Category Archives: HARM

“Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.” ~Bob Marley

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Rain breaks no bones.
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Our actions are less kind and less vicious than our desires . Karl Kraus

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“Gods prefer simple, vicious games, where you Do Not Achieve Transcendence but Go Straight To Oblivion; a key to the understanding of all religion is that a god’s idea of amusement is Snakes and Ladders with greased rungs.”

― Terry Pratchett, Wyrd Sisters

“Most of us have the good or bad fortune of seeing our lives fall apart so slowly we barely notice. ” ― Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

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The Fortune-Teller

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.

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One day he was riding

a freeway on his motorbike

and the road rearranged his brain.

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They patched him up at the hospital

and he walked out with no scars

visible to passers-by.

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When he turned twenty-two

I laughed out loud with relief

and hid that thorn in my tin of memorabilia.

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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.

GABRIELLE BRYDEN

Mkuki kwa nguruwe, kwa binaadamu mchungu

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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.

http://www.glcom.com/hassan/kanga.html

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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 . . .

Martin Langford

http://www.hotsdots.com/poetry/author/mduwell/

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A cup of tea would restore my normality. Douglas Adams

 

 

The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 – 1933), Saturday 15 September 1928,

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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

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   Lee Emmett, Australia
 
HIGH TEA

‘give me beverage,’ says mrs average
‘make mine green tea,’ responds mcphee
‘coffee’s my drink,’ asserts dolly pink
‘fuchsia and lemon,’ quips jack devon
‘who wants apple cake?’ asks lambert lake
‘or strawberry jam tart?’ adds doris dart
‘scones and cream cheese,’ mad simon pleads
‘chocolate meringue,’ smiles su-lin chang

 

http://www.voicesnet.org/displayonepoem.aspx?poemid=121885

We’re all of us haunted and haunting.”

― Chuck Palahniuk, Lullaby

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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.

https://sites.google.com/site/swanezine/guilt-and-shame-quotes

You are blaming the hawk, [while] the falcon is killing the chickens.

Don’t blame the one who committed a minor mistake and leave the one who does big harm.  

Unamlaumu mwewe, kipanga yuwesha kuku.

http://swahiliproverbs.afrst.illinois.edu/abuse.html

 

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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

http://www.randomterrain.com/favorite-quotes-alcohol.html

“If there is no enemy within, the enemy out side can do us no harm.”

(African proverb)

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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.

http://swahiliproverbs.afrst.illinois.edu/love.html

Weaving a net is better than praying for fish at the edge of the water.

CHINESE.

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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

 

On the night of the murder I was at home, asleep. The characters in my dream can vouch for me.

― Jarod Kintz, $3.33

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“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