Category Archives: GROWTH

Arts and sciences are not cast in a mould, but are formed and perfected by degrees, by often handling and polishing, as bears leisurely lick their cubs into form.

— Montaigne

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“Lines and Squares

Whenever I walk in a London street,
I’m ever so careful to watch my feet;
And I keep in the squares,
And the masses of bears,
Who wait at the corners all ready to eat
The sillies who tread on the lines of the street,
Go back to their lairs,
And I say to them, “Bears,
Just look how I’m walking in all of the squares!”
And the little bears growl to each other, “He’s mine,
As soon as he’s silly and steps on a line.”
And some of the bigger bears try to pretend
That they came round the corner to look for a friend;
And they try to pretend that nobody cares
Whether you walk on the lines or squares.
But only the sillies believe their talk;
It’s ever so portant how you walk.
And it’s ever so jolly to call out, “Bears,
Just watch me walking in all the squares!”
A.A. Milne

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Envy the kangaroo. That pouch setup is extraordinary; the baby crawls out of the womb when it is about two inches long, gets into the pouch, and proceeds to mature. I’d have a baby if it would develop in my handbag. Rita Rudner

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“We know that there are many animals on this continent not found in the Old World. These must have been carried from here to the ark, and then brought back afterwards. Were the peccary, armadillo, ant-eater, sloth, agouti, vampire-bat, marmoset, howling and prehensile-tailed monkey, the raccoon and muskrat carried by the angels from America to Asia? How did they get there? Did the polar bear leave his field of ice and journey toward the tropics? How did he know where the ark was? Did the kangaroo swim or jump from Australia to Asia? Did the giraffe, hippopotamus, antelope and orang-outang journey from Africa in search of the ark? Can absurdities go farther than this?”

― Robert G. Ingersoll, Some Mistakes of Moses

“But, like ivy, we grow where there is room for us.” ― Miranda July, No One Belongs Here More Than You

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Barbara Ehrenreich :

Some of us still get all weepy when we think about the Gaia Hypothesis, the idea that earth is a big furry goddess-creature who resembles everybody’s mom in that she knows what’s best for us. But if you look at the historical record—Krakatoa, Mt. Vesuvius, Hurricane Charley, poison ivy, and so forth down the ages—you have to ask yourself: Whose side is she on, anyway?

[Barbara Ehrenreich (b. 1941), U.S. author

Even a giant oak was once an acorn. Slovak.

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Do you dare to die? The sense of death is most in apprehension, and the poor beetle that we tread upon feels a pang as great as when a giant dies.

Shakespeare.

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Somehow the killing of a giant spider, all alone by himself in the dark without the help of a wizard or the dwarves or anyone else, made a great difference to Mr. Baggins. He felt a different person, and much fiercer and bolder in spite of an empty stomach as he wiped his sword on the grass and put it back into its sheath. Tolkien – The Hobbit

Find ecstasy within yourself. It is not out there. It is in your innermost flowering. The one you are looking for is you. ~ Osho

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High-souled persons have only two states like that of a bunch of flowers; either they have to be on top of the whole world or they should wither away.

http://sanskrit-quote.blogspot.com.au/

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Moonlight

 in jail
there is neither flower
nor wine

what is a poet to do
when the night is so exquisite?

from the window
i gaze at the moonlight

while through the bars
the moon gazes back
at me

by Ho Chi Minh
(translated by Joe Dolce)

http://divan.bhtafe.edu.au/?p=1138#more-1138

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Mighty oaks from little acorns grow.

 

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“Liten tue kan velte stort lass”

–Little strokes fell great oaks.

Norwegian proverb

https://forestwoodfolkart.wordpress.com/category/language/proverbs-language-and-writing/

 

 

 

Love came up to me showing me that a contented mind is best for growth.

  • Sacred text: The Yasna 43

http://www.wisdomcommons.org/sessions/new/trackback

 

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Late Summer Fires

LES MURRAY

The paddocks shave black
with a foam of smoke that stays,
welling out of red-black wounds.

In the white of a drought
this happens.  The hardcourt game.
Logs that fume are mostly cattle,

inverted, stubby.  Tree stumps are kilns.
Walloped, wiped, hand-pumped,
even this day rolls over, slowly.

At dusk, a family drives sheep
out through the yellow
of the Aboriginal flag.

 

from
Subhuman Redneck Poems, 1996

Life is like a journey through the woods. Sometimes you’ve gotta chop down trees with an axe. Sometimes you’ve gotta bring a chainsaw. It is what it is.”

