Rain breaks no bones.
My brother went to see a fortune teller
who said he would die at the age of twenty-one.
That sharp thorn of thought stuck in my mind.
One day he was riding
a freeway on his motorbike
and the road rearranged his brain.
They patched him up at the hospital
and he walked out with no scars
visible to passers-by.
When he turned twenty-two
I laughed out loud with relief
and hid that thorn in my tin of memorabilia.
One day I took the thorn out of my tin
and showed my mother, laughing as I reminded her of the story
with a frown she said
but he did die, didn’t he.
A spear only fits a warthog, it’s bitter to a human being
In other words, those people who like to cause harm and discomfort to others, often times are very quick at crying foul when something bad is done to them.
Always, though, fear makes him careful: like me, some scene where the warthog masks up - lips, tushes, plastered with blood - settling small eyes to explain that he’s kind, that he’s nice . . .
The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 – 1933), Saturday 15 September 1928,
I don’t want tea,” said Clary, with muffled force. “I want to find my mother. And then I want to find out who took her in the first place, and I want to kill them.”
“Unfortunately,” said Hodge, “we’re all out of bitter revenge at the moment, so it’s either tea or nothing.
― Cassandra Clare, City of Bones
|Lee Emmett, Australia|
Am fear dan dàn a’chroich, cha tèid gu bràth a bhàthadh.
Who is born to be hanged will never be drowned.
― Chuck Palahniuk, Lullaby
Comedian Russell Means finds himself plagued, even in his adulthood, by memories of acts of mischief and pranks done during his childhood. Thus, at around seven or eight years old, he watched an elderly neighbour planting flowers. The man, seeing Russell’s gaze, explained and illustrated, in some detail, the ways in which the seeds could be rooted into the ground, then grow into seedlings and buds, then, in time, flowers. Stepping into his home for a moment, he asked the young Means to be sure not to trample upon his flowers. Once the man had gone inside, Means, after waiting a moment, felt gripped by an urge to tread on every flower until it disappeared into the flat of the earth beneath it. He did so. The hurt and shock in his neighbour’s eyes when he emerged from his house and viewed the destruction, continues to haunt the now wealthy and renowned comedian.
Don’t blame the one who committed a minor mistake and leave the one who does big harm.
Unamlaumu mwewe, kipanga yuwesha kuku.
If you need an excuse for why you don’t drink alcohol, you could say that addiction runs in your family and you don’t want to try it even once because you may not stop until you are dead in a puddle of your own vomit or smashed into the side of a mini-van with children’s body parts scattered around your corpse.
Duane Alan Hahn
Akunyimaye kunde akuepusha kuvimbiwa. NGU.
The one who denies you beans helps you to escape bloating.
If somebody denies you something that could harm you, even if you would have liked it, it’s for your good, because it diminishes your trouble. SM.
Try to laugh about people’s selfishness. AL.
Kunde: small beans thought to cause gas.
The length of a frog can only be determined after it dies.
You carry your snare everywhere and spread your nets in all places. You allege that you never invited others to sin. You did not, indeed, by your words, but you have done so by your dress and your deportment, and much more effectively than you could by your voice. When you have made another sin in his heart, how can you be innocent? Tell me, whom does this world condemn? Whom do judges in court punish? Those who drink poison or those who prepare it and administer the fatal potion? You have prepared the abominable cup, you have given the death-dealing drink, and you are more criminal than are those who poison the body; you murder not the body, but the soul. And it is not to enemies that you do this, nor are you urged on by any imaginary necessity, nor provoked by injury, but out of foolish vanity and pride. ~St. John Chrysostom
― Jarod Kintz, $3.33
“It is so hard to learn to put sadness in perspective so hard to understand that it is a feeling that comes in degrees, it can be a candle burning gently and harmlessly in your home, or it can be a full-fledged forest fire that destroy almost everything and is controlled by almost nothing. It can also be so much in-between ”
― Elizabeth Wurtzel, Prozac Nation
If the enemy within cannot kill us, then the enemy without can do us no harm.
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"He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm." Proverbs 13:20
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