re privatising things we own together.
And though we’re still connected by the weather
They say that sharing things is now unsound.

They’re lonelifying all the public spaces.
They’re rationalising swags and billabongs.
They’re awfulisin

g nature’s lovely places,
Dismantling the dreaming and the songs.”

http://www.wildwilderness.org/docs/private.htm

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The dust of controversy is merely the falsehood flying off.

— Thomas Carlyle 1795-1881, Scottish Philosopher, Author

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The ultimate measure of man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

– Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

 

 

The Dresser Removes the Kimono of Mourning.

http://www.australianpoetry.org/event/vic-the-dresser-removes-the-kimono-of-mourning/

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Jewish Blessing of the Mourners 
Those who are worn out and crushed by this mourning, let your hearts consider this:
this is the path that has existed from the time of creation and will exist forever.
Many have drunk from it and many will yet drink.
As was the first meal, so shall be the last.
May the master of comfort comfort you.
Blessed are those who comforts the mourners.

http://www.shiva.com/learning-center/resources/poems-of-comfort/

“Love conquers all,” Aphrodite promised.

“Love conquers all,” Aphrodite promised. “Look at Helen and Paris. Did they let anything come between them?”
“Didn’t they start the Trojan War and get thousands of people killed?”
“Pfft. That’s not the point. Follow your heart.” 

― Rick Riordan, The Titan’s Curse

 

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“Silent. So it should be. You have no place in this world, Luthiel. And there is no other.’ Zalos reached out and lifted a few strands of her hair. ‘Bright songs and the magic of hope are but a dangerous illusion. The fake comfort of witches charms.” 

― Robert Fanney

Before a rain storm Cows and sheep will huddle together seeking comfort

http://weatherstories.ssec.wisc.edu/sayings/sayings.html

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An Australian poem. 

The sun was hot already – it was only 8 o’clock 
The cocky took off in his Ute, to go and check his stock.
He drove around the paddocks checking wethers, ewes and lambs, 
The float valves in the water troughs, the windmills on the dams.

He stopped and turned a windmill on to fill a water tank 
And saw a ewe down in the dam, a few yards from the bank.
“Typical bloody sheep,” he thought, “they’ve got no common sense, 
“They won’t go through a gateway but they’ll jump a bloody fence.”

The ewe was stuck down in the mud, he knew without a doubt 
She’d stay there ’til she carked it if he didn’t get her out.
But when he reached the water’s edge, the startled ewe broke free 
And in her haste to get away, began a swimming spree.

He reckoned once her fleece was wet, the weight would drag her down 
If he didn’t rescue her, the stupid sod would drown.
Her style was unimpressive, her survival chances slim 
He saw no other option, he would have to take a swim.

He peeled his shirt and singlet off, his trousers, boots and socks 
And as he couldn’t stand wet clothes, he also shed his jocks.
He jumped into the water and away that cocky swam 
He caught up with her, somewhere near the middle of the dam. 

The ewe was quite evasive, she kept giving him the slip 
He tried to grab her sodden fleece but couldn’t get a grip.
At last he got her to the bank and stopped to catch his breath 
She showed him little gratitude for saving her from death.

She took off like a Bondi tram around the other side 
He swore next time he caught that ewe he’d hang her bloody hide.
Then round and round the dam they ran, although he felt quite puffed 
He still thought he could run her down, she must be nearly stuffed.

The local stock rep came along, to pay a call that day.
He knew this bloke was on his own, his wife had gone away 
He didn’t really think he’d get fresh scones for morning tea 
But nor was he prepared for what he was about to see.

He rubbed his eyes in disbelief at what came into view 
For running down the catchment came this frantic-looking ewe.
And on her heels in hot pursuit and wearing not a stitch 
The farmer yelling wildly “Come back here, you lousy bitch!”

The stock rep didn’t hang around, he took off in his car 
The cocky’s reputation has been damaged near and far 
So bear in mind the Work Safe rule when next you check your flocks 
Spot the hazard, assess the risk, and always wear your jocks!

 

http://forum.weatherzone.com.au/ubbthreads.php/topics/443961/An_Aussie_Poem

The sorrow which has no vent in tears may make other organs weep.

~Henry Maudsley

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“When someone is crying, of course, the noble thing to do is to comfort them. But if someone is trying to hide their tears, it may also be noble to pretend you do not notice them.”
― Lemony Snicket, Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can’t Avoid

 

Three comforts of old age: fire, tea and tobacco. Welsh

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“It is so very easy and so very pleasant, too, to read only books which lead to nothing, light and interesting books, and the more the better, that it is almost as difficult to wean ourselves from it as from the habit of chewing tobacco to excess, or of smoking the whole time, or of depending for stimulus upon tea or coffee or spirits.”

― Charles Francis Adams

He talked with more claret than clarity.

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“How do I feel today? I feel as unfit as an unfiddle,
And it is the result of a certain turbulence in the mind and an uncertain burbulence in the middle.
What was it, anyway, that angry thing that flew at me?
I am unused to banshees crying Boo at me.
Your wife can’t be a banshee—
Or can she?”

― Ogden Nash, Private Dining-room and Other New Verses

May you walk gently through the world and know its beauty all the days of your life.