― Cleo and Francis

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It is from a small seed that the giant Iroko tree has its beginning.

http://www.motherlandnigeria.com/proverbs.html

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.
http://www.dieli.net/SicilyPage/Proverbs/Prov06.html

But the coconut is also a symbol of resilience, Samar. Even in the conditions where there’s very little nourishment and even less nurturance, it flourishes, growing taller than most of the plants around it.”

― Neesha Meminger, Shine, Coconut Moon

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Why did he quit drugs? “With the smack, I knew: ‘I’ve got to stop now, or I’m going to go in for hard time.’ The cocaine I quit because I fell on my head! Due to that — no more coke. Actually, my body tells me when to stop . . . the hard way. It’s a knock on the head — OK. It’s no big deal to me, to give things up.”           Keith Richards.

“Every person is like a single tulip. While they may blend when together, each one is special in its own light.”

  Kessler, Daniella

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“She’s always getting into trouble because she gets bored really really easily.
My mum says it’s because Celia has an attention span the size of a sesame seed.
Celia’s mum says it’s because Celia’s identity is unfurling itself slowly, like a tulip bud, and it’s a breathtakingly beautiful thing to see.”

― Jaclyn Moriarty, Feeling Sorry for Celia

Remember, every flower that ever bloomed had to go through a whole lot of dirt to get there.

– Mariela Delgado

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“Find meaning. Distinguish melancholy from sadness. Go out for a walk. It doesn’t have to be a romantic walk in the park, spring at its most spectacular moment, flowers and smells and outstanding poetical imagery smoothly transferring you into another world. It doesn’t have to be a walk during which you’ll have multiple life epiphanies and discover meanings no other brain ever managed to encounter. Do not be afraid of spending quality time by yourself. Find meaning or don’t find meaning but ‘steal’ some time and give it freely and exclusively to your own self. Opt for privacy and solitude. That doesn’t make you antisocial or cause you to reject the rest of the world. But you need to breathe. And you need to be.”

― Albert Camus, Notebooks 1951-1959

Growth happens slowly, slow down today enjoy life without being in hurry” ―

Martin Suarez

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“If I had planned this farm from the outset, it might have looked different, perhaps more deliberate. As it happened, the circuitous route of development gave this project a more ‘organic’ style of growth. Through successes and failures the farm took shape and now reflects my interests and skills, the nature of this soil and the climate here.”
― Kurt Timmermeister, Growing a Farmer: How I Learned to Live Off the Land

 

A child needs a grandparent, anybody’s grandparent, to grow a little more securely into an unfamiliar world.

Charles and Ann Morse

http://www.quotegarden.com/grandparents.html

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“We would also have to say goodbye to the joy of watching this next generation soak up the massive quantities of love their grandmother would have given them, and seeing them learn that there was someone in the world who loved them as much as their parents did: a grandmother who was delighted by all their quirks and who thought they were the most amazing creatures on earth.”

― Will Schwalbe, The End of Your Life Book Club

We were raised with the idea that we had limitless chances and we got very shocked to learn that wasn’t the case.”

Linda Ronstadt

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“Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to appellation. ”

― George Washington

I had never planned to become a savanna baboon when I grew up; instead, I had always assumed I would become a mountain gorilla.”

― Robert M. Sapolsky

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The Big Baboon is found upon
The plains of Cariboo:
He goes about with nothing on
(A shocking thing to do).

But if he dressed up respectably
And let his whiskers grow,
How like this Big Baboon would be
To Mister So-and-so!

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The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind.”

― Friedrich Nietzsche

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“The birds are relatively silent. The woods, they’re like a jungle, just thick foliage, just incredibly hot, humid, buggy and snakes everywhere. Everything about it is just as bad as could be.”

-Tim Gallagher

There is a bigger picture, just step back from the canvas.”

― Ilona Simone

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Growth is an erratic forward movement: two steps forward, one step back. Remember that and be very gentle with yourself.
Julia Cameron

If nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies.

http://www.butterflypages.com/quotes.php

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“…before you, I was a doubled-up fist – now I can hold soft things, fragile as butterfly wings.


― John Geddes, A Familiar Rain

If only cats grew into kittens.

~R. Stern

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“It is a very inconvenient habit of kittens (Alice had once made the remark) that, whatever you say to them, they always purr: “If they would only purr for ‘yes,’ and mew for ‘no,; or any rule of that sort,” she had said, “so that one could keep up a conversation! But how can you talk with a person if they always say the same thing?”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass