Category Archives: DO NOT BE DISCOURAGED

The cut worm forgives the plow. William Blake.

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& like any poet
avoiding myth & message
to fake a flashy ode, consider
what model of Australia as a nation
could match the ocean, or get your desk
to resemble a beach /
it would have to function
like Tom Roberts’ Opening of the
Federal Parliament
, our nation being
a sort of awkward, academic machine—
can’t you see the feathers in my hat
& my gold striped pantaloons
as I jot this down
in the open-cut sestina form,
developing like a back-yard vegetable bed
bordered by upturned bottles,
nostalgia for a national style?
‘Oh, my hat!’ said the ADC.
‘If I hold this pose much longer I’ll collapse!’

les Murray

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Advocate (Burnie, Tas. : 1890 – 1954), Saturday 7 July 1945,

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From his brimstone bed at break of dayA walking the Devil is gone,To visit his snug little farm the earth,And see how his stock goes on. SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE, The Devil’s Thought


Ageni eri na karirui kao

Two guests love a different song.

When you receive two visitors at the same time, you cannot treat them in the same manner, because they have different tastes.

Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo.” – H. G. Wells (1866-1946)



“Four be the things I am wiser to know:
Idleness, sorrow, a friend, and a foe.
Four be the things I’d been better without:
Love, curiosity, freckles, and doubt.
Three be the things I shall never attain:
Envy, content, and sufficient champagne.
Three be the things I shall have till I die:
Laughter and hope and a sock in the eye.”

― Dorothy Parker, The Complete Poems of Dorothy Parker

WIDOW: The word consumes itself.

Sylvia Plath.

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I and a woman whose colour and cheeks shall have become black from toiling in the sun shall be near to one another in the next world as my two fingers; and that is a handsome widow, whose colour and cheeks shall have become black in bringing up her family.


My trust in a higher power that wants me to survive and have love in my life, is what keeps me moving forward.

Kenny Loggins

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“Even though you may want to move forward in your life, you may have one foot on the brakes. In order to be free, we must learn how to let go. Release the hurt. Release the fear. Refuse to entertain your old pain. The energy it takes to hang onto the past is holding you back from a new life. What is it you would let go of today?”

― Mary Manin Morrissey

First you are young, then you are middle aged; then you are old; then you are wonderful

Lady Diana Cooper” ― Marcia Tucker, A Short Life of Trouble: Forty Years in the New York Art World


“She didn’t want to be one of those old ladies obsessed with death, hearing it in every tick of the clock and creak of the floorboards, as if it were prowling around the house like a burglar”

Stewart O’Nan, Emily, Alone

wind batters the weatherboards

like fists and boots thudding.
shoulders the door
again, again. Grasps the metal roof
like fingers buried in hair, yanking
it wants scalp.

Dael Allison


Like a top that has done spinning.

Said of one who has been humbled.

" His heart went into his boots"

"A classified collection of Tamil proverbs"

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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An Australian Girl "She’s pretty to walk with, And witty to talk with, And pleasant, too, to think on." Sir John Suckling. She has a beauty of her own, A beauty of a paler tone

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It is too late to write them now –
The ancient fire is cold;
No ardent lights illume the brow,
As in the days of old.
I cannot dream the dream again;
But, when the happy birds
Are singing in the sunny rain,
I think I hear its words.

After Many Years

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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.”

"Treasury of Wisdom, Wit and Humor, Odd Comparisons and Proverbs: Authors, 931; Subjects, 1391 …"

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