Category Archives: CONTROL

Never believe that true prayer consists in mere babbling, reciting so many psalms and vigils, saying your beads while you allow your thoughts to roam. Taubman.

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Method is more important than strength, when you wish to control your enemies. By dropping golden beads near a snake, a crow once managed To have a passer-by kill the snake for the beads.

Longfellow.

Things changed rapidly in a matter of seconds and no one had any control over anything. We had yet to learn these things and implement survival tactics, which was what it came down to. Ishmael Beah

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“There should be a word for that brief period just after waking when the mind is full of warm pink nothing. You lie there entirely empty of thought, except for a growing suspicion that heading towards you, like a sockful of damp sand in a nocturnal alleyway, are all the recollections you’d really rather do without, and which amount to the fact that the only mitigating factor in your horrible future is the certainty that it will be quite short.” ~Terry Pratchett, Mort

“She knows herself to be at the mercy of events, and she knows by now that events have no mercy.” ― Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin

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“Anger … it’s a paralyzing emotion … you can’t get anything done. People sort of think it’s an interesting, passionate, and igniting feeling — I don’t think it’s any of that — it’s helpless … it’s absence of control — and I need all of my skills, all of the control, all of my powers … and anger doesn’t provide any of that — I have no use for it whatsoever.”

[Interview with CBS radio host Don Swaim, September 15, 1987.]” 
― Toni Morrison

I don’t smoke anymore, except on National No Smoking Day as a protest against those who want to control our lives.

– John Richard

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“[Lighting a cigarette] Well, I’m not here to impinge on anybody else’s lifestyle. If I’m in a place where I know I’m going to harm somebody’s health or somebody asks me to please not smoke, I just go outside and smoke. But I do resent the way the nonsmoking mentality has been imposed on the smoking minority. Because, first of all, in a democracy, minorities do have rights. And, second, the whole pitch about smoking has gone from being a health issue to a moral issue, and when they reduce something to a moral issue, it has no place in any kind of legislation, as far as I’m concerned.”

― Frank Zappa

The ego exists because we go on pedalling desire, because we go on striving to get something, because we go on jumping ahead of ourselves.

OSHO

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“Chaos is what we’ve lost touch with. This is why it is given a bad name. It is feared by the dominant archetype of our world, which is Ego, which clenches because its existence is defined in terms of control.”

― Terence McKenna

When brothers agree, no fortress is so strong as their common life

– Antisthenes.

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“Lies are a little fortress; inside them you can feel safe and powerful. Through your little fortress of lies you try to run your life and manipulate others. But the fortress needs walls, so you build some. These are the justifications for your lies. You know, like you are doing this to protect someone you love, to keep them from feeling pain. Whatever works, just so you feel okay about the lies.”

― Wm. Paul Young, The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity

How can I control my life when I can’t control my hair?

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“What is a monster? Something that grows hair all over and howls? Could be. But the real monster is within, and when it comes out, it’s as fugly as you see it, or as it lets you see it.”

― John Vamvas Olga Montes, WHEREWOLVES

Who wants to be a goddess when we can be human? Perfection is a flaw disguised as control.

Terry Tempest Williams, When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice

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Johann Friedrich Von Schiller – “What the inner voice says will not disappoint the hoping soul.”

When eating an elephant take one bite at a time.

Creighton Abrams

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“You may control a mad elephant;
You may shut the mouth of the bear and the tiger;
Ride the lion and play with the cobra;
By alchemy you may learn your livelihood;
You may wander through the universe incognito;
Make vassals of the gods; be ever youthful;
You may walk in water and live in fire;
But control of the mind is better and more difficult.”

― Paramahansa Yogananda, Autobiography of a Yogi

It is easier to make a camel jump a ditch than to make a fool listen to reason. Kurdish

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“Well I come from a land,
from a far away place, where the caravan camels roam.
They will cut of your ear if they don’t like your face,
it’s babaric, but hey,
it’s home.”

― Walt Disney Company

Never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly.

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“we usually think of ourselves as sitting the driver’s seat, with ultimate control over the decisions we made and the direction our life takes; but, alas, this perception has more to do with our desires-with how we want to view ourselves-than with reality”

― Dan Ariely, Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions

Fighting for peace, is like f***ing for chastity.

― Stephen King, Hearts in Atlantis

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A fight is like a fire. You think you have it under control, you think you can stop it whenever you want, but before you know it, it’s living, breathing thing and there’s no controlling it and you were a fool to think you could.”

Jenny Han, We’ll Always Have Summer

“Long marriages have ended in ruin over tiny and insignificant grievances that were never properly aired and instead grew into a brittle barnacle of hatred.”

Augusten Burroughs

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“Not to forgive is to be imprisoned by the past, by old grievances that do not permit life to proceed with new business. Not to forgive is to yield oneself to another’s control… to be locked into a sequence of act and response, of outrage and revenge, tit for tat, escalating always. The present is endlessly overwhelmed and devoured by the past. Forgiveness frees the forgiver. It extracts the forgiver from someone else’s nightmare.”

Lance Morrow, The Chief: A Memoir of Fathers and Sons

The unexpected happens.

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Every time we visited, my grandmother gave
us scraps. “For the dogs,” she’d say.
Staying in love; knowing how to save,
make a little go a long way.

LINOLEUM AND LOVE: NOEL ROWE

AustraliaPoetry International Web

 

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However slow, however fast, The river still keeps flowing past.

"Proverbs of the people : a cento of aphorisms reasonably rhymed"

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All men were made brothers. The earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it. You might as well expect the rivers to run backward as that any man who was born free should be content when penned up and denied liberty to go where he pleases.

Chief Joseph

(Nez Percé chief, c. 1840-1904)