Category Archives: DECISIONS

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

“Courage comes with action. The minute you step forward, the minute you declare your decision, the minute you say, “This is how it’s going to go,” courage comes. It floods through you and energizes every single fibre of your being. You don’t have to wait for it. It’ll be there.” ― Gail Blanke

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“Have you forgiven me?’ I asked.
‘How can I say I have, when I never had anything to forgive?’
‘Well then, I must go unforgiven for I cannot forgive myself.’ I said.
‘O Mrs. Percivale! If you think how the world is flooded with
forgiveness, you will just dip in your cup, and take what you want.”
― George MacDonald

I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their good intellects. Oscar Wilde


She had lived a great deal among lies, before plumping for a small life of her own, a sincere and restricted life from which all pretense, even in matters sensual, was banished. How many crazy decisions and allegiances to successive aspects fo the truth! Had she not, one day when her costume for a fancy dress had demanded short hair, cut off the great chestnut mane that fell below her waist when she let it down? ‘I could have hired a wig,’ she thought. ‘I might also, at a pinch, have passed the rest of my life with Becker or Espivant. If it comes to that, I could also have gone on stirring puddings in a saucepan at Carneilhan. The things "one might have done" are, in fact, the things one could not do…”

Colette, Gigi, Julie de Carneilhan, and Chance Acquaintances: Three Short Novels

Drug addicts are so funny that way. Just spinning around, lost in their own little world. Doing so much, accomplishing so little. How sad.” James St. James


Addictions started out like magical pets, pocket monsters. They did extraordinary tricks, showed you things you hadn’t seen, were fun. But came, through some gradual dire alchemy, to make decisions for you. Eventually, they were making your most crucial life-decisions. And they were less intelligent than goldfish.”

William Gibson, Zero History

“Child, you have to learn to see things in the right proportions. Learn to see great things great and small things small.” Corrie Ten Boom


“As with all my children, you must find your own path, and through that discovery, you will decide what each earth child must ultimately decide-whether she chooses chaos or love.”

P.C. Cast, Untamed

Each person has his own safe place : running, painting, swimming, fishing, weaving, gardening. The activity itself is less important than the act of drawing on your own resources. Barbara Gordon.


If one synchronized swimmer drowns, do all the rest have to drown too?  Steven Wright.


The Antiquity of Proverbs: Fifty Familiar Proverbs and Folk Sayings with Annotations and Lists …


“This was the first time he had seriously confronted what he was doing, and the force of that awareness came very abruptly – with a surging of his pulse and a frantic pounding in his head. He was about to gamble his life on that table, and the insanity of that risk filled him with a kind of awe.” Paul Auster, “The Music of Chance” (1990)

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Russian — He hunting two hares does not catch even one.

"Eastern Proverbs and Emblems Illustrating Old Truths"


Andrew Lansdown 2006

Your mother once told me, “Life will toughen him up soon enough. Your job is to keep him tender.”’ He looked out the shed door, then back at Colyn. ‘So leave the fox cubs to me, son. Don’t be in too much of a hurry to have a grown-up heart.’

foto – kitten hunting in raleigh 2010

You should always investigate the matter before coming to a decision.

"Five thousand French idioms, Gallicisms, proverbs, idiomatic adverbs, idiomatic adjectives, idiomatic comparisons. For advanced French students"


Be not indifferent to contempt, even from very ordinary people, but rather look well to the cause of it.

Charles Simmon

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Bed is the poor man’s opera. Italian.


There’s no doubt she was out with one of them and went further than she meant, but if you make your bed you must lie on it.

1921 A. P. Herbert House by River

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“There are always two choices. Two paths to take. One is easy. And its only reward is that it’s easy.”


It is the path you do not fear that the wild beast catches you on.

"Ashanti proverbs, the primitive ethics of a savage people"

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If you want to live in peace, don’t weigh the cats. The origin of this saying is as follows. A Bannuchi woman had a lover, to whom she gave all her husband’s store of gi, and, when asked about its disappearance, laid the blame on her cats, on which the unreasonably suspicious husband said he would weigh them. On that the indignant wife replied as above. The moral is, I fancy, that one ought to "live and let live," wink at small irregularities, and not be too particular in testing the truth of explanations rendered by one’s wife.

"Bannú: Or Our Afghan Frontier"

Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Between two stools one sits on the ground.


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“If we don’t change our direction we’re likely to end up where we’re headed.” Chinese.

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I believed that Saturn was gone, but he squeaks in my hair. 

This reminds one of a European story about a hobgoblin which had been the torment of a family for a long time. At last the householder decided to remove to another house, hoping that the hobgoblin would remain where it was but ns he was going along the road to the new house with the last cart-load of his things rejoicing that he had left the goblin behind, it poked its head out of a bushel measure on the cart and said : " It seems that we two are moving to-day !" And this again re- minds one of the Tamil proverb : " Even if you go to Benares, your sin will follow you."

"A classified collection of Tamil proverbs"

foto – knoxing at point danger nsw/qld border. 2008

New roads; new ruts. G. K. Chesterton

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The Easy Roads Are Crowded

“The Few”
The easy roads are crowded,
And the level roads are jammed;
The pleasant little rivers
With the drifting folks are crammed.
But off yonder where it’s rocky,
Where you get a better view,
You will find the ranks are thinning
And the travellers are few.

Edgar A Guest

foto – Tumbulgum 2008

Of two ills, choose the least

"Early English proverbs, chiefly of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, with illustrative quotations"


Thou shalt never choose thy wife by her look, or for the sake of anything that she brings thee ; for many a man, for the sake of wealth, calculates badly.) — Proverbs of Alfred

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