“Spider venom comes in many forms. It can often take a long while to discover the full effects of the bite. Naturalists have pondered this for years: there are spiders whose bite can cause the place bitten to rot and to die, sometimes more than a year after it was bitten. As to why spiders do this, the answer is simple. It’s because spiders think this is funny, and they don’t want you ever to forget them.”
― Neil Gaiman, Anansi Boys
Faith is an oasis in the heart which will never be reached by the caravan of thinking.
“I said to my soul, be still and wait without hope, for hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love, for love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith, but the faith and the love are all in the waiting. Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought: So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.”
― T.S. Eliot
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland:
‘You are old, Father William,’ the young man said,
And your hair has become very white;
And yet you incessantly stand on your head —
Do you think, at your age, it is right?
“The man who was once starved may revenge himself upon the world not by stealing just once, or by stealing only what he needs, but by taking from the world an endless toll in payment of something irreplaceable, which is the lost faith.”
― Anaïs Nin
The thief, as will become apparent, was a special type of thief. This thief was an artist of theft. Other thieves merely stole everything that was not nailed down, but this thief stole the nails as well.”
― Terry Pratchett, Sourcery
now regret, like a man
walking the length of the bar on his hands
balancing a drink on his shoe
ON THE BEACH: A BICENTENNIAL POEM
Balancing Object on Nose, longest duration, 31 minutes 0.01 seconds, Phuket, Thailand, February 2014
For here, between this world and the next
is a place where each beloved creature finds rest
On this golden land they wait and they play
till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day
Japanese poem by Lady Koshikibu from Ogura 100 poems (early 13th century) 大江山 いく野の道の 遠ければ まだふみもみず 天の橋立 “By Oe Mountain / The road to Ikuno is far away, / And neither have I beheld / Nor crossed its bridge of heaven. .” (calligraphy by yopiko)
BRET HARTE: _The Lost Galleon,_ Last St.
Sunday Times (Perth, WA : 1902 – 1954), Sunday 27 June 1937,
“There was a magic about the sea. People were drawn to it. People wanted to love by it, swim in it, play in it, look at it. It was a living thing that as as unpredictable as a great stage actor: it could be calm and welcoming, opening its arms to embrace it’s audience one moment, but then could explode with its stormy tempers, flinging people around, wanting them out, attacking coastlines, breaking down islands. It had a playful side too, as it enjoyed the crowd, tossed the children about, knocked lilos over, tipped over windsurfers, occasionally gave sailors helping hands; all done with a secret little chuckle”
― Cecelia Ahern, The Gift
It’s a good (or brilliant) bright moonlight night tonight.
“The moon does not fight. It attacks no one. It does not worry. It does not try to crush others. It keeps to its course, but by its very nature, it gently influences. What other body could pull an entire ocean from shore to shore? The moon is faithful to its nature and its power is never diminished.”
― Deng Ming-Dao, Everyday Tao: Living with Balance and Harmony
Japanese poem by Lady Koshikibu
from Ogura 100 poems (early 13th century)
大江山 いく野の道の 遠ければ まだふみもみず 天の橋立
By One Mountain / The road to Ikuno is far away, / And neither have I beheld / Nor crossed its bridge of heaven. .
You’ll think this is a bit silly, but I’m a bit-well, I have a thing about birds.”
“What, a phobia?”
“Well, that’s the common term for an irrational fear of birds.”
“What do they call a rational fear of birds, then?”
Neil Gaiman, Anansi Boys
To the creak of leather
And the morning’s gold.
Break into a canter,
Shout to bank and tree,
Rocking down the waking trail
“The giver of every good & perfect gift has called upon us to mimic GOD’s giving, by grace, through faith, & this is not of ourselves…!!!”
St. Nicholas of Myra…!!!
“According to Vedanta, there are only two symptoms of enlightenment, just two indications that a transformation is taking place within you toward a higher consciousness. The first symptom is that you stop worrying. Things don’t bother you anymore. You become light-hearted and full of joy. The second symptom is that you encounter more and more meaningful coincidences in your life, more and more synchronicities. And this accelerates to the point where you actually experience the miraculous.
(quoted by Carol Lynn Pearson in Consider the Butterfly)”
― Deepak Chopra, Synchrodestiny: Harnessing the Infinite Power of Coincidence to Create Miracles
“No, I would not want to live in a world without dragons, as I would not want to live in a world without magic, for that is a world without mystery, and that is a world without faith.”
― R.A. Salvatore, Streams of Silver
Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known.
Winnie the Pooh
― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan
All are keeping a sharp look-out in front, but none suspects that the danger may be creeping up from behind.
(J.M. Barrie, “Peter Pan”)
Patience with family is love, Patience with others is respect. Patience with self is confidence and Patience with GOD is faith.
Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine.
Err scawh a ch(k)ale-ah a wir-enn na dee-neh..
Government alone cannot solve the problems we deal with in our correctional facilities, treatment centers, homeless shelters and crisis centres – we need our faith-based and community partners.
Nganyinytja, a Pitjantjatjara Elder said, ”Much trouble has come from people forgetting the land, the spirit. Many people are sick and have lost their spirit; we grieve for them. But we can all learn and make our spirit strong. My teaching is about opening your spirit, working together to build understanding. Opening our way, opening our hearts, to share the spirit of the land with all who want to learn”.