The years have turned the rusted key, and time is on the jog,
Yet spend another night with me around the boree log.
“Our behaviour is different. How often have you seen a headline like this?–TWO DIE ATTEMPTING RESCUE OF DROWNING CHILD. If a man gets lost in the mountains, hundreds will search and often two or three searchers are killed. But the next time somebody gets lost just as many volunteers turn out.
Poor arithmetic, but very human. It runs through all our folklore, all human religions, all our literature–a racial conviction that when one human needs rescue, others should not count the price.”
― Robert A. Heinlein, Starship Troopers
Man is like a banana: when he leaves the bunch, he gets skinned.
“What did you call her?” she asks but I don’t think it’s her real question.
“Sunshine,” I say, and she smiles like she believes it’s perfect and she may be the only person other than me who would think so.
“What is she to you?” she whispers. The real question and I know the answer even if I don’t know how to say it.
Drew’s muffled voice rises up from the floor before I can respond.
“Family,” he says.
And he’s right.”
― Katja Millay, The Sea of Tranquility
Like a lot of blind men feeling a great elephant.
Buddhism.–The proverb alludes to a celebrated fable in the Avadânas, about a number of blind men who tried to decide the form of an elephant by feeling the animal. One, feeling the leg, declared the elephant to be like a tree; another, feeling the trunk only, declared the elephant to be like a serpent; a third, who felt only the side, said that the elephant was like a wall; a fourth, grasping the tail, said that the elephant was like a rope, etc.]
“Even gaki are a multitude (or, ‘population’).” This is a popular saying used in a variety of ways. The ordinary meaning is to the effect that no matter how poor or miserable the individuals composing a multitude, they collectively represent a respectable force. Jocosely the saying is sometimes used of a crowd of wretched or tired-looking people,–sometimes of an assembly of weak boys desiring to make some demonstration,–sometimes of a miserable-looking company of soldiers. Among the lowest classes of the people it is not uncommon to call a deformed or greedy person a “gaki.”
“Though they knew they must help other alcoholics if they would remain sober, that motive became secondary. It was transcended by the happiness they found in giving themselves for others. They shared their homes, their slender resources and gladly devoted spare hours to fellow-sufferers.”AA, 2001, p. 159
The dark past is the greatest possession you have — the key to life and happiness for others. With it you can avert death and misery for them.
AA, 2001, p. 124
A boat doesn’t go forward if each one is rowing their own way.
“He smiled his shy smile at her as he went into the yard. Anne took the memory of it with her when she went to her room that night and sat for a long while at her open window, thinking of the past and dreaming of the future. Outside the Snow Queen was mistily white in the moonshine; the frogs were singing in the marsh beyond Orchard Slope. Anne always remembered the silvery, peaceful beauty and fragrant calm of that night. It was the last night before sorrow touched her life; and no life is ever quite the same again when once that cold, sanctifying touch has been laid upon it.”
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
The spiders web lets the rat escape and catches the fly.
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.”
― Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches
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.
Joe Perry of Aerosmith – 1989
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,
Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.
The old woman looks after the child to grow its teeth and the young one in turn looks after the old woman when she loses her teeth.
~ Akan (Ghana, Ivory Coast) proverb
― Lisa Kleypas, Christmas Eve at Friday Harbour
Surrounded by people who love life, you love it too; surrounded by people who don’t, you don’t.
Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966, Lively Quotes and Sayings ‘Attitude’
people who are similar often become friends or spend time together
“You want to stay alive in a zombie swarm? You go alone or in a small group, where everyone is of similar physical condition and weapons training. You never stop, you never hesitate, and you never show any mercy for the people that would slow you down.
That is what the military says we should do, and if I ever meet anybody who listens to that particular set of commands, I may shoot them myself just to improve the gene pool. When you can help people stay alive, you help them. We’re all we’ve got.”
― Mira Grant, Feed
It is no use crying over a mishap.
the scylla sisters.
though sometimes it hurts
and sometimes it is joy
We love each other.
Because no one else will.”
― Kate Griffin, The Glass God
Ivy Baker Priest
“if I see myself only in terms of myself, I am always going to be wrong. To fully understand who I am and what I am capable of, I need to always see myself in terms of a community.”
― John Hunter, World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements
Christopher Healy, The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle
In our togetherness (as a team), castles are built.