Category Archives: EXPERIENCE, STRENGTH AND HOPE

Ad consilium ne accesseris, antequam voceris – Do not go to the council-chamber before you are summoned

http://www.inrebus.com/latinphrases_a.php

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As they were leading me up, I looked up and around the galleries and I could feel the whole Aboriginal race, of those who had gone before, were all up there, and I could visualise, I could hear voices and amongst those voices was the voice of my grandfather saying, ‘It’s alright now boy, you are finally in the council with the Australian Elders. Everything is now going to be alright.'”

NEVILLE BONNER, on being signed in as a new senator

Two natures beat within my breast. The one is cursed, the other is blessed. The one I love, the other I hate. The one I feed will dominate. – unknown U.S. Marine

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I think that if you have a horse, pegasus, qilin, or unicorn, you should sit on it! You should stroke its hair, whisper in its ear, be one with it! And you shouldn’t feel sorry if other people don’t have one.”

― C. JoyBell C.

Our bodies communicate to us clearly and specifically, if we are willing to listen to them. Shakti Gawain

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The most powerful thing you can do to change the world, is to change your own beliefs about the nature of life, people, reality to something more positive… and begin to act accordingly.” – Shakti Gawain

a balloon has left without saying goodbye. Graham Nunn

http://anotherlostshark.com/tag/poems-about-the-ekka/

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“who knows if the moon’s
a balloon,coming out of a keen city
in the sky–filled with pretty people?
( and if you and I should

get into it,if they
should take me and take you into their balloon,
why then
we’d go up higher with all the pretty people

than houses and steeples and clouds:
go sailing
away and away sailing into a keen 
city which nobody’s ever visited,where

always
it’s
Spring)and everyone’s
in love and flowers pick themselves” 

― E.E. Cummings, Collected Poems

“Trust because you are willing to accept the risk, not because it’s safe or certain.

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Historically, musicians know what it is like to be outside the norm – walking the high wire without a safety net.
Our experience is not so different from those who march to the beat of different drummers.

Billy Joel

I like to see cats tumble around, but I wish they wouldn’t meow so much when I shove them in the dryer.” ―

Jarod Kintz, The Days of Yay are Here! Wake Me Up When They’re Over.

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“She fell, she hurt, she felt. She lived. And for all the tumble of her experiences, she still had hope. Maybe this next time would do the trick. Or maybe not. But unless you stepped into the game, you would never know.”

― Sarah Dessen, This Lullaby

“We learn from history as much as a rabbit learns from an experiment that’s performed upon it.”

― W.G. Sebald

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“Don’t go into Mr. McGregor’s garden: your Father had an accident there; he was put in a pie by Mrs. McGregor.”


Beatrix Potter, (1866 – 1943) English author “The Tale of Peter Rabbit”

Of course, in an age of madness, to expect to be untouched by madness is a form of madness. But the pursuit of sanity can be a form of madness, too.

– Saul Bellow   Henderson The Rain King, ch.3.

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“Time and again the sun sets like a bedimming curtain before my eyes, taking with it all illumination, warmth, and colour.  I am overwhelmed by night and the monsters that lurk in shadows of despair.  But alas, stars twinkle from afar, shedding the tiniest rays of lighted hope.  I am reminded that the sun also rises, and that morning’s glory shall restore beauty to my world.  The realization of this dream is only a matter of waiting out the dreary night.  So, I shall persevere.”

― Richelle E. Goodrich

To spare oneself from grief at all cost can be achieved only at the price of total detachment, which excludes the ability to experience happiness

– Erich Fromm

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Real grief is not healed by time.
If time does anything, it deepens our grief.
The longer we live, the more fully we become aware of who she was for us,
and the more intimately we experience what her love meant to us.
Real, deep love is, as you know, very unobtrusive,
seemingly easy and obvious, and so present that we take it for granted.
Therefore, it is only in retrospect—or better, in memory—
that we fully realize its power and depth.
Yes, indeed, love often makes itself visible in pain.

~ Henri Nouwen

 

A child’s life is like a piece of paper on which every person leaves a mark.

Chinese Proverb

http://www.quotationspage.com/quotes/Chinese_Proverb

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To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,
One clover, and a bee,
And revery.
The revery alone will do,
If bees are few.”
― Emily Dickinson, The Complete Poems

“Your battles inspired me – not the obvious material battles but those that were fought and won behind your forehead.” James Joyce

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“Few experiences in life quite match the feelings of horror, fear, helplessness, and grief that families experience when someone they love becomes addicted to alcohol or other drugs. They watch in dismay as the addict becomes alienated from the family and undergoes profound changes. Activities that once brought the addict pleasure are abandoned, old friends are pushed away, and the addict withdraws into a world that is inaccesible to anyone who tries to help.”

Beverly Conyers, Addict In The Family: Stories of Loss, Hope, and Recovery

Old birds are not caught with cats. (Dutch).

Curiosities in Proverbs

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Theory 6:  When a cat is dropped, it always lands on its feet. When toast is dropped, it always lands with the buttered side facing down. Thus, if buttered toast is strapped to the back of a dropped cat, the two will hover, spinning inches above the ground.

http://www.maths.usyd.edu.au/u/mathas/quotes.html

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Breton. — Who wishes a horse without defects ought to go on foot.

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The Old Bark Hut

The old horse answered the touch of his hand

And galloped away from the door;

He seemed to know ‘twas a journey for life

Well, he’d done such journeys before.

Anon.

http://australianpoems.tripod.com/theoldbarkhut.html

If a child shoots an arrow that reaches the top of a tall palm tree, then it must be that an elderly person carved the arrow for him. Nigeria.

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In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past

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http://users.sa.chariot.net.au/~kday/thoughtsandpoems.html#Team Work

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When was a young ‘un, his cheeks necked with down, He drew his first pay cheque to head into town. Then up spoke his father, ‘Son, heed my words well — Keep clear of the girls at the Railway Hotel’ W.G. Howcroft.

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Everyone is the child of her past. Edna G Rostow.

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"I long to put the experience of fifty years at once into your young lives, to give you at once the key of that treasure chamber every gem of which has cost me tears and struggles and prayers, but you must work for these inward treasures yourself."

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Harriet Beecher Stowe

Cicadas can’t vibrate their wings when the humidity is very high, so may be silent when rain is approaching. Flying insects are more active when the air pressure drops and stay closer to the ground, so they seem to be swarming before a rain storm.

http://www.wxdude.com/proverb.html

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"The fakir upon his bed of nails is happier than is that
Toughness of hide could blunt more ills,
Than can be dodged or fought,
The lesson is well taught.
And happiness, pivoted elate
On peace of mind, health, sleep,
Food kindered, good support like that
Knows to where wounds can creep
Or suddenly sink deep.
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Robert D Fitzgerald.  “Glad World”

“The grass is always greener over the septic tank.” Erma Bombeck

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This is a proverb of fable origin.

An ass seeing his master pet a little lap-dog and hold it in his lap desired the same treatment, so broke his halter, rushed into the house and began to prance and kick and at last tried to sit in his master’s lap in order that he might re ceive the same sort of caress that was given the lap-dog. For his trouble the ass received only a sound beating.

The fable and proverb teach that not all are born with like endowment of characteristics. It was used with reference to those who try to emulate those above them and become involved in difficulty for their pains.

"Moral significance of animals as indicated in Greek proverbs"

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Three rude ones of the world: a youngster mocking an old man, a healthy person mocking an invalid, a wise man mocking a fool.

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Hindu saint and mystic, Kabir,

I laugh when I hear that the fish
In the water is thirsty
You wander restlessly from the forest
while the Reality
Is within your own dwelling.
The truth is here! Go where you will.

http://www.sol.com.au/kor/15_03.htm

foto – under the hills hoist in ulmarra 2009.