Category Archives: IDEAS

“An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it makes a better soup.” ― H.L. Mencken, A Book of Burlesques

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Many a flower regretfully
Exhales perfume soft as secrets
In a profound solitude.


The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), Saturday 4 September 1937,

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Fairies love weathered terra cotta, Chinese jumprope, blowing bubbles, mockingbirds, and sidewalk chalk pictures.

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Ideas are like soap bubbles. They can pop or float away so easily. Then they’re gone forever.

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The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), Saturday 2 January 1932

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The hula is pleasing because of the drummer.

I le`a ka hula i ka ho`opa`a.

The lesser details that one pays little attention to are just as important as the major ones. Although the attention is given to the dancer, the drummer and chanter play an important role in the dance.

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“Bright Idea #91: When the weather’s bad and your lights go out, have a pyjama party. Eat till you feel sick, hula-hoop, paint your faces. Catch fireflies, and dance naked in the rain. If you do, then your bare butt will light up like a firefly after it’s been let out of a jar.”

Sandra Kring, The Book Of Bright Ideas

The drunkard’s money is being consumed by palm-wine trapper.


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“At times, one of man’s greater needs is freedom from himself, and this freedom is likely to be increasingly threatened by population and economic pressures, by dogmas of organizations exalting power and bigness, and by old ideas that Nature exists only to be conquered. The trapper or the ex-trapper or the frank recluse is not alone in needing, on occasion, freedom from man to escape being psychologically overwhelmed by Man as a mass phenomenon.”

― Paul Errington, Of Men and Marshes

“Tell them I was arrested for carrying concealed ideas!”

― “Machine Gun” Jack McGurn, Deadly Valentines: The Story of Capone’s Henchman “Machine Gun” Jack McGurn and Louise Rolfe, His Blonde Alibi

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If you were arrested for kindness, would there be enough evidence to convict you?

If you were arrested for kindness, would there be enough evidence to convict you?

“Through your ideas, you open the window of your mind and say a hello to the world.”

― Mehmet Murat ildan

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“If the Old Man said something was so, then it probably was, because he was one of these cautious babies who’ll look out the window at a cloudburst and say, “It seems to be raining,” on the off-chance that somebody’s pouring water off the roof.”

― Dashiell Hammett, The Dain Curse, The Glass Key, and Selected Stories

I took advice from none but the best. I listened, how I listened! That’s how I finally became my own expert.

Peggy Guggenheim


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“Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life; dream of it; think of it; live on that idea. Let the brain, the body, muscles, nerves, every part of your body be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success, and this is the way great spiritual giants are produced.”

― Swami Vivekananda, Vedanta Philosophy: Lectures by the Swami Vivekananda on Raja Yoga Also Pantanjali’s Yoga Aphorisms, with Commentaries, and Glossary of Sa

“It is not the brains that matter most, but that which guides them — the character, the heart, generous qualities, progressive ideas.”

― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
Dalai Lama

Soup and fish explain half the emotions of human life.

Sydney Smith

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“Ideas are like fish. If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you’ve got to go deeper. Down deep, the fish are more powerful and more pure.They’re huge and abstract. And they’re very beautiful.”
― David Lynch, Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity

hark, now hear the sailors cry, smell the sea, and feel the sky let your soul & spirit fly, into the mystic. Van Morrison

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“One can no more keep the mind from returning to an idea than the sea from returning to a shore. For a sailor, this is called the tide; in the case of the guilty it is called remorse. God stirs up the soul as well as the ocean.”

― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables