Category Archives: DISCOURAGEMENT AND ENCOURAGEMENT

Do not read anything which fills your mind with gloomy images of want and suffering. ~ Wallace D. Wattles

 

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Rainy, gloomy, drab, sunless day.  There are times when hope seems entirely clouded over; when looking for the blessings in your circumstances feels like trying to catch a ray of sunshine from six feet under.

 
Richelle E. GoodrichSmile Anyway: Quotes, Verse, & Grumblings for Every Day of the Year

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A sugarcane is sweetest at the joint

Siku ya kufa nyani miti yote huteleza

What seems to be hard to achieve in real life is often times the best. Fruits of hard labour are enjoyed the most.

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Ihii na igwa ikuragira uthu-ini

Boys and sugar-cane grow up as enemies (because boys are all the time eating sugar-cane)

Nobody wants to meet an ill-omened bird.

Gutiri mundu wendaga gutungana na nyoni njuru

To the Kikuyu many birds foreshadow calamity.  The cry of the owl forebodes mishap.  If the owl cries, perched on the top of a hut, the oldest man in that village will die very soon.  If someone, about to make a journey, hears the cry of any bird of ill- omen, he must not start on any account.

Nobody seeks his own ruin.

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Bell-Birds (Kendall poem)

By channels of coolness the echoes are calling,

And down the dim gorges I hear the creek falling;

It lives in the mountain, where moss and the sedges

Touch with their beauty the banks and the ledges;

Through brakes of the cedar and sycamore bowers

Struggles the light that is love to the flowers.

And, softer than slumber, and sweeter than singing,

The notes of the bell-birds are running and ringing.

The silver-voiced bell-birds, the darlings of day-time,

They sing in September their songs of the May-time.

When shadows wax strong and the thunder-bolts hurtle,

They hide with their fear in the leaves of the myrtle;

When rain and the sunbeams shine mingled together

They start up like fairies that follow fair weather,

And straightway the hues of their feathers unfolden

Are the green and the purple, the blue and the golden.

October, the maiden of bright yellow tresses,

Loiters for love in these cool wildernesses;

Loiters knee-deep in the grasses to listen,

Where dripping rocks gleam and the leafy pools glisten.

Then is the time when the water-moons splendid

Break with their gold, and are scattered or blended

Over the creeks, till the woodlands have warning

Of songs of the bell-bird and wings of the morning.

Welcome as waters unkissed by the summers

Are the voices of bell-birds to thirsty far-comers.

When fiery December sets foot in the forest,

And the need of the wayfarer presses the sorest,

Pent in the ridges for ever and ever.

The bell-birds direct him to spring and to river,

With ring and with ripple, like runnels whose torrents

Are toned by the pebbles and leaves in the currents.

Often I sit, looking back to a childhood

Mixt with the sights and the sounds of the wildwood,

Longing for power and the sweetness to fashion

Lyrics with beats like the heart-beats of passion –

Songs interwoven of lights and of laughters

Borrowed from bell-birds in far forest rafters;

So I might keep in the city and alleys

The beauty and strength of the deep mountain valleys,

Charming to slumber the pain of my losses

With glimpses of creeks and a vision of mosses.

A window of opportunity won’t open itself. Dave Weinbaum

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WINDOWS IN AUCHENSHUGGLE

Jill Jones

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in the distance on the verandah

having said yes too many times and become loaded,
i believe you, “all doors lead to busy rooms”,
the darkness can roll in while you’re not looking
so that afternoon sprouts night outside your window
when you were turned away by talk and didn’t notice,
they say you can’t predict the tide accurately,
or turn back the future, but the telephone is continuous,
suddenly it occurs to me
that i have moved from being just a prisoner
to a more debatable shadowland
within which i am circling but not holding
or closing

from The Mask and the Jagged Star

Lukewarm acceptance is more bewildering than outright rejection.

MARTIN LUTHER KING JNR

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“You must want to enough. Enough to take all the rejections, enough to pay the price of disappointment and discouragement while you are learning. Like any other artist, you are learning your craft — then you can add all the genius you like.”

Phyllis A. Whitney

To be as sick as a parrot is to be very disappointed or depressed.

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“Human life occurs only once, and the reason we cannot determine which of our decisions are good and which bad is that in a given situation we can make only one decision; we are not granted a second, third, or fourth life in which to compare various decisions.”

― Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” Lao Tzu

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“If you’re discouraged, then be discouraged. See how far that takes you. Then try encouragement. It’ll probably take you a bit farther into your courage.”
― Art Hochberg

“Disappointment came to me, and booted me, and bruised and hurt me, but that’s how people grow up.” Morrissey

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Your epitaph will begin: “She redefined what it meant to be a good woman.”

It will say: “She scaled mountains, in hiking boots and in heels. She started in her own backyard and then went all the way around the world. She accepted challenges with curiosity and determination. She emerged victorious regardless of outcome, knowing both the pleasure of success and the grace of failure. She tasted long hot days and cool still nights, at home wherever she found herself. She wasn’t always popular, but she was always true. She wasn’t always comfortable, but no one can say she didn’t enjoy her life. She explored her edges, increased her capacity, and lived as big as she could dream. Moved equally by bliss and pain, she played her heart out one moment at a time. She was dialed in. She was courageous. She was turned on.”
― The Turned-On Woman’s Manifesto

The fact of the matter is that I wanted to hold a grudge in some funny kind of way. Against everybody.

Mario Puzo, Fools Die

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The knowledge of the past stays with us. To let go is to
release the images and emotions, the grudges and fears, the
clingings and disappointments of the past that bind our
spirit.”

Jack Kornfield

A black goat has no heart. Behar. Applied to weak and timid men who have no courage.

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"A professor can never better distinguish himself in his work than by encouraging a clever pupil, for the true discoverers are among them, as comets amongst the stars."
Carl Von Linne

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True humility is not found in feeling discouraged about your foolishness. It rests on the awareness that you are nothing and that God is everything. What else can you expect from fallen human nature? Expect nothing from yourself, but have a vibrant confidence in God’s Love. Catoir.

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There is no punishment greater than the loss of one’s head, and no poverty keener than not having more than a rag.

Said to encourage a person overwhelmed by a series of calamities, implying that the worst is past.

"A classified collection of Tamil proverbs"

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It is better to have friends in our passage through life than grateful dependants ; and as love is a more willing, so it is a more lasting tribute than extorted obligation. Goldsmith.

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You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot help little men by tearing down big men. You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn. You cannot build character and courage by destroying men’s initiative and independence. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they can and should do for themselves.
Rev. William John Henry Boetcker

It should not discourage us if our kindness is unacknowledged; it has its influence still.

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"She who waits to do a great deal of good at once will never do any.”

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" Joke with the clown in your house, and he will jest with you in public places."

if encouragement be given to a vulgar individual to joke or take liberties with another in private, be would repeat them in public so as to occasion him pain and confusion.

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Every week has its holiday.

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Edith Wharton It spite of illness, in spite even of the archenemy sorrow, one can remain alive long past the usual date of disintegration if one is unafraid of change, insatiable in intellectual curiosity, interested in big things, and happy in a small way.

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The toughest skin holds longest out. Cumberland.

He that tholes [endures] overcomes. Scotch.

"A collection of the proverbs of all nations"

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