“The Wild Wood is pretty well populated by now; with all the usual lot, good, bad, and indifferent-I name no names. It takes all sorts to make a world.”


“‘Beyond the Wild Wood comes the Wide World,’ said the Rat. ‘And that’s something that doesn’t matter, either to you or me. I’ve never been there, and I’m never going, nor you either, if you’ve got any sense at all.'”
– Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows

The telling of a story, like virtually everything in this life, was always made all the easier by a cup of tea.”

Alexander McCall Smith, The Miracle at Speedy Motors

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The best thing about tea, above everything else, is that it lubricates the grey matter.

She says nothing at all, but simply stares upward into the dark sky and watches, with sad eyes, the slow dance of the infinite stars.”

― Neil Gaiman, Stardust

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“Ideals are like stars,
you will not succeed in touching them with your hands,
but like the seafaring man on the desert of waters,
you choose them as your guide,
and following them, you reach your destiny.”

– Carl Schurz


We need only obey. There is guidance for each of us, and by lowly listening, we shall hear the right word.–Emerson.


“Owl,’ said Rabbit shortly, ‘you and I have brains. The others have fluff. If there is easy thinking to be done in this Forest – and when I say thinking I mean thinking – you and I must do it.”

― A.A. Milne, The House at Pooh Corner

The prudent embark when the sea is calm — the rash when it’s stormy. N.Z.

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Lakota Instructions for Living
Friend do it this way – that is,
whatever you do in life,
do the very best you can
with both your heart and mind.
And if you do it that way,
the Power Of The Universe
will come to your assistance,
if your heart and mind are in Unity.
When one sits in the Hoop Of The People,
one must be responsible because
All of Creation is related.
And the hurt of one is the hurt of all.
And the honor of one is the honor of all.
And whatever we do effects everything in the universe.
If you do it that way – that is,
if you truly join your heart and mind
as One – whatever you ask for,
that’s the Way It’s Going To Be.
passed down from White Buffalo Calf Woman

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A nation will fall when there is no direction, but with many advisers there is victory.Proverbs 11:14

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“ When God wills, it rains with every wind." — Which signifies, that every thing is directed by the will of God.

"A dictionary of Spanish proverbs, tr., with illustr. from the Lat., Span …"

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Don’t be off with the old love until you are on with the new. This might very well be said to a guide, who asks if he may go when the village to which he is guiding you is reached : meaning, " I can’t let you go until I get another guide, for otherwise I may be left without any one at all,"


He who asks does not go wrong, but his secret is dug up.

The first part of this proverb is very commonly used by itself with the meaning, " Always ask if you are in doubt."

The meaning, as it stands, is — before you ask for information be quite sure that it will not give away your object, i.e. if you wish to conceal it.

"Hausa proverbs"

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After the carriage is broken, many offer themselves to shew the road.

"Turkish Proverbs"

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I need not shout my faith. Thrice eloquent
Are quiet trees and the green listening sod;
Hushed are the stars, whose power is never spent;
The hills are mute: yet how they speak of God!

Charles Hanson Towne

1877-1949, written in 1902

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The way of the foolish is right in his own eyes : But he that is wise hearkeneth unto counsel.

"The Proverbs;"


as the bell clinks, so the fool thinks or as the fool thinks, so the bell clinks

A foolish person believes what he desires. The tale says that when Dick Whittington ran away from his master, and had got as far as Highgate Hill, he was hungry, tired and wished to return. The bells of St Mary-le-Bow began to ring, and Whittington fancied they said: ‘Turn again, Whittington, lord mayor of London.’ The bells clinked in response to the boy’s thoughts.


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