Category Archives: GOOD STUFF

Peppa bu’n hot, but ih good fi curry. meaning: Everything has its usefulness. A good advice/counsel might be painful to take/accept. Jamaica.

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Goody Two-Shoes

Two-Shoes, Two-Shoes,
Little Goody Two-Shoes!
Do you know about her? Well,
I’m ready now to tell
How the little creature came
By so odd a name.
Clara Doty Bates

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“Charity is prescribed for each descendant of Adam every day the sun rises.” He was then asked: “From what do we give charity every day?” The Prophet answered: “The doors of goodness are many… enjoining good, forbidding evil, removing harm from the road, listening to the deaf, leading the blind, guiding one to the object of his need, hurrying with the strength of one’s legs to one in sorrow who is asking for help, and supporting the feeble with the strength of one’s arms — all of these are charity prescribed for you.” He also said: “Your smile for your brother is charity.” – Fiqh-us-Sunnah, Volume 3, Number 98

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The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), Saturday 23 January 1926

1 1 1 1 The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW - 1842 - 1954), Saturday 23 January 1926

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Break the rules. Find your freedom. Live your life.

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“There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.”

― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

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Sunday Times (Sydney, NSW : 1895 – 1930), Sunday 22 November 1903,

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Emancipate yourself from mental slavery

A quote from Bob Marley, which means that in order for you to be truly free, you must not let others get inside your head and dictate how to live your life.

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Nothing but tolerance would change the course of her winds … Freedom, to unlock denial; freedom, that incorrigible weapon.

Vicki Viidikas

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“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?”

“In my youth,” Father William replied to his son,
“I feared it might injure the brain;
But now that I’m perfectly sure I have none,
Why, I do it again and again.”

“You are old,” said the youth, “As I mentioned before,
And have grown most uncommonly fat;
Yet you turned a back-somersault in at the door—
Pray, what is the reason of that?”

“In my youth,” said the sage, as he shook his grey locks,
“I kept all my limbs very supple
By the use of this ointment—one shilling the box—
Allow me to sell you a couple?”

“You are old,” said the youth, “And your jaws are too weak
For anything tougher than suet;
Yet you finished the goose, with the bones and the beak—
Pray, how did you manage to do it?”

“In my youth,” said his father, “I took to the law,
And argued each case with my wife;
And the muscular strength which it gave to my jaw,
Has lasted the rest of my life.”

“You are old,” said the youth, “one would hardly suppose
That your eye was as steady as ever;
Yet you balanced an eel on the end of your nose—
What made you so awfully clever?”

“I have answered three questions, and that is enough,”
Said his father; “don’t give yourself airs!
Do you think I can listen all day to such stuff?
Be off, or I’ll kick you down stairs!”


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They’ll either want to kill you, kiss you, or be you. Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay



I want to go back to the bush again,

To the bush, with its lonely skies.

I want to be back with those bushland men.

With the loneliness in their eyes.

I want to be back with the horses, too,

With the dapples and roans and greys.

To ride through the grass when it’s damp with


As I did in those bygone days.

And perchance before I depart this land

I will go back there again,

To the wonderful place that I think so grand

And the wonderful bush land men.


MY ONE DESIRE. (1932, October 22). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), p. 9. Retrieved January 29, 2014, from


Is this what God meant you to be?
To revert to what you once were?

As we lust for more power and grow wiser, stronger
faster, wilder and less inhibited, do we revert like you
and not redeem the better qualities of soul we aspire?

Karl H. Cameron-Jackson

She laughs and whispers ‘Arrangkwe just 2 pelicans in the sky!

I drive out to Amoonguna to tell the family he

is right

I sit down with his Aunty, round the campfire, in

the night

I ask her to explain the pelicans and the meaning

of the sign

She laughs and whispers ‘Arrangkwe just 2 pelicans

in the sky!

Ali Cobby Eckermann


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Carefree by Samuel Wagan Watson

you’d never forget the pelicans
because it was their home too
and that occasional one who’d try and swallow your baited hook
while we cast out into an endless mould of brown and blue skin
sometimes catching our line in its enormous and clumsy wingspan
floating around the jetty constantly boasting that huge gullet
so close to the pylons covered in poinson oyster shells
that waited for the bare flesh within our gait,
inviting our bare flesh to dance
Mum worried that we’d get sick from eating them
Day saying the sewage from the caravan park
would sometimes flow near where we fished
and that they oysters bathed in it too

little buckets of a few bream
silver catch of a meal
and the persistent cats at our ankles
lapping up the smell
running up past the shop
a front window necropolis of stonefish in vegemite jars
suspended in a vault of clear alcoholic brine
still deadly in death
and us in bare feet all the time
three kids in stonefish-infested mud
playing Russian roulette –
one good pair of running shoes between us

Source:  Smoke Encrypted Whispers  by Samuel Wagan Watson Univ. of Queensland Press, 2004

God has invested entirely too much in you for you to be comfortable in anything less than you were created to be.”

― T.D. Jakes

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Ognunu si stia ‘ntra la sò peddi. Source: Pitrè, IV, 174.
Eng. Each of us has our own comfort zone.
Lit. Each of us stays within our own skin.

But for life’s little defeats and indignities, I would be happy, content and completely average.”

― Mark Rude

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“If you are in a pit of stress or despair, don’t succumb to defeat. Don’t accept that difficult place as your fate. Even though God has allowed you to be there right now, he never intended for you to live there. Our God is bigger then whatever problem you are facing. The only way to see past the problem is to believe that he has not forgotten or abandoned you and that, at the exact time that he has ordained, he will reach down and pick you up.”

― Tracie Miles, Stressed-Less Living: Finding God’s Peace in Your Chaotic World

If any be unhappy, let him remember that he is unhappy by reason of himself alone. For God hath made all men to enjoy felicity and constancy of good.”

― Epictetus, The Golden Sayings of Epictetus

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Constancy is the complement of all other human virtues

Giuseppe Mazzini

I love skating so much and I feel like every time I step out onto the ice, that’s what I’m meant to do.

– Clara Hughes

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“Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it’s all right
Little darlin’ it’s been a long cold lonely winter
Little darlin’ it feels like years since it’s been here
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it’s all right
Little darlin’ the smiles returning to their faces
Little darlin’ it seems like years since it’s been here
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it’s all right
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Little darlin’ I feel the ice is slowly meltin’
Little darlin’ it seems like years since it’s been clear
Here come the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it’s all right
Here come the sun, here comes the sun
It’s all right, it’s all right”
― George Harrison, The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics

Many who are self-taught far excel the doctors, masters, and bachelors of the most renowned universities. ― Ludwig von Mises


The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things don’t always soften the bad things, but vice versa, the bad things don’t always spoil the good things and make them unimportant.”

― Frazer Hines

“Every life deserves a certain amount of dignity, no matter how poor or damaged the shell that carries it.”

Rick Bragg, All Over But the Shoutin’


“A man is born into this world with only a tiny spark of goodness in him. The spark is God, it is the soul; the rest is ugliness and evil, a shell. The spark must be guarded like a treasure, it must be nurtured, it must be fanned into flame. It must learn to seek out other sparks, it must dominate the shell. Anything can be a shell, Reuven. Anything. Indifference, laziness, brutality, and genius. Yes, even a great mind can be a shell and choke the spark.”

Chaim Potok, The Chosen

If you do not marry a gentle woman, she will not bear you a gentle son.

"Bannú; or Our Afghan frontier"


But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22-23)

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If we dig precious things from the land, we will invite disaster. Indian Proverb


The useful tree was burned along with the poisonous, when the latter took fire simply because of its proximity.

A good man who associates with evil companions will suffer with them when they got into trouble.

"A classified collection of Tamil proverbs"

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Well! Evil to some is always good to others. Jane Austen


The deaf man laughs twice at one thing. Once when he sees others laughing and again when he understands the joke himself. Said to illustrate the difference between a quick and obtuse- witted man : the latter does as much as the former but more slowly.

"Bannú: Or Our Afghan Frontier"

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"The whisperer’s tongue is worse than the serpent’s venom.” (Latin).

"Curiosities in Proverbs: A Collection of Unusual Adages, Maxims, Aphorisms, Phrases and Other …"



I wonder why it is, that young men are always cautioned against bad girls. Anyone can handle a bad girl. It’s the good girls men should be warned against.
David Niven

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Ohiyesa, Wahpeton Santee Sioux The Wise Man believes profoundly in silence – the sign of a perfect equilibrium. Silence is the absolute poise or balance of body, mind and spirit.


A madman’s word, and a good man’s word, are thought to be of equal value, because mad men are supposed by the common folk to be very good. Though they sin, the people say they do not sin for they know not sin, but are like the beasts of the field.

"A Dictionary of Kashmiri Proverbs & Sayings: Explained and Illustrated from …"

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What shall a crooked man do to a straight man ? The strength of a good character.

"A Dictionary of Kashmiri Proverbs & Sayings: Explained and Illustrated from …"


The sparrow must keep a good look-out, or some boy with a caterpault, or perhaps a cat, will notice it and kill it.

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A book tightly shut is but a block of paper. Chinese.


when grey skies clear
then listen here
in quiet heavens
doth now appear
a rainbow

William Thomas Dodd, Germany


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