“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
The one best precept-
the golden rule in dealing with a horse
-is never to approach him angrily.
Anger is so devoid of forethought
that it will often drive a man to do things
which in a calmer mood he will regret.
– Xenophon –
“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
“No one is more qualified than you are to decide how you live; no one should be able to vote on what you do with your time and your potential unless you invite them to. ”
CrimethInc., Expect Resistance: A Field Manual
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
“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
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)
foto – izzy foreal and William white aka billy james at raleigh 2010
"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
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
foto – bilambil cottage dec 2008
It is the path you do not fear that the wild beast catches you on.
"Ashanti proverbs, the primitive ethics of a savage people"
foto – major mitchell cockatoo by susan pomroy 2009
"Bannú: Or Our Afghan Frontier"
Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Between two stools one sits on the ground.
foto – ulmarra living room 09.
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
Scottish proverbs, collected and arranged by A. Henderson
A man is not honest simply because he never had a chance to steal.
foto – dragon boat races markets grafton 2009 jacaranda festival.
Many a time hath wise counsel come from the
mouth [head] of a fool.
foto – dumaresq dam armidale.
The Easy Roads Are Crowded
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
"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
foto –murwillumbah shopping 2008