~ Apache Prayer

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“Contrary to what a lot of people believe (or hope), comfort doesn’t take the pain away. Comfort slides in beside the pain, pulling up a chair so that we have something more than sorrow in our hearts. Comfort gently expands our spirits so that we can breathe again. Comfort opens our eyes so that we can see possibility again.

And on those days, whether it is the next day or five years removed, on that day when grief rears its dark head again, comfort helps us remember that pain is not all there is”

― Peggy Haymes, Strugglers, Stragglers and Seekers: daily devotions for the rest of us

God has invested entirely too much in you for you to be comfortable in anything less than you were created to be.”

― T.D. Jakes

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Ognunu si stia ‘ntra la sò peddi. Source: Pitrè, IV, 174.
Eng. Each of us has our own comfort zone.
Lit. Each of us stays within our own skin.
http://www.dieli.net/SicilyPage/Proverbs/Prov06.html

A man will be imprisoned in a room with a door that’s unlocked and opens inwards; as long as it does not occur to him to pull rather than push.

Ludwig Wittgenstein

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“Rules for Disappearing by Witness Protection Prisoner #18A7R04M:

Don’t fall into a routine.

Shake things up.

Doing the same thing over and over makes you feel comfortable.

And feeling comfortable is bad.

― Ashley Elston, The Rules for Disappearing

Over time, any deception destroys intimacy, and without intimacy couples cannot have true and lasting love.”

― Bonnie Eaker Weil, Financial Infidelity: Seven Steps to Conquering the #1 Relationship Wrecker

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“An intimate relationship does not banish loneliness. Only when we are comfortable with who we are can we truly function independently in a healthy way, can we truly function within a relationship. Two halves do not make a whole when it comes to a healthy relationship: it takes two wholes.”

-Patricia Fry

 

Healing requires from us to stop struggling, but to enjoy life more and endure it less.”

– Darina Stoyanova

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“Don’t be ashamed to weep; ’tis right to grieve. Tears are only water, and flowers, trees, and fruit cannot grow without water. But there must be sunlight also. A wounded heart will heal in time, and when it does, the memory and love of our lost ones is sealed inside to comfort us.”

― Brian Jacques, Taggerung

Destiny has two ways of crushing us – by refusing our wishes and by fulfilling them.

Henri Frederic Amiel

http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/wishes_2.html

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“If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.”

― C.S. Lewis

Throughout the narrative you will find many statements that are obviously nonsensical and quite at variance with common sense. For the most part these are true.”

― Robert Gilmore, Alice in Quantumland: An Allegory of Quantum Physics

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“I’ve always found allegories kind of comforting. When you encounter people named Liar and Abstinence, you might not be crazy about them, but you know exactly what you’re getting into.”

― Marisa de los Santos

The stone unhewn and cold Becomes a living mould, The more the marble wastes The more the statue grows.”

Michelangelo

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“When fear and cold make a statue of you in your bed, don’t expect hard-boned and fleshless truth to come running to your aid. What you need are the plump comforts of a story. The soothing, rocking safety of a lie.”

― Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale

•”People who relapse usually do so because they accepted the things they could have changed.”

http://www.teen-anon.com/quotes.htm

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“Even from the abyss of horror in which we try to feel our way today, half-blind, our hearts distraught and shattered, I look up again and again to the ancient constellations that shone on my childhood, comforting myself with the inherited confidence that, some day, this relapse will appear only an interval in the eternal rhythm of progress onward and upward.”

― Stefan Zweig, The World of Yesterday

“And what is wrong with playing with words? Words love to be played with, just like children or kittens do!”

― David Almond, My Name is Mina

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“I don’t know if tea really helps when one feels precarious, but it does give one something warm to hold on to. A kitten would work just as well, but we don’t have one at the moment. They will grow into cats.”

― Joanna Bourne, My Lord and Spymaster

He is a weapon, a killer. Do not forget it. You can use a spear as a walking stick, but that will not change its nature.

― Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles

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“He did not dare to console her, knowing that it would have been like consoling a tiger run thru by a spear.”

― Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

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

― Jonathan Franzen, The Discomfort Zone: A Personal Journey

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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.

 

http://www.bernus.de/poems-en.htm

If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair. C.S. Lewis

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“I was lonely. I felt it deeply and permanently, that this state of being on my own might never disappear. But I welcomed the loneliness, which had everything to do with being anonymous. It’s never loneliness that nibbles away at a person’s insides, but not having room inside themselves to be comfortably alone.”

Rachel Sontag, House Rules

But better to be hurt by the truth than comforted with a lie. Khaled Hosseini

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“Envy is the religion of the mediocre. It comforts them, it soothes their worries, and finally it rots their souls, allowing them to justify their meanness and their greed until they believe these to be virtues. Such people are convinced that the doors of heaven will be opened only to poor wretches like themselves who go through life without leaving any trace but their threadbare attempts to belittle others and to exclude – and destroy if possible – those who, by the simple fact of their existence, show up their own poorness of spirit, mind, and guts. Blessed be the one at whom the fools bark, because his soul will never belong to them.”

Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Angel’s Game